LOOK: Iza Calzado gets engaged to British boyfriend


Posted at Oct 08 2017 03:43 PM | Updated as of Oct 09 2017 02:25 PM

MANILA - Actress Iza Calzado is now engaged to British entrepreneur Ben Wintle, her boyfriend of 5 years, their friends confirmed Sunday. 

Fashion designer Rajo Laurel posted on Instagram a photo of Wintle down on his knee offering Calzado a ring. 

"IZA SAID YES!" read the photo's caption.


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An emotional Calzado meanwhile was seen accepting the ring and hugging Wintle in the clips shared by Noel Ferrer, the actress' manager and "It's Showtime" host Karylle Tatlonghari-Yuzon, the couple's business partner and friend. 


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Calzado and Wintle met back in 2011 during a magazine event.

It came at a time when the former "A Love to Last" star was looking to move on from her failed relationship with her non-showbiz boyfriend of 2-and-a-half years, businessman Atticus King.

"Heartbroken ako noon," said in earlier interview with ABS-CBN News. 

"That was the first night that I told myself na I'm going to stay out, socialize, mingle, and hopefully meet somebody. I was really looking for a foreigner that night kasi I've never dated a foreigner," she added.

According to Calzado, Wintle, who co-founded the restaurant finder app Booky, approached her first and asked if he could add her on Facebook.

"Tinawanan ko siya kasi ang daming mga fake accounts sa Facebook. So sabi ko, 'you know what, let's not complicate things. Just get my number.' Ganun kasi naiirita ako pag madami pang games," she said. 

The two then went on a couple of dates, which included a few trips to the hospital where Calzado's late father was previously admitted. Lito Calzado passed away on November 2011.

"He was there for me. He was very strong, patient kasi nga gulo gulo pa ako noon," Calzado said.