Isabel Granada’s remains given military honors upon arrival from Qatar

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Isabel Granada's coffin is wrapped in a Philippine flag and given full military honors by the Philippine Air Force upon arrival from Qatar on Thursday morning. (Photo from Joseph Rivera's Facebook page)

Isabel Granada has finally come home.

As posted on Facebook by her ex-husband Jericho Genaskey Aguas, the remains of the fallen actress-singer arrived in the country on Thursday morning, five days after she passed away in Doha, Qatar.

Upon arrival, the casket of Isabel’s body was wrapped in a Philippine flag as a Philippine Air Force contingent proceeded to give full military honors. Isabel was a licensed pilot with the rank of airwoman second class sergeant.

The remains will then be brought to the Santuario de San Jose Parish in East Greenhills in Mandaluyong City where it can be viewed first by family members and close friends on Thursday and the general public starting Friday, November 10.

On Sunday, November 12, Isabel’s remains will be transferred to Arlington where it will be cremated before it will be transferred back to Santuario de San Jose.

Isabel’s coffin was accompanied by her partner Arnel Cowley and cousin Joseph Rivera. Aguas arrived earlier.

The actress passed away last Saturday at Hamad General Hospital in Doha, Qatar after 11 days in a comatose state as a result of internal bleeding due to a brain aneurysm.

She started her career in the teen-oriented variety show “That’s Entertainment” where she was part of the show’s Tuesday group. Her stint there led to a fruitful acting career on film and television. Her most memorable screen performance was in Carlitos Siguion-Reyna’s “Ligaya ang Itawag Mo as Akin” in 1997 for which she won the FAMAS Best Supporting Actress the following year.

Incidentally, the film was recently restored by the ABS-CBN Restoration Group and Central Digital Lab and will be screened this Friday at 9:40PM and on Sunday at 9:25PM at the Power Plant Cinema 1 in Rockwell in Makati as part of ABS-CBN’s “REELive the Classics” film series.