Since Isabel Granada gave birth to her son Hubert in 2003, she became less visible on television.
In fact from 2004 to 2006, she had to take a break so she can focus on her family.
In an email exchange with this writer on March 3, 2007, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) got to get a glimpse of her life as a mom.
Back then, she had just returned to showbiz, and was busy with two series on GMA—Sine Novela: Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig and Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan
HUBERT. She spoke so fondly of her son, who was then five years old.
"Hubert is very smart and he understands that everything that I do is for his future, education, and toys.
"So when I come home, he tells me, ‘Mama, I miss you, what's your pasalubong for me?'
"If ever I didn't bring any, he will say ‘it's okay, tomorrow na lang.'"
And how was she as a mom?
"Full-time mama pa din kahit balik-showbiz na ako.
"Kasi since his first day, kahit na caesarian ako, I was hands on.
"Ngayon, pag may work ako, may yaya siya na lahat ng bilin ko, nakasulat.
"But if I don't have work, kahit nandiyan ‘yang yaya, ako pa din paligo, magpakain, patulog, to keep that mother's touch."
OFF-CAM. When she's not taping, Isabel leads an active lifestyle.
The Filipina-Spanish star is good in volleyball, and plays badminton regularly.
"I'm still hooked sa sports, tapings, except for schooling and flying."
She's a pilot, too.
Isabel finished her Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering degree at Philippine Air Transport and Training Services (PATTS) College of Aeronautics in 2011.
At the time of this interview, she said, "I haven't been flying for a while, but I have my private pilot license."
For a time, she became a politician's wife, and helped her ex-husband Geryk Aguas campaign for his bid as vice mayor in Angeles, Pampanga.
When asked about the difference between showbiz and politics, she replied, "I don't choose who to be friends with, or I mean, lahat ng artista, staff, and crew nakakasundo ko kaagad.
"Observer ako.‘Di naman nano-notice 'yon at di ko minsan sadya, kaya lang, I know when a person is true or not."
ON-CAM. The topic shifted to her showbiz projects. What's her fondest memory?
"I guess its doing the movie entitled Ligaya ang Itawag Mo sa Akin," which starred Rosanna Roces.
Isabel continued, "I won kasi the FAMAS Best Supporting Actress award nung 1998, and grabe, maganda ang movie. Box-office hit!"
She was asked to compared the industry in the 80s to what it was ten years ago.
"Work is a lot faster nowadays, but of course, I'd stick to hinay-hinay work ‘cause you get to motivate for a role and read the script, memorize.
"Sa actors, they become a lot more mature at a young age, na mabilis ang pagbinata at pagdalaga ng kilos.
"I just hope they're still guided very well by parents po, para di sila mabilis o madaling maligaw."
Isabel is close to her Spanish mom Isabel Villarama, aka Mommy Guapa.
"Being God-fearing was something I learned from her. So even my baby, he already knows how to pray."