Jovit Baldivino successfully staged his third concert titled Faithfully last February 26, 2011 at the Music Museum, Greenhills. In an interview with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), the grand winner of Pilipinas Got Talent Season 1 admitted that he felt overwhelmed upon knowing that he would perform at the said venue.
"Kinakabahan pa rin ako, kahit marami na pong ibang event ang nagdaan, first time ko po dito sa Music Museum and hindi ko lang alam kung mapupuno ba eto... hindi ko talaga alam kung marami yung bumili ng ticket, naubos ba yung ticket, ganoon..."
Faithfully was under the musical direction of seasoned singer and composer Nyoy Volante. Jovit refers to him as Kuya Nyoy because he really looks up to Nyoy as an older brother. Jovit shares, "Para sa gabing eto, nag-rehearse po ako ng two days... Karamihan po sa kakantahin ko ngayon ay mula sa first and second album ko and yung iba mga favorite songs ko, at kaming dalawa ni Kuya Nyoy pumili ng mga songs."
The choice to include Melai Cantiveros and Jason Francisco was the choice of the producers. Kuya Nyoy observed about these two guests: "Si Melai at Jason, pang-aliw sila, pang lakas-appeal, pang lakas-aliw, maaliw na po ako at lalo pag andito na si Jason at Melai, lalo pa pong maaaliw ang mga tao."
Jovit admits that that his quick rise to fame shocked him. "Ang bilis nga naman po... bigla na lang po ako nagka concert na wala pa po akong isang taon sa trabaho ko pong eto."
The former siomai vendor says that this concert is his way of giving back and "para mas lubos niyo ako makilala, kaya sana mag enjoy yung mga tao."
He shares experiences from his past, "Malaki na talaga ang pagkakaiba kasi yung mga nagagawa ko dati, di ko na nagagawa ngayon. Dati yung mga kaibigan ko doon sa Batangas, yung mga katropa ko, mga kakaklase ko, yung mga pinsan ko, halimbawa, kami ng mga barkada ko, tambay kami, nagtutugtugan kami, nagja-jamming, tapos yung mga kabarkada ko naman, nagbabasketball kami at pagkatapos kakain kami, kami-kami ang magluluto, ambagan kami sa pagkain, sa mga relatives ko naman, kapag may mga okasyon, sama-sama kami kahit konti o minsan walang handa."
On dealing with fame, he says, "Ngayon, minsan malungkot kasi kapag walang ginawa pero kailangan mo lang talaga mag-stay sa bahay kasi iba na, dati di naman isyu yun na basta ka na lang gagala nang gagala, wala naman gagalaw sa iyo di ka naman papansinin, ngayon, pinapansin na ako, pinagkakaguluhan... feeling ko nung first time nangyari yun, tumingin agad ako sa salamin, tapos naisip ko, ako ba talaga yan?
"Sabi ng mga pinsan ko, artista ka na! Di ko pa talaga naisip yun kasi nung nag-PGT ako, gala lang po ako nun sa Tubuan, nung magcha-championship ng June 12, 13, grand finals na, mga June 7, gala pa ako nun sa Tubuan, nagpapalipad ako ng... yun namimiss ko yun..."
He is thankful though that his friends still regard him as before. "After ko manalo, ganun pa rin naman yung mga dati kong kasama sa akin, halimbawa, sabi ko, pag wala ako, pag nasa trabaho, pasensya na muna, kasi kailangan kong magtrabaho. Pero pag may panahon ako, pupunta ako sa inyo, pero ang maganda ganun pa rin po sila sa akin, di po nagbabago ang tingin nila sa akin, di naman sila nahiya tumingin sa akin, lumapit sa akin, humingi sa akin, ganun pa rin po sila sa akin, asaran pa rin kami, hampasan pa rin kami, kulitan pa rin..."
He has also come to realize how lucky he is to be able to penetrate the entertainment industry. "Yung dati kong buhay, aaminin ko po, dati batak ako sa trabaho, pero parang sasabihin ng iba na pag artista, malakas kumita ng pera, madali lang yung trabaho, pero nakita ko talaga na wala pong trabaho na hindi mahirap ngayon na andito na ako."
FAITHFULLY. Jovit opened the concert with his rendition of "You Give Love a Bad Name," originally sung by Bon Jovi. Who could imagine that his small frame is able to deliver the powerful vocals needed for this rock classic? With the audience warming up and screaming their lungs out, Jovit quickly segues to "Carrie" by Europe, a song that Jovit also recorded on his second album titled I'd Do Anything for Love.
As he goes into his third song, he introduces his band, dancers, and musical director Nyoy Valente. He sings Bryan Adam's "Please Forgive Me" like a pro and has the audience excited for more. He then takes on a "We Will Rock You/It's My Life/Livin' on a Prayer" medley where he involves the audience during the last song, letting the audience sing the song chorus back to him, part by part.
Jovit then teases the audience to prep them for the next guest by saying, "Sa reality shows, walang maitatago, kitang-kita ang saloobin at emotion ng mga tao, at aminin niyo, napapalapit kayo at ang loob niyo sa mga tao kasama dito...."
Jason Francisco then goes on stage, met by an excited crowd as he sings, "When You Say Nothing At All" by Ronan Keating. He gets flustered at the end and forgets the last line but laughs it off, blaming it on the good time he had with the audience.
When Jovit comes back in his second costume change for the night, he jokes around with Jason about the latter's love life. Jason takes it all in stride and says he'll be back later. Jovit then launches into another song from his first album, "Too Much Love Will Kill You," originally sung by Queen.
After this song, Jovit calls Luigi Seno on stage, a semi-finalist on America's Got Talent and with whom Jovit performed in Happy, Yipee, Yehey just that day. With the encouragement of the audience, Luigi goes up and delivers on guitar the song that thrust him into the limelight, Sunday Morning by Maroon 5.
Jovit then sings "Paano," an original song taken from his first album, Faithfully, and the first Tagalog song of the night. He engages the audience again as he leads up to introducing a song he also wrote, "Nananaginip ng Gising," taken from his second album.
He talks about popular items and food from Batangas. He proudly declares "na pinagmamalaki niya at kung paano magmahal ang Batangueño," prompting audience members to react loudly, especially those who came all the way from Batangas to see him that night. He performs "Nananaginip" on guitar, the first time he played the guitar that evening.
For the next part of the concert, he preps the audience for his next guest by saying, "sa dami ng naging part ng reality shows, isa lang talaga ang nagpatawa at nagpasaya sa akin ng gaya niya."
Of course, it's Melai Cantiveros who comes up on stage, wearing knee high boots and a sequined black skirt and black top. The crowd goes wild again as she thanks the audience for coming to "her event." Jovit and Melai deliver a crowd-pleasing mash-up of novelty songs which include "Isang Linggong Pag-ibig" and "Ika'y Mahal Pa Rin" (also recorded by Jovit on his second album), ending in a "sagutan" portion where Jovit sings the chorus to "Ika'y Mahal Pa Rin" while Melai keeps up with him by answering with the chorus of "Isang Linggong Pag-ibig." This number was fun and entertaining in all the right ways.
A concert like this wouldn't be complete without a lovey-dovey duet between Jason and Melai, who performed "Someday We'll Know," a song popularized by Mandy Moore. Jason wears Jovit's jacket from his first costume change--which of course is several sizes smaller than Jason's normal size.
The major dance number of the night then follows which has Jason and Melai dancing to "Billie Jean," sung by Jovit, as he takes them and the audience through a variety of renditions of the song--from the original, to a tango version, then samba, then reggae, boogie, and ending with hip hop. Melai really entertains the crowd while Jason supports her throughout the dance number, even if it's obvious those dance styles are not really their forte but which didn't really bother the audience as they thoroughly enjoyed the two having fun with it.
LOOKING BACK ON PGT. After the high-energy numbers, Jovit then took the opportunity to recall his audition for Pilipinas Got Talent, how he wasn't even supposed to be there. He narrated, "Ako na po yung last na nag-perform, alas dos ng umaga na yun, at nandoon na kami simula ng nine ng umaga at dahil nasa last group na ako, naabutan na namin yung birthday ni Kris Aquino."
He also said that now he shares the stage with Kapamilya stars, and how before coming on to ASAP, he thought "dati pinapanood ko lang sa TV eto, nakatunganga, ngayon, ako na yung nasa loob."
He introduced his next guest by saying, "Alam niyo itong next guest natin, tinuring ko pa siyang parang tunay na kapatid, kasama ko siya dito ngayon sa unahan," revealing none other than the concert's musical director Nyoy Volante. Nyoy takes the time to give the audience a special message and a reminder for his "younger brother" Jovit:
"Dapat mamahalin mo yung mga taong nanonood sayo, yung bawat performance mo para sa kanila dapat... at baka hindi tayo matapos dito kasi sigaw ka nag sigaw, kaya simula't naging musical director ako ni Jovit, lagi ko siyang sinasabihan na alagaan niya ang boses niya."
Nyoy offered a more relaxed performance so that Jovit can "rest his voice." They performed an APO medley consisting of songs like "Ewan," "Panalangin," and "Yakap sa Dilim." After this medley, Jovit goes off stage for his third costume change, and Nyoy sings "Nasaan" and "Time Machine," the second, a song taken from Nyoy's latest album, In You.
Jovit comes back on stage for the last part of the concert and delivers strong vocals once again with his Air Supply medley which includes songs like "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All" and "I Can Wait Forever." He mentions that "pinilit lang daw siya sumali sa PGT," but that he's glad destiny had a wonderful future for him in store because of that experience.
He acknowledges the people who made the concert possible (MJM Productions notably) while singing Sweet Child of Mine. He ends the night by singing his encore song list: his cover of Faithfully from his first album, "It's Hard For Me To Say I'm Sorry," "Ever Since The World Began" and "Open Arms."
For this teen who dreams that one day "Gusto ko maikot yung buong mundo, mag-around the world..." greater things and more concerts are to be expected. For now, he's glad that he's helped his family open a bakery, buy a car, and send his four siblings to school.
WISHES FROM PARENTS. PEP was able to get the feedback of Jovit's mom as the concert ended. When asked how she felt while seeing her son on stage, she confided: "Habang tumatagal, lalong nakaka-excite, at lagi ko siyang pinagdarasal, sana ay tumagal pa ang kanyang career at lalo pa siyang mahalin ng mga tao, lalong-lalo yung mga nagmahahal sa kanya, yung mga tumutulong sa kanya, sa ABS CBN, sa Star Magic, yung director niya."
She shared the advice that she often tells her son: "Ang lagi kong sinasabi sa kanya, stay humble, kasi doon siya nakilala ng mga tao, at saka pangalagaan niya ang kanyang boses, kasi ngayon bata pa siya eh, malayo pa ang kanyang pagdadaan, at sana hindi magbago kung ano yung nakita sa kanya ng mga tao, na boses niya, ganun, ay sana mapanatili, hanggang sa huli."
Jovit's dad added: "Sana tuloy-tuloy ang kanyang career, at nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat ng bumuo ng concert niya."