A work of art of four National Artists, the Urdaneta Park is a testimonial to the Spanish friar, navigator, and cosmographer for whom Urdaneta City was named for.
Born Barbara Muñoz Perez III, after her grandmother and mother, she is the eldest among the nine children of Antonio Perez from Urdaneta, Pangasinan and Barbara Munoz of Manila. Her grandfather was a Spanish engineer, who was among the builders of the national landmark, Manila Hotel.
Perez was a journalism junior at University of Santo Tomas before entering showbiz. She married veteran dramatic actor Robert Arevalo, with whom she has three children, Anna, a director of commercials; Georgina, a full-time hands-on mom; and Christian, a student at Xavier School.