Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 9) — The remains of popular Filipino artist Isabel Granada were given full military honors upon return Thursday from Doha, Qatar.
The plane carrying Granada’s remains landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and was received by at least 20 Philippine Air force personnel. Her white casket was draped with a Philippine flag.
Isabel’s husband, Arnel Cowley, wept upon the arrival of his wife’s remains. He was joined by Granada’s ex-husband Jericho Genasky Aguas and their son Hubert at the airport.
An enlisted personnel of PAF in 2001 with a staff sergeant rank, the late actresss was a licensed pilot and earned a degree in B.S. Aeronautical Engineering from the Philippine Air Transport and Training Services College of Aeronautics.
On October 25, the 41 year old actress collapsed during a fan meet-and-greet event in Doha, Qatar where she was invited for a trade and tourism conference. Doctors said she suffered an aneurysm and multiple cardiac arrests. She later fell into a coma and passed away on November 4.
The grieving family will give millions of Isabel’s fans to see her for the last time. Her wake which will be open to the public on November 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Santuario de San Jose Parish in Mandaluyong City.
Isabel’s remains will then be transferred to Arlington in Quezon City for a final mass and cremation on November 10. In the afternoon, her urn will be brought back to the Santuario de San Jose Parish.
Isabel rose to fame as a teen star in the 1980’s. Her career started after auditioning for That’s Entertainment in 1986, where she became a member of the Tuesday group. The versatile actresss has appeared in many movies and TV series and is also a recording artist and a TV host.
The late actress’ bestfriend in the entertainment industry, Bianca Lapuz posted a photo of the dress Isabel will wear for her funeral, saying that it was designed to resemble a mermaid — a reference to a movie they once starred in together.
It’s “simple” and “classy,” Lapus said of the dress, which will feature a French lace made from gaze faconne fabric and will be embroidered with topaz Swarovski crystals.
“You will look just like sleeping beauty.”
Rest in Peace Isabel.