Thursday, April 28, 2016

OPPO F1 Plus is Finally Here!

Thursday, April 28, 2016 0 Comments

The OPPO F1 Plus – the ‘bigger, better Selfie Expert’
It’s official: OPPO’s camera phone with a 16-megapixel front camera has been finally launched in the Philippines. The F1 Plus, the second device after the F1 in the camera-centric F series, is being touted as the “bigger, better Selfie Expert.”
The global tech giant’s new device retails for P21,990 and is available for pre-order nationwide from April 16 to April 29. Down payment is just P1,000, and you get a free OPPO selfie stick along with the unit as soon as you pick it up starting April 30.

Great selfies whenever, wherever
The F1 Plus has a 16-megapixel front-facing Hi-Light Camera that captures clear, vivid photos in any lighting condition.
Four times more sensitive than standard cameras, the F1 Plus’ Hi-light Camera excels in low-light, back-lit, and night-time photography. The camera also offers twice the dynamic range of cameras without the Hi-Light technology, and captures photos with four times less noise.
“Selfies will always turn out bright and clear no matter the time of the day because of the F1 Plus’ unique sensor technology and wide f/2.0 aperture lens,” said Marton Barcza, OPPO’s product expert. “The F1 Plus also has the highest front camera resolution on the market.”
The OPPO F1 Plus features a custom-built Hi-light Camera that takes vibrant pictures in various lighting conditions

The phone comes with the new Selfie Panorama and Beautify 4.0 features, and the front-facing Screen Flash. Its custom-built sensor arranges pixels in a unique pattern to create clear and bright photos that are strikingly rich in color.
Sarah Geronimo, OPPO Philippines’ brand ambassador, said all these camera features allow users to “get the perfect shot on the first snap, anywhere and anytime.”
OPPO has likewise upgraded its built-in selfie beautification app with Beautify 4.0. After six months of testing and 150 revisions, Beautify 4.0 is optimized to enhance one’s look in a snap.
By highlighting the user’s best facial features and minimizing flaws, Beautify 4.0 produces natural-looking photos. “You’ll never have to take bad selfies again thanks to Beautify 4.0, which serves like your own styling team,” Geronimo said.
With the Selfie Panorama feature, you can take extra-wide 120-degree shots, as the F1 Plus seamlessly combines three photos to ensure that everyone in the group is in the photo.
“I’m sure everyone will look good in every ‘groupie’ because of the F1 Plus’ easy-to-use Selfie Panorama,” Geronimo said.

Light, thin and comfortable
The smartphone has an elegant frame that’s fit for style-minded users. The F1 Plus has a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 4th Generation Gorilla Glass. But with ultra-thin 1.66-mm bezels, the F1 Plus looks like a smaller 5.2-inch phone.
 “It doesn’t only take great selfies and groupies, it’s a fashion statement, too,” pointed out Geronimo.

The OPPO F1 Plus has ultra-thin 1.66 mm bezels. 
“When we designed the F1 Plus, we wanted to create a light, thin, and comfortable device, so our O-Fans can effortlessly carry the smartphone and take photos anywhere they want,” Barcza said. “The frame went through 68 polishing processes before we finally attained what we believe is the perfect grip for a smartphone.”
“With its non-slippery metal surface, users won’t worry about this phone slipping from their hands,” he added.
The F1 Plus’ Comfort Grip helps keep the phone safe in users’ hands.

Fast, convenient, secure
Who says the F1 Plus is only good for taking selfies? With a 4GB RAM and an 8-core processor, this smartphone promises users a faster and smoother experience while gaming, browsing the Internet, or using resource-heavy apps.
The smartphone is fit for people on the go, with a VOOC Flash Charge feature that requires only 30 minutes of charging for its battery to reach 75 percent capacity. The battery also can last up to 14 hours and 5 minutes of constant use.
“‘Charge for five minutes, talk for two hours’ became an iconic slogan for OPPO in China last year. It convinced more than 18 million users so far to say goodbye to dead batteries,” Barcza said. “The F1 Plus is set to bring the convenience and safety of VOOC to even more users around the world.”
The new phone is the first to feature the all-new ColorOS 3.0. This software offers a tidy and refreshing new look, along with increased efficiency and speed.

The updated ColorOS 3.0 comes with a new, elegant look and faster system performance.

Overall system speed is now 25 percent faster when compared to ColorOS 2.1, with home screen loading speed increased by 35 percent, and app installation speed boosted by 41 percent.
You can likewise save time with the F1 Plus’ Touch Access technology, which makes unlocking the phone faster and easier. It is OPPO’s first phone to use front-facing fingerprint recognition.

Front-facing fingerprint recognition
The phone’s advanced ceramic material recognizes its owner’s fingerprint and unlocks the phone in just 0.2 seconds, one of the fastest in the industry.
“The F1 Plus not only captures moments in greater color resolution and detail than ever before, it also brings a smooth and enjoyable user experience,” said Barcza.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

7 Days of Summer with the ASUS ZenFone Go

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 0 Comments
Soak Up in 7 Days of All-Out Summer Excitement
with the Best-Value ASUS ZenFone Go Smartphones

Get ready to make an even bigger splash anytime, anywhere you go this season,
with these two hot-shot variants of ASUS’ budget-friendly smartphone:
 the new ZenFone Go 4.5 and the ZenFone Go 5!
Manila, Philippines (12 April 2016) — This scorching season, whether it is roughing it up for an outdoor adventure, or simply having a relaxing time at home, ASUS Philippines gives your more than enough reasons to enjoy the summer season without the worry of overspending and cutting down on the fun, with its two summer-ready ZenFone Go variants: starting with the existing ZenFone Go 5 (ZC500TG), and it latest smartphone offering, the new ZenFone Go 4.5 (ZB452KG)!

“With the new ZenFone Go 4.5 and the existing crowd-favorite ZenFone Go 5, this new line-up of the ASUS ZenFone Go smartphones really invites users to take a break from their daily regular grind, change to their flip-flops, and ignite the wanderlust they have always had from within,” explains ASUS Philippines Smartphone Product Manager Lenny Lin.

These ZenFone Go variants come in six premiums, sleek colors, and are perfect for those who are looking for a great-value smartphone that can ultimately keep up with their lifestyles, and make sure that they get the most out of this season, anytime and anywhere they plan to go.

“Summer is definitely the time of the year when a lot of Filipinos want to enjoy and have fun, and with this line-up of ASUS ZenFone Go offerings, users can expect an all-around, daily smartphone that they can use to match their unique lifestyles. To get everyone’s summer spirits up and at them, we have prepared a special campaign which we have dubbed as the “7 Days Of Summer with the Zenfone Go” that shows just exactly how each variant of the ZenFone Go will be the perfect centerpiece to have an even more incredible and stylish summer,” adds Lin.  So sit back, relax and have fun as we give you a quick tour on how you can enjoy your 7 Days Of Summer with the Zenfone Go.

Monday: Go forth and have an organized, fun-filled week ahead
This summer, why not make it a point to have ‘manic Mondays’ become a thing of the past, and have a well-planned out schedule for the entire week? To be at the top of your game all week-long, we deem it best to get your hands on the ASUS ZenFone Go, each packed with a powerful processor that makes it an incredible smartphone for multi-tasking day-in and day-out. Go for the ZB452KG for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Quad Core Processor, or choose the ZC500TG if you are after a handy smartphone that packs a Quad Core Processor. Because at the end of the day, this much is true – while there are those who believe in having fun in spontaneity, nothing really beats a nifty, user-friendly organizer and to-do list in your smartphone that helps you ease through your week’s plethora of activities.

Tuesday: Go out and about, and reconnect with your network of old pals
With the summer season clearly in full-swing, there is absolutely no excuse anymore for you not to have a little get-together with friends. Just for today, temporarily say goodbye to those diet plans for your beach body, and lose yourself in endless conversations and laughter over a hearty lunch. But of course, no reunion would be complete without the blow-by-blow updates on social media: switching among Snapchat for goofy videos, food flatlays in Instagram, and groupfies in Facebook. Bottom line is, for these occasions, no doubt that you would want to have the ZenFone Go with you, what its fast social connectivity, all thanks to its reliable Android Lollipop 5.1 OS. As an added bonus, you will be delighted to hear that the just-released ZB452KG makes use of the brand-new ASUS ZenUI, giving users a new launcher, more features, and improved security functions.

Wednesday: Go take a backseat at home with a movie marathon
For those who just cannot bear the rising temperature outdoors, here’s an easy-peasy antidote to beat the heat: go for a staycation instead, and stream your all-time favorite films in your ZenFone Go, right at the comfort of your own home. With the ZenFone Go, there is absolutely no more need to experience long queues and purchase overpriced tickets, as watching videos here will give you the vibe of a personal movie theatre. Enjoy edge-of-your-seat action what with the ZenFone Go 4.5’s bright and clear 4.5-inch FWVGA touch-screen display. While thrilling movies can definitely be watched at the palm of your hands with the ZenFone Go 5.0’s superb 5-inch HD IPS display with vibrant colors and crisp image output. Now, who says hump days have to be so expensive and complicated, huh?

Thursday: Just Go for it to keep the romance burning
February may have come and gone, but that does not mean you can forget about warming up your love life too, right? Keep things interesting beyond those cheesy sweet nothings by surprising your partner with a random chat message, perhaps via an invitation for a mid-week afternoon picnic date at the park. Have an intimate set-up, spruce it up with designs that set the mood even more, and don’t forget about your date’s favorite bottle of wine to top it all off. And while you’re at it, do have the ZenFone Go be on full-display as well to ante up your red-hot OOTD, perfect to complement that sleek look you are going for. Because if you’re really going all-out to impress your date a whole lot more, then might as well showcase the ZenFone Go’s premium metallic design – which is in fact, the only smartphone at this price range out there to have a premium finish like this.

Friday: Go and hit the open road for a stress-free getaway
With the weekend just around the corner, nothing else quite says ‘summer’ than a road trip with your fellow adventurous souls. As everyone knows, summer is basically the perfect time to escape the hustle and bustle of the metropolis, heading over to a place that gives a vibe of a whole new world. And while this is easier said than done, heading to that destination in the best route possible using reliable, real-time GPS tracking mobile apps such as Waze and Google Maps can go a long way – quite literally. And another crucial travel tip: for the road warriors looking to get away, a handy smartphone that packs a mean battery capacity just like the ZenFone Go – what with its 2,070 mAh battery capacity and all – can be your ultimate savior, wherever your next summer itinerary may take you!

Saturday: Go all out to amp up the pool-side entertainment
Hosting pool-side parties and summer cook-outs with success is a lot easier than most people think. For these summer social occasions, the trick is to just make sure you have the right ingredients on hand: tanning beds for the girls who want to sunbathe all afternoon-long, a variety of free-flowing food and drinks for the boys, and of course, the right kind of entertainment for everyone in the form of your ZenFone Go blasting your group’s favorite summer anthems – all incredibly loud and clear, amidst all the party brouhahas. So remember, whether it is in your own backyard, a fancy indoor pool, or a summer resort’s beach-side jacuzzi, a whole lot of Spotify and Soundcloud played using your ZenFone Go can definitely do wonders once everyone gets in their summer groove.

Sunday: Go and head to the beach for some summer sun-kissed memories
And as the days are getting warmer, and the sun staying out a little longer than usual, one cannot deny that most of the time, the best summer memories are from the moments we spend at the beach. There is definitely something peaceful about hearing the sound of waves crashing onto each other, feeling the sand-between-your-toes, basking under the sun, and taking those obligatory sunset shots that make your  day complete. But more than just savoring these precious moments, do yourself an extra favor and go for the smartphone that is ultimately summer-ready: a mobile unit like the ZenFone Go that packs an 8MP camera that can surely take awesome shots! After all, there isn’t quite like a beach selfie to cap off all your summer adventures in a week’s worth, right?

The new ASUS ZenFone Go 4.5 (ZB452KG) variant is now available in all authorized re-sellers nationwide for as low as PHP 3,995.00.  Likewise, the existing ZenFone Go 5 (ZC500TG) variant is still available for PHP 5,995.00.
ZenFone GO (ZC500TG)
ZenFone GO 4.5 (ZB452KG)
Android Lolipop 5.1
Android Lolipop 5.1
MediaTek MT6580
(Quad-Core @ 1.3GHZ)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 200
(Quad-core @ 1.2GHz)
5"  1280 x 720 (HD) IPS
4.5" FWVGA 854×480 TN
GFF Touch panel (Support AS-Coating)
GFF Touch panel (Support AS-Coating)
10-finger capacitive touch  screen
10-finger capacitive touch  screen
Asus Web Storage
5 GB storage lifetime for free
5 GB storage lifetime for free
Camera - Front
2M, FF
2M, FF
Camera - Rear
8MP, f/2.0 Aperture, Auto focus with Flash
8MP, f/2.0 Aperture, Auto focus with Flash
1yr local
1yr local
2070mAh, removable Polymer battery
2070mAh, removable Polymer battery
Card Reader/
Maximum Capacity
Micro SD Card(upto 64GB)
Micro SD(SDXC) (up to 64GB)
Items in the box
Adapter, USB Cable, Earphone Headset, User Manual, Warranty Card
Adapter, USB Cable, Earphone Headset, User Manual, Warranty Card
Sim Slot
Dual SIM
SIM1 2G/3G
SIM2 2G/3G
Dual SIM
SIM1 2G/3G
SIM2 2G/3G
PHP                                5,995.00
 PHP                              3,995.00

ASUS Philippines

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Gotta Love Pulses #SuperFood2016

Sunday, April 24, 2016 1 Comments
International Year of Pulses

It was such an honor to be invited by the U.S Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg.

 U.S Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg

Ambassador Philip Goldberg hosted a trade reception at his residence for members of the press and key food industry representatives to highlight pulses such as dried peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas as an environmentally-friendly, nutritionally-rich protein source for meeting future food needs. The trade reception follows the United Nations declaration of the year 2016 as the "International Year of Pulses," the goal of which is to raise public awareness on the nutritional benefits of pulses.

According to Ambassador Goldberg, 
U.S pulse producer and other stakeholders are working closely with governments and private sectors around the world to increase global production of pulses, better utilize pulse-based proteins, address trade challenges, and heighten public awareness on pulses as superfood
Pulse Pledge at, commit to eating pulses once per week for 10 weeks, and receive recipes and small prizes along the way. 

In the past 5 years, the United States has held a 45 percent share of the Philippine market for imported pulses. The U.S Department of Agriculture's  Foreign Agricultural Services in Manila, The USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council and the U.S Dry Bean Council in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of The United Nations, spearheaded the information of Pulses Association of the Philippines to strengthen the link between U.S pulse producers and Philippine food industry stakeholders. The Pulse Association will work with the local farmers, government, industry, academe, the press, and others to promote pulse-based foods in the Philippines. Founding members include Century Pacific Corporation, Commodity Quest, Ideal Macaroni & Spaghetti Factory, JBC Food, Vitachem, WL Foods, and food experts such as Jill Sandique, Virgith Buena, and Henk Hoogenkamp.

Behind The Scenes during the #LovePulses #SuperFood2016

 Green Peas
Flavor Coated Green Peas
 Green Peas (split peas)
 Chickpea / Garbanzo (split)
White Beans

Mixture of Tuna flakes in oil with various pulses/legumes


Pulses gone Gourmet

What's on my Pulses Plate?

Now for the fun part... 
Did you know that these pulses were available at our suking tindahan? example is the WL Foods' Munchers. 

Kilala nyo pa ba si Sunshine?

This is one of my snackin' favorites during my childhood days and even till now I'm still munchin on with munchers green peas (^.^,) 

 other products that are pulses-fied :)

What more can I say? That itty bitty grain is super packed with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and antioxidants. Serves right to be called a SuperFood of the future. Gotta Love Pulses!