Singer Jovit Baldivino's upcoming concert at the Waterfront Hotel in Lahug, Cebu on February 11 is a dream come true for the former siomai vendor turned Pilipinas Got Talent Grand Winner.
Although he is a proud son of Batangas, Jovit's father is actually a native of Cebu—making the forthcoming concert a homecoming of sorts for the singer and his beloved dad.
"Si papa po, 22 years nang hindi nakakauwi sa Cebu kasi wala po talaga kaming pera nun," Jovit told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during a conversation last January 28 at the 13th floor of ABS-CBN's ELJ Building in Quezon City.
The Cebuanos supported Jovit's bid in Pilipinas Got Talent by boosting his text votes throughout the contest, leading to the Grand Finals staged at the Araneta Coliseum last June 13, 2010.
Jovit treats his pre-Valentine's Day show as a "gift" to his Cebu-based supporters and as a way of showing his gratitude to all the people who helped him win the local franchise of the talent reality show.
He is also looking forward to spending time with his cousins while in Cebu as well as to finally meet some of his other relatives.
Jovit will then fly back to Manila to hold the concert titled Jovit Baldivino... Faithfully at the Music Museum in Greenhills, San Juan on February 26.
ALJUR AS GUEST. Jovit's special guests for the concerts are fellow PGT finalist Markki Stroem, Pinoy Big Brother's Jason Francisco and Melai Cantiveros, and acoustic singer Nyoy Volante, who will also sit in as musical director for both shows.
The inclusion of GMA-7's Aljur Abrenica in the guest list for the Cebu engagement stirs the curiosity of the press brought about by the fact that the hunky actor belongs to ABS-CBN's rival station.
Edgar Mangahas of MJM Productions explained that the guest slot was originally allotted to actor-singer Sam Milby but schedule problems hindered the negotiations and the producers decided instead to invite another artist.
"Busy daw si Sam that day and available naman si Aljur so siya na lang ang kinuha namin," said Edgar.
STILL NERVOUS. It wouldn't be the first time that Jovit will headline his own concert.
Barely five months after emerging as PGT's first champion, Jovit performed at the Aliw Theater on November 13, 2010 before a jampacked crowd composed mostly of cheering fans and friends.
That Jovit was entrusted to stage a repeat of his solo major concert only shows the magnitude of trust placed in him by the producers.
Add the fact that putting up a show on the month of February will always certainly face tough competition from both local and foreign acts.
Jovit confessed that the pressure of performing before a huge crowd will always be there regardless whether it is his first show or just another one in a string of many.
"Kabado pa rin po ako dito kasi madami po kaming ibang gagawin na hindi namin nagawa dun sa unang concert," he admitted.
It is worth noting that Jovit fully understands the importance of showmanship as he values the technical elements needed to deliver a satisfying performance.
He told PEP, "'Yong pag-akit sa mga tao at kung paano mo mapapasaya 'yong mga tao. Kasi wala rin po kung magaling ka ngang kumanta pero di mo naman sila napapasaya. Mahalaga po 'yong paglambing sa mga nanunood—pinag-aaralan ko din po kahit 'yon."
KEEPING HIMSELF GROUNDED. Jovit's sudden change of fortune has admittedly altered his past simple yet challenging life routine.
Before, one could easily spot Jovit roaming the streets of Batangas while peddling siomai to support himself and his family.
Nowadays, Jovit still supports his family although he's doing it this time as a singer and celebrity shuttling from one location to another with trailing cameras following his every move.
Adjusting to life in the spotlight is a continuing process and Jovit fondly enumerated some of the things he misses the most before making it big in the entertainment business.
"Madami po talaga akong mga dating nagagawa na hindi ko na po nagagawa ngayon. Siyempre po, 'yong mga kaibigan ko sa Batangas—pagtambay-tambay namin sa kanto hawak 'yong gitara ko, tapos may beat box dun, tapos maglalaro ng basketball," smiled Jovit
"Tapos 'yong pagluluto namin. Kasi mahilig po kami sa lutuan. Minsan ako ang magluluto, minsan ikaw naman pag nananalo sa basketball tapos binibili 'yong pera ng pagkain. Nami-miss ko din po 'yong paggugupit ko ng buhok, pagtitinda ko ng siomai sa bayan, 'yon po. Nagta-tattoo din po ako."
Jovit made it a point to explain his lack of time for his barkada. "Sabi ko naman po sa kanila na 'Pasensiya muna kayo, kailangan ko talaga 'to. Hayaan ninyo babawi at babawi ako sa inyo...'
"'Pag naroon po ako, biruan pa rin kami. Biruan po kasi namin kilitian, hampasan, mga ganun po. Ganun pa rin naman po, tambayan—parang walang nagbago."
Jovit follows one important reminder to keep himself grounded at all times even as he enjoys his newfound fame.
"Siyempre po, dapat kung ano 'yong binigay na tiwala sa 'yo dapat i-keep mo lang po 'yon. Alagaan po natin ang fans natin kasi ang hirap pag walang fans. Artista ka nga, mapera ka nga, tapos wala ka namang fans, ano pang saysay ng pagiging artista mo?"