Daniel Matsunaga shares how he overcame the challenges in his life.
Even after being in the modeling business for more than a decade, Daniel Matsunaga admitted he has also experienced being insecure about his body. Even after walking the runway at the Men’s Club by Avon event last month, he said he is not always 100% confident on stage. “Yes naman specially kapag mga ganyang situation na everybody’s just looking at you. It’s happened to me many times. Before when I was younger I used to be medyo chubby ako dati. Siyempre kailangan ng effort talaga. Since I was young I really forced myself to do things that we find hard but you need extra effort to achieve things in life,” he said.
Daniel said he works hard to maintain his fit body because he values how important it is to his work. “There was many times I felt uncomfortable with my body and you have to change and adjust to the situation. During my modeling times, kailangan mo mag-adjust, mas maraming muscles, minsan mas payat, minsan mas shredded. I really had to recognize and adjust my body towards my different kinds of workouts in different sports,” he explained.
Aside from body image issues, Daniel said his other insecurity is still learning the local language. Despite not having any Filipino blood, Daniel has been vocal about declaring his love for the Philippines and considers himself a Pinoy at heart. “Yung Tagalog kasi yun yung pinakamahirap. As a foreigner, I’ve been here for nine to ten years now. Pero still hindi siya yung main language ko. It’s the fourth language and every time I got to the set siyempre medyo pressured ako because I want to do my best lagi as much as possible. Siyempre gusto ko ipakita kay direk at sa mga co-actors ko kung ano ang kaya ko. Pero minsan barrier yung Tagalog and it makes me sometimes insecure because it’s not really my fault pero it sometimes comes out na bulol or something. I try as much as possible to pressure myself to try and do my best lagi,” he said.