How comforting! Kobe Bryant dances PH’s ‘tinikling’ in a 1998 video

  • A 1998 video of Kobe Bryant while dancing “tinikling” was uploaded on YouTube in 2016
  • Moments after his tragic demise, some Filipino social media users found it, getting comfort from his smiles as he performs the Philippine national dance
  • Kobe and his 13-year-old daughter were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash on January 26

Amid the pain of losing basketball legend Kobe Bryant, it’s so comforting to watch him perform our country’s national dance, tinikling.

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A video of Kobe while dancing “tinikling” was uploaded on YouTube in 2016. Moments after his tragic demise, some social media users viewed it; getting comfort from his smiles as he performs one of the most important dances in the Philippines during his Manila visit in 1998. Even people from other countries celebrated his life through the clip, posting heartfelt messages on the comments section.

“We Filipinos will never forget your kindness,” wrote Diosdado Lumanlan.

“That’s so awesome to see,” Linda Soriano commented. “And I noticed that Kobe is wearing a baroong, the traditional Filipino dress shirt for men. Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant are now in our Heavenly Father’s Kingdom.”

“I love the joy in this video, the joy in his smile. Many will mourn but he will live on,” said Anne Overcash. “His journey is no longer alongside his family and friends. His journey is now a different one. May everyone rejoice in the ‘knowing’ and the journey they traveled together.”

“Kobe could do this and keep up, even with his big ol’ feet because he was a graceful, wonderfully athletic man,” said Carla Holley.

Kobe and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday, January 26. They left behind his wife and three other children, including a baby who was just born last June 2019.

Image capture from Twitter

Those who haven’t seen it yet, may you find comfort watching this video of Kobe Bryant while dancing “tinikling”:


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