"Kahit malayo kami, actually ngayon palalim nang palalim ang friendship namin."
These were the words of Yamyam Gucong on Magandang Buhay when asked about his friendship with fellow Pinoy Big Brother: Otso housemate Fumiya Sankai.
Yamyam is currently in the Philippines while Fumiya is still in Japan.
"Kasi kahit ang daming hamon, hadlang, pandemya, problema pero kami through social media ay nagshi-sharing pa rin kami at nagtutulungan pa rin kami," Yamyam said.
He relayed that he actually did a video call with Fumiya recently where the latter expressed his concerns lately.
"Lately lang nag-video call kami dahil siya rin stressed na siya sa Japan. Pagkatapos ng video call namin, sabi niya, 'Thank you so much Yamyam. I'm konti relieved because wala akong ma-share-an na iba.' Kasi sa mga Japanese, hindi sila (masyado sa) sharing, chikahan. So dito nagshi-share sa akin. Open naman ako makinig sa kanya dahil kaibigan ko naman siya," he stated.
Fumiya said that he can't visit the Philippines at the moment because of the pandemic. But thanks to technology, he is able to connect with Yamyam.
"Ngayon I cannot go back to the Philippines, that's why we can't meet each other in person. Pero now technology generation, that's why we can use phone, laptop and chika-chika. Kahit malayo, we can share," he stated.