From his humble beginnings, ABS-CBN’s Pilipinas Got Talent first-ever grand winner Jovit Baldivino now enjoys a Platinum recognition for his first album titled Faithfully.
"Nagpapasalamat po talaga ako sa mga bumili ng album ko. Salamat po talaga," said the Batangas native.
Aside from sheer talent, Jovit must have lady luck on his side now that he his also set to have his first major grand concert on November 13, 7 pm at the Aliw Theater.
In the upcoming concert, he will serenade the audience with songs from his debut album, as well as tracks from a forthcoming album. When asked what people should expect from this concert, Jovit meekly replied, "Tignan na lang po nila."
Guests who would join Jovit in his memorable night are Kim Chiu, Yeng Constantino, Melai Cantiveros, Jason Francisco, and Sam Milby. It will be directed by Johnny Manahan, with acoustic singer Nyoy Volante serving as the musical director.
FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS. Prior to his newfound fame, Jovit was a 16-year-old student who juggles school duties with gigs in fiestas in the province with his bandmates and selling siomai.
His band, composed of eight fourth year high school students, of which Jovit is the eldest, would usually sing at barangay fiestas and battle of the bands. They would entertain guests singing from 9 am till around 10 pm, with short breaks in between.
From a long day’s work, he and his bandmates would then get to take home and divide among themselves a meager P 10000, of which rental fee of the instruments is yet to be deducted. As Jovit puts it, it was "sagadan."
TO GRAND POSSIBILITIES. Aside from the fame given by the title of Pilipinas Got Talent grand winner, Jovit took home the P2 million cash prize, part of which was used to buy a Starex van.
The vehicle, according to him, is bought so his parents would not have to commute from their hometown in Batangas everytime they visit him in Manila.
Just recently, his dream of stepping onto the land of the United States came true─a place, he says, he only sees before in his textbooks.
"Hindi pa rin po ako makapaniwala sa mga nangyayari sa akin," admitted the soft-spoken singer.
Jovit has truly come a long way. But for Jovit, would go home in Rosario, Batangas as much as he can, everything is still the same.
He revealed that he and his friends still hang out on the streets "wearing boxers."
"Sinabi ko sa kanila na wala pa din pagbabago, ako pa din ’yung dati," he said.