Calvin Abueva left stunned over untimely death of college teammate Gilbert Bulawan
Gilbert Bulawan died shortly after collapsing in Blackwater practice. Jerome Ascano

CALVIN Abueva was as shocked as everybody else upon learning the death of Blackwater big man Gilbert Bulawan on Sunday.

Abueva was a teammate of Bulawan with the last San Sebastian team that won the NCAA men’s basketball championship in 2009. ‘The Beast’ was in his rookie season that year and served as the Stags’ sixth man behind starters Jimbo Aquino, Ian Sangalang, Ronald Pascual, Pamboy Raymundo, and Bulawan.

“Oo nga eh, nagulat din ako. Nag-iisip ako ano ang nangyari sa kanya,” said Abueva when reached just a few minutes after reports of Bulawan’s death came out.

“Wala naman kasi akong alam na may nararamdaman siya,” added the Alaska forward, who immediately went out of his way to check on his fallen teammate.

Like Abueva, the rest of the basketball community also expressed sympathy to the family and loved ones of the late 6-foot-5 Bulawan, the second round pick of the Meralco Bolts (17th overall) during the 2011 PBA draft.

Here are the tweets of other PBA players after news emerged of Bulawan's untimely death.

Prayers for Gilbert Bulawan and his Family! RIP! ????

— L.A Tenorio (@LA_Tenorio) July 3, 2016

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