After revealing that she had survived the COVID-19 virus last April, Iza Calzado said she has a newfound appreciation of her work after returning to taping for her new teleserye Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin last June. “Sa totoo lang napaka-grateful ko. The fact na nag-uusap tayo ngayon, the fact na nandito pa ako ngayon is something I am grateful for everyday apart from this show actually being given a green light, parang ang daming pinagdaanan ng show, ang dami nating pinagdaanan lahat ng Filipino. Personally, medyo mahirap hirap din yung pinagdaanan ko earlier this year na para bang pag-iniisip talaga naming lahat, parang nung pinag-usapan naming lahat sa town hall meeting namin sa show within the cast na parang we have been chosen by God to do this, parang ganun eh. Ganun yung pakiramdam. Parang kami yung una ngayon sa ganitong bagong platform natin so I’m beyond grateful. Parang we went through so many challenges kaya siguro talagang ramdam na ramdam namin yung magandang feedback. And we are very excited na lahat ng pinaghirapan namin ay mapapanuod niyo na. So siguro yun yung pakiramdam ko ngayon. Despite the challenges, tuloy ang laban,” she explained during the Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin virtual press conference held last August 7.
The 37-year-old actress said she is happy to share her latest show which also stars Maricel Soriano, Jodi Sta. Maria, and Sam Milby. Iza said it was also another blessing to be given a primetime slot. “We were supposed to launch in March. Nag-release na kami ng trailer and then nangyari lahat ito. Bonus siya pero alam mo kahit ano man ding timeslot kami ay grateful. God moves in mysterious ways I tell you. Hindi namin talaga alam, biruin mo nga kung saan kami nagsimula tapos nandito kami ngayon nandito pa rin kami. At hindi rin namin alam kung saan dadalhin ng Diyos ang show na ito. So we just lift this up to God at pinaghirapan talaga ito ng buong team. This is the first time na hina-highlight pati mga tao sa likod ng camera. Kaya sobrang nakakatuwa. First time natin gawin lahat ito. Nakakatuwa and napaka-exciting talaga ng mga bagay bagay,” she explained.
On her first day of going back to work after the lifting of the ECQ, Iza admitted she had some worries despite overcoming the virus last April. “Bilang COVID survivor, hindi ko sinasabi na I’m walking around fearlessly. Siyempre meron ako at that time when we went into the lock in, I knew I still had antibodies. So kung ako, parang inisip ko tapos [na] ako diyan pero hindi ako nagpakasiguro dahil hindi natin alam hanggang kailan ang antibodies. Like marami pa tayong hindi alam sa sakit na ito ‘di ba? Of course there was some fear, there were concerns na magiging safe ba tayo? But ABS-CBN prepared very strict guidelines that we kept on trying to meet. Production was making sure na nasusunod. In-allow ng Diyos, so kasama sa pag-allow niya na kami ay ma-green light at umarangkada, ay yung protection at safety. Araw araw na lang tuloy ang aming dasal at pag-iingat. And we remind ourselves on set of all the measures that we have to take so that we would keep ourselves and each other safe and well,” she shared.