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Isabella Granada
File:Isabel Granada 1.jpg
Born Isabella V. Castro Granada
(1976-03-03)March 3, 1976
Died November 4, 2017(2017-11-04) (aged 41)
Doha, Qatar
Occupation Actress, singer, endorser
Years active 1986–2017
Spouse(s) Geryk Genasky (2002; separated)
Arnel Cowley (2015–2017; her death)
Children 1 son, 2 stepdaughters
Military career
  •  Philippines
Service/branch Philippine Air Force
Rank Airman Second Class

Isabel Granada (March 3, 1976[1] – November 4, 2017) was a Filipino actress and singer.

Early life and education[]

Isabel Granada was the daughter of Humberto Castro Granada, a Filipino chief marine engineer, and Isabel Villarama, a Spanish homemaker.[2] Her father died in 1995.

Granada attended the Philippine Air Transport and Training Services College, where she obtained her bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering in 2001 and secured her private pilot license.[3] She served as a airwoman second class in the Philippine Air Force for two years.[4]



1986–2004: Career beginnings[]

Granada's career started after auditioning for That’s Entertainment in 1986, where she became a member of the Tuesday group. She was part of the cast of the film, Ligaya ang Itawag Mo sa Akin which starred Rosanna Roces, and was given the FAMAS Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1998 for her role in the film.[3]

After joining the cast of Ikaw Na Sana Granada became part of the drama series on ABS-CBN entitled Sa Puso Ko Iingatan Ka co-work with Judy Ann Santos.

2004–2013: GMA Network[]

Granada took a break from showbiz from 2004 to 2006 after giving birth to her son. She resumed her acting career in 2007 with GMA Network and worked with Sine Novela: Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig and Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan.[3]

In 2008, Granada played the role of Elena Valderama in the remake of Kaputol ng Isang Awit with co-star Glaiza de Castro and Lovi Poe, recently shown on the GMA Network. She also appeared in the romantic comedy drama Philippine remake Lalola. In 2009, she was one of the guest stars in the Philippine adaptation of Zorro.

2013–2017: Final years[]

During her final years in 2013, she joined It's Showtime's Bida Kapamilya Celebrity Round with her Kapamilya's and she was working again on ABS-CBN's Got to Believe, along with Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, among others.

In 2017, she played the challenging role of Jessica in Wish Ko Lang wherein she portrayed a woman disguised as a man just to feed her kids. No one knew that the new carpenter was a woman.


In 1998 Granada released the album Out Here on My Own[5] and in 2000 she released In the Mood for Love.[6]

She recorded a self titled album under Dyna Records with songs like “Crush Na Crush Kita” (You are Really My Crush), Classmate Dear Classmate, and “Di Na Bale” (Never Mind).

Personal life[]

Granada's first marriage was to Geryk Genasky in 2002. They eventually separated, but their relationship produced one son, Hubert Thomas Jericho Granada Aguas.[7] She married Arnel Cowley in 2015,[7] and was a stepmother to his daughters: Sarah, a young model and Abbey Cowley.[8]

Around 2006, Granada underwent oophorectomy of her right ovary after a cyst had developed; she again had to undergo the operation in 2008 after two cysts had grown on her left ovary, which were accidentally discovered during a removal of a benign tumor in her uterus.[9]


On October 25, 2017, Granada fell into a coma after experiencing six cardiac arrests during a meet and greet session with her fans in Doha, Qatar. Granada had traveled to Doha with her husband to attend the Philippine Tourism and Trade Conference, where she was a guest speaker. She was rushed to the Heart Hospital of the Hamad Medical Corporation[10] and was later transferred to Hamad General Hospital.[11]

Granada had suffered from a brain hemorrhage and aneurysm that affected her heart.[11] On October 27, 2017, she was declared brain dead. Granada died on November 4, 2017, at age 41.[12] Her body lay in state on November 10–11 at Santuario de San Jose in East Greenhills, Mandaluyong,[13] and was cremated on November 12.[14]


Granada was posthumously awarded a star on the Eastwood City Walk of Fame on November 21, 2017.[15]

On December 2017, actress Kim Rodriguez portrayed Granada & Benjamin Alves portrayed Granada's husband, Arnel Cowley for their love story on anthology, Wagas.



Year Title Role Network
2017 A Love to Last ABS-CBN
2017 Pop Talk Herself GMA News TV
Tadhana Natalia GMA Network
Wish Ko Lang Jessica
Maalaala Mo Kaya Alda ABS-CBN
Pinoy M.D. Mga Doktor ng Bayan Herself GMA Network
2016 Wansapanataym: Holly & Mau Mariel Benitez ABS-CBN
Mars Herself/guest GMA News TV
Eat Bulaga! Challenge Accepted contestant GMA Network
Imbestigador: Loreta Loreta
Celebrity Bluff Herself/player
Karelasyon: Trip Piper
Maynila: Unrequited Love Loreta
Imbestigador: Mag-Ina Emerald Bartolome
2014 Pepito Manaloto Lily Beth
The Singing Bee Herself/Celebrity Player ABS-CBN
2013 Got to Believe Tessa Zaragosa
It's Showtime Herself/Guest Judge
Anna Karenina Alona Villarama GMA Network
It's Showtime Bida Kapamilya Celebrity Round Grand Champion ABS-CBN
2012 Teen Gen Angge's mom GMA Network
Cielo de Angelina Czarina
2011 Daldalita Demi
Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Doubles Showdown Castaway
2010 Claudine Laika Garcia
Panday Kids Tessa
2009 Adik Sa'Yo Doy
Zorro Minerva
2008 Obra Guest Role
2008–2009 Lalola Tala Romina
2008 Sine Novela: Kaputol ng Isang Awit Elena Valderama
2007–2008 Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan Luna
2007 Sine Novela: Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig Ricca
2001–2003 Sa Puso Ko Iingatan Ka Adelaine Enriquez ABS-CBN
1997–1998 Ikaw Na Sana Luchi GMA Network
1995 Villa Quintana Rochelle
1986 That’s Entertainment Herself

Feature films[]

Year Title Role
2016 Fruits N' Vegetables: Mga Bulakboleros Peter Parker Anderson's Parents
2008 Xenoa 2: Clash of the Bloods Eli
2008 Pirates Blood Marisel
2007 Kapitan Ambo: Outside De Kulambo
2007 Xenoa Eli
2001 Masikip na Ang Mundo mo Labrador Ligaya
2001 Aagos ang Dugo
2001 Halik ng Sirena Mina
2000 Eskort
2000 Anghel de la Guardia Terresa
1999 Hubad sa Ilalim ng Buwan Buwan
1997 Ligaya ang Itawag mo sa Akin Estela
1997 Boy Chico: Hulihin si Ben Tumbling
1995 Grepor Butch Belgica Story Girlfriend No. 3
1995 Si Mario at Si Goko
1994 Chickboys Matet
1993 Maton
1991 Umiyak Pati Langit Karren
1990 Tora tora, bang bang bang
1990 Shake, Rattle & Roll II Consuela
1990 Lessons In Love
1990 Papa's Girl
1989 Regal Shocker (The Movie)
1989 Huwag Kang Hahalik Sa Diablo Sabsy
1989 Yes, Yes, Yo Kabayong Kutsero
1989 Isang Araw Walang Diyos Santa Babae
1988 Kambal Tuko
1988 Moises Platon: Lost Command
1987 1 + 1 = 12 + 1
1986 Bakit Madalas ang Tibok ng Puso Andrea
1985 Magchumikap Ka! Isabel
Alfredo S. Lim: The Untold 
Ganster Lolo
Laban kung Laban
Tigre ng Mindanao
Mga Batang 45
Michael and Madonna 2
Banana Split
Anak Ni Janice
Knock,Knock Who's There?
Magic To Love
Wanted Bata-Batuta
Remember Me, Mama
Mga Kuwento Ng Pag-Ibig 
Mga Kwento Ni Lola Basyang


  1. Bukas, Leo. "Isabel Granada in a coma; suffers aneurysm in Doha, Qatar". Push. ABS-CBN. Retrieved October 25, 2017. "She [Granada] was born on March 3, 1976 and she’s only 41 years old" 
  2. "Actress Isabel Granada studied aeronautical engineering!". Regal Entertainment Inc.. May 12, 2014. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Avante, Wells; Caliwara, Karen (October 25, 2017). "A peek into Isabel Granada's life as a mother". Philippine Entertainment Portal, Inc.. Retrieved 25 October 2017. 
  4. Santiago, Maxxy (November 8, 2017). "Isabel Granada's remains arriving in Manila early Thursday". ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. Retrieved November 8, 2017. 
  5. Gonzales, David. "Review Out Here on My Own". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  6. Gonzales, David. "Review In the Mood for Love". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Soriano, Gia Allana (October 27, 2017). "WATCH: Geryk Genasky message to former wife Isabel Granada" (in English, Filipino). GMA News and Public Affairs. Retrieved November 5, 2017. 
  8. Bardinas, Mary Ann (July 20, 2017). "Isabel Granada's timeless appeal is awe-inspiring!". ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. Retrieved October 26, 2017. 
  9. "PEP: Isabel Granada can get pregnant despite ovarian operation". GMA News and Public Affairs. November 6, 2008. Retrieved October 25, 2017. 
  10. Santos, Jamil. "Isabel Granada now in coma after cardiac arrest in Qatar". GMA News. Retrieved October 25, 2017. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 Roxas, Patricia Ann (25 October 2017). "Report: Isabel Granada in coma in Qatar hospital". Retrieved 25 October 2017. 
  12. "Isabel Granada dies, had premonition of her death". The Philippine Star. Retrieved November 4, 2017. 
  13. "Isabel Granada's remains arrive in Manila, schedule for viewing announced". Rappler. November 9, 2017. Retrieved November 12, 2017. 
  14. "Isabel Granada is laid to rest". Rappler. November 12, 2017. Retrieved November 12, 2017. 
  15. "Isabel Granada's mom tears up after late actress receives 'Walk of Fame' star". ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. November 22, 2017. Retrieved November 24, 2017. 

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