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Maria Ozawa is off the market!
By Arci Pineda

May 16, 2017

IT’S TRUE! Jose Sarasola is having an affair with former Japanese adult film actress Maria Ozawa.

She’s now taken!

Good thing about it is that the family of Jose supports their relationship.

Jose is an ex-Pinoy Fear Factor contestant.

“First of all, I’m happy. Kasi, most importantly, masaya talaga ako ngayon. We finally came out sa public na we’re together already. But we’ve been on for a few months already, pero recently lang kami naglabas ng news and nag-post ng mga pictures together.

“It’s hard. Something very overwhelming din sa akin kasi matagal na po akong single, almost seven years. Having a new girlfriend, well, si Maria siyempre, as we all know, is an international star. Hindi naman siya local celebrity.

“Marami talagang mga haters. Maraming talagang nagsasabi ng masamang bagay sa akin, sa kanya. It’s life-changing… I know medyo big words—life-changing. But it really is talaga, kasi she’s not just a regular girl. She’s really someone known in the whole world.

“So it’s an adjustment for me and for her as well. But then, importante is we’re both happy.”

How did his love story with Maria started?

“We actually met here sa bar ko from a common friend who brought her here. Ever since, we kinda hit it off . She came here around last year, March or April. The first few months, the usual siyempre, text-text lang, call-call.

“She would go to Japan, we would talk on the phone sa Japan, then kamusta-kamusta. When she’s here in the Philippines, we see each other. But naging serious talaga towards the end of last year and then, recently, naging kami.”

Jose became Maria’s tour guide in terms of food

“Parang ganun, kasi we kinda like the same food, e. So, yung mga gusto ko, yun yung mga gusto niya. Minsan may mga food trip kami palagi, pag may mga kakaibang restaurants, ibang cuisine. Also yung mga Japanese restaurants na talagang authentic Japanese, hindi yung mga fast food.

“So, it’s give and take. Pareho naman kami ng mga likes and dislikes so nagwo-work naman talaga.”

How did their love story begins?

“I don’t think I really even went through the courting stage. Parang the more time you spend with someone, we develop something na, you know, it’s not friendship. It’s more than friendship.

“As time went by, cliché na word, pero nagka-develop-an talaga kami. And yun nga, the more time you spend with someone, you’ll know talaga na this someone is really special. Hindi lang siya yung normal na kaibigan. Dun mo malalaman talaga.”

What’s so special about Maria?

“Siguro all her being super famous and everything siya, but behind everything, parang she’s a normal, funny, makulit na girl din siya. May pagka-Pinoy din siya kahit pa’no.

“Although she’s Japanese-Canadian, may pagka-Filipino traits din siya. I think that’s what made it easier for me to like her more, na may pagka-Pinoy din siya, makulit din, kuwela.

“Hindi siya yung typical na Japanese na medyo... alam mo naman mga Japanese, medyo straightforward. Ito, may pagkakulit din, e.

“So I think that’s one of the main factors na I liked in her.”

How about his family? Did they accept their relationship at once?

“Nung una, I had doubts din, siyempre only child ako. I’ve been single for a long time.

“If ever I got into a relationship with someone, especially someone like Maria, I won’t be an easy transition sa family. Kasi, parang naisip ko nung una, they might ask, ‘Who is she? What’s her job?’ Eventually, ‘What did she do before?’ It’s normal to ask, e. Parents ko yun, e. Wala akong kapatid, e.

“Normal lang sa mga Pinoy family na check out everything sa girl.”

Nung una, I had my doubts. But then, my dad naman is Spanish, my mom grew up naman in Canada. So we don’t have a typical Pinoy background family.

“Medyo very open-minded compared sa karamihan ng Filipinos na… I’m not saying naman na Filipinos aren’t open-minded. It’s just that if you’re an old-school Filipino family, kung may ganitong girl na medyo crazy yung past, it’s hard. But luckily, ako, parents ko, very open sa kanya.

“Basta, as I said kanina, she’s respectful sa parents ko, mabait siya sa magulang ko and lahat ng mga kaibigan ko. The past talaga wasn’t an issue.

“And I know naman when I introduced Maria to my parents, mabait naman si Maria talaga, e, very respectful. I didn’t think too much about anong isipin nila kay Maria dahil sa past niya, which they know her past.

“But thankful ako sa parents ko, very supportive. It’s not an issue for them kung ano yung past ni Maria. Ang importante, kung ano siya ngayon sa akin at sa family ko.”

Has he met Maria’s family yet?

“Not yet ‘cause they’re in Japan. We’re planning a Japan trip, so hopefully I get to meet her parents. But, sa ngayon, wala pa. She has a brother also in Japan, which di ko pa rin nami-meet.

“It’s more her meeting my side here in the Philippines, the Sarasolas, and being in Manila. Hopefully, in Japan, baka mareverse yung mangyari. Baka ako naman ipakilala sa mga friends and relatives niya.” Is he ready for that?

“Ah, yeah!” bulalas niya.

“It’s gotta happen sooner or later di ba? Kailangan mangyari din yun, e. Eventually I have to meet the side of her family.

“Siyempre iba din yung mga Japanese. Medyo konting kabado, pero I think it will work out well naman.”

Maria Ozawa did a film here in the Philippines titled “Nilalang” with Robin Padilla for the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival.

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