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Iza Calzado won the Yakushi Pearl Award (Best Performer) for her role in Bliss, at the 12th Osaka Film Festival on Saturday, March 11.

In her acceptance speech, Iza honored her late parents, Lito Calzado and Maria Antonia Ussher.

“I would like to say a special thank you to my parents who are watching above in heaven and I feel their presence. And thank you so much for motivating me to continue honing my craft and being an actor,” she said.

The actress also thanked her director Jerrold Tarrog and to the competition’s jury who selected her as the best performer among all participating films’ cast members.

“Thank you to my director, Jerrold. Thank you to our Filipino crew for all the moral support. I share this award with all the other brilliant performers who are part of the other films.

“Thank you so much to the Osaka Asian Film Festival. Thank you to the jury members for selecting me. I am very happy and proud to represent my country, the Philippines, and our film Bliss,” she added.

The jury members for this year’s competition are Malaysian film director Ho Yuhang (Mrs K), Filipina director Monster Jimenez (Apocalypse Child), and Japanese actress Nakanishi Miho (Over Your Dead Body).

Filipino films Kita Kita by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo and Tisay by Borgy Torre also competed in the 12th Osaka Asian Film Festival.

Starring Iza Calzado, Ian Veneracion, TJ Trinidad, Adrienne Vergara, and Michael de Mesa, Bliss is about Jane Ciego (Calzado), who started acting at a young age. Jane becomes a film producer but gets into an accident and begins to hear strange sounds and struggles with people who may want to harm her.

Watch the trailer here:

[Manila Bulletin; Photos: ShikatokinokoBliss, OAFF]

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