Random Q&A with Kobe
Paano ka kinikilig at ano’ng nagPaPakilig sa ’yo?
Tagal ko nang hindi nakilig, a. Probably if someone is super open. Like, on the first day she’s not scared to talk about whatever. That makes me blush just because she’s open. He or she is open. I don’t know for my friends
naman na guys. Probably if they, like, buy me food. Or they’re willing to just pick me up and have fun. I think that’s what makes me blush, you know. Just because we’re friends, they don’t have to do that. I have my own car and a driver, but that’s cool. It goes both ways for guys and girls.
What is a talent that you Wish you Were better at?
I wish I knew how to play the piano. Just because, when I was a kid, Dad would force me to play the piano, and it was, like, a Yamaha yata, or I don’t know. But you have your own room and a piano and a teacher. There was one time I was just messing up, and Dad was there to check on me. And the teacher was heads down, like, couldn’t teach me, ’cause I couldn’t get it right. So that’s when I knew I had to find another passion in a different instrument.
household chore that you hate doing?
House chore? Honestly, that’s why I don’t get why girls don’t like me. I do whatever chore. Like, I’m the guy! I’d clean, I can do makeup, I’d do nails. I don’t really care. But that’s just me. Ever since I went to the States, I did my own chores, so I got used to doing a bunch of stuff.
Who’s your crush in the states?
Hmmm, damn. I’ve been focused on basketball for a while, I forgot about girls. Uhm, probably Kendall Jenner, or this girl named Julia Friedman. She’s a model, she’s pretty cute. ’Cause I’m choosy, I’m pretty choosy.
do you get to drive around Manila?
I’ll get in trouble if I do. I have my permit from the States, but I’m not sure you can drive with that here in the Philippines. I don’t drive, like, out. I drive, like, village to village to visit my friends, but not, like, going to Makati, C5, or EDSA. Nothing serious like that. When I’m here nga, Andre’s, like, my driver. He’s, like, the only one who can bring me places.
What Makes you laugh?
Probably, just people who are really open about life. I don’t mean laugh, like, as a joke, but laugh as in a happy way. Just because there are a lot of people out there who aren’t open about their life anymore and who aren’t as weird as me. ’Cause I’m an open book. I’ll act how I act to everyone. So I think, for me personally, it’s just people who are really outgoing. That makes me happy and laugh.
What Makes you cry?
What makes me cry? Probably, first, all the heartbreaks I’ve been through my life. All the girls who broke my heart.
Hindi, joke lang. Probably not seeing my family. Being in the States. You can put that as well, that was funny, the first one. Mostly, what makes me sad is being homesick. ’Cause at the age of 15, I was alone. It was hard. I was homesick for, like, a year, but then I got used to it.
What are the issues you Want PeoPle to notice More?
Hmmm, there are a lot of people who got convicted of sexual harassment, false sexual harassment. So I want them to have another chance to have free lawyer or something. And all the people who got wrongfully accused to just have freedom. And probably have the rules of the United States in the Philippines. If you go to the States and you drive there, people listen to rules. It’s not, like, an intersection that everyone just goes to at the same time. Probably that. I have a lot on my list.
Why do you feel strongly about these issues?
I have a brand, and I’m trying to make my brand even bigger, and since I’m big and people understand who I am, I wanna be part of the issues and be for the people. I just don’t wanna be that person who just does stuff for himself. So you know, I have a voice and I can use that, too, as well. But you know, there are lots of people out there who think their own opinions matter, especially on social media. I just get fed up. That’s why sometimes I wanna delete my Twitter, just because there’s so many people who talk smack and don’t know what they’re talking about. But that’s what they live for. They live for bashing people, they live for doing all this stuff. And I wanna be that person who can stand up and tell people, “Look, you don’t have to listen to them.”
While basketball flows in Kobe’s veins, it’s only one facet of his life. “There’s just a bunch of things about me that people don’t know,” he says. “Basketball is just, like, 25 percent of who I am. You know, that’s not who I am. That’s just what people see me as, just because that’s where I first got started getting known.”
Kobe dreams of putting up his own business in the near future, specifically his own brand of clothing line.
“I want my clothes to be up to trend. Things that, you know, 10-year-olds, teenagers, 50-year-olds can wear. Like something na when you see it you’re like, ‘Wow, I just wanna buy it.’
“I look up to the high-class brands like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Versace, all those athletes in the States promoting clothes. So that’s what I wanna do. Since I have, like, a name in the Philippines, I want it to be bigger than that... Every time someone sees me, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? It’s basketball. So for me, I want it to be, like, ‘Wow, that’s Kobe, he made a clothing line. Oh, he loves basketball. He wants to be a chef.’ That’s what I want people to see me as.”
What else is on his list of things to do? Without missing a beat, he answers: “I wanna have my own charity. Because, you know, I just love giving back. We’re very fortunate to have a great life. I mean, we struggle a lot, and we’re still going through adversity, but we have better lives than other people. So me, personally, I wanna give back.”