Why the year 1969 is sentimental for Gloria Diaz

Gloria Diaz said that the year 1969 will always be sentimental for her because not only was it the year she became the Philippines’ first Miss Universe winner but more so, it was the year that changed her life.

During the online media conference for the iWant series Beauty Queens on Tuesday, July 14, the actress was asked on her thoughts about Filipino pageant fans remembering forever the year she brought honor to the country.

“Of course I’m thrilled. And 1969 is a special day and year for me. I was 18-years-old and I didn’t know what was happening,” Gloria said.

“But afterwards, you realize that it’ll change your life. And that’s how I am here. I always think it’s sentimental and I always meet a lot of people who remember exactly the year. So, you cannot even cheat on your age. And how long ago was it? 50 years ago," she said, adding:

"Yes, I am very sentimental about that year.”

Gloria won the title of Miss Universe on July 19, 1969. The pageant was held in Miami, Florida. The year was also historical because it was the same year that two US astronauts – Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin landed and walked on the moon. (READ: LOOK BACK: Gloria Diaz, forever Miss Universe Icon)

After her reign as Miss Universe, Gloria went on to become one of the country’s top actresses, appearing in movies and teleseryes

In Beauty Queens, Gloria plays the role of Dahlia, a beauty queen who won the Miss Universe title in 1969. She is determined to keep the tradition by encouraging her two daughters, Daisy and Tingting, to join beauty pageants despite them having other plans in life. Meanwhile, her only son Rico joins Miss Gay Universe much to her surprise.

Beauty Queens stars Maxine Medina, Winwyn Marquez, Ross Pesigan, Maris Racal, Lotlot de Leon, and James Blanco. The series is directed by Joel Lamangan and is available on iWant. – Rappler.com

Alexa Villano

Alexa is one of Rappler's Lifestyle and Entertainment reporters, covering local entertainment news to a wide range of topics from beauty pageants to reality shows.