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Rio Diaz-Cojuangco(born Rosario Diaz, c.1959-2004) is a former beauty queen, TV Host and actress. She's the sister of former Miss Universe Gloria Diaz. Rio was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer in December 1998. She was given three months to live then, but had lived for six more years. She died On October 4, 2004 in Seton Hospital in Daly City, California at the age of 45. Gloria Díaz, born in the Ilocos region of Northern Philippines, is a veteran in the Philippines cinema,who became the first ever Filipino to bring home the Miss Universe crown. ...


Rio was the youngest of 12 children born to Jaime Diaz and Teresa Aspillera. She was the sister of Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe 1969. A ramp and commercial model, Rio herself was crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas in 1977 and won fourth runner-up in the Miss Asia pageant that same year. When she and singer Hajji Alejandro became a couple, they left for Los Angeles, California where they operated a small restaurant along Melrose Ave. When things went sour between them, Rio came back to the Philippines and joined showbiz once more. She co-hosted Eat Bulaga in 1991 and stayed for a couple of years before she met Charlie Cojuangco on a blind date in 1993 and got married the following year. She was elected vice mayor of Pontevedra in the May 1998 elections, when Charlie first won a seat in Congress. She became president of the vice mayors' league in Negros Occidental. During a routine checkup in December 1998, her doctors in the United States informed her of a small growth in her left abdomen. After a six-hour surgery, they told her they had found a malignant tumor in its fourth stage. She underwent another surgery, and then chemotherapy for three months. In 1999 her oncologist, Dr. George Fisherat Stanford, declared she had been cured. When the cancer cells made a comeback in May 2000, Rio returned to Stanford for another eight-hour surgery, and another round of chemotherapy sessions. In 2002, she stopped the sessions because her body could no longer take it. But late that year, Rio's doctors said she had no recourse but to do it again. Gloria Díaz, born in the Ilocos region of Northern Philippines, is a veteran in the Philippines cinema,who became the first ever Filipino to bring home the Miss Universe crown. ... Hajji Alejandro is a Filipino singer and actor. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Eat Bulaga is the longest-running and top rating noontime variety show in the Philippines airing on its 25th year on GMA, the Kapuso Network and produced by TAPE Productions Inc. ... Pontevedra is a city in northwestern Spain, the capital of the province of Pontevedra in Galicia. ... Negros Occidental is a province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region. ... Please refer to cancer for the biology of malignant disease, as well as a list of malignant diseases. ... George Fisher may refer to: George Fisher, member of the United States House of Representatives from New York in the 1820s. ... Stanford may refer: Stanford University Places: Stanford, Kentucky Stanford, California, home of Stanford University Stanford Shopping Center Stanford, New York, town in Dutchess County. ...

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