Jovit Baldivino launches third album after break-up with girlfriend; his first album already reached Triple Platinum status

by Kathleen Benavidez
Jun 29, 2012
Jovit Baldivino releases his third album, OPM's Greatest Volume One.

Coming off the success of his first album, Faithfully, which has made it to triple platinum, Jovit Baldivino is now releasing his third album titled OPM’s Greatest: Volume One.

With carrier single “Tell Me,” Jovit's new album contains some of the well-loved OPM songs of this generation including “Forevermore,” “Say You’ll Never Go,” and “Foerver’s Not Enough.”

At the press launch of his album last June 27 at Elbuono Pizza, corner Scout Rallos and Tomas Morato, Quezon City, the Pilipinas Got Talent (PGT) Season 1 Grand Winner admits that he feels the pressure.

“Sa ngayon po, ninenerbiyos po ako kasi hindi ko po alam kung kakagat to sa mga tao. Pero, sa lagay naman po ngayon, parang papatok.

“Sana po, ganun din, kagaya nung first and second album ko, sana maging platinum din,” he said.

Jovit said it was Star Records Head Jonathan Manalo who chose most of the songs. But upon seeing the list, he need not say more. He was quite satisfied with the song line-up.

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“Nung una po, kasi parang hindi ko po alam kung ano yung mga songs eh.

“Nung nakita ko po yung mga songs, sabi ko, hindi na po ako nagsalita kasi gusto ko nga din po yung mga songs, parang naexcited po ako para sa recording. Yun po.”

The 18-year old rock singer said that he gave his own twist to the ballad songs.

“Bale meron pa rin naman po…may pagka-rock pa din naman po yung mga songs.

“Then yung mga dati pong ballad na naging rock-ballad na ngayon. Parang ginawan ko lang po ng sariling version.”

COMPETITION WITH MARCELITO POMOY? Since they both won in the same reality show, there are those comparing Jovit with PGT Season 2 Grand Winner Marcelito Pomoy.

But Jovit denies there is competition between the two of them.

“Natutuwa nga po ako kasi, Pilipinas Got Talent Season 1 po ako at si Marcelito Season 2 at natutuwa po ako kasi ako, sa first, Season 1…

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“Parang, nagka-Season 2 na parang ako po yung pinaghugutan ng inspirasyon kaya natutuwa po ako at nagkaroon po ng Pilipinas Got Talent Season 2 at pati po Season 3.

“Natuwa po ako kasi parang, may sumunod na po sa’kin. Hindi naman po ako naiinggit or parang natatakot. Parang ano po, excited pa po ako kasi ako Season 1, siya, Season 2. Parang ang sarap makatrabaho,” he said humbly.

Having a similar market, the two grand winners are often given projects together.

In fact, they recently went to the States for the ASAP Pinoy Champs U.S. tour together with Yeng Constantino and Angeline Quinto.

Given the chance, Jovit said he would he was willing to do a collaboration with Marcelito.

“Kung mabibigyan po ng pagkakataon, okay po, pwede.”

ALL-ORIGNAL ALBUM. His past albums have all been revivals. Is there a possibility of an all-original album in the near future?

Marcelito explains that for now, they are trying to promote Original Pilipino Music. But if the opportunity comes, he would gladly take it.

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“Uhm, meron pong mga original song… pero kailangan po talaga na ilaban yung Original Pilipino Music (OPM). So parang mahal ko na rin po yung Pilipino Music.

“Ah, sana po, soon. Kung mabibigyan po ako ng pagkakataon na maglabas po ako ng album sa gagawin nila, kung mabibigyan po ako.”

INSPIRATION. When members of the press asked Jovit if he dedicates any of the songs in the album to any particular person, he answered broadly:

“Sa ngayon po, halos lahat naman po dinidedicate ko sa kanila eh…sa lahat po,” he said, referring to all his followers.

At one point, he revealed that he and his girlfriend of two years have broken-up recently.

“Kasi, hindi ko din po kasi siya…kasi, long-distance. Parang hindi ko matiis na wala siya sa kin. Kaya ginawa ko na lang na…ganito na lang, mas maganda,” he explained.

Being single as of the moment, Jovit says he currently draws inspiration from his family.

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“Bale po sa ngayon, ang inspirasyon ko po, ang pamilya ko. Yung kapatid ko po. Kasi yung panganay ko pong kapatid, wala na po dito sa Pilipinas, nasa Canada na po.”

The lad from Batangas shares, he has been taking steps to improve his family’s life.

“Sa 'min po, ngayon po, nakakapagpagawa na po kami ng bahay para po dun sa pamilya ko. Yung mga kapatid ko pinag-aaral ko.

“Yung tatlo ko pong kapatid na pinag-aaral ko na pinangako ko po sa kanila na, pag-aaralin ko kayo. Pagtatapusin ko kayo ng pag-aaral.”

He would also want to go back to school.

“Sa ngayon naman po pinagpaplanuhan ko na po yung pag-aaral.”

Before getting into showbiz, Jovit said he had wanted to study Mechanical Engineering. But now, he wants to take up Law.

What made him think of going back to his studies?

“Kasi hindi ko po alam kung hanggan kailan yung career ko kasi hindi naman po natin masasabi kung habang-buhay ‘to.

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“Ginagawa ko po ngayon, nag-iipon para sa pamilya, nag-iipon para sa sarili, yung mga pangarap ko.

“Sa bahay ko, okay naman kami sa bahay ko, konting-konti na lang po matatapos na po yung bahay,” he disclosed.

Jovit demonstrates how practical he is:

“Yung sa’kin po naman, tama lang naman po. Yung sa 'kin, yung may mga sinusuot akong damit pag may mga shows ako, iba-iba yung sinusuot ko.

“Hindi naman po ako bumubili ng mga gadget-gadget. Basta, ipon muna po. Saka na ko gagastos pag mayaman na ko!”

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