Brazilian-Japanese model Daniel Matsunaga
MANILA – What made model Daniel Matsunaga decide to stay in the Philippines despite having worked and lived in over 25 countries after he left his hometown in Brazil to pursue a modelling career?
In an article by "Umagang Kay Ganda" host Bianca Gonzales for The Philippine Star on Sunday, the male model and his sister Vanessa Matsunaga narrated how that they left Brazil when they were still 18 and 16, respectively, to pursue a career in modelling in different countries. They would move from one country to another every two to three months, looking for places and projects in the fashion industry.
The original plan was to stay in the Philippines for only a few months, but things worked out for the siblings and they have been in the country for almost five years now.
Despite having no Filipino blood, Daniel said he found showbiz exciting. It was also something new to him compared with modelling.
For her part, Vanessa said she as about to leave to move on to another country when she met her future husband, Jun Sunga. She eventually fell in love with him and after five months of dating, Sunga proposed. They got married five months after that, and have now been together for three years.
Daniel has had a couple of serious relationships, but he believes that there’s a strong chance that he will end up with someone from the Philippines.
Compared to their fellow Brazilians, the siblings said Filipinos are more conservative, family-oriented, and sweet.