Gloria Diaz

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Gloria Díaz
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Gloria María Aspillera Díaz
(1951-03-10) 10 March 1951 (age 63)
Aringay, La Union, Philippines
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1969-present
Title(s) Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 1969
Miss Universe 1969
Major
competition(s)
Binibining Pilipinas 1969
(Winner)
Miss Universe 1969
(Winner)

Gloria María Aspillera Díaz (born March 10, 1951) is an award-winning actress in the Philippines,[1] and the first Filipino to win the Miss Universe crown in 1969 in Miami Beach, Florida.[2]

Early life and family[edit]

Often cited as being part of the Díaz clan in newspapers, she is one of twelve children (10 girls and 2 boys). Her sister, Rio Díaz, was also an actress and beauty titlist who died after a six-year battle with colon cancer.[3]

1969 Miss Universe[edit]

Díaz was approached by an individual who believed she would do well in the Miss Universe competition and groomed the young woman. Díaz was only 18 when she became Miss Universe 1969 after besting other candidates on the final question. It was about how to welcome the first men that had just landed on the moon -- Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins—as soon as they were back on the planet. She was crowned at the International American-owned pageant in Miami Beach, Florida, U.S. after their footage was set on the Statue of Liberty in New York.[4]

Acting career[edit]

Díaz is a well-known actress in Philippine cinema and television. Her box-office mettle and acting prowess were honoured with the coveted FAMAS Award from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences for Best Supporting Actress in the 2005 FAMAS Best Picture Nasaan Ka Man.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Díaz studied at St. Scholastica's College Manila. She is married to businessman Gabriel "Bong" Daza, with whom she has two daughters, Isabelle and Ava.

Controversy[edit]

In a TV Patrol interview shortly after the Miss Universe 2010 pageant on 23 August, Díaz commented on Miss Philippines contestant Venus Raj becoming 4th runner-up. She suggested in the interview that perhaps Raj and other Filipinas would benefit from answering pageant questions via the use of an interpreter rather than in English. Díaz further said that '[because] when you think about a Cebuana can hardly speak English and of course Tagalog. Maybe she should answer in Bisaya.'[6] Her remark sparked outrage amongst many Cebuanos, who felt that Díaz insulted their English proficiency. Cebuano politicians such as Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia and Congresswoman Rachel del Mar called on her to apologise.[7] In response to the controversy, Díaz saw no need to apologize and instead clarified her remarks:

Let me clarify it once and for all. People should have the right to say or to answer (questions) in whatever language they want to say it in. If they're Cebuanos, they can say it in Cebuano. I did not say that they did not speak English. If you're Ilocano, say it in Ilocano. But if you're Ilocano who speaks good English, say it in English. If you're Cebuano who can speak Spanish, if you're comfortable with Spanish, say it in Spanish. That's what I said and that's what I meant.

—Gloria Díaz, De Los Angeles, Edison (2010-09-01). "Apologize to Cebuanos, Diaz told". Cebu Daily News. Inquirer Global Nation. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 

On 1 September 2010, the Vice Mayors' League of the Philippines-Cebu passed a resolution declaring Díaz a persona non grata within Cebu City.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2014 Mirabella Lucia Magnolia Flores ABS-CBN
2013 May Isang Pangarap Olivia Rodriguez
2012 Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo Elvie Raymundo
Glamorosa Claudia Montesilva-Herrera TV5
2011 Mistaken Identity Queen Mercedes GMA Network
100 Days To Heaven Dolores Bustamante ABS-CBN
2010 Beauty Queen Madame Yuri Sandoval GMA Network
Diva Paula Fernandez
2009 Nagsimula sa Puso Pinky Ortega ABS-CBN
2007 Sana Maulit Muli Monica Johnson
2004 Star Circle National Teen Quest Judge
2003 Sarah The Teen Princess
2001 Kung Mawawala Ka Czarina Montemayor GMA Network
Kool Ka Lang Nadia
1996 Anna Karenina

Movies[edit]

Year Title Role Company
2013 Kung Fu Divas Charlotte's Adopted Mother Star Cinema
Reality Entertainment
2012 Sisterakas Maria Laurel Star Cinema
Viva Films
The Mommy Returns Mabel Regal Films
2008 Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat Pres. Hillary Dafalong Star Cinema
2007 Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo Charito
2006 Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo
2005 Nasaan Ka Man Lilia
2004 So Happy Together Daisy Regal Films
2003 Nympha Nana Issa
2002 Batang Westside Hinabing Pangarap
Jimon Productions
Milagro's Calling Milagro Chardonnay Films
2001 Bakit 'Di Totohanin Isabel Star Cinema
2000 Bob, Verushka and the Pursuit of Happiness Botanica Vendor Angelina Productions
1999 Dahil May Isang Ikaw Nanay Ruby Viva Films
1998 Jose Rizal Teodora Alonzo GMA Films
Miguel/Michelle Tinang Forefront Films
1997 Kirot sa Puso
Reputasyon
1996 Dyesebel Banak Viva Films
1990 Trese
Love at First Sight
Island of Desire Regal Films
Sagot ng Puso Seiko Films
1989 My Pretty Baby Chiara/Biata Regal Films
1988 Sa Likod ng Kasalanan
1987 Working Girls 2 Viva Films
1986 Ang Daigdig ay Isang Butil na Luha
Anomalya ni Andres de Saya Matilde Golden Lions Films
Bukang Liwayway
1985 Menudo't Pandesal Essex Films
Sa Totoo Lang! Amy Viva Films
Lalakwe Bea Vergo Essex Films
1984 Goatbuster Lea Productions
RVQ Productions
Moomoo
May Daga sa Labas ng Lungga Ellen Rivas Essex Films
May Lamok sa Loob ng Kulambo
1982 Andres de Saya Mabagsik na Daw Matilde Golden Lions Films
Bukang Liwayway
Cinq et la Peau Bancom Audiovision
G.P.F.I.
Les Films de l'Alma
Forum Distribution
1981 Palabra de Honor Victoria Viva Films
Uhaw na Dagat Magda Bancom Audiovision
1979 Andres de Saya Matilde Golden Lions Films
Bukang Liwayway
Ikaw ang Miss Universe Nang Buhay Ko
1977 Sinong Kapiling? Sinong Kasiping? Hemisphere Pictures
1976 Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon Diding
1975 Sa Pag-ikot ng Mundo Roma Films
Ang Nobya Kong Sexy Lea Productions
1974 Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa Isabel Gemini Films

Nominations and Awards[edit]

Year Film/TV Show Category Organization Results
2010 Sagrada Familia Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Drama, Musical or Comedy) Golden Screen Awards for Movies Nominated
Best Actress for a Supporting Role FAMAS Awards Won
Movie Supporting Actress of the Year PMPC Star Awards for Movies Won
2008 Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo Nominated
2007 Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo Best Supporting Actress Gawad Urian Awards Nominated
2006 Nasaan Ka Man Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Drama, Musical or Comedy) Golden Screen Awards for Movies Nominated
Movie Supporting Actress of the Year PMPC Star Awards for Movie Won
Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role Young Critics Circle Nominated
Best Supporting Actress FAMAS Awards Won
Gawad Urian Awards Nominated
2002 Batang West Side Won
1999 Miguel/Michelle Best Actress FAMAS Awards Nominated
Jose Rizal Best Supporting Actress Nominated
1998 Best Supporting Actress Metro Manila Film Festival Won
1975 Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa Best Actress FAMAS Awards Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gloria Diaz shares view on remakes.
  2. ^ "Gloria Diaz - the first ever Miss Universe from Philippines". Angelopedia.com. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ Gloria Diaz spends Holidays in Manila for a change
  4. ^ The Gloria Diaz Story[dead link]
  5. ^ Internet Movie Data Base for Nasaan Ka Man.
  6. ^ Lao, Garry B. (27 August 2010). "Gloria Diaz "slur" angers Cebuanos". PhilStar.com. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  7. ^ De Los Angeles, Edison (2010-09-01). "Apologize to Cebuanos, Diaz told". Cebu Daily News. Inquirer Global Nation. Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  8. ^ "Gloria Diaz now 'persona non grata' in Cebu: report". ABSCBNNews.com. 1 September 2010. Retrieved 2 September 2010. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Brazil Martha Vasconcellos
Miss Universe
1969
Succeeded by
Puerto Rico Marisol Malaret
Preceded by
Charina Zaragoza
Binibining Pilipinas-Universe
1969
Succeeded by
Simonette Delos Reyes