Iza Calzado took to social media to congratulate Charlie Dizon for bagging the Best Actress award at the 2020 Metro Manila Film Festival awards night Sunday, December 27.
Iza, 38, and Charlie, 24, were nominated under the same category for their performance in films Tagpuan and Fan Girl, respectively.
In an Instagram post, Iza said that while they were competing for the same award, she was actually rooting for Charlie to win.
"Tonight, I feel blessed to witness a star shine brighter. I know we were nominated in the same category but I was really rooting for you," wrote the actress.
"I am beyond happy to see you win and thrilled that you mentioned me in your speech. It gives me a sense of purpose beyond self and that is a great gift. How amazing that God used me as an instrument to help you in your journey in becoming the Fan Girl. You were destined for this @charliedizon_. Mahal kita," she added.
In her acceptance speech, Charlie thanked Iza for introducing her to Antoinette Jadaone, who directed Fan Girl.
"Miss Iza, [thank you] dahil ikaw 'yung naging tulay ko para kay Direk Tonette, na makilala nila ako. Thank you po," she said.
She also expressed her gratitude to Antoinette, as well as actor Paulo Avelino, who played her onscreen partner in the film.
"Direk Tonette, of course, thank you po sa napakagandang pelikulang ito. 'Di ko alam kung makakagawa pa 'ko ng ganito kagandang klase ng pelikula kaya thank you po sa opportunity na 'to. Of course, Paulo, thank you kasi ikaw 'yung naging partner ko rito at talagang sinuportahan mo 'ko nung nagshu-shoot tayo," she said.
"Thank you po sa lahat ng producers namin. Sa lahat po ng bumubuo ng Fan Girl, maraming maraming salamat po," she continued. "Dati po pinangarap ko lang mag-artista, 'di ko akalaing makakaabot ako rito. Sana proud po 'yung magulang ko. Thank you po."
In Fan Girl, Charlie portrayed the role of Jane, an obsessed teenaged fan who finds herself stuck inside a mansion with her celebrity idol for one night and learns "exactly why they say never meet your heroes."
Aside from her Best Actress award, the coming-of-age film also bagged seven other recognitions at the 2020 MMFF awards night, including Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Editing, Best Screenplay, Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director.