After finishing his first acting project in Japan earlier this year, former Pinoy Big Brother housemate Fumiya Sankai said he still feels strongly about the Philippines even after returning to his home country more than a year ago during the start of the lockdown.
In a recent Instagram post, the 26-year-old PBB alumnus shared just how grateful he is for his stay in the Philippines in 2019 when he became the first Japanese housemate to enter the local reality series.
“When I tell other people that I'm working in the Philippines, sometimes there are still Japanese people who have a negative image of the Philippines.
“I get really angry at people like that, and whenever I have that experience, I really want to change the image that Japanese people have of the Philippines for the better. At the same time, I would like the people of the Philippines to know more about Japan, the country where I was born,” he shared.
Continuing his dream of putting up a successful business, Fumiya revealed details of his latest business venture in Japan.
“If it weren't for the support of the people in the Philippines, I would probably still be working at a normal company in Japan. I love Philippines and Filipinos. And I am very grateful to the Filipinos and the Philippines, and I want to give back to them. That is why I have a dream to become a bridge between the Philippines and Japan. In order to make this dream come true, I recently started my own company. The name of the company is M.S.LAB. The meaning is Maraming Salamat LABoratory and MinSan Lang Ang Buhay,” he explained.
On top of his current YouTube channel called FumiShun Base, Fumiya said he is expanding with another channel in 2022. He asked for help from his Pinoy fans in helping make his dream come true of having three million subscribers next year.
He wrote, “I want to connect the Philippines and Japan through the power of entertainment. Next year I'm planning to start a new channel. I would like to make dramas in Japan. The location and actors will be Japanese, but I would like the story to be created by Filipino people. By doing so, I would like to convey the creative power of the Filipino people to the Japanese people.
“So I need to grow my YouTube channel more first before I can start a new one. So I'm aiming to have 3 million subscribers by the end of next year.
“But I think it's going to be very difficult for me to reach 3 million subscribers by myself. So I need the help of my fans in the Philippines.
“I'd like you all to post clippings of my YouTube videos on your TikTok and please put hashtag #Fumiyalangsapatna I think it would be a great way to promote my channel if a lot of people post my videos.
“I'm going to keep moving forward to become a bridge between the Philippines and Japan, and I hope to make my dream come true with my fans. Mahal ko kayo”
In a previous post, Fumiya shared his positive perspective in life when it comes to reaching for his goals. Just like how he ended up unexpectedly auditioning for PBB while he was studying English at the Lyceum of the Philippines.
“When I was in high school, I told my friends that I wanted to have my own concert. They laughed at my dream, saying it was impossible. If you have a dream, keep believing in it and keep going on it. Even if everyone makes fun of you, if you keep going with confidence in yourself, one day you will have supporters around you and your dream will come true. I still believe in my dream and continue to pursue it,” he wrote.
Even though he is a pure-blooded Japanese, Fumiya revealed how he keeps getting comments from netizens saying he looks similar to Korean actors, most recently being compared to Squid Game lead actress Jung Ho-yeon. “I used to be told I looked like the guy from Uncanny Counter, but now I get messages from people in the Philippines saying I look like the woman from Squid Game. I don't watch Korean dramas, so I have no idea what they're talking about. But when I looked at it, I saw the resemblance.
“It's been more than a year since I came back to Japan from the Philippines, but I'm really glad that everyone still remembers me. Mahal ko kayo,” he wrote.
Before going to the Philippines, Fumiya worked in a hotel as a bell boy in Japan. After his stint in PBB: Otso where he emerged as 5th Big Placer and known as the "Konnichi-Wonder Vlogger ng Japan,” Fumiya had to undergo surgery in Japan during the same year after it was discovered he had a hole in his right lung. He left for Japan in March last year.