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LOOK: Filipinos commemorate Bryant’s death in Valenzuela’s House of Kobe

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LOOK: Filipinos commemorate Bryant’s death in Valenzuela’s House of Kobe
Valenzuela City inaugurates the indoor basketball court dedicated to Kobe Bryant a day before his tragic death

MANILA, Philippines – Kobe Bryant has touched the lives of many, including Filipinos living in Valenzuela City, where the indoor basketball court named “House of Kobe” was inaugurated a day before his tragic death

Although the indoor court is not yet open to public, Filipino Kobe fans offered flowers and lighted candles outside the facility to honor the legacy of the Lakers legend. 

Others wrote messages to him on the wall outside the court, remembering how he was their childhood superhero and how deeply they will miss Bryant. (IN PHOTOS: Remembering Kobe Bryant’s Manila visits)

REMEMBERING KOBE. A man turns emotional while he writes his message to Kobe Bryant –his childhood superhero. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

While the interiors of the indoor court have murals of Bryant painted on the walls, there are fans who exercised their creativity with their own paintings of the 5-time NBA champion. 

CREATIVE. A man paints his own mural of Kobe Bryant on the wall of the House of Kobe. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

The House of Kobe is located in Barangay Karuhatan and is part of Valenzuela Representative Eric Martinez’s plan of installing NBA-themed basketball courts around the city. 

This court, in particular, honors Bryant with two murals of him as he inspired many Filipino basketball fans with his storied NBA career

'KOBE FOR THREE'. Kids shoot hoops in front of Kobe Bryant's mural in the House of Kobe. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and 7 other passengers were killed in a chopper crash on Sunday, January 26 (Monday, January 27, Manila time), as their Sikorsky S-76 helicopter slammed into a rugged hillside in Calabasas, Los Angeles.

His death sent shockwaves all over the world and  plunged legions of fans into mourning. – Rappler.com 

 

 

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