Iza Calzado penned a heartwarming message for her late father, Lito Calzado, on what would have been his 77th birthday.
On her Instagram page on Thursday, January 20, the Kapamilya actress shared a throwback picture of her father when he was still a young man.
"Happy Birthday to the OG! You would have been 77 today, Daddy Yo, and I am pretty sure that you’d still be as cute, charming and youthful as you are in this photo," wrote Iza.
The actress also posted clips from the 1969 comedy film Drakulita which starred her father.
"It's my first time to see this. Makes me think of the many hats you wore — dancer, choreographer, director, producer, actor, husband, father, and friend. The life you lived and how colorful it was," said Iza.
She went on to express her admiration and gratitude to her father.
"You were always true to who you were. Unapologetically you. Thank you for showing me what it means to be light, to love and to be free," she said.
"I get it now. Fly and dance freely, Daddy. Enjoy the wind on your smiling face."
Aside from being an actor, Lito Calzado was also a director and choreographer. He was a member of the folk dance troupe of the University of the East, the Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company, and the Ballet Folkloric Filipino in the 1960.
He died of liver cancer on November 11, 2011. He was only 65 at the time of his death.
Last December, Iza also took to social media to remember her father, as well as her late mother Mary Anne Ussher.
Iza's mother 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.
"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 said in her post.
"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!"