"I guess, for now, I don't really know how to answer the question, whether I am really joining the Binibining Pilipinas or not. I guess I have to expose myself into modelling, and being an endorser of Beverly Hills 6750 might help," says Isabelle Diaz Daza, daughter of former Miss Universe Gloria Diaz.

Photo: Noel Orsal

Stunning and statuesque at 5'7", Isabelle Diaz Daza is indeed a beauty-queen material just like her mom—the country's first-ever Miss Universe, Gloria Diaz.


May nagsabi ngang entertainment columnist, sa matagal na tagtuyot na dinaranas ng bansa sa annual Miss Universe competition, dapat talagang kalampagin si Stella Araneta, ang namumuno sa Binibining Pilipinas, na hayan si Isabelle na puwedeng-puwedeng panlaban ng Pilipinas. Hindi rin maintindihan ng marami kung bakit pinapalampas ni Isabelle ang pagkakataon na makipag-compete as the Philippine's representative to the Miss Universe contest.


"I don't have enough guts to parade in my bikini," says the 22 year-old endorser, together with her celebrity mom, of Beverly Hills 6750, a beauty and surgical center. "I admire women who have the courage to do that, and after exposing their bodies, still have the guts to answer the most thought-provoking questions.


"I guess, for now, I don't really know how to answer the question, whether I am really joining the Binibining Pilipinas or not. I guess I have to expose myself into modelling, and being an endorser of Beverly Hills 6750 might help.


"But still, I'd rather stick to my studies. I am in fourth-year college already taking up Early Education at the De La Salle University. This is the only thing I have to focus on at this time," enthuses the lovely Isabelle.


LIFE IN SHOWBIZ. She has some friends in the business. Actually, naikukuwento nina Anne Curtis at Raymond Gutierrez kay Isabelle kung gaano ka-exciting ang mga nagagawa nila habang sila'y nasa showbiz.


"Hindi naman sa naiinggit ako sa kanila," pahayag ni Isabelle. "It's really my choice to concentrate on my studies. Besides, I have already this modelling stuff to attend to. It's not that easy, you know.


"It's not that I'm complaining, but sometimes you have to do pictorials for long hours. You have commitments and shoots that take overnight, and it's really tiring. And my mom will tell me, 'You see, that's what you'll get if you're going to enter show business. Those are just photo shoots. How about shooting movies or TV tapings?' And my mom will always remind me about the hardships which she has been going through up to now for being a celebrity.


"It's very interesting though how my friends do it. Like I see them on TV, they're acting, hosting, singing, and dancing. Oh, my gosh, they're so talented! You really have to do a lot and work so hard to be an artista, and I just think about it. What if I get into that? Kaya ko kaya?" natatawang sabi ni Isabelle.


But from the looks of it, parang gustong-gusto na rin talaga ni Isabelle ang pag-aartista. In fact, naramdaman naming tuwang-tuwa siya habang ini-interview ng mga reporter that afternoon.


"But it's not true that my mom is stopping me from entering showbiz," paglilinaw ng dalaga. "She just tells me about her experiences and that's all. Anyway, it will all up to me to decide. What my mom insists is for me to finish my studies, and I can decide on my own.


"I don't know, but she tells me, she did her first movie [Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa] when she's already 25. Well, I don't know if it's gonna be kind of old for me to start by then!" tawa ni Isabelle.


IT RUNS IN THE BLOOD. Ang mga pinsan ni Isabelle ay gumagawa na rin ng ingay. Sa generation ng mga Diaz na kinabibilangan ni Isabelle, ang pinsan niyang si Ali (anak nina Hajji Alejandro at ang yumaong Rio Diaz) ay nalilinya sa musika, samantalang ang pinsan din niyang si Georgina Wilson ay naging kontrobersiyal dahil naging girlfriend ng matinee idol na si Richard Gutierrez noon.


"Ali is a good songwriter. He has that inclination toward music, and he's a part of a band. Georgina is the nerdy type. Gusto na nga yata niyang mag-stay na lang sa London, to finish her studies there. She knows a lot, like when she talks about economics and politics, ang dami niyang naise-share," kuwento ni Isabelle.


Nabanggit ang pangalan ni Isabelle noon nang maghiwalay finally sina Richard at Georgina. It was a brawl with another guy, na napagkamalan daw ni Richard na kung sino lang, samantalang pinsan daw ito ni Georgina na taga-ibang bansa pa. Nangyari ito many months ago sa Embassy, sa The Fort, Taguig.


"Hay, naku, hayan... intriga na 'yan!" tili ni Isabelle na hindi nawawala ang poise. "I should say na naging maayos naman ang paghihiwalay nila, and they're talking. Hindi totoong hindi na sila nag-uusap. I think both of them have already moved on, and that's the most important thing.


"But, if you're going to ask me about that tsismis with Richard and KC [Concepcion], gosh, I don't know! I don't have anything to say. It's their life anyway. Ang alam ko lang, yung sa pinsan ko [Georgina], and I just told you, okey naman sila ni Richard," pagtatapos ni Isabelle.