“Pilipinas Got Talent” 2010 (season one) grand champion and singer Jovit Baldivino has passed away, his family confirmed in an official statement via former Star Magic handler Jerry Telan. He was 29 years old.
Telan said Baldivino died at 4 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, after being in a coma for five days at the Jesus of Nazareth Hospital in Batangas City. Prior to being hospitalized, he was recovering for a week after receiving treatments.
“According to Jovit Baldivino’s parents Mr. Hilario ‘Larry’ and Mrs. Cristeta Baldivino and fiancé Camille Ann Miguel (during our personal visit in the hospital on December 6, 2022) he was recuperating for a week with hypertension maintenance medicines,” Telan began. “Then he was invited by a family friend from Batangas City. Doctor’s advice [was] not to sing while recuperating. Knowing ‘Bundoy’ (Jovit), he gave in to [the] clamor of the crowd.”
“He was gasping for breath on the 3rd song. After an hour while sitting, his face was deformed with flowing salivas,” Telan recalled.
“[Baldivino] was then rushed to the nearest ER at Jesus of Nazareth Hospital last December 3, 2022 around 10pm. CTscan showed a blood clot in the brain (sign of aneurysm). 100cc of blood was suctioned [at] 2:00 AM of December 4, 2022,” the singer’s former handler added.
Baldivino had been confined for six days after he was rushed to the hospital, Telan said.
Baldivino’s partner Camille Ann Miguel took to Facebook to share her sorrow over the singer’s passing on Friday, Dec. 9. Her post was immediately flooded with comments from netizens expressing their condolences.
“ASAWA KO [crying emojis],” she wrote in the caption, sharing a photo of them together.
Camille also wrote about spending the Christmas in sorrow in a separate post, saying, “Anong sama ng papasko mo smen [crying emojis].”
Following reports of Baldivino’s confinement and coma, Camille called out netizens to be mindful of fake news in a Facebook post on Tuesday, Dec. 6.
“Sa Lhat po ng nag Popost sa asawa ko siguraduhin nyong tama ang post nyo at d kau nakakatulong lalo nyo pinalalala d kau nakakatulong matuto kau humingi ng permission..wag nyo pong palalain ang sitwasyon nya,” she wrote. “makapag post lng kau…prayers po ang kailangan nmn d ang maling post nyo.”
“Pilipinas Got Talent” season two grand winner and “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” alum Marcelito Pomoy expressed his grief over Baldivino’s passing, as seen in a lengthy Facebook post on the same day.
“Parekoy…. 3:33AM this morning pinipilit ka pa naming kausapin at gisingin baka magmilagro pa… sobrang sakit mawalan ng isang kaibigan,” Pomoy began. “ikaw yong taong unang sumuporta sa laban ko sa PGT.. pahinga ka na… no more pain parekoy… isa kang tunay na kaibigan… hinding hindi kita malilimutan… [crying emojis].”
Pomoy also revealed in his post that he had talked to Baldivino’s family about organizing a fundraiser to aid in his recovery.
“From the day na tinakbo ka sa ICU… pinuntahan agad kita.. talked to the family if we can raise funds for you.. if we can do concert for a cause for you but its too late now… contacted all the generous and people with a big heart all over the world to help you parekoy,” the singer wrote. “[T]hank you so so much to all those who helped Jovit… thank you for being with us during Jovit’s fight.”
A former siomai vendor, Baldivino rose to fame after competing in the reality talent competition show “Pilipinas Got Talent” in 2010, where he eventually emerged as the grand winner.
The singer is known for his hit songs “Pusong Bato,” “Ika’y Mahal Pa Rin,” and “Mula sa Puso,” among others. He recently appeared in an episode of the game show “Family Feud” in November 2022. EDV / RA