When it comes to the country’s favorite past time and sport, basketball has to be the ultimate green light. Filipinos have grown up admiring the best of the NBA and has hailed many local sportsmen in the PBA. With the recent and sudden death of Kobe Bryant, the five-time NBA champion for the LA Lakers’ was truly felt from every corner of the world, especially the Philippines.
Kobe Bryant was pronounced dead with his daughter, Gianna, along with other people in a helicopter crash last Sunday, January 26th. The 41-year-old and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna was survived by his wife, Vanessa, and three other daughters by the names of Bianka, Natalia, and Capri.
The father and daughter’s passing has impacted several people in the basketball industry, and beyond the sphere of the NBA. Filipinos who are keen on basketball and are huge fans of the Black Mamba has made their sorrow heard through astounding tributes all over the internet, and in various parts of the country as well.
The streets of Manila reflected Kobe Bryant everywhere, with fans painting tributes in Tenement court housing complex, with an impeccable mural of Kobe and Gianna plastered on the floor, according to ESPN. Walls are dashed with sacred scriptures and sayings that Bryant has said in the past, as well as wishes and hopes for the Kobe and Gianna’s precious legacy. Indeed, the world is in mourning of one of the most iconic and legendary icons in basketball history, as well as the heiress to his pristine talent.
In this humble part of the Philippines of course, the pain of Bryant’s passing is one that won’t be vanishing soon and one that will remain with basketball and non-basketball fans for a long time. It just comes to show, how much Bryant has contributed to the lives of many people, not just through his basketball career, but all the righteous efforts he’s put to being a man of character for his family and his daughters; truly, a legend indeed.