Akihiro Sato says Celebrity Duets is helping him show Pinoys who he really is

The "muito" (that's Portuguese for mucho) eligible Japanese-Brazilian is too busy to have a lovelife right now, but enjoys romancing Rufa Mae Quinto every Thursday on SRO's Moshi Moshi, I Love You.


Successful ang fans day nina Akihiro Sato at JC Tiuseco, na ginanap kamakailan sa SM North EDSA Entertainment Plaza. Nasa top five pa rin si Akihiro sa kumpetisyong Celebrity Duets ng GMA-7. Kinakabahan siya dahil hindi niya alam kung sino ang susunod na ma-e-eliminate.

"Very interesting, and first time nakasali ako sa ganyang contest," sabi ng Japanese-Brazilian na talagang pinagbubuti ang kanyang pagtatagalog. "Funny and good experience. I am learning a lot.

"Ang talagagang sigurado ako, nagbibigay ng toughest competition, si Joel Cruz [owner of Aficionado perfumes]. He's really focused. Maganda palagi ang performance niya. Me and the others, we're just having fun.

"Mas lumabas ang personality ko sa mga Pinoy—who really is Akihiro—[sa] Celebrity Duets. It's really challenge for myself. Before, I don't know if I can really sing. First time ever I joined something like this, and I have already met a lot of people.

"There's big actor, Jomari [Yllana]; actress-director, Gina [Alajar]; photographer Niccolo Cosme; and I'm a big fan of Nonito Donaire, who's a boxing champ. Si Niccolo, nakatrabaho ko na, took some shots of me sa modelling. Friend ko na talaga siya. If there's one who can sing best, I think it's Niccolo," sabi ni Akihiro.

ROMANCE AND COMEDY WITH RUFA MAE. Every Thursday, mapapanood si Aki sa SRO Cinemaserye Presents... Moshi Moshi, I Love You, katambal si Rufa Mae Quinto.

"Romance and comedy, very funny," sabi ng foreign-born model sa kanyang kakaibang accent. "Rufa Mae is really amazing. She's joking around a lot. Very happy person. She makes me feel comfortable as her leading man.

"Before, I was really scared. She's a bigger actor, having been in the business for 15 years already. I'm new in this kind of business. I'm really scared because I'm not yet a professional.

"She has helped me a lot during the shoot. Everybody laughs when she's around. So comfortable with her. I can't have that time to think about that kind of attraction I feel for her. She's beautiful and sexy. Why not? She's really attractive," patuloy ni Akihiro.

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Madali pa namang ma-attract si P-chi sa mga tipong foreign-looking gaya ni Akihiro.

"Talaga?" sabi niya. "I think she has her lovelife. Feeling ko, we'll just become close friends. Helpful lang siya, and besides, busy siya. Busy rin ako. It's really hard to consider those things.

"Pero, wala akong girlfriend. Last year, mayroon. But, we broke up last January. She's Brazilian and she travels a lot. Mahirap to keep a relationship that way," conclusion ni Akihiro.


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