It's Andrea Brillantes' 17th birthday today!

 

We've long known her as the beautiful and talented child actress from The Gold Squad, formed from the well-loved series Kadenang Ginto.

Photo from Instagram (blythe)

 

In honor of her 17th birthday, let's get to know her better as we listen to someone who finds her special—Seth Fedelin, one of the squad members and the other half of SethDrea, a tandem that captivated fans due to their undeniable chemistry.

 

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Scroll down below for Seth's brilliant revelations!

 

SECRET #1: They often talk about their life plans.

 

"Mga pangarap namin. Lalo na 'yung bahay nya. Mga gusto pa naming ibigay sa pamilya namin…" says Seth during a sit-down interview with StarStudio.ph, elaborating on what topic they usually talk about. "Career, pamilya, lahat-lahat."

 

While they look playful on TV, the two often drift to serious conversations, and find it comfortable to tell each other concerns and ask for advice.

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SECRET #2: Lately, they both like the Netflix series You.

 

Seth says he and Andrea are fond of binging the US series.

 

"Magkahiwalay kami, pero sabay kami nanonood," says the actor, and refers to how they update one another over the phone on what they're currently watching. "Tinatawanan namin, pero maganda kasi siya. Nasa bahay ako, sasabihin ko, nanonood ako ng You, tapos manonood na rin siya."

 

SECRET #3: They go out to different places to eat together when they find the time.

 

When they feel like it, Seth and Andrea will go out together with friends to eat outside and just chill.

 

"Noong Saturday kumain kami sa labas, sa UP Town Mall. Naglunch lang kami, kasama PA niya tapos may kasama rin ako…[nagkayayaan] lang kumain. Kapag may time talaga, syempre. Minsan kasama ko mga kaibigan ko o mga kaibigan niya." 

 

SECRET #4: He is always there to give Andrea advice.

 

Andrea can go to him for advice, since the way he speaks makes him a kuya type of person. Even so, Seth proudly says he learns a lot from Andrea, too. "May napupulot din akong aral kay Blythe (Andrea's nickname). Nagsasabi rin siya sakin, naghihingian kami ng advice sa isa't isa."

 


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Regarding what they're about, Seth spills: "Sa trabaho, at lagi niyang pinapaalala sakin, 'Ano bang priority mo?' Kunwari may gusto akong bagay, hihingi ako sa kanya ng advice, 'Okay pa bang bilhin 'to?' Sabi niya sakin, 'Kailangan mo ba 'yan o gusto mo lang?' Ang sarap lang sa pakiramdam na may kaibigan kang ganoon...may nakukuha rin akong advice sa kanya."

 

For Seth, being there for the actress is a precious gift he can give for her birthday. "Pinakahindi mawawala sa kaniya, pagiging mabuting kaibigan ko sa kaniya. Mas pag-iingatan ko pa ang meron kami."

 

SECRET #5: Andrea hates it when The Gold Squad looks at her feet.

 

When asked what annoys Andrea, Seth laughs and says, "Kapag tinitingnan ko 'yung paa niya!"

 

Seth spills that an odd quirk of Andrea is when people stare at her feet. This applies to Kyle and Francine, too. "'Ano bang meron sa paa ko?  'Wag mong tingnan ang paa ko! 'Wag mong tingnan!' Gaganun siya."

 

"Kapag kaming apat magkakasama, lalo na kami ni Kyle, sasabihin ko kay Kyle, tingnan lang natin paa niya, 'wag tayong bibitaw ng tingin."

 

It's been an inside joke of The Gold Squad since they found out about Andrea's pet peeve.

 

SECRET #6: They both get tampo when the other takes too long to reply.

 

As to who is more slow to text back, Seth realizes: "Halos parehas lang din, e! Siyempre kapag may ginagawa e, 'di ba."

 

Andrea likes to receive fast replies especially when she's asking questions related to work. "Kunwari magtatanong, anong oras, anong dadalhin… tapos magagalit, 'Ang bagal mong magreply!"

 

Sometimes he admittedly takes his time, too. "Kapag may tinatanong siya, [tungkol] sa personal [life] niya, tapos inuuna ko ang PS4 ko… saka na [ako sasagot]. Pero sinasagot ko rin naman! Mabagal nga lang."

 


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SECRET #7: Andrea's weakness is chocolates.

 

When she does get tampo, Seth reveals what he does to lift her mood. 

 

He gives a wide grin as he says, "Binibigyan ko lang 'yan ng chocolate! Isang chocolate lang' yan. Tuwang-tuwa na 'yun. Ganoon siyang babae, kahit chocolate lang, [okay na]."

 

SECRET #8: Seth saw her at her happiest when she talked to him about where she is now compared to before.

 

"Nakita ko siyang masaya noong nagkekwento siya tungkol sa buhay niya dati at saka kung anong meron siya ngayon," he says. "Sakin nagkekwento siya, lalo na kapag binabanggit niya 'yung bahay. Nakikita ko sa mga mata niya na proud na proud siya sa sarili niya."

 

It's worth recalling that Andrea has purchased a new home for her family, thanks to her hard work.

 

SECRET #9: Andrea's makulit personality is Seth's favorite quality.

 

"Siyempre gusto ko yung tao na…parang ako lang, kalog," he says, elaborating that it's the type he usually looks for in a girl.

 

Aside from that are two more traits that Seth likes about Andrea: "Tapos pagiging simple niya. Hindi siya ganoon kaarte. Siyempre pagiging sweet din. Lalo na kapag meron akong gagawin, halimbawa ginawa ko 'yung MMK ko, magmemessage 'yun. Random. Biglang magriring nalang, 'Galingan mo! Kaya mo 'yan. Proud ako,'" he says. "Ganoon lang, na parang out of nowhere, hindi kita kinakausap, bigla kang magtetext ng ganun."

 

Seth says that he appreciates Andrea's supportive messages. "Sobra siyempre...ang sarap sa pakiramdam kasi naaalala niya ako, na may MMK ako. Na may suporta sabay sabihin na kaya ko. Sa ganung paraan, masarap sa pakiramdam."

 


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SECRET #10: Andrea likes comfortable clothes.

 

Contrary to the glamorous Andrea oncam, Seth says she actually dresses as simple as possible off-duty.

 

Seth discloses: "Gusto lang niya komportable siya. Hindi siya naghi-heels. Gusto lang niya palagi as in presko lang, parang nasa bahay lang. Kahit pupunta 'yan sa ABS, may isho-shoot, as in pupunta lang 'yan naka-shorts lang, rubber shoes na presko, malambot na sapatos, kahit anong t-shirt lang. 'Yung buhok niya pinupuyod niya lang, gusto niya ng mga ganun."

 

Photo from Instagram (blythe)

SECRET #11: Andrea loves food—and eats a lot. 

 

Surprisingly, Andrea eats a lot, and can keep up with Seth's enjoyment of devouring food. "As in malakas 'yan. Favorite niyan tahong din. Siguro ilang plato ng tahong ang kaya niyang ubusin. Inasal. Mahilig 'yan sa chocolate. Hindi talaga papaawat yan. Chocolate na walang nuts." 

 

She also enjoys street food. "Mahilig rin siya sa isaw. Fishball. Kikiam. Lahat 'yun plain lang. Pag magpapabili 'yun, 'Walang sauce ha!'" 

 

Andrea sometimes requests to have Seth treat her food. "Para sa piso dalawang fishball magpapalibre ka pa? Napakakuripot niyan," he laughs, yet he quickly adds, "Kumbaga 'yung pagkakuripot niya, nakakatulong. May purpose. Kasi pursigido talaga siya lalo na sa bahay niya."

 

He recalls: "Isang beses nga yung cellphone niya durog-durog pa, as in basag talaga 'yun. Tapos halos parang 'di mo na magamit. Ayaw niya palitan. Sabi niya, 'May cellphone pa naman ako, mukhang okay naman ito, saka na.' Ilang months din 'yun."

 

The actor has an amazed tone as he says, "Sabi ko, ay, okay mag-isip 'to ah. 'Di agad 'yung bili ng bili. Ngayon nagpalit na naman siya."

 

SECRET #12: Seth thought she wouldn't talk to him when he first saw her.

 

Having seen Andrea onscreen before, Seth wasn't sure how to approach her. "Noong unang pagkakita ko sa kaniya, ay, siguro hindi ako kakausapin neto. Tapos nakita ko sa kanya na bata siya. May pagkakulit nga kasi, may tatawagin lang nagtatatakbo, bata siya gumalaw. Parang hindi to makakausap. Parang hindi ako papansinin."

 



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SECRET #13: Andrea is a big Naruto fan.

 

Seth expounds that Andrea has cute childlike moments. She loves anime, particularly Naruto, and even buys cake to celebrate the anime character's birthday. "'Si Naruto, asawa ko 'yun!' Ganun 'yun. Kapag niloloko namin, si Naruto wala na 'yun… grabe, iiyak 'yun! Doon siya nagiging baby."

 

Even so, Seth admires this about Andrea as he got to know her more. "Ngayon naman kahit bata siya gumalaw, hindi siya bata magisip. Mature siya mag-isip sa kahit anong bagay."

 

SECRET #14: Seth has memorized her scent already.

 

"Saulo ko na amoy niya," he says. "Lagi nagpapabango sa amin 'yan. May isang brand din ng pabango na laging ginagamit niya."

 

He explains, "Para siyang powdery, na bagong ligo. Gumuguhit  'yung amoy. Mapapatingin ka na lang kapag dumadaan." 

 

SECRET #15: Andrea loves to sing Buko by Jireh Lim. 

 

"Nagpapatugtog pa rin ng Buko 'yan. Favorite song niya," Seth says, referring to the song by Jireh Lim. "Tapos siyempre inaalam ko rin yung kanta so napapakanta na rin ako. Lalo na kapag nasa taping kami."

 

SECRET #16: Andrea loves football. 

 

"Saka ko lang nalaman, sinisecret niya eh," Seth says. "Kase nagpapalakas pa raw siya. Football talaga."

 

Now that Andrea's an in-demand personality, she doesn't have much time nowadays to let loose and play the sport. "Bihira na eh, ang alam ko. Pero wala pang Kadena, bakasyon pa, lagi siyang nagfu-football."

 

SECRET #17: For Seth, Andrea is… 

 

Seth takes his time to mull over his words. "Para sa akin, si Andrea, siya 'yung babaeng kung ano ko siya nakilala hindi siya nagbago sakin. Alam mo  'yung dalagang Filipina? Makikita mo na maganda siya, 'yung image nya medyo maarte. Mali eh. Ganito pala ang babaeng ito—kapag nakikita mo siya kumain, 'yung paa nya nakapatong pa sa upuan at nagkakamay lang."

 

Seth smiles as he continues: "Sabi ko [sa kanya], hindi kita ganyang tiningnan noong 'di pa ko artista, sa cellphone ko lang nakikita na kita. Sabi ko, arte siguro neto, hindi mo mapapakain sa karinderya 'yan. Sinabi ko sa kanya, ganyan ka pala, nagkamali ako ng tingin ko sayo. Siya 'yung babaeng totoo."

 


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"Siya 'yung babaeng marunong makisama. Matulungin yan. Lalo na nung nag-uumpisa ako. Nagbibigay siya ng advice. Hindi niya ako pinapabayaan. Maasikaso rin 'yan kung minsan. Makikita nya akong walang tubig, lalapit 'yan sakin. 'Tubig, uminom ka muna. Alam mo na ba gagawin? Okay na ba?'"

 

"Sobrang totoo niya, totoong kaibigan niya sakin. Hindi sya nagbago...sinasabi ko siya nagpapaalala sa akin sa lahat ng bagay," he emphasizes. "Ang masasabi ko lang, hindi ko hahayaang mawalan ng ganung kaibigan. Sabi ko, proud ako… kasi ganyan ka."