By Aaron Recuenco
The Philippine Air Force gave full military honors to actress Isabel Granada shortly after the arrival Thursday of her body from Qatar where she died due to brain aneurysm.
In a statement, the PAF leadership said the full military honor for Granada was for her service in active and reservist capacity in the military unit.
“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,” the PAF said in a statement.
“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,” it added.
It was learned that Granada, a popular actress during 1980s and 1990s, was recruited by the PAF in 2001 through its Direct Enlistment Program wherein she played volleyball for the Air Force team.
From being an Airwoman, she was promoted to Airwoman Second Class.
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 later.
“She continued her support by willingly performing, hosting, and lending her celebrity status to draw crowd in PAF events. 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,” PAF official said.
Granada went to Qatar for an invitation as one of the special guest speakers for Philippine Trade and Tourism conference. During her stay, she complained of headache and later collapsed as a result of multiple cardiac arrest and brain aneurysm.
She passed away a week after she was rushed to a hospital in Qatar.
“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.