Showbiz grieves Isabel Granada’s death

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The Philippine entertainment industry expressed sadness over the passing of singer-actress Isabel Granada.

Granada was only 41. She had been in a coma for the past week after being rushed to the Hamad Hospital in Doha, Qatar. Doctors said she succumbed to brain hemorrhage due to aneurysm. She was declared dead on November 4 at 6 p.m. in Qatar, 11 p.m. Philippine time.

Colleagues in showbiz who got the opportunity to work with her have only kind words for the late actress. Singer-actress Lea Salonga, who was Granada’s fellow alumna in the 1980s youth show “That’s Entertainment,” said that they knew each other as kids. She said Granada was level-headed and sweet.

Filmmaker Lav Diaz remembered her memorable performance in the 1999 film “Hubad sa Ilalim ng Buwan.”

In 1998, Granada won a Famas best supporting actress trophy for the movie “Ligaya ang Itawag Mo sa Akin.” Director Carlos Siguion-Reyna recalled her professional attitude even at a very young age.

Young director Sean Lim worked with Granada in the sci-fi flicks “Xenoa” (2007) and “Xenoa 2” (2008). He said he was close to the actress who even helped promote their films. He revealed that they were planning to work on another project this year.

One of Granada’s last screen appearances was “Tisay,” which was an entry in last year’s Cinema One Originals film festival. Indie director Borgy Torre recounted that the actress delivered a strong performance.

Isabel is survived by her 14-year-old son by her first husband, Geryk Genasky Aguas. Her remains will be brought back to the Philippines by her husband, Arnel Cowley on Wednesday. According to him, while he and the actress were at a friend’s wake in Australia, the actress said she would like her body to be cremated.