Gloria Diaz

This name uses Philippine naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Aspillera and the second or paternal family name is Diaz.
Gloria Diaz
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Gloria Aspillera Diaz[Note 1]
(1951-03-10) March 10, 1951
Manila, Philippines[1]
Hometown Aringay, La Union, Philippines and Baclaran, Parañaque
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1969–present
Title(s) Binibining Pilipinas Universe 1969
Miss Universe 1969
Binibining Pilipinas 1969
(Winner- Binibining Pilipinas Universe 1969)
Miss Universe 1969
(10 Best in Swimsuit)

Gloria Aspillera Diaz[Note 1] (born March 10, 1951)[1] 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.[2]

Early life and family

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.[3]


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.[4]

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.

Acting career


For several decades now, Díaz has been considered a brilliant actress within the world of Philippine cinema and television. 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 received TV popularity after appearing in the sitcom Kool Ka Lang on GMA in 2001.

In 2006, Díaz was cast in the psychological thriller Nasaan Ka Man alongside award-winning actress Hild 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. [5]

Recent work

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.


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:

"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 Dream Dad Nenita Viray-Javier ABS-CBN
Maalaala Mo Kaya Lola
Mirabella Lucia Magnolia Flores
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


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
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
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
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

Year Film/TV Show Category Organization Results
2010Sagrada Familia Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Drama, Musical or Comedy) Golden Screen Awards for MoviesNominated
Best Actress for a Supporting Role FAMAS Awards Won
Movie Supporting Actress of the Year PMPC Star Awards for MoviesWon
2008Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo Nominated
2007Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo Best Supporting Actress Gawad Urian Awards Nominated
2006Nasaan 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
2002Batang West Side Won
1999Miguel/Michelle Best Actress FAMAS Awards Nominated
Jose Rizal Best Supporting ActressNominated
1998Best 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.


  1. 1 2 "Philippines, Manila, Civil Registration, 1899–1984 Image Philippines, Manila, Civil Registration, 1899–1984; ark:/61903/3:1:939F-VT9T-Z3 —". Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  2. "Gloria Diaz - the first ever Miss Universe from Philippines". Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  3. Gloria Diaz spends Holidays in Manila for a change
  4. The Gloria Diaz Story Archived April 30, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  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.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Brazil Martha Vasconcellos
Miss Universe
Philippines 1969
Succeeded by
Puerto Rico Marisol Malaret
Preceded by
Charina Zaragoza
Binibining Pilipinas Universe
Succeeded by
Simonette Delos Reyes
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