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US President Nixon arrives in Manila; Gloria Diaz heads home with Miss Universe title

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ON JULY 26, 1969, US President Richard Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon arrived in Manila for a state visit, the same day Gloria Diaz left New York en route to Manila via Honolulu for her homecoming after winning the Miss Universe pageant.

It was President Nixon who said:

“The United States conquered the moon but the Philippines has conquered the Universe.”

Ms. Gloria Diaz won Miss Universe pageant on July 19, 1969, held in Miami Beach, Florida, the same day the first man, astronaut Neil Armstrong, landed on the moon.

Díaz was 18 when she was crowned Miss Universe after outshining and outsmarting other candidates on the question on how to welcome the first men that had just landed on the moon, Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins, as soon as they return to planet Earth.

The final question was:

“If the man from the moon should come down to earth and visit your hometown, what would you do to entertain him?” Gloria’s winning answer was:

“Why, I guess I would do for him what I always do. Since he has been on the moon for so long, he would want a change.”

 

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