It would be an understatement to say that Filipinos love basketball. Basketball is like breathing, it is the most famous sports in the Philippines. It is so embedded in the heart and culture, that almost every Filipino sports fan or not know the names of the legendary stars like Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Scottie Pippen and more.
The world was shaking, even the Grammy Awards took a back seat after the news came in. TMZ was the first one to report the horrific death of Kobe Bryant and 13-year old daughter via plane crash. Many could not believe it, many wished it was a hoax, but the bitter truth had to come out. International news articles came pouring in, and we could no longer deny the truth- that it was indeed real– Kobe Bryant, the Black Mamba has left us. The entire world is in mourning.
Filipino fans all over the world did their own share of expressing their pain on social media, even grown men are crying. Kobe Bryant has inspired countless sports fans and nonsports fans alike. Through his discipline, courage, vision for excellence and just being a generally polite and well-mannered family guy.
To show solidarity and express the heartfelt pain the world is feeling right now, the Filipino mall chain in Taguig City named Uptown Mall has lit up in purple with the name Kobe in gold across its facade and the number 24 to honor basketball legend, Kobe Bryant. Kevin Andrew Tan posted on his Instagram, it was a way to give tribute to the legend who touched and inspired so many lives when he came to Manila countless of times.
Even the biggest mall in Asia, SM Mall of Asia showed their respect to the Black Mamba legend, with the caption Legends live forever. Thank you, Kobe. #MambaForever
Purple and gold are the colors of the Los Angeles Lakers, a team that Bryant played for the entirety of his 20-season career. Buildings across the US have also lit up in purple and gold to remember Bryant including LAX columns In Los Angeles.
While in Tenement, Taguig rapper and community influencer Mike Swift immediately expressed the pain and heartfelt loss felt by Filipinos for the loss of Kobe Bryant.
Mike Swift and Tenement Paint Squad and various artists from different walks of life and people living in the tenement, worked early in the mourning to set up a Tribute Mural and event at the Tenement as he talks about Mamba Mentality- the way Kobe aimed for greatness.
We Love You, Kobe…