After turning 17 last October 16, Pilipinas Got Talent winner Jovit Baldivino is still on a high after being proclaimed the first-ever winner of the popular talent search. But even though his talent in singing made him an instant millionaire, Jovit still remains the humble and shy Batangueño that he is. Despite his popularity, the former siomai vendor says he is not going to let it all go to his head and let fame affect him. “Hindi ko naman masasabi, hindi ko alam kung hanggang kelan ako magugustuhan ng tao eh. Hindi ko masasagot yun kasi bago pa lang ako nagsisimula. Marami pa akong pagdadaanan. Susubukan ko pa kung hanggang saan ang kaya ko marating,” he said.
Ever since he won in PGT last June, Jovit has been able to jumpstart his career with numerous TV appearances, two albums, and an upcoming concert at the Aliw concert called Faithfully on November 13. He has also gotten the chance to perform abroad and meet Filipino fans in the U.S. “Madami pala akong kababayan dun. Marami ring taga ibang mga probinsya na nandun na. Masaya ako nakapunta ako dun,” he said. Apart from the U.S, Jovit admitted he wants to see more of the world and travel to different places. “Gusto ko talaga malibot yung buong mundo. Narating ko na unang-una yung U.S. Ngayon ang gusto ko naman yung Canada kasi nandun yung ‘umpe’ ko, yung ama ko sa kumpil. Gusto ko rin makarating sa Guam at sa Macau, maganda kasi dun,” he shared. On his recent trip, Jovit admitted he experienced some culture shock when it came to food in America. “Ang ayaw ko lang sa U.S, walang kanin. Di ako makakain ng kanin. Kasi ang gusto kong almusal lagi ay kanin. Doon pagkain namin tinapay at sausage kaya yun ang nakain ko dun,” he added.
When he’s not practicing his singing, Jovit enjoys playing musical instruments like the keyboards, drums, and bass guitar. But when he doesn’t feel like rocking out, you will most likely find him with his friends playing basketball or just hanging out at their town in Rosario, Batangas. “Pag umuuwi ako, nakikita ko pa rin yung mga kaibigan ko, tatambay kami, mga naka-boxer shorts. Lahat kami naka-boxer tapos tambay kami sa balcony, sa terrace. Meron talaga kaming pinaka-tambayan, sa harap lang ng tubuhan,” he said.
Despite being quiet and shy in person, Jovit said he isn’t the type to succumb to stage fright during a performance. “Nakasanayan ko na lang na ganun ‘pag magpe-perform. ‘Pag ganito naman, hindi ako makaimik kasi nahihiya ako. Basta ‘pag nasa stage na ako, ‘pag nag-perform na ako, iniisip ko na lang yung mga pinagdaanan ko, yung hirap ng pamilya namin dati tapos yung mga pinagdaanan ko sa school, yung pagtitinda ko ng siomai, ganun,” he says. With his earnings, he has been able to help out his family and bring them out of poverty. “Basta meron po akong konting ipon sa bangko para ‘pag may kailangan ako, madali ko ng mabili. Nakabili ako ng sasakyan (Starex which he paid for in cash). Nagre-rent lang ako ng condo. ‘Pag medyo malaki na kinikita ko, saka na yung bahay. Hindi ako mahilig sa computers pero may nagbigay sa akin ng laptop. Wala naman akong allowance. Kung magkano lang ibigay nila sa akin. Humihingi na lang ako. Father ko humahawak ng pera ko,” he shared. Even now that he’s an instant celebrity, Jovit says he always tries to stay grounded. “Ngayon, nasasanay na ako sa ganitong trabaho. Hindi ko naman fini-feel na sikat na sikat ako. Basta ako, hinaharap ko na lang,” he admitted.