Pilipinas Got Talent firstgrand winner Jovit Baldivino's distinct voice will take center stage when he does his first major concert titled Faithfully on November 13 at Aliw Theater.
Jovit is renowned for his version of classic rock songs "Faithfully," originally sung by American rock band Journey with Filipino Arnel Pineda as frontman, and "Too Much Love Will Kill You," popularized by the British band Queen.
Guests who will join him at his concert are Yeng Constantino, Melai Cantiveros, Jason Francisco, and Sam Milby. It will be directed by no less than Johnny Manahan, director of ABS-CBN's Sunday variety show ASAP. Acoustic singer Nyoy Volante is the musical director.
At the presscon for his upcoming concert, Jovit was asked what audiences can expect from his first major concert. The soft-spoken Jovit replied, "Basta po, tingnan na lang po nila."
Some of the songs he will be performing in the concert will be part of his second album. Jovit's debut album Faithfully has already reached Platinum sales, which means at least 20,000 albums sold. (Gold is 10,000 units sold.)
iDOL. Meanwhile, Jovit is overjoyed about being part of ABS-CBN's kantaserye iDol.
"Sobrang saya po. Kasi buong buhay ko, ngayon lang po nangyari sa akin makasama sa isang teleserye," said Jovit, who will turn 17 on October 16.
He added that he is grateful to be working with his idol Sarah Geronimo.
"Nakakasama ko pa po yung singing idol ko, si Ms. Sarah, tapos makakasama ko din pa po yung sina Kuya Coco [Martin] at si Kuya Sam [Milby]. Hindi po talaga ako makapaniwala. Napatawa na lang po ako at napaiyak," said the singer from Rosario, Batangas, who comes from a poor family.
What can he say about criticisms hounding the iDol, particularly its low ratings?
"Ako naman po, wala naman po ako masasabi kung may pagkukulang man yung iDol. Basta ako po, kung hindi nila magustuhan yung iDol, basta kami po lahat, masaya po kami. Kasi kahit ano mangyari, dun pa din po kami. Nakasuporta pa din po."
FIRST U.S. EXPERIENCE. On the other hand, Jovit is ecstatic over his first U.S. trip and shared some of his experiences there with the press.
"Dati po talaga, binabasa ko lang po yung mga bansa-bansa. Wala po akong masabi sa kasiyahan ko. Buong buhay ko po talaga, katatapos ko lang ho mag-show, tulala na lang po ako. Ang bilis po kasi.
"Sabi ko po sa kababayan ko po dun, 'Dati po talaga binabasa ko lang 'tong Amerika. Pinag-aaralan lang po sa school. Ngayon, nandito na po ako.'"
The only thing Jovit missed during that trip was our Asian staple—rice. And when it was served, no spoon!
"Ang ayaw ko lang po sa U.S., walang kanin. Tapos yung kinagabihan na, may kanin nga, wala namang kutsara, tinidor at kutsilyo lang," he said.
Still, he really enjoyed his first trip abroad, and has now pinpointed his top three dream destinations: Canada, Guam, and Macau.
KEEPS HIM MOTIVATED. Jovit still singles out the issue that he is not really "poor" as one of the issues he considers absurd.
"Basta ako at saka yung kababayan po natin, sabi ko nga po sa kanila, yun pong nagsasabi ng ganun, pumunta na lang po kayo sa Batangas at tingnan na lang po yung bahay namin."
He added that his experiences in the past keeps him motivated as a singer.
"Kasi po 'pag nasa stage na ako nagpe-perform, iniisip ko na lang po yung pinagdaanan ko, yung hirap ng pamilya namin dati. Tapos yung mga pinagdaan ko sa school, yung pagtitinda ko ng siomai," Jovit said.
The teener who confessed that he had played sweet music with two girls in the past said that he has no time for love, for now.
"Inuuna ko po muna yung career. Kailangan ko po muna matupad yung pangarap ko kasi bata pa po naman ako."