LOOK: House of Kobe in Valenzuela


Posted at Jan 27 2020 05:41 PM | Updated as of Jan 27 2020 06:16 PM

News of the passing of Kobe Bryant stunned the world on Monday as he and his daughter Gianna, along with seven others, died in a helicopter crash.

A few hours before that fateful event, however, the House of Kobe or the Karuhatan Convention Center was inaugurated in Karuhatan, Valenzuela on Sunday afternoon.

The sixth of NBA-inspired basketball courts in the area, it was inititated by Valenzuela City Rep. Eric Martinez and started construction sometime in March 2019. The murals were made by street artists from Valenzuela. 

Originally made to promote sports and serve as a high-quality playing court for the public, it now stands as a fitting final tribute to one of the greatest players to ever play the game. 

The House of Kobe in Karuhatan, Valenzuela City features designs inspired by Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The House of Kobe is one of nine barangays with NBA and PBA-inspired community basketball courts.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

One end of the court has murals of the five-time NBA champion.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Hand railings in the House of Kobe are textured to look and feel like scales of the snake black mamba, Bryant’s most famous nickname.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A giant mural of the Lakers legend greets players.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

On the other end of the court, 10 other legendary Lakers are displayed as a window below shows a mural of Bryant.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A boy takes advantage of the facilities as he puts up a shot at the House of Kobe.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A boy takes a shot during a friendly game at the House of Kobe on Monday.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The facade of the House of Kobe.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A mural of Kobe Bryant adorns the wall of the convention center.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A fan takes a photo of flowers beside a mural of Bryant made in tribute outside the House of Kobe.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News