From the EDI­TOR

YES! (Philippines) - - News -

I have not seen IZA CALZADO in years, and I had to miss her cover pic­to­rial for this is­sue. I say that with re­gret. Iza is one of those stars I liked in­stinc­tively. There’s just some­thing very real about her, which I pick up in each en­counter, no mat­ter how few and far be­tween, with the last be­ing at the wed­ding reception of Judy Ann and Ryan. (Yes, that far back.) But it all be­gan for me even far­ther back, with her fa­ther, Lito Calzado. I first met Mr. Calzado at GMA-7’s press launch for Iza’s first in­tro­duc­tion to TV. He was go­ing around, very light of foot, in ca­sual garb, his hair tou­sled, and he was greet­ing ev­ery­one from the movie press. As he shook our hands, he said, “Tenk you sa

pag­punta n’yo, tenk you. Ba­hala na ho kayo sa anak ko.” I stood there tak­ing it in. Here was a man who had reached the heights of his field: per­formed as star dancer of his alma mater, Univer­sity of the East, and of the tour­ing na­tional dance com­pany, the Bayani­han; con­quered TV as dancer/chore­og­ra­pher in such suc­cess­ful va­ri­ety shows as Oras ng Ligaya and On with the Show; and en­joyed go-to sta­tus as direc­tor of show­biz events like the yearly Gawad Urian. But here he was, look­ing like noth­ing more than a ner­vous par­ent, like a reg­u­lar dad with a daugh­ter in tow for an au­di­tion, look­ing gen­uinely anx­ious to pave her way with good­will from movie writ­ers who could be her best friends or her worst night­mares. (It hap­pens.) I thought to my­self, This man is truly in love with his daugh­ter! And I also thought, I hope this daugh­ter de­serves that kind of ded­i­ca­tion. It turns out, the daugh­ter does! My in­stincts also tell me that she’s the kind to re­turn that love boun­ti­fully—bring him to the best restos, take him to Europe—had he stayed a lit­tle longer to see her find her beau­ti­ful place in show­biz.•


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