Reminiscing the Black Mamba: Tributes pour a year after Kobe Bryant’s death

Published January 25, 2021, 8:02 PM

by Carlo Anolin

Tenement photo from Tenement Visual Artists’ Facebook page

Several tributes poured on social media Monday as Filipino fans pay homage to the late NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

The Tenement Visual Artists posted photos of their new mural at the Tenement in Taguig City, paying homage to Bryant’s legacy and joyful days before his untimely demise last Jan. 26.

The new mural features a much colorful vibe, converting the monochromatic gray scheme from last year’s painting to the Lakers-inspired purple and gold colors.

Tenement photo from Tenement Visual Artists’ Facebook page

In Valenzuela, 2nd District Rep. Eric Martinez is set to hold a program as well for the “Black Mamba” at the House of Kobe tomorrow, Jan. 26.

House of Kobe photo from Rep. Eric Martinez’s Facebook account

The ceremony includes a groundbreaking of “Gigi’s Cradle,” unveiling of Black Mamba markers, raising of Lakers’ 17th championship banner, and opening of an art exhibit in Karuhatan, Valenzuela.

Local rapper and artist Mike Swift, one of the masterminds from Tenement’s creation last year, announced on Instagram that he will be performing at the House of Kobe before revealing a separate project for the five-time NBA champion at the Oksana Park, also in Valenzuela.

Kobe, along with 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others, perished in a tragic helicopter crash in Calabasas, California last January.

The passengers were en route for a basketball game at the Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks.