Daniel Matsunaga. File Photo.
MANILA – Daniel Matsunaga is now a permanent resident of the Philippines.
The “Pinoy Big Brother All In” big winner made the announcement on “KrisTV” on Monday, noting that all his documents have already been filed and he is now legally a permanent Philippine resident.
Matsunaga added that his sister, model Vanessa, is also fixing her own papers to become a Filipino resident. Vanessa has been married to a Filipino for four years now.
In a past interview, Matsunaga said his family has decided to move to the country after he won the hit ABS-CBN reality show.
"I'm planning to bring my whole family here. I want to stay here for the rest of my life," Matsunaga, who has been staying in the Philippines for five years, said at the time. "I'm just waiting for my father to retire from his job. He said maybe after two years."
Matsunaga’s father, who is based in Brazil, will retire from his job in less than two years.
As for his brother, Matsunaga said they are thinking to just send him to a school here in the Philippines. Matsunaga’s brother, who is also in Brazil, is currently taking up architecture.
Born to a Japanese father and a Brazilian mother, Matsunaga said he considers himself a "true Filipino," having identified with the culture in the country.
Following the approval of his permanent residency in the country, Matsunaga said he is petitioning next to become a naturalized Filipino.