Iza Calzado is engaged to British boyfriend Ben Wintle

IMAGE Instagram @rajolaurel

Iza Calzado is engaged to Filipino-British boyfriend Ben Wintle, whom she first met in 2011.


Iza Calzado is now engaged to longtime British boyfriend Ben Wintle.

It was Iza's good friend and fashion designer Rajo Laurel who first made the announcement via Instagram today, October 8.

Rajo posted a photo of Ben, who had gone down on his knees to formally ask Iza to marry him. 

The 35-year-old Kapamilya actress said "yes" to spending her life with the British businessman.

She was all smiles while holding the ring and the bouquet of flowers that her boyfriend gave her.

Rajo, who was among those who witnessed the momentous occasion in an undisclosed place, wrote this caption:

"IZA SAID YES! 

"Congratulations to my friends @missizacalzado & @benmwintle on their engagement!

"What a blessing to witness this special moment in your lives. ?????? So happy for you both!"

In a separate Instagram post, Iza's manager Noel Ferrer showed a video of Ben proposing to a crying Iza.

In between tears, the actress asked Ben, "Can we check first?"

Then Iza took the ring and playfully tested its authenticity by biting it before giving it back to Ben.

Eliciting laughter from family and friends, Iza added, "It looks real. It's real!"

Despite the brief levity, Iza was seen crying while Ben was putting the ring on her left ring finger.

As they finally hugged each other, Iza told him, "What do I say? Yes!

"Oh no, wait, I have a condition. As long as you shower every night before going to bed! Yay!" 

AND THE GREATEST OF ALL ... IS LOVE. #IBIza

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HOW THEY MET. Iza and Ben first met each other in 2011.

At the time, she was just coping with her breakup with longtime boyfriend Atticus King.

"Heartbroken ako noon," Iza revealed in the August 2015 episode of the now defunct Kapamilya morning talk show, Kris TV.

She continued, "That was the first night that I told myself na I'm going to stay out, socialize, mingle, and hopefully meet somebody.

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"I was really looking for a foreigner that night kasi I've never dated a foreigner."

According to Iza, it was Ben who first approached her and asked if he could add her on Facebook.

But, Iza admitted, it was she who offered that they exchange mobile numbers.

"Tinawanan ko siya kasi ang daming mga fake accounts sa Facebook.

"So sabi ko, 'You know what, let's not complicate things. Just get my number.'

"Ganun, kasi naiirita ako 'pag madami pang games."

Iza also said that she was glad that Ben was still able to meet her dad, the director and choreographer Lito Calzado, who passed away a month after the couple met.


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