'Pilipinas Got Talent' discovers a young Arnel Pineda?

Posted at 03/01/10 5:53 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The country's biggest talent search show, "Pilipinas Got Talent (PGT)," has found a gem in 16-year-old contestant Jovit Baldivino from Batangas.

The judges – Kris Aquino, Ai Ai delas Alas, Freddie Garcia – have been blown away by Baldivino’s “unbelievable” voice as he performed his own version of Journey’s “Faithfully” during the audition.

The episode was aired on ABS-CBN on February 27.

Baldivino got 3 yes from Garcia, Aquino and Delas Alas, who were all impressed by his perseverance and drive to get his family out of poverty.

Delas Alas was also moved to tears when Baldivino said: "Kahit po ako ay matalo dito, okay lang po. Basta po naipakita ko po sa inyo kung ano ang tunay na Pinoy.”

"Alam mo magandang example ka sa mga nanonood ng ‘Pilipinas Got Talent’ kasi tumutulong ka sa pamilya mo," Delas Alas commented.

Aquino chimed in: "And apart from that, pinagsasabay mo ang pag-aaral, ang pagtulong sa pamilya at ngayon you're on the road to stardom."

The 4th year high school student is selling siomai after his class to help his family.

The shy boy from Batangas said his goal is to finish his studies and, if given a chance, become a popular singer.

The video of Baldivino's audition has been uploaded on YouTube. So far, it has been viewed more than 100,000 times.

"this boy is awesome... he have a nice voice like Arnel P. jst keep it up.. and maybe soon u will be a good singer too...? idol.. (sic)" commented kheal03, referring to Journey’s Filipino front man Arnel Pineda.

jHinG30tin said: "grav...prang? c arneL pineda 2...sna mka dUEt mo c arnEL pineda jOvit...da bEst k...idOL (sic)."