Actress Iza Calzado paid tribute to her late parents, Mary Anne Ussher and Lito Calzado, in her post on Instagram on Tuesday, November 30.
Sharing a video clip of the sky, Iza wrote: "It’s been 20 years since my mother left this world and 10 years since my father followed her in heaven. I normally post photos of loved ones to honor them yet somehow no photo of theirs could represent how I see and feel them in my life now."
"As I was lying down looking up at the clouds, watching birds fly by, I knew then that they were with me. That’s how I experience their presence now — through the beautiful gifts of nature, opportunities given to me and people sent to my life that help me along the way. All of these blessings from God and from them. I feel connected to them now more than ever. Perhaps it’s because, as the years pass, with life’s ups and downs, I have a better understanding of them and the choices they made along the way."
Iza's mother, Mary Ann, died in November 2001, and her cause of death was initially reported as cancer.
However, in October 2019, the actress revealed that she lost her mom to depression after years of struggling with bipolar disorder.
Meanwhile, her father, Lito, a choreographer, died of liver cancer on November 11, 2011. He was only 65 at the time of his death.
In her post, Iza credited her parents as instrumental in her growth as a person.
"They weren’t perfect people and I will never be either but how perfectly it all came together, the joy and sorrow, the pain and pleasure and all that love that held it together. My mother and father were perfectly chosen by God to help me in my evolution. What a gift!" she said.
To end her post, the Darna star said: "One day our souls will meet again. Until then, I will live life knowing that you’re both near, watching over me, supporting me along the way. Thank you for everything. Love Always, Izadora," she said.