Joining the glamourous world of show business was never a dream for Representative Lucy Torres- Gomez; neither was entering the political arena. “My dreams have always been very simple: to be a good wife and mother, and to build a happy home for my family,” she says with affection. But fate seemed to have surprises aplenty—and none of the unkind variety—in store for this television personality turned public servant, whose genteel manner and kind words truly amplify her beauty.
As a young girl, she never thought to shape her future around a specific plan (“I liken the circumstances of my life to the idea of jumping off a plane and just reading the manual on the way down!”), but pictured a quiet life for herself, one away from any sort of spotlight. Then, she met and married the man of her dreams—one who was very much in the public eye—and everything changed.
Daughter to Manuel “Manoling” Torres Jnr and Julie Martinez, Lucy is the second of four children (she has one older sister and two younger brothers). Home for her was the city of Ormoc in Leyte. “It was a simple and idyllic kind of life,” she says. “I was living in a city, but one so unlike Manila [where you can live in the same subdivision for years and not know who your neighbours are] in the sense that no one was really a stranger.” Afternoons were spent in the company of her siblings and their playmates—though often in the confines of their home, for her father, she recalls, was a protective figure. “Had there been universities in Ormoc at the time, I probably would have stayed put,” she adds. The schools closest to home were in Cebu, where she attended classes at the University of the Philippines Cebu and earned her degree in business management.