Gloria Maria Aspillera Diaz (Tagalog: [ˈɡloɾja ˈdɪas]; born April 5, 1951)[1] is a Filipino actress of film and television, model and beauty queen who rose to fame after being crowned Miss Universe 1969, becoming the first Filipino to hold the Miss Universe title.[4]

Gloria Diaz
Gloria Diaz Miss Universe 2016.jpg
Diaz in 2017
Gloria Maria Aspillera Diaz

(1951-04-05) April 5, 1951 (age 72)
Manila, Philippines[1]
Occupation(s)Actress, beauty queen
Height5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Gabriel Daza III
(m. 1986; div. 1995)
PartnerMichael Osmeña de Jesus[2]
Children3, including Isabelle Daza[3]
Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMiss Universe 1969
Years active1969–present
Hair colorDark brown
Eye colorBrown
Binibining Pilipinas 1969
(Winner – Binibining Pilipinas Universe 1969)
Miss Universe 1969
(10 Best in Swimsuit)

Early life and familyEdit

Often cited as belonging to the famed Díaz clan of the Philippines,[5][6][4] she is one of twelve children (ten girls and two boys) of lawyer Jaime Diaz and model and socialite Teresa Aspillera. Her sister, Rio Díaz, was also an actress and beauty queen.[7]


Commemorative stamp featuring the first three Filipino winners of the Miss Universe pageant. (Diaz, left)

While studying in college, Díaz was scouted by a pageant aficionado and was convinced to join the sixth edition of Binibining Pilipinas.[8] Her looks and, more importantly, her wit captivated the audience and she was crowned 1969 Binibining Pilipinas 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 events that led up to the finals 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 as Miss Universe on July 19, 1969, and became the very first Filipina to win the Miss Universe crown. News of her victory (and her measurements) were communicated to the Apollo 11 crew members during their space mission.[9]

During her reign, Díaz travelled through 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.

Acting careerEdit


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 first appeared in the drama series Anna Karenina. She garnered popularity after appearing in the sitcom Kool Ka Lang on GMA Network in 1998. That same year, she appeared in the biopic film Jose Rizal where she played Rizal's mother Dona Teodora Alonso. Her portrayal of Rizal's mother won a Best Supporting Actress award 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, 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, Díaz was once again nominated and eventually awarded as FAMAS Best Supporting Actress.[10]

In 2009, she once again won a FAMAS Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the highly acclaimed film Sagrada Familia.

In 2010, she starred in two GMA projects, Beauty Queen and Diva. She returned to GMA for Mistaken Identity after a brief stint in 100 Days to Heaven.

In 2011, she played a supporting stint in her first TV5 project, Glamorosa, as Dra. Claudia Montesilva-Herrera.

Recent worksEdit

From 2012 to 2018, Díaz has appeared in several ABS-CBN television dramas including Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo, May Isang Pangarap, Mirabella, Dream Dad and roles in MMK and an appearance in Ipaglaban Mo. She returned to GMA again in 2018 to play an evil mother role on Pamilya Roces. She also participated in the blockbuster comedy films Sisterakas and Kung Fu Divas.

In 2019, Díaz returned to ABS-CBN and was recently cast in the afternoon drama series Los Bastardos where she portrayed the role of Soledad Cardinal, the long-lost wife of Don Roman Cardinal (Ronaldo Valdez), and Consuelo Cuevas, the mother of Lorenzo Cuevas (Joseph Marco). She also appeared as a fictional version of herself in the second season of the Netflix series Insatiable with Dallas Roberts and Debby Ryan.[11]

In 2020, Díaz returned to TV5 to play the role of Belinda "Tyang Bella" Vasquez on Oh My Dad!.

Personal lifeEdit

Díaz obtained her high school diploma from Saint Scholastica’s College of Manila.

She was married in 1986 in Manila with honeymoon in Diamond Head, Hawaii and later separated from businessman Gabriel Daza III in 1995, with whom she has two daughters, Isabelle and Ava, and one son, Raphael. After her separation with Daza, she has since been in a relationship with Michael Osmeña de Jesus, a Filipino banker.[12][13]

In 2010, the Cebu chapter of the Vice Mayors League declared Gloria Diaz persona non grata.[14][15]



Year Title Role Company
1974 Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa Isabel Gemini Films
Amor Amor Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions
1975 Ang Nobya Kong Sexy Lea Productions
An Affair in Tahiti Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions
Sa Pag-ikot ng Mundo Roma Films
Balakyot Imus Productions
Sa Ibabaw ng Lahat Gloria Diaz Productions
Diligin Mo ng Hamog ang Uhaw Na Lupa JE Productions
1976 Pugad ng Agila Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions
GD Productions
Brutus RVQ Productions
Putik Ka Man... Sa Alabok Magbabalik Emperor Films International
Andalucia Dolores LEA Productions
Ganito Kami Noon... Paano Kayo Ngayon? Diding Hemisphere Pictures
1977 Wanakosey FM Films
Babae! AM Productions
Sinong Kapiling? Sinong Kasiping? Hemisphere Pictures
Namangka sa Dalawang Ilog Villa Film Productions
Bawal: For Men Only JPM Productions
Babae... Ngayon at Kailanman Melros Production
1978 Ibalik Mo ang Araw sa Mundong Makasalanan Film Masters Inc.
Premiere Productions
1979 Ikaw ang Miss Universe Nang Buhay Ko
1980 Andres de Saya Matilde Golden Lions Films
Bukang Liwayway
Wild Animals Regal Films
1981 Uhaw Na Dagat Magda Bancom Audiovision Corporation
1982 Five and the Skin Bancom Audiovision
Les Films de l'Alma
Forum Distribution
Andres de Saya (Mabagsik Na Daw) Matilde Golden Lions Films
Bukang Liwayway
1983 Palabra de Honor Victoria Viva Films
Macho-nurin JE Productions
Hayop sa Ganda Cine Suerte
Nagalit ang Buwan sa Haba ng Gabi Stella de Joya Essex Films
Karibal Ko ang Aking Ina Bukang Liwayway Films
Minsan Isang Tag-init First International Film
1984 Hawakan Mo at Pigilan ang Kahapon Essex Films
May Lamok sa Loob ng Kulambo Ellen Rivas
May Daga sa Labas ng Lungga Ellen Rivas
1985 Lalakwe Bea Vergo Essex Films
Goat Buster sa Templo ni Dune Jane Lea Productions
Sa Totoo Lang! Amy Viva Films
Momooo Marigold Films
Menudo at Pandesal Essex Films
1986 Anomalya ni Andres de Saya Part III Matilde Golden Lion Films International
Bukang Liwayway Films
Mga Anghel ng Diyos HPC Films
Ang Daigdig Ay Isang Butil Na Luha
1987 Working Girls 2 Gabriela Viva Films
1988 Sa Likod ng Kasalanan
1989 My Pretty Baby Chiara/Biata Regal Films
1990 Sagot ng Puso Seiko Films
Love at First Sight Viva Films
Mga Birhen ng Ermita Pozon Films
Golden Lions Film Productions
Island of Desire Regal Films
1991 My Pretty Baby Regal Films
Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum Dexter Viva Films
1992 Miss Na Miss Kita (Utol Kong Hoodlum II) Dexter Viva Films
1993 Maj. Napoleon Velasco: Kumander Kalbo Emperor Films
Abel Morado, Ikaw ang Maysala Regal Films
Dalawa Laban sa Mundo: Ang Siga at ang Beauty Gladys' mother OctoArts Films
1994 Alyas Boy Ama: Tirador Moviestars Productions
1996 Dyesebel Banak Viva Films
1997 Reputasyon
Kirot sa Puso
1998 Miguel/Michelle Tinang Forefront Films
José Rizal Teodora Alonzo GMA Films
1999 Dahil May Isang Ikaw Nanay Ruby Viva Films
2000 Bob, Verushka and the Pursuit of Happiness Botanica Vendor Angelina Productions
2001 Bakit 'Di Totohanin Isabel Star Cinema
2002 Milagro's Calling Milagro Chardonnay Films
Batang West Side Hinabing Pangarap
Jimon Productions
2003 Nympha Nana Issa Regal Films
Captain Barbell Cielo's mom Premiere Entertainment Productions
Viva Films
2004 So Happy Together Daisy Regal Films
2005 Nasaan Ka Man Lilia Star Cinema
2006 Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo Charito
2007 Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo Charito
2008 Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat Pres. Hillary Dafalong
2012 The Mommy Returns Mabel Regal Films
Sisterakas Maria Laurel Star Cinema
Viva Films
2013 Kung Fu Divas Charlotte's adoptive mother Star Cinema
Reality Entertainment
2019 Unbreakable Star Cinema


Year Title Role Network
2022 2 Good 2 Be True Helena Agcaoili-Wilson Kapamilya Channel
2020 Oh My Dad! Belinda "Tyang Bella" Vasquez TV5
Beauty Queens Dahlia Rodriguez-De Veyra iWant
2019 Insatiable (season 2)[11] Gloria Reyes Netflix
Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Los Bastardos Soledad de Jesus-Cardinal / Consuelo Cuevas ABS-CBN
2018 Pamilya Roces Natalia Austria-Roces GMA Network
Magpakailanman: The Ups and Downs of Snooky Serna Mila Ocampo
Dear Uge: Mommy Pasaway Remedios
Ipaglaban Mo: Daya Juanita ABS-CBN
2017 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Sumbrero Mommy
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Salamin Helen Vela
2014 Dream Dad Nenita Viray-Javier
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Seashells Adora
Mirabella Lucia Magnolia Flores
2013 May Isang Pangarap Olivia Rodriguez
2012 Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo Elvie Raymundo
2011-2012 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
Sarah the Teen Princess
2001 Kung Mawawala Ka Czarina Montemayor GMA Network
Kool Ka Lang Nadia
1996 Anna Karenina
1995 Kapag May Katwiran... Ipaglaban Mo!: "Ang Kay Pedro'y kay Pedro" ABS-CBN
1991 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Punyal
1974 Miss Universe 1974 Herself
1970 Miss Universe 1970 Herself / Reigning Miss Universe
1969 Miss Universe 1969 Herself / Contestant / Winner

Nominations and awardsEdit

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


In a TV Patrol interview shortly after the Miss Universe 2010 pageant on August 23, 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:

"Because when you think about a Cebuana can hardly speak English and of course Tagalog. Maybe she should answer in Bisaya."[16]

Her remark sparked outrage amongst many Cebuanos, who felt that Díaz insulted their English proficiency by championing the controversial issue of Tagalog imperialist culture in the Philippines. Cebuano politicians such as Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia and Congresswoman Rachel del Mar called on her to apologise.[17] In response to the controversy, Díaz declared there was 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[17]

On September 1, 2010, the Vice Mayors' League of the Philippines-Cebu passed a resolution declaring Díaz a persona non grata within Cebu City.[18]

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "Gloria Diaz proud of 21-year relationship with her partner".
  3. ^ "WATCH: Gloria Diaz gets candid with daughters Ava and Isabelle". May 15, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Filipina Hero, Gloria Diaz: Philippine's First Ever Miss Universe". PhilippineOne. December 23, 2017. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  5. ^ "Gloria Diaz spends Holidays in Manila for a change". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  6. ^ "LOOK: Gloria Diaz makes grand entrance in Netflix's 'Insatiable'". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  7. ^ "Gloria Diaz spends Holidays in Manila for a change". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Archived from the original on July 15, 2009. Retrieved March 21, 2010.
  8. ^ "Gloria Diaz — 50 years since conquering the Universe". The Manila Times. November 3, 2019. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  9. ^ This is the transcription of the Technical Air-to-Ground Voice Transmission (GOSS NET 1) from the Apollo 11 mission.
  10. ^ Internet Movie Data Base for Nasaan Ka Man.
  11. ^ a b "Did you know? Gloria Diaz will appear on Netflix show 'Insatiable'". ABS-CBN News. May 3, 2019. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  12. ^ "New DBP chief". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved January 12, 2023.
  13. ^ "Gloria Diaz proud of 21-year relationship with her partner". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved January 12, 2023.
  14. ^ "Seares: 'In pink of health, persona non grata'". Sunstar. June 28, 2017. Retrieved January 4, 2021.
  15. ^ "Cebu vice mayor's group declares Gloria Diaz 'persona non grata' - Filipino Journal". September 20, 2010. Retrieved January 4, 2021.
  16. ^ Lao, Garry B. (August 27, 2010). "Gloria Diaz "slur" angers Cebuanos". The Philippine Star. Archived from the original on September 7, 2012. Retrieved June 25, 2012.
  17. ^ a b De Los Angeles, Edison (September 1, 2010). "Apologize to Cebuanos, Diaz told". Cebu Daily News. Philippine Daily Inquirer. Inquirer Global Nation. Retrieved September 6, 2010.
  18. ^ "Gloria Diaz now 'persona non grata' in Cebu: report". ABS-CBN News. September 1, 2010. Retrieved September 2, 2010.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Miss Universe
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Charina Zaragoza
Binibining Pilipinas

Succeeded by
Simonette Delos Reyes