Former Alaska, Purefoods and Gordon’s Gin big man Cris Bolado has passed away due to a motor cycle accident on Sunday in PhnomPehn, Cambodia. He is said to be running a restaurant business in Cambodia named Inasal Nation: Home of authentic chicken inasal. He is survived by his partner Anne Christine Waje.
Aside from his moniker ‘the Gentle Giant’, Cris Bolado is also known for being a lucky charm by most of the teams, since whoever team he plays for, that team wins a championship.
Former Alaska teammate, Jeff Cariaso sent his condolences via twitter.
— Jeff Cariaso (@thejet_22) September 17, 2017
A 2nd round pick (13th overall) by Tim Cone and the Alaska milkmen in 1994, Bolado won seven straight conference championships, part of Alaska (1994 to 1996), that won five consecutive titles including the 1996 grand slam. He was traded to Purefoods in 1997 and won the All-Filipino conference that year, he was then traded (again) to the Gordon’s Gin (now the Brgy. Ginebra), and won the Commissioner’s Cup (second conference) as well. Cris Bolado won a total nine overall championship throughout his whole basketball career that span from 1994 to 2003.
Rest in peace, gentle giant.
— PBA (@pbaconnect) September 18, 2017
Cris Bolado’s partner Anne Christine Waje is currently coordinating with the Philippine Embassy to bring his remains back to the Philippines and to his home town in Lucban, Quezon.
Image from Cris Bolado
Last modified: September 18, 2017