Filipina Entrepreneur Abby Watabe Talks About Changing Filipina Image in Japan

Successful Filipina entrepreneur Abby Watabe takes the spotlight in 'The Bottomline' this Saturday (December 27) to share her experiences of how she made it in the Land of the Rising Sun.


Abby, daughter of a laundrywoman and a carpenter, now manages a total of 135 branches of luxury karaoke bars in Japan with internet cafes. A Japanese businessman took interest in her when she was working as a club entertainer. She initially doubted the man’s intentions but the Japanese businessman proved her wrong. Shortly after they got married, she worked as a marketing director and had a personality development training under Abigail Arenas. After the supertyphoon ‘Yolanda’ struck the Philippines, she helped the survivors with a 2.6 million-yen donation. She also discusses the importance of altering the perception of ‘Japayukis’ or Filipinas working in Japanese bars. Watch Abby Watabe as she shares the joys of helping others and how she found the real value of happiness in giving people opportunities. Don’t miss another relevant and engaging discussion with Asia’s undisputed King of Talk, Boy Abunda, on the “The Bottomline With Boy Abunda”, the 10th USTv Students’ Choice Awards 2014 Students’ Choice of Public Affairs Program, this Saturday after “Banana Split: Extra Scoop.” For more updates, log on to or follow @abscbndotcom on Twitter.

1 Comment on Filipina Entrepreneur Abby Watabe Talks About Changing Filipina Image in Japan

  1. Architect Victor Cham Jr. // December 28, 2014 at 1:00 am //

    I am currently watching The Bottom Line..Your story Abby is truly inspiring..My congratulations to you for your acts of compassion and service towards our fellow Filipinos in need..May you always be blessed by our Lord God.

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