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.
"I’m really happy with my agency, with my manager.
"For me, they are the best!"
THE RICHEST? Since siya ang nauna sa mga Brapanese models/actors, ibig bang sabihin nito ay siya rin ba ang pinakamayaman at pinakamaraming naipon at naipundar?
"Hindi, hindi, hindi, hindi... Si Daniel!" sabay-tawa ni Fabio.
"Joke lang, joke lang.
"Sa lahat-lahat, you know, we have different kinds of work here.
"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."
BIG BROTHER. Ano ang pinaka-expensive na bagay na nabili na ni Fabio sa pagtatrabaho niya?
"Well, para sa akin...I bought a car here in the Philippines.
"I bought in February here a Mazda ’67, bago, black.
"Pero dati, even during the time I was still doing modelling, I always send money to my family to help them, especially to my sister, to help.
"I send money to my sister Luana in Australia to help pay the university, to help her in her course.
"And then si Larissa, I paid her ticket to go to Australia as well.
"Kasi gusto niya mag-aral ng culinary para maging chef sa Australia."
Tatlong magkakapatid sina Fabio, at siya ang pinakamatanda at nag-iisang lalaki.
"I’m the kuya, the big brother," ang nakangiting sabi niya.
Mahal na mahal daw niya ang younger sisters niya.
"Oo, super-super!" bulalas niya.
"Rule number one sa bahay, sa amin ng tatay ko, I’m the only guy, di ba?
"So, dapat I will protect my sisters no matter what—sa eskuwela, sa party, sa lahat ng mga lugar."
Ang mga kapatid niya ay nadala na raw niya rito sa Pilipinas.
"They came here before.
"Si Larissa, she lived here for six months, nag-model siya.
"Si Luana, she came here just for a vacation, tapos umalis na siya.
"They’ve been here, both of them.
"Yung parents ko, they haven’t been here yet, pero sana madala ko sila dito."