by Marjorie Carmona Newman, ABS-CBN News
EDMONTON, CANADA — There was no better way to say goodbye to winter — as kababayans warmed up with entertainment from the ultimate laugh-out-loud experience family, featuring Daniel Matsunaga on this US-Canadian tour.
The kapamilya star first captured kababayans as Phil in “Be my Lady,” and is currently sweeping fans in his new show “I Can Do That.”
Now, Matsunaga comes to steal the hearts of kababayans in Canada and the US.
“It is my first time in Canada,” said Matsunaga. “Kagabi, we had the experience in Calgary. We had a show there it was super super nice, sobrang nakakatawa kasi it was my first time with the ULOL family. Lahat sila sobrang galing and welcoming me like super warm.”
Matsunaga comes with the ULOL Family, or the Ultimate Laugh Out Loud experience — comprised of Mike Gozzum, Kim Idol, Le Chazz, Petite and Pepay. Their everything-goes performance includes, singing, dancing and role-playing to name a few acts.
The ULOL Family gets to spend a few weeks with Matsunaga on his North American tour.
When asked about what it was like to have him on their team, Matsunaga says, “Hindi sya ma-arte. At hindin mahirap maksama…parang hindi sya japanese, parang pinoy. Ang lambing… sya pa yung nag extend ng arms nya para sa amin.”
Matsunaga comes from Brazil, and acquired acclaim as a model and actor in the Philippines.
He has a special spot for his fans living abroad.
“Thank you for being an inspiration to us. For working hard for your families living in the Philippines, especially lahat ng OFWs. We know how much you guys miss the Philippines because I’m also one OFW. Well I’m a Brazilian working outside of Brazil. I know how you guys feel right now, I know how you guys miss everything about your culture. But you’re in a good place.”
The Canadian tour started with a bang in Calgary, then continued to Edmonton, Regina, and finally in Grande Prairie — with almost sold-out shows.