Gloria Diaz

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Gloria Maria Aspillera Diaz (born March 10, 1951),[1] professionally known as Gloria Diaz, is a Filipino multi-awarded actress of film and television, model, and beauty queen who rose to fame after being crowned Miss Universe 1969, becoming the first Filipina to hold the Miss Universe title.[2]

Early life and family

Often cited as being part of the Díaz clan,[3][4][2] she is one of twelve children (ten girls and two boys). Her sister, Rio Díaz, was also an actress and beauty titlist.[5]


Commemorative stamp featuring Filipino winners of the Miss Universe pageant including Diaz herself (left).

While studying in college, Díaz was scouted by a pageant aficionado and was convinced to join the sixth edition of Binibining Pilipinas.[6] 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 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.[7]

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 career


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.[8]

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 works

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 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). She also appeared as a fictional version of herself in the second season of the Netflix series Insatiable with Dallas Roberts and Debby Ryan.[9]

In 2020, Díaz returned to TV5.

Personal life

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 III, with whom she has two daughters, Isabelle and Ava, and one son, Raphael.

In 2010, the Cebu chapter of the Vice Mayors League declared Gloria Diaz persona non grata.[10][11]



Year Title Role Network
2020 Oh My Dad! Belinda "Tyang Bella" Vasquez TV5
Beauty Queens Dahlia Rodriguez-De Veyra iWant
2019 Insatiable (season 2)[9] 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
1974 Miss Universe 1974 Herself
1970 Miss Universe 1970 Herself / Reigning Miss Universe
1969 Miss Universe 1969 Herself / Contestant / Winner


Year Title Role Company
2019 Unbreakable Star Cinema
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
Goat Buster Jane Lea Productions
Lalakwe Bea Vergo Essex Films
1984 Moomoo
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 Andalucia Dolores LEA Productions
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
2010 Sagrada Familia Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Drama, Musical or Comedy) Golden Screen Awards for Movies
Best Actress for a Supporting Role FAMAS Awards
Movie Supporting Actress of the Year PMPC Star Awards for Movies
2008 Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo
2007 Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo Best Supporting Actress Gawad Urian Awards
2006 Nasaan Ka Man Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Drama, Musical or Comedy) Golden Screen Awards for Movies
Movie Supporting Actress of the Year PMPC Star Awards for Movie
Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role Young Critics Circle
Best Supporting Actress FAMAS Awards
Gawad Urian Awards
2002 Batang West Side
1999 Miguel/Michelle Best Actress FAMAS Awards
Jose Rizal Best Supporting Actress
1998 Best Supporting Actress Metro Manila Film Festival
1975 Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa Best Actress FAMAS Awards


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."[12] 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.[13] In response to the controversy, Díaz saw no need to apologize and instead clarified her remarks:

On 1 September 2010, the Vice Mayors' League of the Philippines-Cebu passed a resolution declaring Díaz a persona non grata within Cebu City.[14]

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