Just when you thought that Philippine showbiz wannabes are limited to just pure- or half-breeds, think again. Doors have been opened to Nippo-Brasiliero (Japanese-Brazilian) models who want to take a slice of the local TV/movie industry. In particular, there are three of them who are starting to become more visible on the boob tube and I really wouldn’t mind seeing them join the fray. In fact, they have been taking their Tagalog-speaking lessons seriously to get more projects, unlike some Fil-Ams or Fil-Euros who won’t even make decent attempts to straighten or sharpen their fluency in Tagalog.
Below is the video of Akihiro Sato during Celebrity Duets singing a Tagalog song with Gino Padilla:
video courtesy of YouTube/MrJoshcon23
First on the list is Akihiro Sato who is, undoubtedly, the most successful among the three so far. He initially dabbled in modelling, appearing in commercials, endorsing various brands and even shooting his first indie movie, “Handunaman”. After signing up with GMA-7, he became part of Celebrity Duets where he reached the finals (I salute him for trying to sing in Tagalog in one of the pre-final theme nights) and began building his strong fanbase. Afterwards, he was tapped to play the male lead opposite Rufa Mae Quinto in SRO Cinemaserye’s “Moshi Moshi, I Love You” which ran for a month before landing a plum primetime role in the network’s top-rating (and ongoing) “Darna” where he plays the role of a vampire-villain named Vladimir.
Below is the TV commercial of KC Concepcion with Daniel Matsunaga for Close-Up Toothpaste:
video courtesy of YouTube/airneri
And then there is Daniel Matsunaga who is currently the male toast of TV commercials since he has at least 3-5 TVCs currently airing – one for a toothpaste brand, a chewtab medicine, a telecommunications company, a healthy snack food and more. He also does frequent guestings on GMA-7 and QTV-11 shows and has been seen more and more lately, especially after he was named one of the Top 10 in this year’s Cosmo Bachelor Bash alongside Akihito Sato.
Completing the troika is Fabio Ide who also wants to make his mark in local showbiz circles. Ironically, he landed on Philippine shores way ahead of Akihiro and Daniel, but only got the confidence to enter the TV industry when his compatriots started gaining ground. Just the same, it’s not too late for Fabio as GMA-7 is also giving him the opportunity to shine within the next few months.
The best thing about them is that their features are non-alienating to the Pinoy audience since they look very close to the typical Pinoy celebrity mold. Without knowing their Japanese-sounding names, you would think that they’re very local, if not imported Pinoys from the US or Europe.
Watch out for more about these three nippo-brasilieros in 2010!