Besides what he does inside the court and the occasional biographical data here and there, little is known about Christian Standhardinger, the person.
A recently launched vlog chronicling his life outside the gym hopes to widen fans’ knowledge of the Fil-German center.
Standhardinger recorded the 24 hours or so he spent the day of the PBA rookie draft on October 29, a whirlwind event that had him flying in the night of October 28 from Hong Kong, going to the draft the following day and taking a flight back to Hong Kong later that night.
And on Friday, he posted the said video on his YouTube channel.
Viewers are first introduced to Bennet, Standhardinger’s agent who helped him put his career on the right track.
Standhardinger isn’t shy expressing his appreciation for Pinoy hospitality and fan adulation.
When he lands at NAIA, he obliges selfie requests and urges fans to tag him on social media.
During the draft ceremony, he grabs any player within his reach and engages him in banter.
In one instance, Standhardinger asks Gilas Pilipinas teammate Raymar Jose what the Tagalog translation is of “good luck.” When a seemingly puzzled Jose passes the question on to another guy, Standhardinger wonders why Jose doesn’t know.
(Note to Christian: In casual conversations in the Philippines, it’s normal to refer to certain terms in their natural English form rather than their Tagalog translation. “Taglish” is something you’ll
get used to.)
Once he is drafted, Standhardinger goes on to ask future front-court mate June Mar Fajardo how he feels about playing with him. Fajardo seems to remind the rookie of the one thing that matters: “Help us win championships.”
While the other players Standhardinger pairs himself with don’t feel too comfortable sharing screen time with him, he finally finds a legitimately game vlog participant in Kiefer Ravena, who was virtually born in the spotlight and feels at ease in front of a camera.
Standhardinger as a video blogger is far from a finished product. Seeing as this is his first foray into this project, he needs time to get his vlogger’s sea legs under him but it’s obvious that he wants to reach out to fans and for them to get to know him more.
And that’s a good start.
At the venue of the draft, he saw the crowd that met him there and said: “The passion of the Filipino people is just amazing.”
The effort is there and, if he continues on this path and polishes his skills at producing videos, he’ll definitely get better. And who knows, maybe capture the hearts of basketball-loving fans along the way.
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