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Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom and Zenfone Live Unveiled

An air of mystery had been hovering about the Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom this past week as teaser photos kept cropping up of a brand new ambassadress for their camera-centric Zenfone 3 variant.

At the Penthouse 8747 a couple of days earlier, Yassi Pressman, popularized for her role as Alyanna in Probinsyano, had been revealed to be the new face of the Zenfone 3 Zoom during the smartphone’s launch alongside a completely new and very compelling offering in the Zenfone Live which is a budget friendly device that features the world’s first “live beautification mode”. Yassi expressed her delight on the excellent front facing camera, itself a prime lens in the 13-megapixel f2.0 Sony IMX214, as well as the longevity of the Zenfone 3 Zoom’s 5000mAh battery that is coupled with the very efficient and capable Snapdragon 625.

The event had also been graced by celebrated photographer-ambassadors Ricky Ladia and Jasper Tejano, both of whom are completely convinced of the power and the capabilities of the Zenfone 3 Zoom that can, according to Jasper, output exhibit worthy shots and is perfect for street photography which is his favorite genre. Ricky used the prime lenses on the Zenfone 3 Zoom for everything from landscape to food photography leveraging the strength of the 25mm (Superpixel Main Camera) and 59mm (Zoom Camera) equivalent focal lengths on the twin camera system.

Participants were ushered into an experience zone after the presentation had concluded where miniatures were waiting to be taken photos of, making certain of the use of the zoom feature to catch all the minuscule details on the models and flora.

The Zenfone 3 Zoom ZE553KL with a 4GB/64GB configuration retails for Php 23,995 and comes bundled with a JBL bluetooth speaker, a clear case, and a ZenEar.

The Zenfone Live, configured with a 5″ HD screen and 2GB/16GB memory comes in at a mind-blowing Php 6,995 touting the Zenfone 3 series design language and the latest in live streaming in the form of BeautyLive.

Two launches were done by Asus that day, at the same time and with different venues; it had been a definite challenge I’m certain but they pulled it off with nary a hitch. Kudos to the teams that made it possible from Asus and Stratworks.


BREAKING! The Zenfone 3 Zoom Pre Orders have opened!

From today until the 6th of April, eager consumers can already pre order their Zenfone 3 Zoom units via this microsite!

Below is the procedure you’re about to undertake:

Pre-order Program Mechanics:

1. Pre-orders for the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (ZE553KL) are available on March 27, 2017 up to April 6, 2017.

2. Customers has to visit the ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom Pre-order registration page at

3. Customers who will pre-order will get the following limited edition items.
· JBL Harman Portable Bluetooth Speakers worth Php 3,099
· ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (ZE553KL) Clear Case worth Php 699
· ASUS ZenEar worth Php 699

*Those who will pre-order from March 27 to April 6, 2017 will get an additional exclusive freebie, the ASUS Tripod worth Php 799.

4. Customers will be required to fill out a reservation form which includes the following details:

5. Customers will be notified via SMS once stocks are available for claiming. They will need to present their VALID ID and their confirmation letter and proceed to their chosen ASUS Zenfone Concept Store, ASUS Kiosk, or to any participating ASUS accredited dealer to pay the full amount on April 7th, 2017 until April 23rd, 2017.

6. Cash and credit card payments are accepted.

7. For credit card payments, ASUS Zenfone Concept Stores, ASUS Kiosk (depending on accredited banks) will honor straight, 3 months, 6 months and 12 months payment at 0% interest.

8. If the customer cannot present their VALID ID and confirmation letter upon claiming, they will not be allowed to avail of their pre-ordered units.

9. The customer’s reservation is valid from April 7th, 2017 to April 23rd, 2017.

10. Existing replacement and repair mechanics will be applicable once the unit has been availed.

11. For features and specification on ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (ZE553KL), please refer to our website at

Below are participating stores for the pre-order program:

What’re you waiting for? Don’t miss out on this fantastic offer from Asus!

Tag Heuer Connected – Modular 45 Launch

A couple of years back, the very first Connected watch had been presented by the company to the world. There had been some issues with it, nothing serious really but more on the carriage of the Swiss Made branding, you see… some components for the microchip were not being manufactured overseas; this is the primary reason why the branding could not be placed on the first iteration of the Connected line.

Fast forward to today, when that hurdle had been passed, so shall the next Connected watch carry the Swiss Made badge very proudly and prominently on the Modular 45.

The Launch

At the atrium of SM Aura Premiere, a very intimate gathering of enthusiasts and media savants were seen buzzing about. There was an intent focus on the screens on stage as they came to life with a feed direct from Switzerland for the global launch of the Modular 45. The CEO of Tag Heuer told us all about the watch, how it is able to interface with even an analog one from their collection, and even demoed the exchange on stage. His contemporary in the Philippines, Area Sales Director – Mr. Romain Cans had the only Modular 45 on during this time, the rest of the display stock en route from customs.

The Modular 45

The watch’s name comes from its size (45mm diameter) and functional capacity: it is essentially a watchface that has everything else about it customizable to an incredible degree (heck even the crown is customizable if you wished it to be).

There’s a plethora of options especially when you’re ordering one online. Getting one from a physical store limits the customer to what they have in stock, but an online order allows one to select from the full range of colors… and there’s a lot!

The Modular 45 comes with Android Wear 2.0 and has its own GPS and WiFi radios giving it a lot more options and capabilities from the first Connected model. It is almost practically an entire phone sans the GSM messaging and calling functionality. Here are the specifications of the Modular 45:

Tag Heuer Connected Studio

Apart from physical customizations to the watch, the watchface is also customizable thru the Connected Studio which allows for greater personalization displaying only the information that is fit for the user.

The Price

This collection starts from Php 81,999 and can go up to Php 162,999 for select configurations

The Modular 45 is surely a step up from its two year old predecessor, it has a price to match but the functionality that you should get out of a smartwatch is all there, engineered with Swiss precision and timeless luxury. Watchworks carries them locally so pay a visit if and when you’re looking to equip your wrist with this fine smartwatch.

Asus Zenbook 3 Deluxe Launch : Transcendence

The 15th of March saw three groundbreaking Asus Zenbook 3 variants revealed in literal fashion.

Starting out with a stage flanked by lights and culminating in an area with suspended ropes, three acrylic pedestals stood in palpable anticipation.

To the tune of Get This Party Started, a stream of ladies and gentlemen in high fashion worked the runway several completing their look with a Zenbook in hand. These were the work of celebrated designer Mr. Rajo Laurel and they match the style aesthetic with definitive flair.

A few moments pass and a single female form walks through from the backstage. Her presence was met with exaltation having been fully teased prior with photos and even videos leaving very subtle clues as to her identity.

Celestial by Mark Obra on

Isabelle Daza went ahead and brought the most prestigious Zenbook 3, the finest variant, atop the central pedestal, a truly symbolic and monumental occurrence had just transpired – the very essence of transcendence.

Thence the two newest ambassadors of the prodigous Zenbook 3 Deluxe

Three size variants had been presented with the smallest – 13″ coming in with three different storage configurations : all solid state drives!

Here they are in numbers:

The Zenbook 3 Deluxe sports the latest Intel Core i7-7600, 14″ screen in a 13″ frame, FHD, 16GB, 2x Gen2 USB-C with Thunderbolt, 1x Gen1 USB-C, 4 Harman Kardon speakers, and weighs under 1Kg.

ZB3Deluxe 1TB Php 104,995
512GB Php 89,995
256GB Php 81,995

UX530 16GB 512GB GTX950M 15.6″ Php 69,995

UX430 16GB 512GB GTX940M 14″ Php 59,995

Props to @ASUSph and ID8 for a very successful and absolutely stylish launch event!


2017 Sikat Pinoy National Food Fair

From March 15-19, a trip to the Megatrade Halls at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City will take you on a food trip all over the country. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), specifically the Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion and the DTI-Regional and Provincial Offices, has organized the SikatPinoy National Food Fair 2017.

The free admission encourages the general public and corporate buyers to sample and purchase the delicacies. Three special set-ups can be found at the event: an organic products showcase and a hydroponics garden, a display of halal-certified products from the Bicol region, and a selection of food items from the Zamboanga Peninsula.

The fair’s theme is Piling PilingPagkaing Pilipino, and the 200+ SMEs present are certainly a diverse mix. Traditional food items like pili nuts, coco jams, arrowroot cookies, kakanin, and bagnet are well-represented, as well as non-food items like coconut oil and wooden tableware. New twists on old items like flavored lambanog, fruit wines, chocolate with coco sugar, and flavored fish in oil are hits as well.

For health-conscious people, avoid the cebuchicharon and go for the herbal teas and organic juices. Vegetable flavors of your usual polvoron or siomai, plus veggie-based snacks are also a good way of introducing some healthy options to kids.

Aside from the numerous stalls offering free tastes at every turn, there will be lectures and cooking demonstrations. Here is a schedule of the program:

The fair runs from 10am to 9pm. For more information, call (02) 751-3223 or email

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius – Two Headed Dragon Takedown 20161212

​I’ve debated posting about this because the dragon requires a very basic approach to defeat.

As you can see from both the beginning and nearly finishing screencaps it poses less of a challenge than other Trial Bosses before it. The only thing you need to remember when doing this encounter is that you SHOULD NOT perform anything other than normal attacks when damaging the dragon… that’s it.

What is essential for this challenge would be a fully geared attacking unit which, in my current unit pool, would be Dark Knight Cecil (DKC) having the highest base attack stat. I geared him with everything that will pump up the NORMAL attack (as using Barrage is considered an ABILITY use and the dragon doesn’t like that either): Atk+10s, Dual Wield, Enhancer, Twin Lance, Dark Helm, Black Belt Gi, and dual Hero Rings – one of the most basic F2P setups. Of course if you’ve already completed the Dragon Killer materia you prioritize that.

With said configuration, attacking with DKC normally allows him to strike the dragon 4 times… just like a Barrage but without the MP cost and without ticking the dragon off.

I brought along a decked out Lightning friend for the trial but my DKC was putting out way more damage against the dragon, resistance might’ve played a part in this.

All in all, this trial boss ranks among the easier ones to accomplish… heck I even managed to pull off the “Defeat with Esper” objective on the first try.

Playthrough status – till now, no sign of Lightning, Luneth, or Noctis. The raid event is due in a couple of hours and I’m gradually finishing off a 6* Medius… just because 6* units have better survivability… Grinding of some TMs because of rotten gacha luck… Barrage is in the horizon 😄

Huawei P9 Photography Exhibit – On for a Limited Time

At the Greenbelt 3 park grounds, the one fronted by all the coffee shops in the middle of the Greenbelt complex, has been transformed into a temporary gallery housing up to around approximately one hundred select prints that came from the world’s first Leica co-engineered dual lens setup of the Huawei P9.

Several ambassadors for the Huawei P9 were on site at the opening with nothing but glowing recommendations for the revolutionary smartphone. The pool includes Mr Billy Mondoñedo and Ms Camille Co among them.

The setup will run up until Sunday, 27 Nov. and gallery goers have a chance to take home their very own Huawei P9 Lite by doing the following:

– Taking a photo of your favorite exhibited photo and posting it to Instagram
– Captioning said photo with the answer to “how great smartphone photography can change the way one sees the world?”
– Adding the following tags to the post: #HuaweiP9PhotoExhibit #OO and #HuaweiP9PH

I especially like the one with the dog taking up 3/4ths of the frame XDD. It is a bit drizzly out today and maybe tomorrow but consider this, if there are less goers, you’ve got better chances haha. Kidding aside, there’s some excellent work on display here and looking at them, you’d really begin to wonder what smartphone photography is capable of.

ALERT – Coldplay Asian Tour Globe Pre-selling Nov 20


Alright, here’s the rundown: if you’re a Globe subscriber:
1. Text GLOBECOLDPLAY to 2363 on November 18 starting at 9:00 AM this reserves two (2) tickets, according to the microsite.
2. Within one hour from your message reception, you should receive a reservation code.
3. Keep the reservation code so that you can purchase from SM Tickets branches on November 20
4. Only 2 tickets per Globe/TM number will be allowed

Below are the ticket types and prices:


On top of that, if you’re using a Citi card, you can purchase tickets already on the 21st and the 22nd

I thinks thats about as simple as it can be right! Prep your drafts already because the line will be flooded… no seriously. Here are additional FAQs from the microsite:


For more details head on towards the jump.

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Lazada’s 5th Online Revolution Begins Friday!

Mark your calendars and set the necessary alarms because Lazada is once again coming out quit irresistible deals come November 11 (11.11.2016)
Popular deals return in the form of Lazada trademark flash sales featuring heavily discounted big ticket items as well as overly affordable ones. Make sure to download the app to your phone and register before Friday so when the clock strikes 12, you’d be among the first ones to catch the nicest first deal!

More on the event plus a list of some of the items on sale after the jump. Continue reading

Asus Zenfone 3 – Camera Highlight / Event Cover

Two Monday’s ago, my brother had wed (congratulations to the both of you guys #JanTel101010) and being a part of the entourage, I couldn’t be seen carrying around camera gear during the ceremony… cleverly concealed in my left jacket pocket however was the Asus Zenfone 3 and I haven’t been more at ease.

With me was the 5.5″ variant in Sapphire Black and this had been a perfect avenue to really highlight it’s photo making capability.


Here’s a quick refresher on the Php18,995 mid-range smartphone from Asus: 8-Core Snapdragon 625 2.0GHz / Adreno 506 / 5.5″ FHD / 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass / 64GB/4GB… what follows are the important bits… the camera/s: the Zenfone 3 is equipped with a 16MP f2.0 6P Largan Lens and SonyIMX 298 sensor and thats not even the best part yet – this camera uses OIS and EIS in concert for photos and videos respectively to grab nice shots even in low lighting conditions.

As much as I’d have loved to not take photos during the ceremony, mine was a unique vantage point that made it impossible to resist. Below are some of the photos straight from the Zenfone 3 sensor:

Preps prior to the ceremony

Preps prior to the ceremony

Ready for the procession

Ready for the procession

With the parents utilizing the 84-degree wide front cam

With the parents utilizing the 84-degree wide front cam

All the parents and the principal sponsors showering their blessing on the couple

All the parents and the principal sponsors showering their blessing on the couple

The newlyweds #JanTel101010

The newlyweds #JanTel101010

All the shots from this series are as SOOC as they can be, only cropped for composition and watermarked. The Zenfone 3 had been a very convenient carry-on during the entire event, the photos coming from the device has sufficient data in it for any enhancement one might deem fit.

Handling the camera was a breeze especially with fingerprint activation (double tapping fires up the camera swiftly). It’s dual glass facades make it a breeze to pull out and put it back on my pocket and its surprisingly not that receptive to fingerprint marks keeping itself nice and presentable. This was a practical test of real-world utilization and the Zenfone 3 achieves this with with flying colors.