ENTERTAINMENT: Phil Actress Isabel Granada is home; given military honors


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.

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