Iza and Karylle on advocacy, passion

Published August 20, 2018, 5:20 AM

by Hannah Torregoza 

Iza Calzado is part of She Talks Asia movement that celebrates the modern woman by providing them space for inspiration, and support across platforms.

Iza Calzado (mb.com.ph)
Iza Calzado

Her involvement started last year when she joined a conference on the “Body Love: Turning Trials To Triumphs.” It became her journey toward body positivity that fostered a more affirming mindset of her self, imperfections and all.

“We all need healing. We all want to learn, we all want to grow, we all want to be inspired and be empowered,” she said. “And so we featured different stories, different women, and even different men in some conference. We talk about the things that sometimes we are afraid to talk about with friends or with family.”

Iza organized early this year the #TheBodyLoveRevolution project. It is a video compilation of over 66 people who talk about their insecurities, as well as what they love about their bodies.

The actress interviewed celebrities and personalities like Bea Alonzo, Carla Humphries, Ces Drilon, Nikki Gil, Bianca Gonzales-Intal, Iya Villania, Isabelle Daza, Tweetie de Leon, Solenn Heussaff, Judy Ann Santos, as well as men like Erwann Heussaff, Joey Mead King, and Raymond Gutierrez.

In the separate clip, Iza admitted her biggest struggle growing up was to love her body.

“I was huge before, I was obese,” she said.

She revealed that upon entering show business, she had to deal with her insecurities.

“Coming to terms with my stretch mark, loose skin, I had enough. I knew one of the things I must do was to really be free from that and I can only do that if I talk about it more.”

It didn’t stop there. In March, coinciding with National Women’s Month, Iza moderated the panel discussion on #BodyLove in the “She Talks Asia Summit 2018: She Is Self Made.” The next conference is on Sept. 29 at Whitespace, Manila,.

“I like inspiring others, I like empowering others. And I like being inspired and being empowered myself, and growing and learning,” Iza said.

As for Karylle, she loves music through and through.

Karylle (mb.com.ph)

Asked how she thinks the local music scene has evolved, she said now “is the best music wave we’ve had in a long time.”

The singer said her husband, Spongecola vocalist Yael Yuzon, is collaborating with and helping young musicians.

Karylle recently released “I Love Ya” which she wrote for Yael.

She is proud to be an indie artist.

“There’s no need to sign with a record label,” she said. “People don’t really do albums anymore, they’re just releasing music. I wish I’m as prolific as Yael as he just releases songs left and right.”

The husband and wife team will come out with a duet within the year.

Karylle and Iza attended the launch of iFlix 3.0. The new version of the app makes many of its most popular and exclusive programs and features available to users in the country for free.