June 23, 2018, 10:25 am
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Military honors for Isabel Granada

By Victor Reyes

The Philippine Air Force gave full military honors to actress Isabel Granada, a former AIr Force personnel and reservist who died of aneurysm in Qatar last Saturday.

The remains of the 41-year-old Granada arrived Manila yesterday morning, on board a commercial flight, and was given arrival honors by an Air Force contingent, said Air Force spokesman Maj. Aristides Galang.

“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,” said Galang.

“To show our final respect to Ms Granada, we will extend a funeral honor and service for her remains as PAF’s way of demonstrating its concern for the welfare of its personnel,” Galang also said.

He said vigil guards will be assigned during the wake of Granada. Galang declined to reveal the details of the wake, saying this is a matter for the Granada family to disclose.

Granada was recruited by the Air Force, through its direct enlistment program, and given the rank of Airwoman in 2001.

She was initially assigned with the Air Force Special Service Group and was given an Air Force Specialty Code skill in recreation (volleyball). She was later promoted to the rank of Airwoman Second Class.

“She 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 where she continued her support by willingly performing, hosting, and lending her celebrity status to draw crowd in PAF events,” said Galang.

Galang said Granada contributed in the attainment of a good image for the Air Force.

“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,” said Galang.

“The Philippine Air Force would like to express its profound sorrow and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and loved ones of Filipina celebrity and PAF reservist, Ms Isabel Granada,” said Galang.

Granada suffered brain hemorrhage , due to aneurysm, in Qatar on October 25 after collapsing at a fan meet-and-greet. She was rushed to the Hamad General Hospital in Doha where she died last Saturday.

Her remains will lie in state starting today at the Sanctuario de San Jose parish in Greenhills, where there will be a two-day public viewing. Cremation will be on Sunday, November 12.
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