THE LOVE story between the country’s leading actor of his time and a girl eight years his junior and a probinsiyana at that has been told many times, in many ways over and over again.
It has enthralled the nation and their whirlwind courtship was the buzz for months. It was the “Wedding of the Year” for 1998.
We retell their story once more, taking a fresh angle this time from Lucy’s only sister, Caren Torres-Rama, who kept us laughing while she retold it to a company of teachers from the School of the Deaf and me.
Lucy listened in with half-an-ear to Caren’s story and would pipe in once in a while while keeping her eyes glued to the TV watching “Walang Hanggan” which was running then. She just loves seeing Richard and Dawn together onscreen.
The great crush
Lucy’s very open about having a crush on Richard Gomez since she was 12.
She immediately spotted her soul mate on his first movie, Inday Bote, and got attracted to the lanky, dark handsome young actor who was just a bit actor then.
Richard would soon rise to stardom. His avid admirer in one small corner of Ormoc City continued to follow his career.
Caren recalls Lucy “fell madly in love” with Richard at the movie “Hihintayin Kita sa Langit”. Lucy just loved seeing Richard and Dawn together.
While Lucy would unabashedly announce she would marry THE Richard Gomez someday, Lucy says she never, ever entertained the thought that she would one day REALLY get married to him.
Caren said that Lucy’s crush on Richard was a big joke in the family. They would rib her about it, but she was fixated. Just drop Richard’s name and she would be in seventh heaven.
Then, it was time to leave Ormoc. Caren and Lucy went off to college in Cebu where Lucy’s beauty would catch the fancy of many headhunters for modeling agencies. As expected, patriarch Manoling would turn down all their offers of a lucrative modeling career for Lucy.
It was not only that they did not need Lucy to work but the thought of her joining a very “public” career was an anathema to the family who is known to be very private. [click to continue…]
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