For her parents’ 23rd wedding anniversary this year, Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres’s only daughter Juliana shared throwback photos of them through the years with the caption, “23 years of the sweetest love I’ve ever known.” The 20-year-old University of the Philippines student has always been known to share a close relationship with her parents.
Even though Richard and Lucy did not post on their own accounts, fans of the couple shared photos and videos from their wedding and from days before they became a couple. They first met while doing a TV commercial together when Lucy was just 18. Five years later, they wed in 1998 in one of the grandest weddings in showbiz.
During Valentine’s day last year, Lucy shared the story on how she first fell for her husband who is eight years her senior and how he would fly all the way to Leyte from Manila just to see her.
She wrote, “We had not labeled what we were to each other. There was just this magic that was always there when we were together. But the night before was somewhat.....strange. Off. (I will leave the details to a page of that little book of short stories I will one day write.) Suffice it to say that the circumstances of that night (in the disco😂) was enough for me to tell myself I should maybe not see you (or someone like you) again. My young heart was broken.
“The next day I turned my corner of the room upside down. Just to get you off my mind. And I promised myself I would not take your calls. I was on the floor, sorting through drawers and somewhat drenched in sweat, when I heard a knock on the door. Someone was there to see me the yaya said.
“I went down to the sala. You were there. In khaki shorts and Doc Martens, a white shirt. Wild hair. Strong shoulders. Beautiful eyes. A bunch of wild sunflowers in your hands. You looked at me. And then scooped me in a big embrace. I am covered in sweat, was all I could say. You are beautiful, you tell me. Not many words were said after that. You just sat me down on the sofa and held my hands, making those eyes of yours say the words you needed not speak anyway. (After all, we did not even know what we were to each other.) I came to see you, I’m glad you’re home. And I stopped by the roadside when I saw these flowers, you said, all in one breath. I looked at the flowers, wrapped in newspaper. They are beautiful, just like you and your eyes, I wanted to tell you. But I was too shy to actually say that.
“You then left to catch your flight home. I did not finish sorting through those drawers. And I spent the rest of the day thinking of you, the broken pieces of my heart from the night before finding their way back to each other to mend somehow.
This photo @richardgomezinstagram. This is how you looked that day (but with more clothes on😂). Happy Valentine, my irresistible love. And I love that to this day, you still bring me flowers.♥️”
Earlier this month, Lucy shared a touching birthday message for her husband of more than two decades. She wrote, “Of all the things to love about you, I celebrate, especially in the here and now, the kind of leader that you are — one who has the courage to stand alone (if necessary), the strength and conviction to make the tough decisions, but one who also has the openness to listen and keep learning. You have always been this man/child who inspires others to dream more, do more, become more," she wrote.