Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez narrated how his daughter Juliana became the prom date of Aga Muhlach's son, Andres.
The event was held on May 30 at The Bellevue Manila in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
In a phone interview with PEP.ph on Saturday, June 1, Richard confirmed that Aga called to ask if Andres could bring Juliana as his date to his prom.
At the time Aga called, both Richard and wife Lucy Torres-Gomez were in Ormoc City, where she is the winning congresswoman, and he, the winning mayor, of the recent May election.
"Sabi ko naman sa kanya, 'no, walang problema," Richard said of his response to Aga.
"Patawagin lang si Andres kay Juliana, 'tapos siya yung magpaalam kay Juliana."
We ask Richard if he felt a bit nervous, considering that Juliana is his unica hija.
"Hindi naman. Mabait naman sila," he said referring to Aga's family.
Richard told PEP.ph that Andres and Juliana are not really close, but they have common friends.
The actor-politician also revealed that he is confident that his daughter is in good hands since he has known Aga a very long time.
Richard and Aga had the same talent manager during their prime, the late Douglas "Tito Dougs" Quijano.
We also teased Richard about any special requirements he might've made before he agreed to Aga's request, such as setting a curfew for Juliana.
He said he didn't impose any demands, adding that the kids have it in them to do the right thing.
He said again, "Kilala ko naman si Aga, e."
Did his daughter recount how her date turned out?
Richard replied, "Nagkuwento nang konti.
"Masaya. Sabi niya okay naman daw. Masaya naman daw.
"Mabait naman daw si Andres, kasi, siyempre, mabait naman ang tatay nun."
We asked for Richard's reaction to netizens approving of Juliana and Andres' photos together on social media.
"Hindi ko alam," he said with a chuckle.
Richard added, "It's nice to see na magkaibigan sila."
During the phone interview, Richard divulged that after the prom, Juliana and Andres, together with other friends, went out for an after-prom celebration.
"Kasi after nung prom night, meron pa silang after-prom, e.
"Yung mga friends nila, I think lumabas sila ulit, e.
"Hindi na sila naka-formal outfit," Richard said.
Did he worry about Juliana going out for an after-prom celebration?
"Hindi naman. Maganda naman ang pagpapalaki ni Aga sa anak niya, so no worries," he replied.
Did Aga or Andres thank him for allowing Juliana to be Andres's date?
"Oo, nag-text na kami. Nag-text," he confirmed.
"Pinadalhan ako ng pictures and videos na silang dalawa, na sinundo si Juliana sa bahay.
"Sabi namin, mga anak namin college na nga, e."
While Richard and Lucy are showbiz personalities, Juliana is not—even if she has been seen gracing magazine covers and billboards since she was a child.
Will Richard allow his daughter to do showbiz full-time now that she's 18?
"It's up to her kung ano ang gusto niyang gawin.
"Hindi naman kami nagdi-dictate kung ano ang dapat niyang gawin," he clarified.
So far, Juliana is not showing any interest in showbiz.
"Kasi naka-focus [sa studies], kasi mage-enroll na siya, magka-college na siya," he said.
We asked Richard what plans Juliana has made for college.
He confirmed Juliana plans to study at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.
"Mage-enroll siya sa UP, sa Public Administration, Governance."
He mentioned that Juliana plans to take the degree as her pre-law course.
We teased Richard about the possibility of his unica hija following in his footsteps as a politician.
He responded with a chuckle, "Hindi ko alam. Bahala siya."