Isabel Granada is now home.
Joseph Rivera, the cousin of actress Isabel Granada, updated fans on his Facebook account, saying her remains have arrived in the country and that she “is now home.”
According to reports, her remains arrived around 10 a.m. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). She had passed away on November 4th at the age of 41.
Rivera shared a photo originally posted by actor Eric Fructuoso giving details about the actress’ wake:
According to Fructuoso’s post, today’s wake (November 9th) is strictly for Granada’s family, relatives and close friends.
Public viewing begins tomorrow from 10 am till 5 pm at the Santuario de San Jose Parish in East Greenhills, Mandaluyong City. The wake will continue until Sunday. Granada will be cremated that day at the Arlington Memorial Chapels in G. Araneta Avenue, Quezon City.
According to a Facebook post by Granada’s first husband, Jericho Genaskey Aguas, the actress was also given military arrival honors by the Philippine Air Force. Granada was a licensed pilot and held the rank of Airwoman Second Class for two years.
Discussing with PAF LIeutenant Colonel Marciano Guevara the military honors for Isabel
Granada was in the Arab sultanate of Qatar, in the capital Doha, for a business trip with her second husband, Arnel Cowley during the last week of October.
Reportedly, she was at a meet-and-greet tourism event with Filipino fans on October 25th, when she suddenly collapsed. She was taken to the Hamad General Hospital in Doha, where she fell into a coma. Doctors said she had suffered from a brain aneurysm.
After more than a week in the hospital, the former ’80s teen icon passed away around 11 pm last November 4 (Saturday). She had been on life support as doctors and her family hoped a planned surgery would still be able to save her.
Isabel’s second husband, Arnel Cowley, released his official statement through Rivera’s previous Facebook post.
OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF ARNEL COWLEY: It is with great sadness that my wife Isabel Granada has peacefully passed here in…
Various names from the entertainment industry showed sympathy through social media.
Filipino singer-songwriter Arnel Pineda sent his condolences through Twitter.
Actress Camille Prats Yambao also expressed her sorrow in a tweet.
Actress Assunta De Rossi Ledesma posted a message as well.
TV/Movie Personality Maine Mendoza, who had recently worked with Isabel on a number of projects, also shared how she’s deeply saddened by the news.
Nakakalungkot naman… may you rest in peace, Ms. Isabel. Deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. ☹️
— Maine Mendoza (@mainedcm) November 4, 2017
Former ’80s loveteam and close friend Chuckie Dreyfus bid farewell to Isabel through a Facebook post.
Maraming salamat sa lahat ng pagkakataon na nagkasama tayo. Sa lahat ng panahon na pinasaya mo ako at ang pamilya ko. Sa…
Granada became a teen heartthrob during the mid-to-late 1980s when she became part of the immensely popular daily teen variety show, That’s Entertainment. She and other talents were part of the show’s Tuesday group.
She continued her showbiz career in the 1990s and won FAMAS Best Supporting Actress for her role in the Rosanna Roces film Ligaya ang Itawag Mo sa Akin in 1998.
Granada was also a very good singer and became a recording artist, releasing two albums, Out Here on My Own (1998) and In the Mood for Love (2000).
She explored other skills outside show business and earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering as well as her private pilot license in 2001.