THE remains of actress Isabel Granada arrived in the country on Thursday with the Philippine Air Force (PAF) giving her full military honors.
Granada had the rank of Airwoman Second Class, said Maj. Aristides Galang Jr., PAF spokesman, in a statement.
Granada’s remains arrived at the PAF headquarters in Villamor Air Base, Pasay City at about 10:40 a.m. and was met by PAF personnel and officers, and her family including her partner, Arnel Cowley.
The wake of Granada, a popular actress in the 1980s, 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.
“During this time of mourning, we, the men and women of the PAF, share the sense of grief and great loss of Ms. Granada and we wish to pay tribute to this great woman who has achieved so much in her life,” Galang said.
Galang said Granada was recruited by PAF through its Direct Enlistment program in 2001.
She was temporarily assigned to the Air Force Special Service Group and was given an Air Force Specialty Code skill in recreation, which was volleyball.
Galang said the actress spent a year as an active PAF enlisted personnel as part of the Women’s Volleyball team.
“[Granada] opted to remain as a reservist where she continued her support by willingly performing, hosting, and lending her celebrity status to draw crowds in PAF events,” Galang said.
“Her proper demeanor, both as a celebrity and an aviation enthusiast, also contributed to the PAF’s public image by virtue of her reservist status, which she had proudly admitted,” he said.
As a final respect to a member of the PAF, Galang said the Air Force would extend a funeral honor and service to the actress “as PAF’s way of demonstrating its concern for the welfare of its personnel.”
Granada passed away at 41 at the Hamad General Hospital in Doha, Quatar where she was rushed after collapsing at a fan meet-and-greet in the same city on October 25.
The former child star was diagnosed with brain aneurysm, which affected her heart. She never regained consciousness and was declared brain-dead on October 27. ROSVEL DIAZ