March 31, 2018

Finding the Perfect Family Car

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In many places in the world, having a car is a necessity, not a luxury. 

Every family needs a car that fits the lifestyle, suits the needs.

For some, it’s hard to know where to start when choosing a car. It’s so confusing that many people just believe recommendations from friends or buy something that catches their eye with wonderful design or seen at advertisements. 

Figure out what you need. There are some practical considerations to keep in mind. There’s a much better way to pick the right car, a practical approach that also allows room for some fun.

Here are some tips on finding the perfect family car:
  • Assess Your Needs
  • Set your budget.
  • Choose the right or what car you want
  • Research 
  • Make a decision.

  • Assess Your Needs

Functionality - It's best to think about what car you need — not just now, but in the future, too. How many passengers do you need to carry? If you have a big family, do you need a spacious family car? Do you need room for six passengers, or more? Will you be using children's car seats? Do you need a lot of cargo capacity? For your family, you’ll want enough room for everyone plus ample cargo space.



  • Set your budget

Decide how much you can spend for your family car. How will you finance your family car. First, are you paying cash for purchasing your car ? You'll need to think about financing your purchase or lease. Figure out what car you can afford and how much can you really afford to allocate toward a car payment every month.


  • Choose the right car

Choose the right car or choose what car you want to purchase. Narrow the field and choose the model that best serves your needs for your family.  Use a car finder tool to match your needs and budget.

Safety is a top priority. Test drive is a must. You also should test at least three cars, and review other comparable vehicles in the same class to make sure you haven't overlooked an even better choice and setting the parameters that are important to you. You can also compare vehicles you chose to more easily contrast features and specifications.


  • Research 

Research. Research. Research.  Make interviews and talk to friends and family, ask them many questions and most importantly check online.

Before buying for the family car you need, gather as much information as possible, it is really very important to have a proper information about the car you need to purchase, so that you don’t make mistakes.

There are a lot of information online so take advantage of that. One of the best places to visit when trying to purchase a new family car is Cars.Com -  This site provides extensive reviews and essential information about a wide variety of cars, with videos, reviews, photos and lots more.



  • Make a decision
Then you’ll have a family car that you’ll enjoy and that serves your need.

Leave us a comment below and or tell us how you enjoy the wonderful world with your family car.


Shop easy at Robinsons Appliances with GCash Scan to Pay


Buying new home appliances or electronic gadget requires a big amount of cash. For those who plan to purchase but are uneasy about withdrawing and bringing a lot of cash, using GCash scan to pay is one way you can eliminate the stress. 

With GCash’s latest partnership with Robinsons Appliances Corporation, customers can now easily use the GCash scan to pay feature at its branches by simply downloading the latest version of the GCash App on their iPhone or Android phone, registering an account and loading up their GCash wallet at any of the 12,000 GCash partner outlets nationwide—including Robinsons Business Centers.


Anthony Thomas, President and CEO of Mynt  with Hope Gokongwei-Tang, General Manager of Robinsons Appliances Corporation.


Robinsons Appliances Corporation is the appliances and consumer electronics format of the publicly-listed Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc.—the second largest multi-format retail chain operator in the Philippines and now one of the newest adopters of the scan to pay feature of GCash. It currently operates about 100 branches nationwide, offering a wide selection of quality appliances and consumer electronics to consumers.

“We are happy to partner with GCash in their new payment service.  This delivers on our commitment to continuously improve our service by offering a more convenient and better shopping experience to our customers here at Robinsons Appliances” says Hope Gokongwei-Tang, General Manager of Robinsons Appliances Corporation.

“Even if cashless payment is still a new concept in the Philippines, by extending the reach of GCash to more Filipinos we believe we can encourage more and more people to adopt this service which can provide them with an easier, more convenience, and more secure shopping experience,” says Anthony Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of Mynt, which operates GCash.

Robinsons Appliance and GCash are currently offering a promo for consumers in Metro Manila. Until the end of March this year, customers who will use scan to pay at any participating GCash QR merchants will get a 10 percent cashback of up to P500.

Using the GCash app, customers can easily pay by tapping Scan QR option on the app and point the phone's camera to the partner QR code to pay. By middle of April, Robinsons Appliances will be accepting cashless payments via GCash in all of its branches nationwide.

March 30, 2018

Vivo unveils the all-new ‘V9’ AI-powered FullView™ display smartphone in the Philippines

Global smartphone brand Vivo has revealed its all-new sleek and stylish V9 flagship unit at the City of Dreams Manila in a summer-themed unveiling that was attended by over 200 members of the press and other guests.   

Vivo welcomed its guests late Thursday afternoon at the Wave, a contemporary poolside deck, restaurant, and bar so they can experience the V9 and take selfies and photos with the sunset as their backdrop. Vivo then picked one lucky and creative photo posted on Instagram to win a V9 unit.  



Vivo executives led by Brand Director Annie Lim answered some of the questions of the media during the V9 press launch. 

The program continued at the City of Dreams Grand Ballroom with Myx VJ Ai dela Cruz as the host. They were formally welcomed by Vivo Brand Director Annie Lim who recapped the smartphone company’s feats in the Philippines. Since it entered the Philippine market in 2016, Vivo has been steadily rising to become the country’s top three brand with over 5,200 stores and 1.5 million users nationwide.

Vivo’s Jomari Morales followed Lim's remarks by presenting all the goods on the V9. She highlighted the Vivo V9’s 90% screen-to-body ratio, the 24-megapixel selfie camera and 16MP+5MP dual read camera, and the AI-powered photography for a “perfect view” and a “perfect shot.” 

Morales also presented the Vivo V9’s improved game mode that would enable users to take calls or open other apps without pausing the gaming applications or play without any interruptions. 

After her presentation, Vivo’s Junior Brand Manager Christian Jocson revealed that anyone can enjoy a V9 for a “perfect” price of Php17,990 with pre-orders beginning on March 26 until April 2. 

Lim, Morales, Jocson, and Xian Gana from Vivo then answered the media’s questions during the Q&A. Their exchanges were focused on the Vivo’s plans in the Philippines and the V9's capabilities. 


Vivo Brand Director Annie Lim acknowledged the smartphone brand’s partners, Ayala Malls and SM Supermalls, during the launch of the V9.

Vivo partners, Ayala Malls and SM Supermalls, were also recognized during the event during the ceremonial exchange of tokens. Lim handed the malls' representatives with a Little V doll. 



Fresh faces of Vivo 

Vivo also welcomed its newest endorsers, up-and-coming actors Edward Barber and Ivan Dorschner. 



Barber is the onscreen partner of young actress Maymay Entrata who also joined the event. Entrata was the first who joined Vivo in September 2017 during the launch of the V7+. His endorsement deal with Vivo is something MayWard fans have been patiently waiting for since the pair already worked together for the smartphone brand during their first Making Mega shoot in Germany last year.   

Dorschner, meanwhile, charmed the press with his good looks and charisma. He was one of Kuya’s guests in Pinoy Big Brother in 2010. Since then, he became one of GMA Network's top leading men after starring alongside young actress and fellow Vivo endorser Barbie Forteza in the primetime series "Meant To Be."



Aside from the launch of the new flagship smartphone V9,Vivo also introduced its newest endorsers, Ivan Dorschner and Edward Barber. 

Barber, Entrata, and Dorschner also picked three lucky winners of the Vivo V9 during the raffle. They also joined the Vivo executives for a toast for the V9. Also with them onstage were other Vivo endorsers young pop soul singer Sassa Dagdag, acoustic singer-songwriter TJ Monterde, and balladeer Jason James Dy who closed the night with their performances. 




About Vivo

A global smartphone brand focused on introducing perfect sound quality and ultimate photography with cutting-edge technology, Vivo develops innovative and stylish products for young people. We now have over two hundred million users and are one of the preferred brands of young people around the world. As an Official Sponsor of the FIFA World Cup™, Vivo believes in the importance of encouraging young people to embrace self-expression and an energetic lifestyle. 

For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at www.vivo.com/ph or check out their Facebook
(https://www.facebook.com/VivoPhil), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/vivophil/), and
Twitter (https://twitter.com/vivo_phil) accounts. 



March 29, 2018

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa helms“The Nobu Experience” - a one-night culinary affair at Nobu Manila, City of Dreams


World-renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa will be in Manila to host “The Nobu Experience”, a one-night culinary affair at his eponymous restaurant at City of Dreams Manila on March 31, from 5 pm to 11pm. The experience will have the guests moving around the room, interacting with him and Nobu Manila’s chefs, indulging in dishes that are passed around canapé style, complementing those served exquisitely on a buffet counter, or prepared a la minute in live action stations.   

Capping his  month-long promotional tour to key cities around the world to visit select Nobu hotels and restaurants in London, Milan, Munich, Paris, New York, Melbourne, Perth and  Kuala Lumpur, Chef Nobu makes his last stop in Manila to spearhead a dinner for the third time since the restaurant’s opening in 2015.Chef Nobu is the recipient of the prestigious GQ Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 British GQ Food & Drink Awards, an accolade presented to him 23 years since opening the first Nobu restaurant in New York.


With the support of Nobu Manila’s Head Chef Michael de Jesus and Head Sushi Chef Kirika Oi and their team, the celebrated chef’s March tour finale dinner showcases  his Japanese-Peruvian fusion artistry in the selection of handcrafted finger food and other dishes to be served in strategic stations: the sushi bar for cold dishes, robatayaki station for assorted charcoal-grilled meats and seafood, a teppan table for meat carving items and another for salmon and shrimps, and a dessert corner for  signature pastries, sorbets and specialty desserts  made a la minute. 

A number of  dishes will be served to diners at table seats: freshly made hors d’oeuvres from the cold kitchen – such as Japanese Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno, Bigeye Tuna Sashimi Salad Skewers in Matsuhisa dressing, Tachiuo (swordfish) Dry Miso on Endive, Lapu-Lapu New-Style Sashimi; and Japanese Octopus Tiradito – and canapés fresh from the hot kitchen such as Rock Shrimp Creamy Spicy, Black Cod Butter Lettuce with Crispy Kataifi (shredded phyllo pastry), Nobu Mini Tacos (King Crab, tuna, Wagyu, salmon avocado, and pork), Chilean Sea bass with Jalapeño Miso, Umami Chicken Wings with Sweet Soy Anticucho, Green Papaya Salad with Yuzu Dried Miso, Mixed Seafood Ceviche with Quinoa, Aka Miso Braised Short Ribs with Tofu Crema, and Roasted Baby Corn with Aji Amarillo. 

The carving station at the teppan table highlights Nobu-Style Wagyu Pastrami Sliders and Wagyu Gyoza with spicy ponzu sauce. The robatayaki station features assorted kushiyaki skewered & grilled beef, chicken, chicken skin, squid, baby octopus, leeks, and shiitake stars. At the sushi bar, a buffet of Nobu specialties includes Sake cup sushi, Kumamoto Australian oysters with Nobu sauce, Kohada (local gizzard shad), Norwegian Salmon Toro Nanbanzuke (deep-fried and flavored with red chili and leek, then soaked in vinegar), Japanese Uni Shooter Sake and Ponzu, Manila Prawn Cocktail; and Seared Norwegian Salmon with Karashi su Miso. Also at the sushi counter sushi, maki and sashimi are prepared to order, as sashimi  are sliced fresh from the fish  display.

The dessert action station features decadent treats prepared a la minute: Chocolate Bento cake, , Mini Miso Cappuccino, Nobu-Style Halo-halo consisting of shaved iced from either fresh fruit-infused Fiji water or fresh coconut water, and sake-infused yuzu, raspberry, and blueberry sorbets. Assorted mini pastries complete the selection, namely: Azuki Bean Crème Brulee, Green Tea Royal, Yuzu Dome Cake, and eclairs. The Chocolate Satandagi (fried donuts with a melted dark chocolate filling) will be the pass-around dessert. 


The one-night dinner experience with Chef Nobu is at P10,000 net per person and includes the canapé dinner, a meet-and-greet and photo ops with the celebrity chef, and a signed copy of  his book, “Nobu: A Memoir”. 

For reservations, guests can call 800 8080, e-mail guestservices@cod-manila.com, or visit www.cityofdreamsmanila.com.

March 28, 2018

Seattle’s Best Coffee Launches Café Comunidad: the Best of Local Coffee from Sagada, Benguet, and Mt. Matumtum paired with Local Pasties

Seattle’s Best Coffee: Freshly-brewed coffeee made from world-class beans from Sagada, Benguet, and Mt. Matumtum 

Seattle’s Best Coffee is starting 2018 strong by acknowledging the hard work of the local farmers in Sagada, Benguet, and Matumtum. The carefully handpicked and responsibly-sourced local beans from these highlands are what gives the coffee its light, sweet, nutty coffee flavor. SBC is offering their Café Comunidad Local coffee + Pastry pairings where guests can enjoy local versions of their classic blends together with any of the three pastries: Yema cake, Ensaymada, and Pandesal for just an additional P50 to their drink.


Where the grounds have “bean”

Seattle’s Best Coffee: Freshly-brewed coffeee or iced cold blends made from world-class beans from Sagada, Benguet, and Mt. Matumtum 


The Philippines is truly one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Its beauty is not only in our sunsets and beaches, but in the wealth of natural materials we have. Our resources grow from some of the most fertile soils worldwide – producing delicious beans that have its own unique flavor. By using beans from our own communities, SBC’s Café Comunidad helps the environment and the local economy. Moreover, patrons of SBC are treated to some of the best and rich-tasting coffee.

To fully appreciate the variance of taste, it would be best to explore the three highlands SBC sources their coffee beans from. The coffee brand has created a unique blend of all three of these beans, giving each cup of coffee the recognizable Seattle’s Best taste and best enjoyed when paired with a sweeter snack such as yema or other custard desserts. 

Latest Local Pairings Offer from Seattle’s Best Coffee: Freshly-brewed coffeee or iced cold drinks made from world-class beans from Sagada, Benguet, and Mt. Matumtum paired with yema cake


The first is Sagada. Beans sourced from this place are of the Arabica coffee variety, which are premium beans grown in the highlands. The taste of Arabica is bold without being too rough on the palate. Sagada beans are also known to have a floral scent – one that is not overpowering but adds a certain splendor to the drinking experience. 

Seattle's Best Coffee Cafe Comunidad

Arabica grown in the mountainous Cordillera region, such as Benguet, on the other hand, are generally sweeter to the taste. Benguet beans enjoy the rich soil located 1,600 meters above sea level. The height ensures that the beans get enough moisture and cloud cover. As a result, Benguet beans are full-bodied and richly-flavored. 

Matumtum is located in Tupi, South Cotobato and is home to one of many active volcanoes in the Philippines which gives the beans a chocolate and nutty profile. Matumtum beans are actually quite unique. Coffee enthusiasts say that the profile of Matumtum beans are very subtle. While other coffee beans can have a bitter and dry aftertaste, these beans have an aromatic dark chocolate flavor that only leaves a slight residue on the tongue. The result is a coffee that is mellow. 

The latest delicious pairings offering highlights the importance of using responsibly-sourced local coffee beans. Coffee is one of the most widely-consumed beverages in the world, only second to tea and water. Seattle’s Best Coffee is passionate about coffee – a promise that means helping local farmers in three highlands keep their jobs while helping the environment.

Seatle's Best Coffee: Cafe Comunidad - the best of local coffee from Benguet, Sagada, Mt. Matutum paired with ensaymada


The beauty of this is that customers get so much in return, too. The delicious pairings can be had at only an additional P50 to their classic blends and over-iced coffee. It is the true completion of the local experience!

That is another reason why Seattle’s Best Coffee chose the three most common and loved local treats. Whether it's the savory pandesal, the filling ensaymada, or the rich yema, the Café Comunidad Local coffee + Pastry pairing is surely a perfect way to relax during the day. Each Seattle's Best Coffee branch offers the complete experience: a relaxing ambiance, excellent food, and of course, the best-tasting coffee.

You can learn more about your favorite coffee brand by visiting their official website, liking them on Facebook, or following them on Instagram.


March 27, 2018

Creativity Unleashed with the new HP Spectre x2


HP Philippines recently presents the latest innovation to live with at a higher edge - HP Spectre x2 -  the device that reinvents the way people design, collaborate and create. 

HP’s new premium detachable, the Spectre x2, delivers the performance, design and innovation that empower today’s generation of digital creators to inspire the world like never before.

Every aspect of the Spectre x2 was designed to push creative boundaries and unlock new opportunities, reinforcing HP’s place at the forefront of reinvention. Bold engineering and cutting-edge design decisions will delight a generation eager to use technology as a canvas for self-expression. 

The Spectre x2, HP’s first luxury detachable designed for Windows lnk,, delivers it all, including a precise pen experience that was curated by the artist community and is sure to stun digital creators.



“HP Philippines understands the ever-changing lifestyle trends that influence how Filipinos consume and create different media,” says Kris Seville, HP Philippines Business Unit Manager for PC. 

“With the latest innovation in the Spectre series, we are giving the digital creator the next-level companion for work and play. The Spectre x2 helps our users push their creative boundaries and tell their story, wherever they may be.”




The New Spectre x2: Fueling Creative Aspirations

The HP Spectre x2 brings the performance of 7th Intel Core processors, durability of a stainless steel hinge and ability to create with Windows Ink to a premium detachable PC.


  • Ink with precision in any mode: The Windows Ink Certified pen is pressure sensitive so emerging artists and creators can produce a wide range of artistic effects, from varying line weights to creating subtle shading and coloring. Additionally. the U-shaped stainless steel kickstand with the ability to function flat and up to 165° degrees is optimized for inking in any angle, and for any lifestyle, while providing exceptional durability to stand up to everyday use.

  • Reinforced design with premium materials: A CNC-machined aluminum chassis and dark ash silver coloring with a copper kickstand provides more durability in each curve and contour for a refined design.
  • Bright, strong display: A brilliant 12.3″ diagonal 3K2K (3000×2000) display with 6 million pixels, bringing HD entertainment to the next level and providing a wider range of ambient light Options, giving photographers or graphic artists better screen readability and visibility.
  • Durable detachable keyboard: Providing a strong magnetic force to stay attached in any mode, along with a full-sized keyboard and responsive glass trackpad.
  • High resolution cameras: Bringing a 13MP rear camera, 5MP WDR wide-view front camera and an IR camera for Windows Hello biometric authentication.
  • Long battery life with HP Fast Charge: Stay entertained and productive with up to 8-hours of battery life and HP Fast Charge technology moving from 0% battery life to 50% on a 30 minute charge.


Spectre x2 Pricing and Availability

The HP Spectre x2 is now available starting at P79,990.00.


Features a t the Spectre x2 launch

Kenneth Cobonpue
At the new HP Spectre x2 media launch,  renowned designers Kenneth Cobonpue and Michael Leyva share insights on the art behind designing an ensemble-from designing the pieces to selecting the complementing aesthetics to executing the whole vision-and elevating the artistry of the entire magnum opus more than the sum of its parts.

Michael Leyva 








Beat the Heat with Robinsons Supermarket’s Summer Fair


At the Dunk Tank game, family members prepare to make a splash for an exciting and cool way to beat the summer heat.
Robinsons Supermarket welcomed the summer heat with fun and family-friendly activities at their Summer Fair which was held at the Solenad 3 Activity Center in Nuvali, Sta. Rosa in Laguna. The event invited families to play in the water gun fight, Dunk Tank, ball pit and other attractions. The first 150 customers who pre-registered to the fair also received a free grill platter.


The 3-day mini wet theme park was part of Robinsons Supermarket’s summer celebration where customers can get a mini travel kit when they purchase Php3,000 worth of grocery items at Robinsons Supermarket, inclusive of Php350 worth of participating products from Nestlé Philippines, Universal Robina Corporation, Benby Enterprises, Absolute Sales, and San Miguel Corporation. Promo duration is from March 1 to April 30, 2018.

Robinsons Supermarket celebrates its wellness commitment by creating fun activities that promote healthy family bonding activities. Find out more about Robinsons Supermarket’s wellness campaign and other activities at their official website at www.robinsons-supermarket.com.ph or like their Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/RobinsonsSupermarketOfficial.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS ! ASUS finally announced the arrival of the most intelligent Zenfone - ZENFONE 5 !

Just 2 days after its Global launch in Taiwan, Filipinos get first crack on the much awaited ZenFone 5 series, as it is set to make its way in the country on April 14!

METRO MANILA, Philippines – Barely a month after receiving global fanfare on the announcement of its latest generation of smartphones during the MWC 2018 in Barcelona Spain, ASUS Philippines now gives ZenFans all the more reasons to celebrate with the much awaited confirmation on the arrival of the ZenFone 5 series in the country. Mark your calendars as this April 14, Filipinos will finally welcome the ZenFone 5 series in the local market.



For its local launch, ASUS Philippines goes #Backto5 as a nod to an entire heritage of strong mobile photography-centric smartphones. And this time around, the newest ZenFone 5 series does not only feature premium designs but also champions mobile photography anew with the latest Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology.


THE MOST INTELLIGENT ZENFONES, 
THE ZENFONE 5Z & ZENFONE 5




ZenFone 5Z is an exciting next-generation 6.2-inch, dual-camera smartphone that comes with a beautiful 19:9 all-screen display (ASUS’s first-ever phone to have this feature) featuring a 90% screen-to-body ratio, packed in a 5.5-inch body size. It’s also the first-ever ZenFone model to harness the power of the latest Snapdragon 845Mobile Platform with AIE, featuring a 3rd Generation AI platform that includes theHexagon 685 Vector DSP, Adreno 630 Graphics, and Kryo 385 CPU.

ZenFone 5Z also benefits from the Snapdragon X20 Gigabit LTE modem, delivering speeds that surpass the gigabit barrier for a 'wireless fiber' experience, as well as integrated 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® 5 for ultra-low-power wireless earbuds. The extreme-performance ZenFone 5Z comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB ROM, offering breathtaking performance combined with outstanding energy efficiency for long-lasting battery life.



ZenFone 5 features an exquisitely crafted design, an amazing dual-camera system, and is powered by the latest Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform. For an instant blast of extra power, the exclusive ASUS AI Boost (also available on the ZenFone 5Z) optimizes performance for games and other demanding tasks.

The ZenFone 5 features intelligent dual-camera systems that adapt and learn, delivering perfect photos every time. Equipped with the latest flagship Sony® IMX363 sensor with large 1.4µm pixels, an f/1.8 wide-aperture lens, 120° wide-angle secondary camera, four-axis optical image stabilization (OIS) and AI-enhanced camera features — including AI Scene Detection for 16 different scenes and objects, AI Photo Learning, Real-time Portrait and Real-time Beautification — ZenFone 5Z and ZenFone 5 encourage creativity and free the user to concentrate on the subject rather than the camera.

CAPTURE THE VIBRANCY OF LIFE THROUGH 
THE ZENFONE 5Q


The ZenFone 5Q is a stylish 6-inch smartphone featuring the world's first globally-announced true quad-camera system with high-resolution and wide-angle cameras at both front and rear.

ZenFone 5Q removes the limits on photographic creativity, with a high-resolution main camera — 20MP Sony at the front, 16MP at the rear — and, uniquely, a secondary 120° wide-angle camera at both front and rear. Unlike rival systems, each camera works independently every time for perfect selfies, wefies, landscapes, portraits or groups shots.

The 6-inch Full HD+ IPS display has a Full View 18:9 aspect ratio and an ultraslim bezel, making the pocket-friendly ZenFone 5Q as compact as a standard-aspect-ratio 5.5-inch phone.

Powered by the Snapdragon 630 Mobile Platform, ZenFone 5Q combines incredible performance, optimized power efficiency and a 3300mAh battery with advanced security and convenience features — including NFCtriple-slot SIM/microSD card holder, rapid face unlock and fingerprint recognition — for a mobile experience like no other.

MARKET AVAILABILITY

The ZenFone 5 series has sparked the interest of many, and without a doubt this particular ZenFone generation pushes the envelope; especially with ZenFone 5Z and ZenFone 5 being dubbed at the first ever line-up of most Intelligent ZenFones.

Full specs, pricing, online reservation of units and the bundled freebies will be announced in the next few days, so stay tuned to the ASUS Philippines Facebook Page and the ZenTalk Philippines Forum.

March 26, 2018

OPPO F7 is Coming Soon in the Philippines

6.2-inch Super Full Screen with Multitasking features for easier and more convenient access


OPPO is set to introduce the new F7, as the latest addition to its famous Selfie Expert series this April 2018. Packed with a 6.23” FHD+ Super Full Screen display, F7 strengthens the company’s leadership position as the Selfie Expert among young people everywhere.



The 6.23” Super Full Screen display of the OPPO F7 gives an astonishing 89.09% screen to body ratio. Despite a larger screen, the OPPO F7 still carries a footprint of a 5.5” smartphone, making it easy to carry as it fits just right in your palm. Having a 2280 x 1080 resolution, the F7’s larger screen ensures a more immersive and vivid experience during gaming or simple browsing. 

“This April will surely be a big month for OPPO, and we encourage everyone to stay tuned as we reveal more details of the OPPO F7 and its innovative features soon,” said Eason de Guzman, OPPO Philippines’ Public Relations Manager.

More than just a bigger screen, the F7 will feature an innovative multi-tasking gesture to quickly do responses in social messaging apps, screenshots, or even screen recording. Using this method, OPPO maximizes the opportunity for the notch and gives more value to customers. 

For more exciting updates, you may also visit the OPPO Philippines’ Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OPPOPH/.



Globe supports DOH in promoting mental health awareness

Globe Telecom continues its support to the Department of Health (DOH) in promoting mental health awareness in the Philippines. In its pursuit to provide a platform for a 24/7 suicide prevention hotline, toll-free Hopeline 2919 was built with the support of Globe providing the necessary technology for it.

Depression continues to be a leading cause of ill health and disability among many countries around the world. Many people think that depression is not an illness but just a negative feeling that one eventually snaps out of but in fact, it is one of the leading causes of suicide.

Based on data from the DOH and the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 300 million people are currently undergoing depression, up by more than 18 percent from 2005 to 2015. In the Philippines, an estimated 3.3 million Filipinos are suffering from depression. Only 1 out of 3 who suffer from depression will seek the help of a specialist and one third will not even be aware of their condition.

With the creation of Hopeline in 2012, over 14,000 calls have been received and most of the calls were related to issues on depression, suicidal thoughts and relationship problems.

“Today, many people are still unaware of the causes of depression, anxiety and other serious mental health disorders. The illness is highly misunderstood and is further exacerbated by the stigma attached to it. Hence, there is a need to better understand the Filipinos who are under these circumstances. It is necessary to make them feel that they are not alone in their fight; that there are people who care and are a willing to listen,” explains Secretary Francisco Duque III of the Department of Health.

“By powering the hotline, Globe makes the significant contribution of turning the tide and raising awareness on mental health. This way, we are able to offer various opportunities for people to seek help and support,” adds Yoly Crisanto, SVP for Globe Corporate Communications. 

Reinforcing its efforts to promote education on mental health awareness, Globe in partnership with the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation, College of St. Benilde (CSB), and the National Center for Mental Health launched “Hope in 40 Seconds”, a video animation competition among students and young adults aged 16-30 years old.

The competition aims to promote the importance of mental health among Filipinos and boost awareness for Hopeline 2919. “Hope in 40 Seconds” wishes to convey to people undergoing depression and who may be exhibiting suicidal tendencies that they are not alone, that there are others who actually care and are willing to listen.

The Top 5 finalists of the “Hope in 40 Seconds” competition are “Hope in your Hands,” by Nia Colinayo and Jade Velasquez; “Light Beyond Shadows” by Rex Lynnus Sueno, “Out of Reach,” by Maria Marquiala and Ralph Reyes; “Hope^4” by Aleks Elizabeth Dolor Isla; and “Black White Red,” by Ma. Isabella Parca.

An awarding ceremony is set to recognize the best three entries this April 2018 at The Globe Tower in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

March 25, 2018

Win a Vivo V9 and get to experience the perfect shot, the perfect view

The newly released Vivo V9 that boasts of a 90% FullScreen Display and a 24-megapixel AI front camera, among other cutting-edge specs is every selfie lover’s dream smartphone. It was recently introduced in the Philippines at the City of Dreams on March 22.



Vivo is yet to give details about its new flagship smartphone’s official release date in the Philippines. But, it is generously giving away three Vivo V9 smartphones to its loyal followers.

The Vivo V9 with a 24-megapixel AI selfie camera can be all yours by answering the smartphone brand’s specific theme for the week with your story and your photo.


Topics for the following weeks:

Week 1: March 25-31 - Perfect Shot
What is your definition of a perfect shot?

Week 2: April 1-April 7 - Perfect View
Have you ever encountered a perfect view?

Week 3: April 8-April 14 - Spot the Number 9
Spot the Number 9 and take a selfie with it.

Vivo will then determine the winning entries using the following criteria:

40% - Adherence to weekly theme – Entries that best adhere to weekly themes:
                                                    1.) Perfect View 2.) Perfect Shot 3.) Spot the number 9.
30% - Visual Impact – Creativity and originality of entry
20% - Entry Message – Explanation of story behind the entry – should be in 2-3 sentences
10% - Image Quality – Sharpness, detail, contrast, and color rendition of image.

All entries must be submitted at 12mn every Saturday of each promo week. Announcements of weekly winners will be made at 5pm every Tuesday after the promo week.

Entries with the highest score based on the criteria for judging will receive one Vivo V9 smartphone, the second highest scorer will get a Vivo Little V Speaker, and the third highest score will win a Vivo Notebook.

Visit http://vivoglobal.ph/vivobeminev9/ to join the contest and to learn more about the full mechanics. The Perfect Shot, Perfect View is just a few steps away. Good luck! 


About Vivo

A global smartphone brand focused on introducing perfect sound quality and ultimate photography with cutting-edge technology, Vivo develops innovative and stylish products for young people. We now have over two hundred million users and are one of the preferred brands of young people around the world. As an Official Sponsor of the FIFA World Cup™, Vivo believes in the importance of encouraging young people to embrace self-expression and an energetic lifestyle.

For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at www.vivo.com/ph or check out their Facebook
(https://www.facebook.com/VivoPhil), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/vivophil/), and
Twitter (https://twitter.com/vivo_phil) accounts.


PROMO MECHANICS

  • The promo is open to all Filipino citizens aged 18 years old and above.
  • Participants will be asked to submit a picture adhering to a different theme/category each week.
  • Weekly themes are as follows:
Week 1:
Perfect Shot
Week 2: 
Perfect View
Week 3: 
Spot the Number 9
Answer the question: What is your definition of a perfect shot. 
Share a photo and your story.
Have you ever encountered a perfect view? Share with us your story and a photo about it.
Spot the Number 9 and take a selfie with it.

  • Participant may then submit their entry by uploading their picture and story at the official promo website at vivoglobal.ph/vivobeminev9.
  • Entrant will be asked to register in the website by filling in their Name, Address, Birthday, Contact Number, Email Address and entry message on the fields provided.
  • Size of photo should be at least 600 x 600 px but not limited to a square format.  Photo story for week 1 and week 2 should be in 2-3 sentences.

ENTRY GUIDELINES

  • Participants may submit more than one original entry per account. Duplicate entries (same image) shall be considered as one entry.
  • For more chances of winning, a participant may submit an entry every week provided that the photo and entry message are unique from his/her previous entries.
  • An entry is only eligible to win in the contest week it was uploaded in.

CRITERIA FOR JUDGING

  • All entries uploaded in the corresponding contest week will be judged according to the following criteria:

40% - Adherence to weekly theme – Entries that best adhere to weekly themes: 1.) Perfect View 2.) Perfect Shot 3.) Spot the number 9.
30% - Visual Impact – Creativity and originality of entry
20% - Entry Message – Explanation of story behind the entry – should be in 2-3 sentences
10% - Image Quality – Sharpness, detail, contrast, and color rendition of image

  • A DTI Representative will be invited to witness the selection and determination of the winners.  All entries received during the promo period will be consolidated and reviewed by a panel of judges composed of marketing personnel of Philippine Vivo Tech, Inc.
  • Selection and determination of the entries will be done every Monday at 3pm, at the Vivo Office:  33F East Tower, The Philippine Stock Exchange Center, Exchange Road, Ortigas Ave. Mandaluyong City.
  • Cutoff is every Saturday at 12mn of each promo week and announcements of weekly winners will be made every Tuesday at 5pm after the promo week.

   Cut-off Date
        Announcement
Week 1 | March 25 – March 31
    March 31 (Sat)
            April 3 (Tue)
Week 2 | April 1 – April 7
    April 7 (Sat)
            April 10 (Tue)
Week 3 | April 8 – April 14
    April 14 (Sat)
            April 17 (Tue)



PRIZES

  • There will be three (3) WEEKLY WINNERS
WEEK
GRAND PRIZE
                1st RUNNER UP
          2ND RUNNER UP
WEEK 1
VIVO V9 
               Vivo Little V Speaker
            Vivo Notebook
WEEK 2
VIVO V9
                Vivo Little V Speaker
            Vivo Notebook
WEEK 3
VIVO V9
                Vivo Little V Speaker       
             Vivo Notebook

  • Entry with the highest score based on the criteria for judging will receive one (1) Vivo V9 smartphone. Entry with the second highest score will receive one (1) Vivo Little V Speaker. Entry with the third highest score will receive one (1) Vivo Notebook.

RULES
    • All prize taxes shall be shouldered by Philippine Vivo Mobile Tech, Inc.
    • Present at least one (1) valid ID and the registered notice for verification upon claiming. The winners must present a valid ID which contains the same information as his/her registered details.
    • For winners outside Metro Manila, they can send a copy of their valid ID via email to know the instructions for claiming.  Prizes shall then be couriered to the winners registered address.
    • For prize claims that require special representation to receive, a signed authorization letter with two (2) valid IDs of the receiving party should be present.
    • Prizes can only be claimed at the following Vivo Office location: ​33F East Tower The Philippine Stock Exchange Center Exchange Road, Ortigas Ave. Mandaluyong City.
    • The winners may claim their prizes until 60 days after receipt of their registered mail, otherwise the prize will be forfeited with prior approval of DTI.
    • Philippine Vivo Mobile Tech, Inc. reserves the right, at its own discretion or after notification, to immediately remove images that violate laws, morals, and ethics or infringe on the rights of others.
    • Participants may only upload a contribution with which he/she owns the rights for publication. If it is discovered that the participant is not the owner of an uploaded image, he/she will be disqualified from the contest.
    • All employees, suppliers, agencies, sponsors, dealer outlets of Vivo, including their relatives up to second degree of consanguinity or affinity are disqualified from joining the promo.

Per DTI-FTEB Permit No. 3610, Series of 2018.



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