Gloria Maria Aspillera Diaz (Tagalog: [ˈɡloɾja ˈdɪas]; born April 5, 1951) 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.
Gloria Maria Aspillera Diaz
April 5, 1951
|Occupation(s)||Actress, beauty queen|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (165 cm)|
Gabriel Daza III
(m. 1986; div. 1995)
|Partner||Michael Osmeña de Jesus|
|Children||3, including Isabelle Daza|
|Beauty pageant titleholder|
|Title||Miss Universe 1969|
|Hair color||Dark brown|
|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, 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2020, Díaz returned to TV5 to play the role of Belinda "Tyang Bella" Vasquez on Oh My Dad!.
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.
In 2010, the Cebu chapter of the Vice Mayors League declared Gloria Diaz persona non grata.
|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|
|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|
|Putik Ka Man... Sa Alabok Magbabalik||Emperor Films International|
|Ganito Kami Noon... Paano Kayo Ngayon?||Diding||Hemisphere Pictures|
|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.|
|1979||Ikaw ang Miss Universe Nang Buhay Ko|
|1980||Andres de Saya||Matilde||Golden Lions Films|
|Wild Animals||Regal Films|
|1981||Uhaw Na Dagat||Magda||Bancom Audiovision Corporation|
|1982||Five and the Skin||Bancom Audiovision|
Les Films de l'Alma
|Andres de Saya (Mabagsik Na Daw)||Matilde||Golden Lions Films|
|1983||Palabra de Honor||Victoria||Viva Films|
|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|
|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|
|Kirot sa Puso|
|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|
|2003||Nympha||Nana Issa||Regal Films|
|Captain Barbell||Cielo's mom||Premiere Entertainment Productions|
|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|
|2013||Kung Fu Divas||Charlotte's adoptive mother||Star Cinema|
|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)||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||Mistaken Identity||Queen Mercedes||GMA Network|
|100 Days to Heaven||Dolores Bustamante||ABS-CBN|
|2010||Beauty Queen||Madame Yuri Sandoval||GMA Network|
|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|
|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
|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."
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. 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
On September 1, 2010, the Vice Mayors' League of the Philippines-Cebu passed a resolution declaring Díaz a persona non grata within Cebu City.
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