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Merely two months since he fulfilled his dream of buying his own car (note: at 17!), Seth Fedelin ticked another item off his bucket list by investing in a brand new motorcycle this past week. 

Only this time, the scooter was not for himself, but as a treat to his father, Richard Fedelin.

 Photo from Dominic Crisologo Rea (@dominicreaofficial)

In an exclusive interview with StarStudio.ph at the sidelines of the press conference of his upcoming movie Wild Little Love (where he stars alongside on-screen partner Andrea Brillantes), the former Pinoy Big Brother housemate says that it had been his father’s longtime wish to own a motorcycle. 

 Photos from Seth Fedelin (@imsethfedelin)

Narrating how he planned to surprise his father, the former Pinoy Big Brother housemate tells: “Birthday ng kaibigan ko no’n, so pumunta ako ng Tagaytay no’n. Hindi alam nila Papa, nila Mama na [nandoon] ako

Kasi dati humiling na sa ‘kin si Papa ng motor. Bumulong na sa ‘kin. Tapos biglang bumalik sa akin nung time na ‘yun. So, sabi ko sa kuya ko, ‘Kuya, bibili ako ng motor.’ ‘Kanino?’ ‘Kay Papa, pag-uwi natin bukas.’ Kasi Tagaytay, [eh] ‘yung bahay ko Dasma, Cavite. [Sabi ko], ‘Pagdating natin ng Dasma, dalhin na natin ‘yung motor’. So umaga, paggising namin, pumunta kami ng bilihan ng motor.” 

According to Seth, he registered the vehicle under the name of his mother, who willingly provided him all the necessary details over a phone call after being made to believe that he needed it for work. 

Tapos, dumating na ako sa bahay. Drinive ko ‘yung motor,” he said, adding to clarify that he only drives around their subdivision. “Sabi ko, ‘Pa, labas ka.’ ‘Anong meron?’... Una, [nagalit] si Papa. ‘Ikaw, nakita namin ‘yung mga posts, ha. Nag-Tagaytay ka, hindi ka nagsabi.’ Sabi ko, ‘Pa, bilis. May kasama ako. Gusto ka nilang makita.’ Akala nila Papa, artista. Akala nila, Gold Squad dala ko. Paglabas niya ng gate, [sabi niya], ‘O, asan na kasama mo?’ Sabi ko, ‘Tingin ka sa likod mo.’ ‘Oh, motor! Akin ‘yan?’ ‘Sa ‘yong sa ‘yo, Pa.’”

Seth is proud to say that the money he used to spend on the motorcycle came solely out of his own pocket.

Ipon ‘yun kasi matagal na niyang hinihiling sa akin ‘yun, eh,” he shares. “May plano na akong [bumili]. Nung araw na ‘yun, the day before na binili ko, bumalik sa akin ‘yung time na gusto ni Papa bumili. Eh gusto ko naman talaga siyang bilhan so pinag-ipunan ko. So sakto naman ‘yung ipon ko, so binilli ko na agad.”

With numerous projects lined up (aside from his upcoming flick with Andrea, he recently starred in his first-ever movie, Abandoned, together with fellow PBB graduate Beauty Gonzales) and on top of his hit teleserye Kadenang Ginto where he has gained popularity as a member of The Gold Squad, Seth is well on his way to achieving his next goal for his family.

May negosyo rin sila Papa roon [sa Cavite]. Swimming pool po tapos nagtitinda sila ng mga chicken. Ayun ang hanapbuhay ng pamilya, [pero] gusto ko pong [tulungan pa] sila Mama. Kahit maliit man lang ‘yan, gusto kong mabigyan sila ng business,” he says.

 Photo from Seth Fedelin (@imsethfedelin)

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The eldest among four siblings, Seth proudly describes his family as very tight-knit—and their relationship only grew closer even after he had entered showbiz and devoted most of his time to work.

Sobrang close po talaga [kami],” he shares. “As in, buong araw, buong buhay koParang, first time kong malayo sa kanila nung PBB, eh. ‘Di ko sila nakita nang matagal. Lagi ko silang kasama. Hindi ako humihiwalay sa kanila

“After ng [PBB], mas lalo pang naging close. Kasi sila ‘yung pinaka-kakampi ko, eh. Kumbaga kapag may problema akokunyari, may sariling dinadamdam, sila ‘yung una kong napagsasabihan.”

 Photo from Seth Fedelin (@imsethfedelin)

Asked of his family’s reaction to his unexpected fame, Seth says, “Proud sila sa akin kasi parangminsan hindi kasi sumagi sa isip namin, lalo na ako, na magkakaganito ako. Kasi dati, ganun lang ang buhay namin, so hindi namin in-expect na ganito. Sobrang proud and thankful kami kay God."

All this, he says, would not be possible if not for the people who trusted and believed in him: his Kapamilya bosses who have been giving him the opportunity to shine, and avid supporters who have been cheering for him since day one. 

Photo from Seth Fedelin (@imsethfedelin)

Nagpapasalamat ako kasi binigyan ako ng Panginoon ng ganoong opportunity. Binigyan ako ng Panginoon ng mga taong naniwala sa akin. Nagpapasalamat ako sa kanilang lahat kasi hindi ko magagawa ‘yung mga ‘yun kung hindi rin sa pagtulong nila at tiwala nila sa akin. Thankful na thankful ako,” he adds.