Itinanghal na Best Actress si Iza Calzado sa ginanap na 2017 Osaka Asian Film Festival dahil sa kaniyang mahusay na pagganap sa pelikulang “Bliss.”
Ayon sa ulat ng ABS CBN, ang “A Love to Last” actress mismo ang tumanggap ng prestihiyosong Yakushi Pearl Award sa Japan nitong Sabado.
Sa videong ibinahagi ni Piolo Pascual sa kaniyang Instagram, ani Calzado: “Very happy and proud to represent my country, the Philippines, and our film.”
Pinasalamatan din ni Calzado ang “Bliss” director na si Jerrold Tarog at ang lahat ng bumubuo ng pelikula.
“Thank you so much to the Osaka Asian Film Festival for this award. Thank you to the jury members for selecting me,” she said. “I share this award for all the other brilliant performers who are part of the other films, especially Alex (de Rossi).”
Ang pelikula ni Alessandra de Rossi na “Kita Kita” ay ilan sa mga nakipagkompetensya sa film festival; gayundin ang “Tisay” nina Nathalie Hart at JC de Vera.
Inialay ni Calzado ang award na ito sa kaniyang mga namayapang magulang.
“I would like to say a special thanks to my parents for watching above in heaven. I feel their presence. Thank you so much for motivating me to continue honing my craft and being an actor,” ani Calzado.
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. 🙏🏽