Iza Calzado (birth name Maria Izadora Ussher Calzado) is a Filipina actress, commercial model, and TV host who gained big attention in show business in May 2002.
Her biggest breaks in Philippine showbiz include teaming-up with Argentine actor Segundo Cernadas in GMA Network's Te Amo, Maging Sino Ka Man and taking the role as Amihan in Encantadia.She also worked with one forth of F4 (Taiwanese Boyband) Ken Zhu in a movie called Batanes
Iza Calzado bagged her original role in The Echo, the English-language remake of Filipino director Yam Laranas’ horror film Sigaw. Calzado will be sharing the screen with Hollywood actor Jesse Bradford, who was last seen in Clint Eastwood’s World War II epic Flags of Our Fathers. Bradford will portray an ex-convict who will get entangled in the troubles of a battered wife, to be played by Calzado. Although she will be reprising a role that won her an Urian Best Supporting Actress award in 2005, she still had to audition.  One of her co-stars, Carlos de Leon, asked her if she is Hispanic because of her facial feature.
“The Philippines' Most Refreshing Face”
Maria Izadora Ussher Calzado
movie and tv actress, model
she has a non-showbiz boyfriend
eyes, nose, lips, hair
Dudes she has worked with:
Dingdong Dantes, Alfred Vargas, Robin Padilla, Ken Zhu, Segundo Cernadas, Jesse Bradford
It’s the Ken Chu factor. Most people would probably bite “Batanes” because of Ken Chu. While Filipino producers have always loved coming up with movies pairing off famous international personalities to our very own talent (Dayanara Torres to Aga Muhlach, Estranged sweethearts Michelle Van Eimeren and Ogie Alcasid to name a few), the Filipino audience on the other hand, love biting them out of sheer pride and curiosity. We really don’t pay much attention to the story, really.
The trailer has spoken for the film itself; the movie is about being lost and being found and being strong enough to let go again. But what I loved most about the film is that it used the sea and Batanes (thus the title “Batanes”) to push the film’s theme. You see, it’s more than the Ken Chu factor in the love story, and it is way beyond the love story. Batanes is all about femininity. The conflict is not with Pam (Izza Calzado) and with her estranged husband’s family or with Kao (Ken Chu) but the story’s conflict lies between Pam and the sea. The sea represented femininity (thus the use of the pronoun “She” to represent it). She is moody, in her abundance she is ever-giving, and she is forgiving. At the beginning, Pam disregards her presence, but the sea itself made a way to show her how she can be a big part of her life. In the end, beyond causing the tragic events of Pam’s life is that it pushed the fullness of Pam’s womanliness, and made her discover that like her, she can be just as strong. Thus we see a different “Pam” from the beginning of the movie to the end.
Generally, I loved the movie, the cinematography, the acting (Izza I must say, did a superb job) and the story. Those who have watched the movie because of the Ken Chu factor or who are after a tear-jerker love story might have become disappointed and have probably not enjoyed watching this movie but if they could only look beyond the Ken Chu factor, they could have appreciated this film and like me would have believed that this movie could bag an award.