Daisy Garcia Reyes rose to national fame when she was crowned as Mutya ng Pilipinas 2nd runner-up in 1995 and eventually represented the country in Miss Expo International in Ecuador where she was named fourth runner-up.
The following year, she was crowned as Binibining Pilipinas-World 1996 – in what pageant aficionados consider as one of the most closely-contested editions of the premier beauty tilt – and eventually vied for the 46th Miss World crown in India where she bagged the Miss Personality award.
Afterwards, Daisy successfully crossed-over to the movie and television industry right after her reign. She did a string of movies with some of the biggest names in showbiz, such as the late Rudy Fernandez (“Birador”), Aga Muhlach (“Hinahanap Hanap Kita”) and Lito Lapid (“Lisensyado”). She also starred in critically-acclaimed movies, such as “Cariño Brutal” with Rosanna Roces and Albert Martinez in “Scorpio Nights.”
Born and raised in Pateros by a single mother, Daisy never really wanted to be a beauty queen as her first love was music. Even before she started joining pageants such as Miss Manila and “Eat Bulaga’s” “Beautiful Girl,” she had been joining singing contests. In fact, at 12, she was part of DZRH’s Fiesta Caravan Performing Team of the late Ric Radam. In 2000, she recorded a self-titled album under Dyna Records. Her second album, “Ode to the Irony of Love,” which included her revival versions of Sampaguita’s “Tao,” Smokey Mountain’s “Kailan” and Natalie Merchant’s “Kind and Generous,” was released in 2004.
From being a beauty queen, actress and recording star, Daisy found another calling and passion in public service. She was elected Councilor of Pateros and was re-elected for a second term. She initiated numerous projects and programs on livelihood, women empowerment and youth. Perhaps her most notable achievement as a public servant was when she bravely pursued the legal claim of Pateros to some parts of Bonifacio Global City which resulted to the re-opening of a long-standing legal battle with the city government of Makati and Taguig.
Her humble beginnings indeed taught her the value of hard work and undeniably honed a set of entrepreneurial skills for her. Daisy is hands-on running her own salon “Daisy Reyes Salon” located in Pasig. She also has a line of beauty products. She has put some properties such as vacation homes in Tagaytay and Baguio and condominium units in Makati on Airbnb, an online marketplace for property rentals.
Though she misses the spotlight, cameras and the grind of showbiz, Daisy is quite happy and content with the simple and peaceful life she now lives with her daughter Gabrielle Lauren and her husband, lawyer-businessman-sportsman Barry Neil Tobias, the president of ET Tobias Development Corp. and coach for the De la Salle and Arellano University basketball teams. Daisy and Barry got married in Tagaytay on February 18, 2019.
Who will succeed Miss Earth 2019 Nellys Pimentel from Puerto Rico? Well, we shall all know before the year comes to a close as the 20th Miss Earth will go virtual with about 80 delegates from different time zones around the world this November. It will have an early December airing.
Will the Philippines nail its fifth Miss Earth crown after Karla Henry (2008), Jamie Herrell (2014), Angelia Ong (2015) and Karen Ibasco (2017)? Last July 5, the 20th Miss Philippines Earth crowned Roxanne Allison Baeyens, 23, from Baguio in an all-virtual pageant from among 33 delegates.
Unlike other international pageants that have either cancelled their scheduled finals this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Miss Earth will go on virtually and continue with its 20-year-old advocacy of protecting and preserving the environment in the new norm.