|Beauty pageant titleholder|
|Born||Gemma Teresa Guerrero Cruz
|Title(s)||Miss International 1964|
|Miss International 1964
Gemma Teresa Guerrero Cruz Araneta is the first Philippine delegate to win the Miss International title in the pageant's fifth edition in Long Beach, California in 1964. She is the first Southeast Asian and Filipina to win an international beauty pageant title.
Araneta received an "Outstanding Manileña" and a "Golden Heart" Presidential decoration from President Diosdado Macapagal .
Araneta's paternal great-grandmother was Doña Maria Mercado, the sister of the Philippine's national hero, José Rizal. Her mother is writer and journalist Carmen Guerrero Nakpil, and her maternal uncle is writer and diplomat León María Guerrero III.
Rise to fame
She earned the right to represent the country by winning the Miss Philippines pageant, sponsored by the City of Manila in 1964. Araneta donated the US$10,000 prize money she won as Miss International to Manila Boys Town and Girls Home, a place where indigent and out of school youth are housed, in Marikina City, Philippines. This led the Congress to pass a resolution to exempt her from paying taxes.[unreliable source?]
Araneta first entered public service in 1968 when then-President Ferdinand Marcos appointed her Director of the National Museum. She was concurrently a member of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. She was appointed Secretary of Tourism by President Joseph Estrada, a position she held from June 30, 1998 to January 20, 2001. She resumed her writing career in 2001 and has now a bi-weekly column editorial section in Manila Bulletin.
In 2003, she was elected director/trustee and president of Heritage Conservation Society of the Philippines and was re-elected in February 2006.
To date, Araneta has authored and co-authored six books namely:
- Makisig, the Little Hero of Mactan
- Hanoi Diary: Beauty and Fashion for the Filipina (co-author)
- Sentimiento: Fiction and Nostagia
- Katha at Salamisim
- El Galeon de Manila: Un Mar de Historias (co-author)
- Stones of Faith
In April 2010, Araneta was named as one of the members of the Board of Regents of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.
- Teodoro, Luis. "Dynasty". Archived from the original on 2007-08-20. Retrieved 2007-06-07.
- Rizal Family Tree "Rizal Family Tree". Retrieved 2008-03-19.
- "Congratulations to Precious Lara Quigaman". Retrieved 2007-06-07.
- "Link broken as of 2008-03-19". Archived from the original on 2007-03-23. Retrieved 2007-06-07.
- Picornell, Jaime (2006-08-02). "Casa Gorordo Museum reopens on Aug. 21". Cebu Daily News. Retrieved 2006-06-07.
- "Link broken as of 2008-03-19". Retrieved 2007-06-07.
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