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Isabel Granada is home

  • Written by Willy M. Balasa, Zaida delos Reyes-Palanca 
  • Published in Nation
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ACTRESS Isabel Granada returned home yesterday.

Grieving members of the family, headed by her son Hubert, met the body of the actress at the
Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) cargo warehouse.  

She was flown home by Philippine Airlines.
    
As soon as her casket was laid on the floor, a soldier covered it with a Philippine flag full
military honors were given by to the actress who had been a reservist in the Philippine Air Force
(PAF).  
     
The remains were also met by Isabel’s husband Arnel Cowley.
     
Lt. Butch Guevarra, commanding officer of the First Philippine Airf  Force Reserve Center
based in Villamor Airbase said Granada was an enlisted member of the PAF since September 18, 2001.
    
A public viewing of Granada’s remains began yesterday morning at the Santuario de San Jose
Parish in East Greenhills, Mandaluyong City.
     
She is set to be cremated on Sunday at the Arlington Memorial chapels.

PAF mourns reservist
    
The men and women of the PAF expressed their profound sorrow and heartfelt condolences to the
bereaved families and loved ones of Filipina celebrity and PAF reservist, Isabel Granada.
     
In a statement released yesterday by PAF,  they said that they wish to pay tribute to Ms.
Granada who served as Airwoman Second Class in the Philippine Air Force.
     
“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,”  Major Aristides M . Galang Jr., Director of Public Information Office (PIO) of PAF said.
     
It was learned that in 2001, Granada was recruited by the PAF through its Direct Enlistment
program. She was temporarily assigned to the Air Force Special Service Group and was given an Air
Force Specialty Code skill in recreation (volleyball).
     
Galang said from an Airwoman, Granada was promoted to Airwoman Second Class (AW2C).
 
Granada spent a year as an active PAF enlisted personnel as part of the PAF Women’s Volleyball
team and opted to remain as a reservist and continued her support by willingly performing, hosting,
and lending her celebrity status to draw crowds to PAF events.