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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Oct 1, 2010


IZA CALZADO is not new to horror films. She played the ghost in both Tagalog and English versions of “Sigaw” and “The Echo”. In the “Yaya” episode of “Shake, Rattle and Roll 9”, she was a nanny who turns out to be an aswang. She was also a haunted character in “Ouija”. Now, she plays another out of this world character in Regal’s pre-Halloween presentation, “White House”, as the mysterious black woman in the infamous haunted house in Baguio. Hasn’t she experienced any weird incidents because of her involvement in such films? “So far, wala pa naman,” she says. “Kasi I always make it a point to pray muna before we shoot. I ask God to protect me from any evil spirits that might harm us while working.”

How is it working with Gabby Concepcion in the film? “He’s very friendly. Everyone knows his love team with Sharon Cuneta was really big but he’s so down to earth. Kasundo niya lahat sa set. Actually, the whole cast, enjoy kami working with each other kahit may Kapuso, may Kapamilya, may Kapatid. Si Mother Lily lang ang kayang gumawa niyan. This directed by Topel Lee who also megged in ‘Ouija’.”

She has started taping her new primetime GMA soap, “Beauty Queen”, for which she agreed to don a two-piece bikini for the first time. “I agreed to show some skin kasi kaya ko na ngayon, unlike before na mataba pa ko. Now, I finally got the figure I want. Before, workout ako ng workout pero wa epek. It turned out kasi I’m not eating right. It should really be a combination of both. In ‘Beauty Queen’, I play a cargador sa palengke na laging sumasali sa cheap beauty pageants. Mother ko si Beth Oropesa at karibal niya si Carmi Martin na dating beauty queen din married to Juan Rodrigo. Magiging rivals ko sina Maggie Wilson and Katrina Halili. Kasama rin sina Gloria Diaz as the beauty pageant organizer, Marvin Agustin as big businessman na in love with me, Bembol Roco as my aging gay adviser, plus TJ Trinidad, Luis Alandy, and Bubbles Paraiso, and Victor Aliwalas.”