B-Day Lunch with Gloria Diaz and other Beauty Queens…

Happy Birthday Gloria!!!

I spent a lazy afternoon hanging out with birthday girl Gloria Diaz (Miss Universe 1969) and a bevy of beauty queens at the residence of Nini Licaros (Bb. Pilipinas International 1968).

Beauty Queens in attendance included Evelyn Camus (Bb. Pilipinas International 1971), Peachy Sacasas (Bb. Pilipinas International 1981), Dang Cecilio (Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1979), Chiqui Brosas (4th Runner-up Miss Universe 1975), Annette Liwanag (4th Runner-up Miss Maja International 1975), Sharon Hughes (Bb. Pilipinas Young 1982), Maricar Mendoza (Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1981), Cita Avecilla (2nd Runner-up Miss Young International 1970) and Simonette delos Reyes (Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1970). WHEW!

Who says we're on a DIET??!!!! L-R Nini Licaros, Gloria Diaz, Simonette delos Reyes (who made the Apple pie) and Dang Cecilio

I have always  been a Gloria Diaz fan and remember how proud my Mom was when Gloria won Miss Universe!  I was very young at the time but I knew all about her victory because Mom always talked about how beautiful and intelligent Gloria Diaz was. And she still is!

I can’t help but mention that the two things that interest me the most – space exploration and beauty pageants made a big impact on my life in the year 1969 when Gloria won Miss Universe and Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. I was just a toddler at the time but I have clear memories of watching the black and white TV broadcasts of both events when we were temporarily living in Los Angeles with my Aunt Patty. Today, I still dream of seeing man walk on moon one more time and another Filipina wearing the Miss Universe crown…

…but before I start off on one of my daydreams, I just want to wish Gloria Diaz another year full of beauty, love, fun and laughter! Happy Birthday!!!

Top L-R: Simonette delos Reyes, Dang Cecilio, Chiqui Brosas, Sharon Hughes, Joyce Ann Burton (c'est moi), Cita Avecilla, Peachy Sacasas. Bottom L-R: Maricar Mendoza, Nini Licaros, Gloria Diaz, Evelyn Camus and Annette Liwanag