Richard Gomez. Matinee idol, accomplished athlete, family man. One of the few actors who has remained a bankable presence in showbiz for the last 23 years.
Today, he is still one of the 10 sexiest men in the country. Keeping himself on top of his craft and in shape are things that Goma, as he is fondly called, works on. He is no gym rat; rather he is a successful athlete. Goma has won several Southeast Asian (SEA) Games medals in fencing as part of the Philippine team. He is one of the pioneers of Dragon Boat Racing in the country. He is a champion shooter and has a seven handicap in golf.
He got into politics after he married Lucy Torres in 1998. It was in 2001 that he began his foray into politics. He ran under the partylist MAD (Mamamayan Ayaw sa Droga) where they won a seat as a partylist representative. But politics got in the way and he was not allowed sit in Congress. He ran for the Senate in the last elections, but did not make it.
The athlete in Richard is not one to let any defeat bring him down. He takes it all in stride and knows that there is always something good that he can contribute whether in government or not.
“I treat life like sports,” says Richard. “Sometimes I win, sometimes I fail, but that shouldn’t stop me from trying and always doing my best.”
PHILIPPINE STAR: How did you get the nickname Goma?
Why did you use it in your showbiz career?
It is unique. Also, in the ’90s I would always have a new set of tires. They would say, “Si Goma, goma talaga ito kasi laging bago ang goma niya.”
How long have you been in showbiz?
I started in 1985, so 23 years.
How did you start in show business?
I was very lucky when I started. I was given the proper breaks. I had a movie right away with Maricel Soriano and William Martinez who at the time made up the hottest love team. After that, I had a series of good movie breaks.
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