Iza Calzado explains why she cried over her first international acting award

IMAGE From Instagram account of Iza Calzado

Iza Calzado won the Yakushi Pearl Award (Best Performer) at the 2017 Osaka International Film Festival.



Ibinahagi ni Iza Calzado sa programang Showbiz Talk Ganern ng DZRH kung bakit nasabi niyang tila nagparamdam ang kanyang amang si Lito Calzado nang dumalo ito sa 12th Osaka International Film Festival.

Si Iza ang nakatanggap ng Yakushi Pearl Award (Best Performer) para sa pelikulang Bliss na dinirek ni Jerrold Tarog.

Ayon sa ABS-CBN actress, nang tinanggap daw niya ang award noong March 11, naalala niya ang mga magulang niya.

Bago raw kasi ang awards night nung nakaraang Sabado, nagkaroon sila ng screening noong March 9 at nagkaroon ng Open Forum pagkatapos maipalabas ang pelikula.

Tingin daw niya, nandun ang namayapa niyang ama nang humarap siya sa Q&A.

Kuwento ni Iza: “Kasi ang nangyari sa Q&A, may nagtanong dun sa
last na question, biglang may Pinay na tumayo.

“She said, ‘alam mo we all know in the Philippines that your father
Lito Calzado was a highly-respected dancer/choreographer.

“Tapos ako na yung umiiyak sa stage. Naluluha na ako, kasi parang ‘Oh my God, bakit niya isinisingit ang tatay ko dito?' Kasi more than 5 years na wala si Daddy…who mentions my Dad out of nowhere.

“Ang tanong niya, how did he influence you in your craft, in your work or career. Diyos ko sabi ko, ‘sobra si Daddy, o, ayaw magpahuli kailangan talaga kasama siya dito. Ayaw patalbog talaga.”

Dagdag ng aktress na isa sa mga bida ng A Love to Last: “Yun nga sa Q&A na-mention si Daddy, naging emotional ako.

“Siyempre nag-apologize ako sa audience, baka sabihin nila, ano ba
‘yan bakit biglang umiyak na. Hindi kasi sila emotional hindi katulad
natin.

“Ang sabi ko lang, ‘ang Dad ko laging sinasabi sa akin na dapat lahat,
galing sa puso.”

Ang isa pa raw dahilan kung bakit naisip niya na nagparamdam ang
kanyang ama dahil malaking bahagi raw ang bansang Japan sa kanilang buhay.

Dagdag na kuwento ni Iza; “Background ko lang kasi, ang Japan, meron kaming promotions dati, nagpapadala kami ng entertainers sa Japan mga '90s.

“Kaya ang mga magulang ko talaga fluent sa Japanese. Kaya meron akong few words na alam.

“He really spent time in Japan. May Ninong pa ako na may-ari ng club.

“Espesyal ang Osaka and Tokyo sa akin.

“What's funny when I first heard that we got in Osaka, dun ko lang unang nasabi na ‘Uy parang ang magulang ko na dun pa unang nagpapa-showing ng Bliss.”

Kaya nang tinanggap daw niya ang award, ang Daddy at Mommy lang daw ang naisip niya na kailangang ibahagi raw niya sa mga ito ang first international acting award na natanggap niya.

“Gusto ko lang talaga pasalamatan yung parents ko I knew I had to thank them.

“Parang in some way, I felt…apart from God making it happen and making it possible, parang I felt that my parents were clearly there for me and guiding me and still making things happen in some way.

“So, yun lang ang naisip ko nun,” paglalahad ni Iza.


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So happy to share with you all that I am Osaka Asian Film Festival's Yakushi Pearl Awardee for Best Performer 2017!!! ???????? I am grateful to OAFF2017 for this recognition. Much love and thanks to team @blissfilmph especially to our director @jtarog who had a crazy vision and I wanted to work on it because I wanted to do something out of the box. I auditioned for it, got the part and then went on a roller coaster ride for a month last May 2016. I got sick twice while filming because the role was very physically and emotionally demanding, especially when you're on set for almost 24 hours. It was challenging but fun, thanks to the whole team behind it. My co-actors, you were all brilliant in the film! Can't wait for you guys to watch it too. Much love and respect to all the films that were part of the festival, especially the Filipino Crew! ???????? Thank you to ABSCBN and my show ALTL for allowing me to fly out for the screening and awards. Thanks to my team, @iamnoelferrer and @genmagnovergara my angels at home whose hard work make enable me to do all these crazy things on screen. To my family and friends, thank you for the love and support. To my love @benmwintle thank you for being a part of this journey. I am so glad you were there last night to capture this moment, sorry I didn't get to mention you on stage as I was super trying to keep it short and was so nervous. Thank you for being a constant source of love and light. To my angels in heaven, especially my mom and dad, your presence was felt each and every step of the way. I hope this makes you happy and proud. Last, but definitely not the least, God Almighty Father, thank YOU for this inspiration. Thank you for giving me something to make me want to push harder and become better at what I do. I give you back ALL the glory, Father, for I would not be who and where I am now without YOU in my life. To my Kababayans, I hope that I can continue to make you proud. I am grateful, humbled, inspired. Maraming Salamat. ????????

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Sa kanyang Instagram account, kinuwento rin ni Iza ang rason kung bakit siya naiyak sa question ng isang Filipina tungkol sa kanyang yumaong ama.

"Just to give you a brief background, Japan is a special place for our family. My father had a business in the 70s-80s-90s which sent Filipino entertainers to Japan.

"Both my parents spoke fluent Japanese, even my brother had a brief stint DJing in some clubs in Japan. Growing up, my parents spent a lot of time there and I even went with them a couple of times until our business folded mid-90s.

"When I first heard that BLISS got accepted into OAFF, I thought, maybe my parents were telling me something. Osaka was one of the places they frequented and my mom studied Japanese language there. I was thrilled that I was allowed to take time off our show and could be there for the film fest.

"Everything was so easy and smooth, even Ben could go! Flying to Osaka I told Ben, "I can feel something good is going to happen." I didn't really know what it was but I believed in it.

"Then came that question during the Q&A, I knew then that it was a sign from my father that he was watching over me. After apologizing to the audience and explaining why I was emotional, I answered the question and said "My father always taught me to put my heart into everything I do. Everything must come from the heart. I try to put my heart into every thing I do."

"To my father, thank you for the valuable lesson that you taught me. To my parents, thank you for guiding me and making me feel your love and support even if you are both already in Heaven. You are truly my angels. You are in my heart, always and forever."

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Sharing with you a story that made me believe my parents were with me in Osaka. This photo was taken last Thursday, right after the screening of BLISS, during our Q&A session at the Osaka Asian Film Festival. We were down to the last question and a Filipina stood up and got the mic. She started off by saying kind words about my performance and then said "We know that your father, Lito Calzado, was a popular and respected dancer and choreographer in the Philippines. How has he influenced you in your career and acting?" As soon as she mentioned my father's name, I had tears in my eyes and was crying. For some maybe this is just a normal question but for me, it went straight to my heart. Just to give you a brief background, Japan is a special place for our family. My father had a business in the 70s-80s-90s which sent Filipino entertainers to Japan. Both my parents spoke fluent Japanese, even my brother had a brief stint DJing in some clubs in Japan. Growing up, my parents spent a lot of time there and I even went with them a couple of times until our business folded mid-90s. When I first heard that BLISS got accepted into OAFF, I thought, maybe my parents were telling me something. Osaka was one of the places they frequented and my mom studied Japanese language there. I was thrilled that I was allowed to take time off our show and could be there for the film fest. Everything was so easy and smooth, even Ben could go! Flying to Osaka I told Ben, "I can feel something good is going to happen." I didn't really know what it was but I believed in it. Then came that question during the Q&A, I knew then that it was a sign from my father that he was watching over me. After apologizing to the audience and explaining why I was emotional, I answered the question and said "My father always taught me to put my heart into everything I do. Everything must come from the heart. I try to put my heart into every thing I do." To my father, thank you for the valuable lesson that you taught me. To my parents, thank you for guiding me and making me feel your love and support even if you are both already in Heaven. You are truly my angels. You are in my heart, always and forever. ??

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