Gloria Maria Aspillera Daza[Note 1] (nee Diaz, born 5 April 1951), better known as Gloria Diaz, is a Filipino actress, TV host and beauty queen who is the first Filipina to win the Miss Universe crown in 1969 in Miami Beach, Florida.
Diaz in 2017
Gloria Aspillera Diaz[Note 1]
5 April 1951
|Home town||Aringay, La Union, Philippines and Baclaran, Parañaque|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (168 cm)|
|Title||Binibining Pilipinas Universe 1969|
Miss Universe 1969
|Beauty pageant titleholder|
|Binibining Pilipinas 1969|
(Winner- Binibining Pilipinas Universe 1969)
Miss Universe 1969
(10 Best in Swimsuit)
Early life and familyEdit
While studying in college, Díaz was scouted by a pageant aficionado and was convinced to join the sixth edition of Binibining Pilipinas. Her looks and, more importantly, her wit captivated the audience and she was crowned Binibining Pilipinas - Universe 1969 at 18 years old.
Díaz was then sent to Miami Beach, Florida, U.S. to compete in Miss Universe 1969. Arriving at the pageant as an early favorite, Díaz did not disappoint and sailed throughout all the pageant's event that led up to the final at the Miami Beach Auditorium. Making it to the Top 5, she participated in the final question round and her answer to the question regarding "men in the moon" charmed the audience and the judges. She was crowned Miss Universe on 19 July 1969 and becoming the very first Filipino to win the Miss Universe crown. News of her victory (and her measurements) were communicated to the crew members of the Apollo 11 during their mission.
During her reign, Díaz travelled to several countries to promote the advocacies supported by the Miss Universe Organization as well as appeared in many public and television events in the United States.
Shortly after her reign as Miss Universe ended, she pursued an acting career in the Philippines and in 1975, she was cast in her breakthrough performance as Isabel in the critically acclaimed Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa.
Her performance in the film was met with praise by film critics and was considered one of the most promising breakthroughs of any actress in Philippine cinema. Later that year, she was nominated for a FAMAS Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role.
Díaz continued acting in film for many years before trying out starring in television. It was in 1996 when she starred in her first television series Anna Karenina. She garnered popularity after appearing in the sitcom Kool Ka Lang on GMA in 1998. That same year, she appeared in the biopic Jose Rizal, where she played Rizal's mother Dona Teodora Alonzo. Her portrayal of Rizal's mother won her Best Supporting Actress at the 1998 Metro Manila Film Festival.
In 2006, Díaz was cast in the psychological thriller Nasaan Ka Man, alongside award-winning actress Hilda Koronel and Claudine Barretto, Diether Ocampo and Jericho Rosales. For her role as Lilia, a woman trying to suppress her distraught as she tries to keep her family together, she was once again nominated and eventually awarded the FAMAS for Best Supporting Actress.
Díaz once again won a FAMAS Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the highly acclaimed Sagrada Familia. On television, she has appeared in Glamorosa, May Isang Pangarap, Mirabella and Dream Dad. Recently, she has been part of blockbuster comedies such as 2012's Sisterakas and 2013's Kung Fu Divas.
Díaz obtained her high school diploma from the basic education department of St. Scholastica's College Manila. She is separated from businessman Gabriel "Bong" Daza, with whom she has two daughters, Isabelle and Ava and son Raphael.
In a TV Patrol interview shortly after the Miss Universe 2010 pageant on 23 August, Díaz commented on Binibining Pilipinas 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:
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. 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 (1 September 2010). "Apologize to Cebuanos, Diaz told". Cebu Daily News. Inquirer Global Nation. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
|2013||Kung Fu Divas||Charlotte's Adopted Mother||Star Cinema|
|2012||Sisterakas||Maria Laurel||Star Cinema|
|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|
|2002||Batang Westside||Hinabing Pangarap|
|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|
|1997||Kirot sa Puso|
|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|
|1985||Menudo't Pandesal||Essex Films|
|Sa Totoo Lang!||Amy||Viva Films|
|Lalakwe||Bea Vergo||Essex Films|
|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|
|Cinq et la Peau||Bancom Audiovision|
Les Films de l'Alma
|1981||Palabra de Honor||Victoria||Viva Films|
|Uhaw na Dagat||Magda||Bancom Audiovision|
|1979||Andres de Saya||Matilde||Golden Lions Films |
|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 awardsEdit
|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|
- 1. 1 Some sources reported her given name as Gloria Maria, however Maria is not indicated on her birth certificate.
- "Philippines, Manila, Civil Registration, 1899–1984 Image Philippines, Manila, Civil Registration, 1899–1984; ark:/61903/3:1:939F-VT9T-Z3 — FamilySearch.org". Retrieved 30 December 2015.
- Gloria Diaz spends Holidays in Manila for a change
- Internet Movie Data Base for Nasaan Ka Man.
- Lao, Garry B. (27 August 2010). "Gloria Diaz "slur" angers Cebuanos". PhilStar.com. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
- De Los Angeles, Edison (1 September 2010). "Apologize to Cebuanos, Diaz told". Cebu Daily News. Inquirer Global Nation. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
- "Gloria Diaz now 'persona non grata' in Cebu: report". ABSCBNNews.com. 1 September 2010. Retrieved 2 September 2010.