Gloria Diaz is the first-ever Philipina to win Miss Universe crown back in the year 1969. Gloria Diaz went on to pursue her career in acting and has done a role in various films, TV series, TV movies, and TV mini-series. She has played roles such as ‘Teodora Alonso’ in the biopic, ‘Jose Rizal’, ‘Lilia’ in ‘Nasaan Ka Mann’ among others. She has bagged ‘FAMAS Best Supporting Actress’ and ‘PMPC Star Awards for ‘Movie Supporting Actress of the Year’ for films like ‘Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo’, and ‘‘Nasaan Ka Man’.
Table of Biography
Early life and Childhood
Gloria Diaz’s full name is Gloria Maria Aspillera Diaz. She was born on 10 March 1951 in Manila, Philippines. 69 years old actress was born to Jaime Diaz and Teresa Aspillera. However, she has not disclosed what her parents do for a living.
Beauty queen, Diaz is a Filipino by nationality while her ethnicity is not disclosed. She was born with an astronomical sign of Pisces. She was born into a family of twelve children. Furthermore, the names of her sisters available to us are Rio Diaz, Aurora Diaz, Georgia Diaz, Ruby Diaz-Roa, Didit Diaz, Benjie Diaz, while Ramon Diaz is her brother.
Regarding her educational background, she had her high school diploma from the basic education department of St. Scholastica’s College Manila.
The journey of Miss Universe
Díaz was convinced and approached by a pageant connoisseur to take part in Binibining Pilipinas while studying in college. At the age of 18, she was crowned Binibining Pilipinas-Universe 1969. Her shrewdness and her looks have aided her to win the pageant title.
After winning the title of Binibining Philipinas, she was sent to Miami Beach, Florida, U.S in order to compete with Miss Universe 1969. Diaz did not let down anybody’s expectations. She sailed throughout all the pageant’s events that led up to the finals at the Miami Beach Auditorium. She made it to Top 5 and her final answer to the question, regarding “men in the moon” captivated judges and the audience. She was crowned as Miss Universe on July 19, 1969, and became the first Filipina to win the Miss Universe crown. Her victory reached to the Apollo 11 crew during their space mission.
During her tenure, she traveled to several countries to promote the advocacies supported by the Miss Universe Organization. Furthermore, she appeared in many public and television events in the United States.
Over the four decades, she has successfully been in the limelight with great poise. She is a brilliant actress within the world of Philippine Big screen and Television. As her tenure as Miss Universe ended, she pursued an acting career in the Philippines. Her first performance as Isabel in the movie, ‘The Most Beautiful Animal in the World’ became her major breakthrough.
Before landing on TV series, Diaz has done many films on Big Screen such as ‘Amor’, ‘An Affair in Tahiti’, ‘Balakyot’, and ‘Wanakosey’ to name a few. Her few roles like ‘Dolores in ‘Audalucia’ and ‘Matilde ‘Diding’ Diaz Patron’ in the movie, ‘This Is How We Were Before, How Are You Doing Now’? were lauded by the audience. In 1978, she presented herself in the TV series, ‘Flordeluna’.
In 1996, she appeared in the drama series, ‘Anna Karenina’. She amassed immense popularity for her character, ‘Nadia’ after appearing in the sitcom ‘Kool Ka Lang’ on GMA Network in 1998. Furthermore, she portrayed the role of ‘Lilia’ in ‘Wherever You Are’, ‘Daisy’ in ‘So… Happy Together’, and ‘Charito’ in ‘Kasal,kasali,kasalo’. Similarly, Diaz was a ‘Big Sister’ in the reality show of the Philippines, ‘Pinoy Big Brother Drama Special: The Final Task’.Similarly, she played the role of ‘Teodora Alonso’ in the biopic, ‘Jose Rizal’.
Similarly, from 2004-2006, she appeared in ‘Love To Love’ as a Susan in two of its episodes. The same year, Diaz Díaz appeared in the psychological thriller, ‘Nasaan Ka Man’ alongside Hilda Koronel, Claudine Barretto, and Jericho Rosales. Her portrayal as ‘Lilia’-a woman trying to suppress her distraught as she tries to keep her family together was once again highly popular among the audiences.
In 2007, she did two TV series named, ‘Love To Love’ and ‘Sana maulit muli’. She guest-starred as herself in the former while she played the role of ‘Monica Johnson’ in the latter. In 2009, she was offered the movie, ‘The Only Mother to You All’. Furthermore, in 2009, she portrayed the role of ‘Pinky Ortega’ in the TV series, ‘Nagsimula sa puso’.
From 2010 -2011, Diaz did TV mini-series, TV movies, TV series, and Big cinema. She played roles as ‘Paula Fernandez’ in ‘Diva’, ‘Yuri Sandoval’ in ‘Beauty Queen’, ‘Dolores Bustamante’ in ‘100 Days to Heaven’ amongst others. Similarly, she did one TV mini-series,’Mistaken Identity’ where she was Queen Mercedes in 2011. The same year, she was also seen in the TV series, ‘Glamorous’ and TV movie, “Medical Center’.
Diaz appeared in several ABS-CBN television dramas from the year 2012-2018. Some of them are ‘Kung Ako’y liwan Mo, May Isang Pangarap, Mirabella. In the movie, ‘Chedeng and Apple’, she played the role of Chdeng. Similarly, she played several roles in,’Maalaala Mo Kaya’ TV series that was airing since 1991 and ended in 2017. She has unique roles in like Mommy, Joel’s Mother, Ising, Adora, Rosita in a few of the episodes.
Talking about her other on-screen appearances includes her role as “Remedios’ in ‘Dear Uge’. Likewise, ‘Natalia Roces’ in ‘Pamilya Roces’ and ‘Gloria Reyes’ in ‘Insatiable’ were her other on-screen projects in the year 2018 and 2019 respectively. As of now, she is in the spotlight with her role as ‘Dahlia/Dahlia Rodriguez-De Veyra’ in the TV mini-series, ‘Beauty Queens’.
Awards and Nominations
For her first-ever movie, ‘The Best Animal in the world’, Gloria bagged ‘Best Actress’ Award in ‘FAMAS Awards’. Similarly, she got the ‘Best Supporting Actress’ award for the biopic, ‘Jose Rizal’ in 1998. In 2006, for ‘Nasaan Ka Man’, she won ‘FAMAS Best Supporting Actress’ and ‘PMPC Star Awards for ‘Movie Supporting Actress of the Year’. Similarly, she won awards under the same category in the years 2008 and 2010. In 2008, for ‘Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo’, she was given “Movie Supporting Actress of the Year” while for the ‘Sagrada Familia’, she bagged ‘Best Actress for a Supporting Role’ award.
Diaz commented on Binibining Pilipinas contestant Venus Raj on becoming 4th runner-up. Diaz put forwarded her view that Raj and other Filipinas would benefit from answering pageant questions via the use of an interpreter rather than in English. Again she stated that “Because when you think about a Cebuana can hardly speak English and of course Tagalog. Maybe she should answer in Bisaya”. Her response created fuss among Cebuanos, who felt that Díaz insulted their English proficiency.
Cebuano politicians such as Cebu Governor, Gwendolyn Garcia ‘ and “Congresswoman, ‘Rachel del Mar’ asked her to apologize. Gloria being herself she did not saw any fault on her side, instead, she clarified saying: 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..
Multi-talented Gloria is an actress, model, and beauty queen. Her income details are not available separately, but her hard work has paid off her well. She owns a net worth of $8 million in total.
Gloria Diaz is straight and a married woman. She tied the knot with a businessman, Gabriel Daza. The duo has two daughters and a son. Her daughters are Ava Daza and Isabelle Daza while her son’s name is Raphael Daza. Unfortunately, they could not have a sustaining relationship. Gabriel is her ex-husband and she is happy with her partner, Mike de Jesus as of now.
Body Measurements and Social Media
Veteran actress, Gloria stands tall with a height of 5 feet and 5 inches while her weight is not available. Likewise, her body measurements are recorded as 34.5-23-34.5. Furthermore, her black hair and black eyes make her appear more appealing among others.
She is a diva and no wonder she has a massive fan following in social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Diaz has an Instagram handle, @its.gloriadiaz with a blue tick mark. Her Instagram handle’s followers have reached 64.4k followers. Her Twitter account with the username, @MissGloriaDiaz has few followers in comparison to Instagram. Talking about her followers on Twitter she just has 10 followers while she is not active on Facebook.