Gloria Maria Aspillera Diaz (born March 10, 1951), 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.
Early life and family
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 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.
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.
In 2020, Díaz returned to TV5.
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.
|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|
|1974||Miss Universe 1974||Herself|
|1970||Miss Universe 1970||Herself / Reigning Miss Universe|
|1969||Miss Universe 1969||Herself / Contestant / Winner|
|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|
|Goat Buster||Jane||Lea Productions|
|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|
|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
|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." 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:
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- This is the transcription of the Technical Air-to-Ground Voice Transmission (GOSS NET 1) from the Apollo 11 mission.
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- "Gloria Diaz now 'persona non grata' in Cebu: report", ABS-CBN News, 1 September 2010.