Meet Lourdes Virginia “Lovi” Poe, the 15-year-old daughter of the late Fernando Poe Jr. and Rowena Moran, his leading lady in a San Miguel Beer commercial.
Lovi wants to take up business management when she goes to college. In fact, she and a few enterprising friends are already in business, making and selling jewelry. In the future, she wants to own a restaurant or a boutique.
But that’s the future. At the moment, she has her mind set on doing—big time—the one thing she has always loved to do: singing.
The caramel-skinned colegiala, who admits to being more comfortable speaking in English, is a Regine Velasquez fan, but she liked singing Mariah Carey’s songs when she was growing up. Then she joined choirs and drama clubs. “It was just my thing right from the start. I love jazzy songs. But anything goes for me.” In school, she adds, “it’s like people get sick of me performing all the time.”
Her mother, who has come to watch Lovi do her first-ever magazine pictorial, tells us: “Nakuha niya sa papa niya. Ako, hindi naman ako kumakanta.”
But it took Lovi a long time to convince her mother to let her take her chances in show business. In between expressions of “Oh, my God,” Lovi recalls: “Since I was younger, I was forcing her. Like, ‘Mom, I want this, I want that.’ But you know she cried when I asked her that stuff, because I really wanted to enter showbiz and she didn’t want.”
She mimics a scene for us: “Mom, since I was—what?—nine, I started singing. What will I do with this?”—this being her singing talent.
Finally, her mother relented. “Hilig talaga, e,” Rowena says. “Saka may boses naman. Pinayagan ko na rin, kasi hindi rin naman titigil sa pag-convince. Mabait na bata naman. Wala akong problema sa kanya. Ito lang naman ang hinihiling niya noon pa.”
However, Lovi knows that things would have turned out differently if her dad were still alive. She recalls: “Before, he said: ‘I don’t want. But we’ll see. There will be a right time for that.’ That’s what he said. He’s very conservative, my dad.”
With her dad gone and her existence finally out in the open, the determined Aquarian (born February 15, 1989) has decided that the right time is now.
Already, she has a manager: Leo Dominguez, whose mother is her mother’s neighbor in a Makati village. Leo, who also manages Ogie Alcasid, is currently negotiating recording and singing contracts with BMG Records and GMA-7.
“Norah Jones ang boses ng bata,” Leo beams.
For now, the negotiations are focused on Lovi’s singing. But Lovi says she’s willing to give acting a try: “When I watch movies, I tell myself, ‘How do they do that? They’re so good.’ Something like that. But then I think I can also do that.”
It’s her mom who’s scared.
“She’s like, ‘Lovi, can you do that?’ And I’m like, ‘Mom, I can, I can.’”
Lovi—a singer, an actress, a celebrity? Whyever not! Even if she didn’t have those genes, take a look at Lovi in these pages of YES!—in her first pictorial ever. That’s star quality right there.