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Daniel Matsunaga (born 28 November 1988) is a Kapamilya model, actor, professional footballer, host, and businessman. 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.
|Born||Daniel Kenji Silva Matsunaga
28 November 1988 
|Agent||GMA Artist Center
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
Association football career
Matsunaga was born on 28 November 1988 in Brasilia, Brazil to Paulo Mitsuo Matsunaga, and Gerarda Silva. His father Paulo is Japanese while his mother Gerarda is Brazilian. He has a brother and a sister.
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.
On 24 August 2014, he was declared as the big winner of Pinoy Big Brother: All In
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.
On June 2017, Daniel was declared as the 3rd Greatest Entertainer of I Can Do That, a Philippine TV show.
Matsunaga started playing football during his childhood and aspired to play for the Brazilian national football team before he got involved in showbiz. 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.
He played in the now defunct United Football League (UFL) starting in Division 2 playing for Team Socceroo in 2011 playing with fellow model actor Fabio Ide. He then moved to Division 1 club Pachanga Diliman during the 2012 UFL Cup, before eventually moving to Stallion for the 2013 season. For the 2014 season he moved to Kaya.
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. The world final held in Brazil was participated by 53 other countries with Romania emerged as champions.
Daniel Matsunaga is a Roman Catholic. In June 3, 2015 he confirmed that he is dating actress Erich Gonzales when the two participated in the game show Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal. They were in a relationship until early 2017.
On October 2017, it was reported that Polish model Karolina Pisarek, who finished runner-up in the Polish reality television show Top Model, is Matsunaga's new girlfriend. He met Pisarek, when she worked for an advertising campaign in the Philippines. He met Pisarek's parents in Poland in February 2018.
|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|
|Kris TV||Recurring Guest Co-Host|
|2012||Enchanted Garden||Mark Morgan||TV5|
|Game 'N Go||Host|
|2011||Futbolilits||Raphael Yamamoto||GMA Network|
|Spooky Nights : Snow White and the Seven Ghosts||Prince|
|Love Bug Presents: Wish Come True||Raoul Del Rosario|
|Langit sa Piling Mo||Xavier Cruz|
|The Last Prince||Prince Nicolai|
|2017||Meant to Beh||Benjo Marasigan||OctoArts Films, M-Zet Productions, APT Entertainment|
|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||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|
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- "Neymar Jr's Five - Filippine". Retrieved 15 February 2018.
- "Daniel Matsunaga confirms Erich Gonzales is his girlfriend". Rappler. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
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