The unico hijo of Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez recently received a unique but useful gift: vintage airline seats.
The set of PAL Boeing-747 Business Class seats was given by singer Louie Heredia, who, in an Instagram post, wrote that he has always loved "airplanes and everything about airplanes."
In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, last July 8, the 90's balladeer said, "Ah, Nate, Nate, Nate! Okay, because like Nate, I love airplanes.
"Everything about airplanes, inside the airplane, outside the airplane, there’s something about airplanes that fascinates me.
"Parang, what an invention, 'no? A plane that can fly and, you know, bring you from one destination to the other.
"Actually, even just the smell when you enter a plane or the food drives me crazy, I dunno.
"I’ve always been fascinated by airplanes."
Louie revealed how he acquired the seats many years ago.
"So there was a time when Philippine Airlines was selling their business class seats of the Boeing 747.
"The real seats, business class seats, and I went and bought a couple of seats for a good price!
"And then, pinaaayos ko, I had it reupholstered and andun lang sa bahay.
"Kasi biro mo, it has a table, it can recline and then just by looking at it, wow!
"It’s so fascinating!"
He took good care of those seats in his house for 20 years, until he decided to give them to Nate.
"At nakabalot talaga iyan, ha? Kasi kung hindi nakabalot yun madudumihan, 'tapos yung mga pusa ko, i-scratch yun, gagawing scratching pad.
"So talagang nakabalot yun.
"And so as I was looking at the Instagram of Ogie and Regine and of course a lot of their photos are of Nate and what his interests are now.
"Parang nakita ko na, ‘Wow, this is like Louie Heredia 40 years ago or 30 years ago.
"So I had a plan rin, but it was hard to let it go ha, to tell you the truth.
"Sabi ko, ‘Ibibigay ko ba kay Nate ito?'
"Kasi parang it was hard to acquire those seats, e, and then letting them go after all these years.
"But I thought, ‘Maybe it’s time.'"
Before sending them to Nate, Louie personally cleaned them.
"Ako yung nag-vacuum, ako yung nag-Wipeout [a cleanser brand], para maalis lahat ng stains na meron.
"And when my cat saw the seats, naku gusto nang humiga!
"And I’m so happy kasi nung dineliver pala kay Nate, kakarating lang ni Regine from a Dubai show with GMA.
"And then I think Ogie left that day, and Joy, my helper said may sakit daw si Nate nun.
"Pero inakyat sa kuwarto niya and nung nakita niya, ‘Mama, mama!’
"He was so happy and Regine raw was so, so thankful.
"In fact she posted it nga, e. And yun nga, nag-iimbita na siya ng mga friends, yung anak ni Jaya."
Here's Nate and Jaya's son Dylan having what mom Regine called "lunch in the air."
Look, Nate has also turned the seats into a play/study area.
“I’m so happy that at the end of the day I made this little boy very happy, that makes me so happy,” ended Louie.