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Abby Watabe is a Filipino-Japanese business woman who is running a business enterprise in Japan, comprising of over 135 Karaoke and Internet café businesses. Married to a Japanese businessman whom she met in 2005, her life is a modern age example of the “Cinderella” fairytale story.
Born to a poor Filipino family in Tarlac, Abby Watable is the youngest child among 7 siblings.
Born in poverty, Abby Watabe was deprived of any education. Her mother worked as a laundry lady and her father worked as a carpenter to support the family.
She worked towards a better life for herself and her family by working as an entertainer in a Japanese night club.
Abby Watable met her husband, Karaoke Kan in 2005 and later married him without knowing the value of his wealth.
After her marriage, she attended Japanese school for the first time. Despite her rich status, she continued to learn about personality development and business etiquette.
She and her husband own over a hundred luxury karaoke bars in Japan with Internet cafes, showers, and laundromats.
She continues to believe in the goodness and abilities of Filipino people by supporting them among Japanese business man.
To show their love and support for the Filipino community in Japan, around 300-400 Filipinos would be invited for the opening of each of their business enterprise and served with free buffet food.
After the Yolanda typhoon-devastated Philippines, Abby Watabe and her husband set up donation boxes outside their 135 business locations and arranged for relief goods to be sent to survivors. They also made a donation of 2.6 million yen.
Thanks to her constant efforts, the number of Filipino entertainers in Japan has reduced over the past few years.