News about big man Cris Bolado's untimely demise shocked his former teammates and his fans.
Alvin Patrimonio and Mythical Team member and All-Star Jeff Cariaso were both shocked upon hearing the news.
He was involved in a motorcycle accident on Sunday in PhnomPehn, Cambodia.
He has been traveling back and forth after opening a restaurant there that he named Inasal Nation: Home of authentic chicken inasal.
He would be turning 48 on October 25.
"Nakakalungkot na balita 'yan," said Patrimonio, when asked by spin.ph.
Cariaso took to Twitter to condole with the family and loved ones left behind by his former Alaska teammate.
"Sadden by the news that my former teammate and good friend Cris Bolado has passed," said Cariaso in his account @thejet_22.
Cariaso, one of coach Alex Compton's deputies at Alaska, added the hashtag #gentlegiant and #luckycharm to his tweet.
Bolado was considered the lucky charm by teams he would play for because most of the time they would win championships with him.
Bolado and Cariaso were teammates at Alaska for two seasons (1995 and 1996). The following season, Bolado transfered to Purefoods, where he won the 1997 All-Filipino crown with Patrimonio.
Patrimonio, aka 'Cap', clearly remembers that season.
"Kasi, after niya manalo ng all-Filipino title sa amin, I think na-trade siya sa Gordon's Gin nung Commissioner's Cup (second conference), and then nag-champion din yung team. Kaya nga siya tinawag na lucky charm, di ba?," recalled Patimonio, now the Hotshots' team manager.
Bolado won two more championships after that, bringing the total of titles he won from 1994 to 2003 to nine overall.
His remains will be flown into the country, where his wake will be held in his native province of Lucban, Quezon.