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
Binibining Pilipinas 1969
Miss Universe 1969

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.


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]



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


Year Title Role Company
2013 Kung Fu Divas Charlotte's Adopted Mother Star Cinema & Reality Entertainment
2012 Sisterakas Maria Laurel Star Cinema & Viva Films
2012 The Mommy Returns Mabel Regal Films
2008 Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat Pres. Hillary Dafalong Star Cinema
2007 Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo Charito Star Cinema
2006 Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo Charito Star Cinema
2005 Nasaan Ka Man Lilia Star Cinema
2004 So Happy Together Daisy Regal Films
1999 Dahil May Isang Ikaw Nanay Ruby Viva Films
1998 Jose Rizal Teodora Alonzo GMA Films
  • Sarah: The Teen Princess (2003) TV Series
  • Nympha (2003)
  • Batang West Side (2002)
  • Milagro's Calling (2002)
  • Bakit 'di Totohanin (2001)
  • Bob, Verushka & The Pursuit of Happiness (2000)
  • Jose Rizal (1998) (FAMAS Awards: Best Supporting Actress nominee)
  • Miguel/Michelle (1998) (FAMAS Awards: Best Actress nominee)
  • Kirot sa Puso (1997)
  • Reputasyon (1997)
  • Dyesebel (1996)
  • Trese (1990)
  • Love at First Sight (1990)
  • Island of Desire (1990)
  • Sagot ng Puso (1990)
  • My Pretty Baby (1989)
  • Sa Likod ng Kasalanan (1988)
  • Working Girls 2 (1987)
  • Ang Daigdig ay Isang Butil na Luha (1986)
  • Andres de Saya 3 (1986)
  • Menudo't Pandesal (1985)
  • Sa Totoo Lang! (1985)
  • Lalakwe (1985)
  • Goatbuster (1984)
  • Momooo (1984)
  • May Daga sa Labas ng Lungga (1984)
  • May Lamok sa Loob ng Kulambo (1984)
  • Andres de Saya 2 (1982)
  • Cinq et la Peau (1982) aka Five and the Skin (International: English title)
  • Palabra De Honor (1981)
  • Uhaw na Dagat (1981)
  • Andres de Saya (1979)
  • Ikaw ang Miss Universe Nang Buhay Ko (1979)
  • Sinong Kapiling? Sinong Kasiping? (1977)
  • Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon (1976)
  • Sa Pag-ikot Ng Mundo (1975)
  • Ang Nobya Kong Sexy (1975)
  • Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa (1974) (FAMAS Awards: Best Actress nominee)

Nominations and Awards[edit]

Film/TV Show Category Organization
Sagrada Familia (2010) Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Drama, Musical or Comedy) (nominated) Golden Screen Awards (2010)
Sagrada Familia (2010) Best Actress for a Supporting Role FAMAS Awards (2010)
Sagrada Familia (2010) Movie Supporting Actress of the Year Star Awards for Movie (2010)
Sakal, sakali, saklolo (2007) Movie Supporting Actress of the Year Star Awards for Movie (2008)
Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo (2006) Best Supporting Actress (nominated) Gawad Urian Awards (2007)
Nasaan Ka Man (2005) Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Drama, Musical or Comedy) (nominated) Golden Screen Awards (2006)
Nasaan Ka Man (2005) Movie Supporting Actress of the Year Star Awards for Movie (2006)
Nasaan Ka Man (2005) Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role Young Critics Circle (2006)
Nasaan Ka Man (2005) Best Supporting Actress FAMAS Awards (2006)
Nasaan Ka Man (2005) Best Supporting Actress (nominated) Gawad Urian Awards (2006)
Batang West Side (2001) Best Supporting Actress Gawad Urian Awards (2002)
Miguel/Michelle (1998) Best Actress (nominated) FAMAS Awards (1999)
Jose Rizal (1998) Best Supporting Actress (nominated) FAMAS Awards (1999)
José Rizal (1998) Best Supporting Actress Metro Manila Film Festival 1998
Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa (1975) Best Actress (nominated) FAMAS Award (1975)


  1. ^ Gloria Diaz shares view on remakes.
  2. ^
  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". 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". 1 September 2010. Retrieved 2 September 2010. 

External links[edit]

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