In Focus: In Visual Spectacles, The Philippines Mourned For Kobe Bryant

In Focus: In Visual Spectacles, The Philippines Mourned For Kobe Bryant

As if our feed still isn't spilling over with heartbreaking news about and tributes to basketball legend Kobe Bryant—who with 13 year-old daughter Gianna and seven others just last weekend died from a helicopter crash in California, corporations and institutions have sent out their condolences in the most inspiring way possible. We're not just talking about gigantic sports brand Nike rightfully pulling out its many current (and future) Kobe-related merch from the stores stat. We're also looking at the likes of LAX in Los Angeles, Empire State Building and Madison Square in NYC, and Moda Center in Portland lighting themselves up in gold and purple in honor of Bryant—an NBA five-time champ over a two-decade career, gone at 41.

[related: In Focus: RIP, Kobe Bryant—Father And Role Model]

In the Philippines, a basketball-crazy nation, grief over Bryant's death was just as felt. Some commercial establishments that have welcomed him in his many visits in Manila couldn't help but to likewise project their sorry through these beautiful art and light shows. All, of course, carried the superstar athlete's jersey numbers and colors.

These eulogies can be found in the photo gallery above. Interestingly eerie not to point out, The House of Kobe, a convention center in Barangay Karuhatan, Valenzuela City decided for a basketball court transformation a few years back, was even unveiled a day before his tragic death.

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Photos courtesy of Araneta Coliseum, SM Mall of Asia, Uptown Bonifacio, Leo Angelo, John Ray Aligato (The Island Nomad), Nippon Paint Coatings, and Mark Demayo of ABS-CBN News



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