Masayang-masaya ang Brazilian-Japanese model-actor na si Daniel Matsunaga dahil nakasama niya ang kanyang pamilya dito sa Pilipinas para sa holidays.
Naipasyal na raw niya ang kanyang parents sa iba't ibang lugar at manghang-mangha ang mga ito sa ganda ng Pilipinas. Mas lalo raw silang bumilib sa ganda ng ating bansa nang dumalo sila sa kasal ng sister ni Daniel na si Vanessa, na ginanap sa isang island resort sa Marinduque.
Kuwento nga ni Daniel sa PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sa taping ng Grazilda sa Sta. Mesa, Manila, enjoy na enjoy ang kanyang magulang sa mga nakikita nila sa Pilipinas. Pati raw mga pagkaing Pinoy ay pinupuri nila.
Natuwa naman si Daniel na hindi nasayang ang pagpunta rito ng kanyang mga magulang mula sa Brazil.
"They love it here. They want to live here!" masayang balita ni Daniel.
"There are so many beautiful places that I took them around Manila and they are so overwhelmed.
"Even the food, nasarapan sila. They always say that there's nothing like this particular food in Brazil. They enjoy eating and going around.
"I feel so happy because I want them to enjoy the place where I work. I want them to meet the people that I work with every day.
"I am thankful that they are here. It was a birthday wish of mine na madala ko sila dito sa Pilipinas. And my wish came true."
BEST CHRISTMAS. Nasabi nga ni Daniel na "best birthday" niya ang nakaraang kaarawan niya dahil bukod sa nandito ang mga magulang niya, nandiyan din sa kanyang tabi ang kanyang girlfriend na si Heart Evangelista.
Ngayon ay masasabi rin ni Daniel na "best Christmas" ang mangyayari sa kanya dahil kapiling niya ang kanyang mga minamahal.
"I am overwhelmed myself because I will get to spend the best Christmas here in the Philippines.
"I have my parents, my sister and my girlfriend Heart, who is very supportive and helpful.
"She takes time to take my parents to different places here in Manila. She loves them and my parents love her back.
"Heart is learning to speak Portuguese so she can communicate well with my parents.
"My parents have also met Heart's parents and they are good to one another.
"My mom and Heart's mom are always speaking to one another. They both speak Spanish and they have a wonderful time together.
"Another reason why I say that it's going to be the best Christmas for me is because since I started modeling when I was 16 years old, there are Christmases that I don't spend in our home in Brazil.
"I miss out on many holidays with my family.
"There are times that I have to be on a plane to get to another country and work on Christmas. I'm always traveling and staying in different hotels and houses for work.
"I only get to say 'Merry Christmas' to my family over the phone. Malungkot, but it's something that I have to sacrifice because of my job.
"Now, I am not believing that they are here with me and I will be having my best Christmas with them.
"My parents will experience a Filipino Christmas for the first time," ngiti pa ni Daniel.
HIS SISTER'S WEDDING. Nagkuwento rin si Daniel tungkol sa kasal ng kanyang kapatid na si Vanessa sa Marinduque. Sobra raw maganda ang wedding at hindi raw niya napigilang maiyak.
"I never cry at weddings and it was the first time that I felt like crying!" natatawang sabi niya.
"It's true because the whole place was perfect and it was just a simple wedding but very elegant. It's like something from a movie.
"When it was my turn to read something during the wedding, I couldn't help but cry.
"But I was wearing my sunglasses, so nobody was aware that I had tears in my eyes.
"What made me so emotional is that you could feel the emotions of everybody. Even Heart was crying when I looked at her.
"It was so beautiful that I wanted a wedding like that too."
NOT YET THE TIME. Inamin ni Daniel na sa sandaling 'yon ay feel na niyang mag-propose kay Heart. Sinabi raw niya 'yon kay Heart at nagtawanan lang sila.
"It was like the perfect moment to ask your girl to marry you, right?" sabi niya.
"But it wasn't the right time for it yet.
"I don't have the ring yet. I will have to save up for it first before I show it to Heart.
"Things like that should be planned carefully. You just don't jump in because you feel like it.
"You get caught up in the moment but you get back to reality.
"When I told Heart about it, she laughed and said that there are other perfect moments for that.
"We don't need to rush on things. We are enjoying one another's company and that is what's important."
BIRTHDAY GIFT. Nabanggit din ni Daniel sa PEP na meron na siyang sariling kotse—Mitsubishi Montero.
Regalo raw 'yon ng kanyang sister noong birthday niya last November 27. Si Daniel daw ang namili ng kulay nito na silver gray.
"I was surprised because my sister came with the car on my birthday," sabi ni Daniel.
"It's my first car here in the Philippines and I've already driven it around.
"I still need to know some driving rules because it's quite hard to drive here. It's very different from Brazil."
Ang unang naisakay ni Daniel sa kanyang bagong sasakyan ay ang kanyang mga magulang. Siyempre, naisakay na rin niya rito si Heart.
"I've driven them around a lot and I've getting used to the traffic and the road signs.
"It will be easy for me to get to work now because I'm driving my own car now."
AKIHIRO'S VICTORY. Nakarating na rin kay Daniel ang pagkapanalo ng kapwa niya Brazilian-Japanese model na si Akihiro Sato sa Survivor Philippines Celebrity Showdown. Napanalunan nito ang grand prize na P3 million at titulong Celebrity Sole Survivor. (CLICK HERE to read related story.)
"I am happy for Aki. He is not just a good friend but he is also like a brother to me.
"I didn't know at first that he joined Survivor Philippines. I only knew about it when it was being shown on TV. That's why he suddenly disappeared for a long time.
"I've been watching it and Aki deserves to win. He did very well and he is a man with a good heart.
"He is really Mr. Nice Guy and many are very happy that he won the game," saad ni Daniel.