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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 12, 2010


IZA CALZADO’S career is really on a roll. She’s seen now on TV as co-host of “Sweet Life” on Q Channel 11 daily and will also soon in “The Beauty Queen”, the new GMA-7 primetime soap replacing “Endless Love” starting Monday. On the big screen, she plays the pivotal role of the mysterious Black Lady in Regal’s pre-Halloween offering, “White House”, that opens on October 20. We suppose her dad is no longer complaining this time that she’s not given enough work? “He’s the one you should directly ask about that,” she says. “As for me, I had to beg off doing ‘Super Inday’ with Marian Rivera kasi nga sobrang dami na ang ginagawa ko, which is sayang kasi maganda sanang may entry ako sa December filmfest.”

She’s happy to be reunited with Direk Topel Lee in “White House”. “Two horror films I did with him before are both hits, ‘Shake, Rattle & Roll 9’ and ‘Ouija’. If good things come in threes, I’m positive magiging blockbuster din itong third horror flick namin as I’d dare say that ‘White House’ is the scariest film we’ve done.”

In “Beauty Queen”, she agrees to don a two-piece swimsuit for the first time along with co-stars Katrina Halili, a two-time FHM number one winner, and Maggie Wilson, a former Bb. Pilipinas World. What does she think is her chances against them? “First time ko mag-skimpy bikini and I did it kasi kailangan sa role naming as beauty pageant contestants. Also, I did kasi I felt na kaya ko naman dahil whatever body I have now, pinaghirapan ko naman ng husto through diligent workouts and dieting. Pero kayo na magsabi kung kayak o bang makipagsabayan kina Katrina and Maggie whose sexiness you don’t question anymore. Siguro naman, hindi rin ako mapapahiya. Kinabahan talaga ko, but I’d like to thank Maggie as she’s the one who helped show me kung paano lumakad like a beauty queen at rumampa ng nakabikini. She really boosted my confidence when she kept on saying, ‘Kaya mo yan, girl. You’re so sexy.’ But my body is really not perfect. It’s still a work in progress. Mas may igaganda pa yan.”

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Iza Calzado dons a swimsuit
Katrina Halili in Beauty Queen
Maggie Wilson in Beauty Queen