★ Gabby is the third of five children---he has an older brother (Robin) and sister (Sharon) and a younger brother (Bong) and sister (Pops). Their names were patterned after their father's favorite Filipino action stars (Robin Padilla and Ramon Bong Revilla) and their mother's favorite Filipina singer-actresses (Sharon Cuneta and Pops Fernandez). Gabby was born on the same day as his mother and so his father relented and let her name him instead, and his name became a combination of her three favorite matinee idols: Gabby Concepcion, Aga Muhlach, and Richard Gomez. (Coincidentally, "Richard Gutierrez" is another matinee idol, although much younger.) Suffice to say Gabby became the unspoken Mama's Boy.
★ His family regularly goes to beaches for the summer whether for clan get-togethers (his father's clan hailing from Palawan, which has some of the country's best beaches) or just for their own, so Gabby developed a love for the beach and swimming from an early age.
★ One of his aunts convinced his parents to enroll him to a popular local "summer sports clinic" program for swimming when he was ten, and he quickly advanced the ranks from beginner to competitive, joining competitions ranging from regionals to national and twice being part of the Philippine contingent to two international competitions, him winning a bronze and a silver.
★ Unfortunately, making a career as an athlete in the Philippines wasn't exactly an ideal situation, as there was little support, and Gabby's family was middle class and had five children to support, so despite showing promise, Gabby had to stop and focus more on his studies to get an "actual career" (or so some of his other relatives say). Unfortunately, he's not exactly a stellar academic achiever, falling way behind Robin and Sharon, who were both excellent in academics and manage to get scholarships to prestigious universities to study medicine (Robin) and engineering (Sharon).
★ He had resigned himself to enrolling into a business course for college (although math is definitely not his strong point) when his aunt (the one who convinced his parents to get him into competitive swimming and who migrated to the states with her family when Gabby was thirteen) volunteered to sponsor him to go to the US in order to try his luck again with a swimming career. It was a difficult decision to make as Gabby loved swimming more than anything, but accepting the offer meant he would have to live away from his family (especially his mother), something that he had never done before.
★ Eventually, after a long period of thinking and talking it out with his mom, Gabby decided to take the chance, and a couple of months after, he was on a plane en route to Peachtree. He's now living with his aunt and uncle and their three daughters and enrolled as a freshman at Ridgeview High. A little embarrassed to have to be financially supported by his aunt even after she already shouldered all his expenses to get into America, Gabby took on a part-time job as an instructor for a local swim school.
★ One minor complication that Gabby had to face with migrating to the US is the fact that he came from a slightly different education system in the Philippines, where until recently there were only ten years of pre-college education as opposed to the usual 12 (in addition to the differing starting months for school years, the Philippines starting their academic years in June). With the minor disconnect in schedule, and coupled with some slightly less than satisfactory results on his placement exams (goddamnit, math!), Gabby's approval for a visa from the US embassy came with the condition that he would be set back to freshman year. It wasn't exactly the good start he'd been hoping for, being a good year older than most of the other freshmen, but Gabby has decided to swallow what he's been given and do what he can.
★ He has experience swimming competitively for all four swimming strokes, but he is more focused on freestyle and backstroke.
★ He can play the guitar.
★ The only adobo dish he'll ever eat is the one his mom cooked, and it slightly irks him that it's nearly always the first dish people associate with him as a Filipino.
★ He secretly gets frustrated at times with how long his name is and the reason for why he was named that way, but he never voices anything because he loves his mom.
★ He easily gets cold, and transitioning from a tropical country to the American climate has been a special level of hell for him.
★ He's fully accepted his sexuality at this point in his life but has not confessed to his parents yet. (He has come out to Sharon, Bong, and his aunt, however.) If there's at least one advantage to his move to Peachtree, it's that he can be more open to himself without having to constantly feel the pressure with his parents.
★ His obsession with mermaids came about after he saw some mermaid swimmers on a trip to Boracay. As a boy, he seriously thought they were real, and even after learning years after that they were only swimmers with artificial mermaid tails, he still seriously believes there are some mermaids somewhere.