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

Daniel Matsunaga
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Born Daniel Kenji Matsunaga[1]
(1988-11-28) 28 November 1988 (age 29)[1]
Brasilia, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Occupation Model, actor, athlete, singer, host
Years active 2009–present
Agent GMA Artist Center (2010–2011)
Talent5 (2012–2014)
Star Magic (2016–present)
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Association football career
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 12
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–12 Team Socceroo ? (6)
2012–2013 Pachanga Diliman ? (?)
2013 Stallion Sta. Lucia 6 (1)
2014– Kaya 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:30, 14 January 2014 (UTC).


Early lifeEdit

Matsunaga was born on 28 November 1988 in Brasilia, Brazil. His mother is a Brazilian, and his father is Japanese. He has an elder sister, Vanessa, and a younger brother, Guilherme.


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.[3]

On 24 August 2014, he was declared as the big winner of Pinoy Big Brother: All In[4]

On 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.[5]

On June 2017, Daniel was declared as the 3rd Greatest Entertainer of I Can Do That, a Philippine TV show.


Matsunaga plays as a midfielder for Kaya F.C. playing in Division 1 of the United Football League. He first played for Division 2 Team Socceroo in 2011, and moved to Division 1 Pachanga Diliman during the 2012 UFL Cup, before eventually moving to Stallion for the 2013 season.[2] On July 2017 He leads Team Naxional, the first ever representative of the Philippines to fly to Brazil and play among the 50 other countries in the international football tournament Neymar Jr. Five.



Year Title Role Network
2017 A Love to Last Patrick Buendia ABS-CBN
I Can Do That Contestant
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
2017 Meant To Beh Benjo Octo Arts
Fallback' Chris Cineko
Spirit of the Glass2' Enzo Octo Arts
2014 Shake, Rattle & Roll XV Bryan Regal Films
Past Tense Carlos 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 "Daniel Matsunaga". IMDb. 
  2. ^ a b Sacamos Karlo (February 21, 2013). "Daniel Matsunaga shows he's more than just a pretty face in UFL's top flight". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Abs-Cbn (2014-05-25). "Pinoy Big Brother - Housemates". Archived from the original on 2014-05-18. Retrieved 2014-08-19. 
  4. ^ "30 photos of Daniel Matsunaga from PBB All In: The Big Night". ASTIG.PH. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Confidence is the New Sexy + The Modern Gentleman". 

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Myrtle Sarrosa
Pinoy Big Brother
Big Winner

Succeeded by
PBB 737 - Miho Nishida & Jimboy Martin
Preceded by
Slater Young
Pinoy Big Brother Regular Season
Big Winner

Succeeded by
PBB 737 - Miho Nishida