He may still be young but actor Seth Fedelin has already experienced some of the sweetest and saddest things in life.
As a former “Pinoy Big Brother” housemate, he considers himself lucky to be in showbiz.
“My sweetest hello, siguro ‘yung pagpasok ko sa ABS, ‘yung pag-hello ko sa buong Kapamilya,” he said during the online press conference for “Saying Goodbye,” Dec. 20. It is a series which pairs him again with Andrea Brillantes and comes right on the heels of “Huwag Kang Mangamba,” an inspirational series.
(My sweets hello is perhaps when I entered ABS-CBN, when I said hello to the whole Kapamilya.)
But life’s not always a walk in the park and Fedelin acknowledged that he’s gone through the saddest phases in his life, such as when his grandpa died.
“‘Yung saddest goodbye ko naman,’yung sa lolo ko po kasi noong pandemic lang siya sumakabilang-buhay. Si lolo ko kasi, sobrang lapit ko siya. Sabi ko sa kanya noong nawala na siya, sabi ko, ‘pahinga ka na ‘lo. Ako na ang bahala dito,’” he said.
(My saddest goodbye is with my grandfather because he died during the pandemic. My grandfather, I was very close to him. I told him when he left, I said, “Please rest now, grandpa. I will take care of things here.)
Meanwhile, Fedelin admits having experienced pressure while doing “Saying Goodbye.”
“Talagang nakaka-pressure dahil ‘yun nga po, unang ilalabas na iQiyi na Filipino series. Sabi namin, kailangan may mapatunayan tayo dito,” he said.
(It really pressures because this is the first Filipino series to be shown by iQiyi. We said, we need to prove something here.)
To prepare for his role, that of a gravely ill guy named Ricky, Fedelin watched some movies, as advised by his leading lady Andrea Brillantes.
“Bago pa ang “Saying Goodbye,” nu’ng patapos na ang “Huwag Kang Mangamba” ay nag-uusap na kami (ni Andrea) ‘Ano kaya ang susunod natin?’ Kasi hindi pa po namin alam. Talagang ang sabi namin, kung meron mang dadating na bagong blessing ay talagang kailangan naming seryosohin.”
(Before “Saying Goodbye,” when “Huwag Kang Mangamba” was about to end, we talked and asked, “What’s our next project?” Because we still didn’t know yet. We really said that if there would be a new blessing coming, we need to take it seriously.)
When the love team finally learned about “Saying Goodbye,” Andrea told him about the movies he needs to watch so he can play his role effectively.
“Talagang pinaghandaan po namin. Lagi kaming nag-uusap kung paano. Lagi kaming nagtutulungan,” he said. (We really prepared for it. We always talk about how to do it. We always help each other.)
Written and directed by Dolly Dulu, “Saying Goodbye” also stars Kobie Brown, Andi Abaya, Sunshine Dizon, Dominic Ochoa, Valerie Concepcion, Polo Ravales and Bernard Palanca. It is now streaming for free on the iQiyi PH app and iQ.com, while a new episode drops every Saturday at 8 p.m. JB