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Maria Rosario Aspillera Diaz

23 August 2008

Maria Rosario Aspillera Diaz was born on 14 August 1959 and was the youngest daughter of Jaime “Jimmy” B. Diaz and Theresa “Tita” Aspillera.

Rio was a beauty titlist like her older sister, Gloria. She was the 1977 Mutya/Pearl of the Philippines-Asia and was 4th runner-up in the 1977 Miss Asia pageant. She was a restauranteur, a television host and a politician. She was elected Vice Mayor of Pontevedra, Negros Occidental in the May 1998 Philippine local elections.  Her first husband was singer Hajji Alejandro, with whom she had two children: Nino and Ali. Her second husband was politician Charlie Cojuangco, with whom she had two more children: Jaime and Claudia.

She died of stage 4 colon cancer on 04 October 2004 at the Seton Hospital in Daly City, California, United States.

Remember Rio on her Facebook memorial page.


1 Juan Aspillera (Unknown-1992)
.. + Maria Grivialde
.. 2 Unknown Grivialde Aspillera
….. + Pacita Aspillera
….. 3 Theresa Aspillera (1916-2003)
…….. + Jaime B. Diaz (1938-)
………. 4 Maria Rosario Aspillera Diaz (1959-2004)
…………. + Angelito Toledo Alejandro (1954-)
…………. 5 Nino Diaz Alejandro
…………. 5 Ali Diaz Daza
…………. + Carlos Oppen Cojuanco
…………. 5 Jaime Diaz Cojuangco
…………. 5 Claudia Diaz Cojuangco

Research Notes

1. “Rio Diaz”.  IMDB.  Date accessed:  23  August 2008.
2. Rio Diaz on Wikipedia.    Date accessed:  23  August 2008.

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