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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.

Mar 14, 2017

Congratulations To Iza Calzado: Best Performer At The Osaka International Filmfest For Her Fine Performance In The Psycho-Thriller, 'Bliss', By Jerrold Tarog

 CONGRATULATIONS to Iza Calzado for winning the Osaka Filmfest best performer award last Saturday night. She was there to receive the trophy personally. This is for the movie “Bliss”, produced by Artikulo Uno, written, directed, edited and with musical score by Jerrold Tarog of “Heneral Luna”. It’s a psychological-thriller and Iza co-stars with Ian Veneracion, TJ Trinidad, Michael de Mesa, Audie Gemora, Shamaine Centenera, Stephanie Sol and Adrienne Vergara. It will open in local theatres on May 10.

Here is what Iza said in her social media account:

“So happy to share with you all that I am Osaka Asian Film Festival's Yakushi Pearl Award 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 the 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 witness to 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.”