Sigurado ‘yan: Angara says heaven prepares for ticker-tape parade for Kobe Bryant
The streets of heaven are now full of people attending the “ticker-tape parade” of American basketball legend Kobe Bryant.
Senator Sonny Angara made the remark as he and basketball fans here and abroad expressed sadness and shock over the untimely death of Bryant, 41.
The former Los Angeles Lakers superstar died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California together with seven others, including his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.
Angara said Bryant “soared like an angel in court, and with his good heart acted like one off it.” He said the angels in heaven are “now hanging ’24’ jerseys in the rafters up there.”
“Because he was bringing his daughter to a basketball tournament, then it can be said that Kobe died with his sneakers on, for the love of the game,” he said.
Angara said in his prime, Kobe “was a superstar waited on by a staff of hundreds. In retirement, he was happiest as coach-cheerleader of the most important ball player in his life.”
“Thanks Kobe for bringing joy to this basketball nation, for visiting us, and for telling your Filipino fans never to get tired in chasing their hoop dreams,” he said.
“As a Celtics fan, I wish you what residents of that city bid those who embark on their final journey: ‘May the road rise to meet you, may the wind always at your back, and may the sunshine warm upon your face,'” Angara added.