Friday, February 15, 2008
Gloria Maria Aspillera Diaz is a veteran in Philippine cinema, and the first Filipino to bring home the Miss Universe crown.
She was born on 1950 in Aringay, La Union. Often referred to as one of the Diaz clan in newspapers, Diaz was one of 12 children.
She became Miss Philippines in 1969 and represented the country in the 1969 Miss Universe Pageant in Miami, Florida. She was only eighteen when she was crowned Miss Universe of 1969 outsmarting other candidates on how to welcome the first men that had just landed on the moon as soon as the were back on the planet. President Richard M. Nixon described 1969 as the year when "the Americans conquered the moon, but the Philippines conquered the universe!"
Díaz is also a well-respected actress in the Philippine film and TV industry. Her box-office mettle, as well as her acting prowess, was recently honored when she received the most-coveted FAMAS Award (the Philippine equivalent of the Oscars) of the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences for Best Supporting Actress in her role as a spinster adoptive mother in the FAMAS Best Picture Nasaan Ka Man (2005). To date, she had made 38 movies her latest was the box-office Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo.
Gloria Diaz - an Ilocano pride. The Ilocana talent, beauty and brain is truly universal.
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