Richard Frank Icasiano Gomez was born April 7, 1966. He is a Filipino athlete, television presenter, actor, director and politician. He graduated from the University of the Philippines Open University, associate in arts 2009 and the University of Perpetual Help Service System DALTA , Masters in Business Administration, 2016. He earned a doctorate in public administration from the Cebu Technological University in 2019.
Gomez assumed office as mayor of Ormoc City on June 30, 2016. Gomez was a leading actor in movies in the early 1990s and won several awards and nominations. He is the only child of race car driver Eddie Kelly Gomez and Josephine Icasiano, an actress in the 1960s. His cousin is Stella Suarez Jr. who was adopted by his parents and raised as his sibling. He was raised by his grandmother after his parents separated. He was working at McDonald’s when he was discovered by his late talent manager Douglas Quijano. He then became one of the faces of Bench, a Philippine clothing brand. He debuted in acting in the 1984 movie Hindi Mo Ako Kayang Tapakan. In 1998, he married Lucy Torres with whom he has a daughter.
He was a gold medalist in fencing at the 2005 Southeast Asian Games and is the president of the Philippine Fencing Association. He is an organizer for “Goma Cup ” and MAD , a campaign against use of illegal drugs. He became one of the owners of “FELIX”, a restaurant in Greenbelt 5 Makati. Gomez hosted the Philippine edition of Family Feud on GMA Network. He is a GMA Network contract artist under GMA Artist Centre. After his movie Filipinas in 2003, Gomez made a comeback in the indie film Bente which starred Senator Jinggoy Estrada and Iza Calzado. He briefly returned to GMA Network in the weekly drama anthology, Claudine, and returned to the Kapatid Network The 5 Network after 17 years by hosting the weekend variety show, P.O.5. He appeared in the drama show,My Driver Sweet Lover, and Mga Nagbabagang Bulaklak. In 2015, he starred in the mystery drama You’re my home with Dawn Zulueta and an ensemble cast.
Aside from his native tongue Tagalog, Gomez is also fluent in English and Cebuano. Gomez was a nominee of Mamamayan Ayaw sa Droga Partylist in the Congressional election of 2001. Their party won but was disqualified for failing to present proof of sectoral representation. He planned to run as governor of Bulacan province but, lacking the residency requirements, ran instead as an independent in the 2007 elections which he lost. In 2010, he was disqualified by the Commission on Elections for failing to establish residency in Ormoc City. His wife took his place and won. He served as his wife’s chief of staff during her term as congresswoman. In 2013, he ran for mayor of Ormoc City but lost. In 2016, he ran again and won, and in May 2019 was reelected.
As for now, Richard has his own YouTube channel, Richard Gomez, where he prepares interesting dishes and makes cooking videos. His channel has over 537K followers,and there are 105 uploaded videos. On Instagram, people have the chance to see Richard’s lifestyle. Gomes’s account is richardgomezinstagram and has more than 1.3 million followers.