Daniel Matsunaga

Daniel Kenji Silva Matsunaga (born November 28, 1988) is a Brazilian model, actor, professional footballer, host and businessman[2] of Japanese Brazilian descent. He became known in the Philippines by appearing in Cosmopolitan Philippines’ September 2009 "Cosmo Men" supplement. He was scouted in the Philippines as an actor and was first given TV drama projects on GMA Network. He also joined ABS-CBN's reality TV show Pinoy Big Brother and was declared as the PBB All-In big winner in 2014.

Daniel Matsunaga
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Daniel Kenji Silva Matsunaga

(1988-11-28) November 28, 1988 (age 33)
  • Model
  • Actor
  • Athlete
  • Host
Years active2009–2021
AgentGMA Artist Center
(2012–2014; 2020–2021)
Star Magic
Brightlight Productions
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Association football career
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Team Socceroo
2012–2013 Pachanga Diliman
2013 Stallion Sta. Lucia 6 (1)
2014 Kaya 1 (0)
2013–2015 Team Socceroo
2020 Maharlika 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

As a footballer he has played for Team Socceroo, Pachanga and Kaya in the United Football League (UFL) which was the top-flight football league in the Philippines during its existence. He will play for Maharlika Manila in the Philippines Football League starting the 2020 season.

Early lifeEdit

Matsunaga was born in Brasilia, capital of Brazil. His mother, Gerarda Silva, is Brazilian born of Spanish, Portuguese and French descent while his father, Paulo Mitsuo Matsunaga, is a Japanese born and raised in Brazil.[3] He has a brother and a sister.[4]


Modelling and actingEdit

Matsunaga started his career when he became a model for Cosmopolitan Philippines 'Cosmo Men' supplement. His debut series on screen was on GMA-7's top rated drama series The Last Prince with co-stars Aljur Abrenica and Kris Bernal. In 2012, he moved to TV5 for more TV shows and projects like Game N Go, Enchanted and Misibis Bay.

He went to ABS-CBN to be one of the celebrity judges for It's Showtime. On 17 May 2014, Matsunaga entered the Pinoy Big Brother house on Day 21 as the fourth celebrity and eighteenth official housemate of the Pinoy Big Brother: All In season.[5]

On 24 August 2014, he was declared as the big winner of Pinoy Big Brother: All In[6]

In May 2017, Daniel Matsunaga is introduced as the first male endorser for Avon Philippines' Men's Club during the "Confidence is the New Sexy" campaign launch. He reflects the "Modern Gentleman" who is a man of style, adventure, and confidence.[7]

Football careerEdit

Matsunaga started playing football during his childhood[8] and aspired to play for the Brazil national football team before he got involved in showbiz.[9] He played for clubs in his native Brazil as well as in Hong Kong before playing in the Philippines. In the Philippines he had played for Team Socceroo, Pachanga, and Kaya.[8]

He played in the now defunct United Football League (UFL) starting in Division 2 playing for Team Socceroo in 2011[1] playing with fellow model actor Fabio Ide.[9] He then moved to Division 1 club Pachanga Diliman during the 2012 UFL Cup, before eventually moving to Stallion for the 2013 season.[1] For the 2014 season he moved to Kaya.[8]

In street football, he played for Team Naxional who secured qualification as the Philippine representatives at the Neymar Jr's Five Football Tournament by winning over Tondo in the final of the Philippine qualifying leg.[10] The world final held in Brazil was contested by 53 other countries with Romania emerging as champions.[11]

Matsunaga also became involved in the 7's Football League as a player.[12]

He returned to domestic football, when he signed in to play with Philippines Football League newcomer Maharlika F.C. in August 2020.[13] Although he was not part of the final lineup for the 2020 season for undisclosed reasons.

Personal lifeEdit

Daniel Matsunaga is a Christian.[4] He obtained permanent residency in the Philippines in December 2014 and had expressed intention to petition for Filipino citizenship.[14]



Year Title Role Network
2020–2021 Sunday 'Kada Himself / Various characters TV5
2018 Halik Yohan Tanaka ABS-CBN
Discover the Philippines Host Discovery Channel / TLC
2017 A Love to Last Patrick Buendia ABS-CBN
I Can Do That Contestant
2016–2021 ASAP Himself / Performer
2016 Be My Lady Philip Oliviera
2015 R U Tough Enough: Philippines Host/Ambassador KIX
Ipaglaban Mo: Nakaw Na Sandali Peter ABS-CBN
Two Wives Kenjie Celdran
2014 Pinoy Big Brother: All In Housemate (Big Winner)
The Replacement Bride Kael TV5
It's Showtime Celebrity Judge ABS-CBN
2013 Misibis Bay Andrew Cadiz TV5
Cassandra: Warrior Angel Lucas
Toda Max Victor ABS-CBN
Kris TV Recurring Guest Co-Host
2012 Enchanted Garden Mark Morgan TV5
Third Eye Lucas
Game 'N Go Host
2011 Futbolilits Raphael Yamamoto GMA Network
Spooky Nights : Snow White and the Seven Ghosts Prince
Machete Baal
2010 Grazilda Kasmir
Love Bug Presents: Wish Come True Raoul Del Rosario
Langit sa Piling Mo Xavier Cruz
The Last Prince Prince Nicolai


Year Title Role Studio
2018 Kahit Ayaw Mo Na Reggie BluArt Productions, Viva Films
2017 Meant to Beh Benjo Marasigan OctoArts Films, M-Zet Productions, APT Entertainment
Fallback Chris Cineko
Spirit of the Glass 2: The Haunted Enzo OctoArts Films, T-Rex Entertainment Productions
2014 Shake, Rattle & Roll XV Bryan Regal Films
Past Tense Carlos Santillan Star Cinema
Endless Daniel ABS-CBN (Pinoy Big Brother: All In)
2013 She's the One Jason Star Cinema
The Bride and the Lover Sheila's Husband Regal Films
2012 Sisterakas Marlon Star Cinema


  1. ^ a b c Sacamos Karlo (21 February 2013). "Daniel Matsunaga shows he's more than just a pretty face in UFL's top flight". spin.ph. Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Daniel Matsunaga shares his healthy food business". entertainment.abs-cbn.com.
  3. ^ 8 Things You Don’t Know About Daniel Matsunaga
  4. ^ a b Lo, Ricky (25 April 2010). "The Boys from Brazil". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  5. ^ Abs-Cbn (25 May 2014). "Pinoy Big Brother - Housemates". Entertainment.abs-cbn.com. Archived from the original on 18 May 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  6. ^ "30 photos of Daniel Matsunaga from PBB All In: The Big Night". astig.ph. ASTIG.PH. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Confidence is the New Sexy + The Modern Gentleman". www.ruthdelacruz.com. 12 May 2017.
  8. ^ a b c "One-on-one with Daniel Matsunaga". Bandera (in English and Filipino). Philippine Daily Inquirer. 3 February 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Fabio Ide at Daniel Matsunaga, handa raw makasagupa ang mga Younghusband sa football" [Fabio Ide and Daniel Matsunaga said to be ready to face the Younghusbands in football]. GMA News (in Filipino). 11 October 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  10. ^ Reyes, Jaelle Nevin (5 March 2017). "Matsunaga's Team Naxional tops Neymar Five PH leg". The Manila Times. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Neymar Jr's Five - Filippine". Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  12. ^ Saldajeno, Ivan (6 August 2020). "Anton Del Rosario bares Maharlika Manila seeking PFL license". Dugout Philippines. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  13. ^ "Midfielder Daniel Matsunaga joins Maharlika FC". Panay News. 29 August 2020. Retrieved 29 October 2020.
  14. ^ "Daniel Matsunaga now a permanent PH resident". ABS-CBN News. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2019.

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