"Ako, si Akihiro, si Daniel, everybody really works very hard to have what we have now. Like, you know, it's just not about the money, it's about like how you live your life here in the Philippines. If you're happy. And I think the three of us, we are really, really happy talaga here in the Philippines. With the work, binigyan kami ng bagong experience dito sa Pilipinas as an artista, not just as a model. Iba compared to modelling, di ba? So, I think that's one of the reasons why we decided to stay here in the Philippines," says Fabio Ide about himself and other Brapanese model-actors Akihiro Sato and Daniel Matsunaga.

Photo: Erwin Santiago

Si Fabio Ide ang kauna-unahang Brazilian-Japanese, o Brapanese, model ng Mercator Model and Artist Management na dumating sa Pilipinas.

Kaya masasabing si Fabio ang nagbukas ng oportunidad para sa iba pang Brapanese models/actors—tulad nina Akihiro Sato, Hideo Muraoka, Daniel Matsunaga—para magkaroon ng career at pangalan sa Philippine showbiz and modelling industries.

Sabi ni Fabio sa PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), "Siyempre, masaya ako!

"Kasi I was the first one to pumunta dito, tsaka pagdating dito, after, I called si Akihiro, si Daniel...

"Para, 'O, dapat kayo pumunta dito kasi masaya dito tsaka madami work!'

"And then siyempre, masaya. I'm really...proud ako to be part of Mercator.

"I've been with them for almost six years na pala, so matagal na talaga, di ba?

"And then si Jonas [Gaffud, Mercator head], yung manager ko, I really, really, you know...

"I have no words to express how happy I am with him as a manager, as a friend also.

"Yung mga staff ng Mercator, lahat really professional talaga.

"They really work hard to put the name of the agency up and the name of the artistas."

Sabi pa ni Fabio, "I was the first one to arrive [here in the Philippines].

"I arrived as a model and then, now, I became an artista, di ba?

"So, I can't complain. I'm really happy with all the blessings and everything.