Filipino fans pay tribute to beloved Kobe Bryant
MANILA, Philippines–Even in his death, Kobe Bryant remains one of the most beloved players for thousands of Filipino basketball fans.
Visual artists at Tenement in Taguig quickly went to work, covering the popular basketball court with a mural of Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who was with him when the helicopter crashed in Los Angeles, locked in an embrace.
The Tenement Court, which has regularly been painted with murals of NBA players, has also been frequented by some of the players during their visits to the country.
LOOK: Tenement visual artists at Tenement in Taguig City painted a mural of former NBA legend Kobe Bryant and daughter…
Meanwhile, Uptown Towers in Bonifacio City lit up in purple and gold, the colors of the Los Angeles Lakers where Bryant made himself into a household name in the Philippines on the night of his passing.
Words “Kobe” and “24” can also be seen emblazoned on the building.
“Legends are not born, they are created.” Thank you, Kobe Bryant.#Kobe24 #MambaOut #KobeBryantADVERTISEMENT
Mall of Asia’s giant globe also shined in purple for Bryant.
Legends live forever. Thank you, Kobe. #MambaForever #TwentyFourever
At Smart Araneta Coliseum, where Kobe Bryant mostly held his tours every time he visited, a memorial wall was put up so fans can write tribute messages for the former Los Angeles superstar. The wall will be up until Wednesday.
Fans also trooped to the Big Dome on Monday night and held a candle lighting in honor of their hero.
Those who wish to drop by, the memorial wall for the NBA superstar Kobe Bryant is still here at the Green Gate lobby of the Big Dome. The tribute wall will be up today until Wednesday. #RIPMamba #RIPGianna #MambaOutForever #TheBigDome pic.twitter.com/PZVQlxw9IO
— SmartAranetaColiseum (@TheBigDome) January 28, 2020
At the newly-built “House of Kobe” in Valenzuela, a basketball court which was inaugurated hours before Bryant’s demise, fans have trooped to pay their respects for Kobe by offering flowers and writing messages on the wall.
MAMBA OUTFans of Kobe Bryant gather at the newly built #TheHouseOfKobe Court at Tomas Manuel Subd., Karuhatan to pay…
Bryant was a frequent visitor in the Philippine capital, visiting seven times in his career from 1998 to 2016. His last trip came just months after he retired from the NBA.
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