Ana Roces talked about her fondest memories with showbiz contemporary and high school classmate Isabel Granada, and her reaction when she learned that Isabel passed away.
“Isabel was my classmate in high school, OB Montessori, so we practically grew up together,” began Ana.
“Tapos, yung mga early projects ko, lagi kaming magkasama kasi magka-edad kami, e, same age, 41,” she explained.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the press caught up with Anna at the Golden Fiesta Heart Healthy Camp event on November 26, Sunday, in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
Ana and Isabel became household names through That's Entertainment, the youth-oriented show on GMA-7 in the 1980s that launched the careers of numerous stars.
Isabel, 41, fell into a coma in October, due to aneurysm, for almost two weeks and died last November 4, Saturday.
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“Sana fake,'” exclaimed Ana when asked about her reaction when she heard about the news that Isabel was hospitalized in Doha, Qatar.
“Nung nabalita that morning, paggising ko, sabi ko, 'Sana hindi totoo.'
"Because sometimes merong mga kumakalat na balita na hindi naman accurate. Fake news.
“But nung na-verify nga na she was indeed rushed in a hospital in Qatar, siyempre bothered.
“I texted our classmates and friends to tell them to pray for Isabel.”
For almost two weeks, Isabel was in a coma before she passed away.
Ana recalled, “And then the sad news came after a few days.
“I went to the wake. Nakakalungkot.
“But then, it's why for us, it's also a sign that we should enjoy each day and live to the fullest every single day and always keep check of our health.”
FOND MEMORIES WITH ISABEL. Apart from being batchmates on That's Entertainment, Ana revealed that they were high school classmates.
She recalled that Isabel had always been a standout when it comes to sports in the campus.
“Alam mo, si Isabel, sa school, gustung-gusto namin siyang kakampi pag sports, pag P.E.
“Kasi, she's very competitive.
"So, pag team mo siya, alam mo na she will give 101 percent.
“We used to play volleyball, so naalala ko talaga yung, 'Gusto namin [kakampi] si Isabel. Dito ka na sa team namin!'
"Kasi alam namin, pag talaga siya, hahabulin niya talaga yung bola.
“She doesn't mind injuring [herself]. She will really dive just to be able to dive and score for her team.
“Passionate talaga siya in whatever she does.
"Kita mo naman siya when she dances, when she performs, talagang 101 percent all the time.”
With Isabel's untimely passing, Ana says she examined her own mortality.
“You can't help but think about it and analyze your life, your health, yung kinakain mo.”
She continued that one should be mindful of the discomforts that one feels, such has bodyaches and address it at once.