Rookie Christiana Dimaunahan isn't focusing on the social media hype over her good looks, but rather her recovery and development as an athlete.
“As of now, I don’t really deserve the attention I’m getting, as I haven’t proven anything yet — not even to myself,” the NU Lady Bulldog said. “Honestly, mas deserve ng teammates ko at nung ibang may napatunayan na mapansin.”
Photos of Christiana have recently been circulating online mainly because of her pretty face. In reality, however, the eldest daughter of former PBA player and current Blackwater Elite coach Aris Dimaunahan has been buckling down to work twice as hard to regain her old form, after being inactive for six months due to an ACL injury.
She shared, “I’m doing well with my rehab ngayon, continuous strengthening lang. And if I get better, sana maging worth it ako sa ganitong klaseng support and attention na nakukuha ko. I’m grateful, pero ayokong makilala as someone na may mukha lang.”
According to coach Patrick Aquino, Christiana will be an integral part of NU defending its title and keeping that mighty 85-game winning streak alive once she bounces back from her injury. The biggest factor in the female guard's on-court value is her playing mentality, which she obviously got from her dad.
“She can be an asset to us as she has good shooting hands and she can shoot from the outside," he explained. "She really loves to play, yung puso nung bata hindi mawawala yan. She has this mentality like her dad na todo, laro kung laro, and I’m really grateful to have a player like that in my team.”