Jovit Baldivino came from a poor family living in Batangas. He used to sell “siomai” (fresh Chinese dimsum) at the market after his class to sustain his studies and to help his family. His only wish is to finish studies to be able to uplift their status in life. This is the reason why he joined the “Pilipinas Got Talent” hosted by Luis Mazano and Billy Crawford with Ai-Ai delas Alas, Kris Aquino, and Freddie M. Garcia as the chosen judges. Jovit believed that winning the two million pesos would make his dream come true.
He is currently studying Criminology at Batangas State University and hopes someday to be a lawyer like his uncle who inspired him.
Jovit’s father, Hilarion “Larry” Baldivino, was born and raised in an upland barangay of Dalaguete – Barangay Caliongan, an agriculture-rich barangay, eight kilometers away from the town proper. In 1984, at the age of 21, Larry, accompanied by his cousin, Lino Limbaga, went to Manila to try his luck there. They stayed in Lino’s sister in Malate, Manila and worked in a bakery at Binondo. Larry felt in love with one of the bakery’s sales girls and later decided to live in his wife’s place in Batangas where Jovit was born and raised.
The Baldivinos and Limbagas of Caliongan are expected to be in full force in time for Jovit’s February-8 concert to welcome back and show their support. Jovit’s family is expected to be with him on that day and might take a visit to Larry’s homeland where Jovit’s last visit was that of May 2010 where he was able to perform a few songs in the place’s fiesta celebration.
It will be Jovit’s third time visit in Dalaguete and the first after winning the talent show of ABS-CBN besting 11 other finalists after getting almost half of the total votes. The half-blooded Dalaguetnon popularized a number of songs that include his winning contest piece in PGT (“Too Much Love Will Kill You”), “Faithfully”, “Carrie”, and Official Sound Tracks (OST) or theme songs of ABS-CBN’s soap operas such as “Mula sa Puso”, Guns and Roses’ “Dahil Mahal Kita”, Angelito’s “Ika’y Mahal Pa Rin” and Juan dela Cruz's Pusong Bato.