AI-powered photography, FullView™ display | Vivo V9 excites Philippines

Vivo Philippines lets over 200 guests to try first its V9 flagship unit with the sunset as the backdrop of their selfies.

​”Perfect View, Perfect Shot Summer” Launching

Held inside the summer-themed ambiance of Wave at City of Dreams Manila, Vivo Philippines lets over 200 guests to try first its V9 flagship unit with the sunset as the backdrop of their selfies. Indeed a perfect shot, perfect view summer unveiling.

Anyone can enjoy a V9 for a “perfect” price of Php17,990 with pre-orders beginning on March 26 until April 2.

The launching event 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. Vivo executives then answered questions from the media.

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.” – Brand Director Annie Lim

Scorching Reasons to own a V9

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1. WIDEST SCREEN DISPLAY: It has a 90% screen-to-body ratio.
2. CLEARER PHOTOS: A 24-megapixel selfie camera and A 16MP+5MP dual read camera
3. SMART PHOTOGRAPHY : AI-powered photography for a “perfect view” and a “perfect shot.”
4. PLAY WITHOUT INTERRUPTION: The improved game mode enables users to take calls or open other apps without pausing the gaming applications.
5. PERFECT TAG: Anyone can enjoy a V9 for a “perfect” price of Php17,990 with pre-orders beginning on March 26 until April 2.

Fresh Faces of Vivo

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Hailed as the preferred smartphone of the millennials worldwide, Vivo also welcomed its newest endorsers, who shall be ambassadors of Vivo’s belief in the importance of embracing self-expression and an energetic lifestyle. These are up-and-coming actors Edward Barber and Ivan Dorschner.


For inquiries about Vivo, visit the VIVO WEBSITE . Check out the social media accounts for updates: FACEBOOK PAGE I INSTAGRAM I TWITTER .

HOBO CODES | Plantation Life at Hijo Resorts Davao

A vast playground every hardworking Yuppie deserves for rest, active lifestyle and leisure.  

If you have been really working hard, I am certain that by now, in this coexistent life of the online and offline you, you already have acquired that skill of gleaning unique, instagrammable yet reasonable getaway to achieve a work-life harmony.

Weekends at a Plantation, Have you tried? How is it living inside the breathing banana plantation of Hijo Resorts Davao?

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An hour shuttle ride from Davao City, Hijo Resorts Davao is a tourism estate in Tagum City, Davao del Norte. Besides the robustly functioning 177-hectare banana plantation, the expanse also stretches through a 92-hectare coconut plantation, 60-hectare forest and 4.5-kilometer river.

 

 

Indeed, such a vast playground every hardworking Yuppie deserves for rest, active lifestyle and leisure.


YOGA AT THE HEART OF DAVAO GULF

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This is the most relaxing thing I tried here. Tuned up my soul, enjoying the resort just light and slow. Taking in, breathing out as naturally rhythmic as it should be. Tea after or a short dip at the infinity pool. Absolute relaxation on the first morning.


BANANA PLANTATION TO BANANA DESSERTS

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The guided tour inside the banana packing house is one of the “only in Hijo” memories. Bananas are picked and transported manually to the packing house. Then, are checked for export quality, packed and loaded directly to the refrigerated trucks waiting at the tail of the packing cascade. All, in less than four hours.

Hijo is the first Philippine-based grower to export Cavendish banana in Japan. Impressively, you too are assured that every banana served while staying here is of same universal quality. Try some of the banana and coco sugar made desserts served at the Banana Beach restaurant after the plantation tour.

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MORNINGS AT THE PLANTATION HOUSE

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Plantation House Pool

You may choose either the breezy ecstasy of the Banana Beach Casitas or the American colonial embrace of the Tuason Family’s ancestral house – the Plantation House. Every morning is just serene here. You are woke up with the chirping of the birds. Grab a book. Get a cup of coffee and ask some coco sugar. The poolside is the spot.

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The interiors from the lanai to the rooms are adorned with paintings from the famous artist Kublai Milan. These are pieces depicting the merry living of Mindanao tribes like Maranao and Bagobo.

 

 

The complementary toiletries are all organic, fresh from Hijo’s farm. You are asked to choose which bath soap you would love to use during your stay, choices derived from the various parts of a coconut.


FOREST TOUR WITH “DUYDUY” AND FRIENDS

Such a paradise for ecologic coalescence, Hijo actually preserves an endemic family of monkeys. Along with local wild boars, these natural inhabitants inside Hijo estate are considered part of the hospitality team. Stop over at the Monkey avenue and take a photo with “Duy-duy” and friends. He snubbed me at first try.

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TRIBAL CUISINES AFTER THE RIVER CRUISE

You appreciate topography on a different angle when you behold it from a body of water. This is what this experience taught me. After several tours through wheels, I only had the whole virtual map of the resort clearly displayed on my spatial memory during the river cruise. You have to experience that too.

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Just after the peaceful cruise through the Madaum river, break the day to halves with a Halal lunch spread at The Spot. I have always been an evangelist for Pinoy local food and Tribal cuisines. The spectrum of palate memories from the Kalagan and Mandaya cuisines is actually the most memorable for me. The Ipasagan Pagkalagan na Manok has a taste that lingers.

 


We have all been tired from work. But not all have truly rested from that exhaustion. How rested are you?

The plantation life is easy yet fun. It is light yet satiates.


 

 

 

Book a life here https://www.hijoresortsdavao.com/ 

 

 

 

Vivo teases a “perfect shot, perfect view” Summer with Latest Smartphone

MARCH 22. A mobile phone experience perfect for the scorching  season to embrace self-expression and an energetic lifestyle.

“Another innovative flagship phone this March 22.” Vivo Philippines sizzles. Following the success of the V7 plus and the V7 release, the top global phone manufacturer is set to send the mobile phone industry in frenzy with the release of yet another millennial stunner.

The latest of Vivo’s smartphone series promises bigger and better mobile phone experience perfect for the scorching  season to embrace self-expression and an energetic lifestyle.

Users can expect that the new offering features the enhanced specs of the V7 phones’ impressive thumbprint features, centered on delivering flawless selfie shots made even better by state-of-the-art artificial intelligence (AI) beautifying tools. Dedicated in delivering perfect photos, expect a souped-up HDR mode of the camera.

A wider display feature is also making a buzz, complemented by a full HD resolution. As the V7’s successor, the Game Mode feature is expected to still be on board in the list of specifications along with the futuristic Face ID and fingerprint unlock component.

The mobile phone industry awaits with bated breath as Vivo’s freshest charmer is set to be out in the market. Although these specs are merely founded on speculations, one thing that is certain – Vivo will never disappoint.

 

Coffee is for Closers | Would you judge a Macchiato by its smell?

The Tahitian vanilla component is not actually more of a taste bud experience but an “air in the mouth” sensation.

Starbucks Philippines offers back its Tahitian Vanilla Macchiato. Have you tried it? Here is how it is sizzled. Available in hot, iced and blended, It is an infusion of (1) velvety steamed milk (2) with aromatic, caramelly Tahitian vanilla syrup, topped with Starbucks Signature Espresso and finished with (3) vanilla bean specks and (4) vanilla drizzle in a classic double crosshatch pattern.

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I always want my coffee as hot. I love Starbucks’ mainstay caramel macchiato. Though it tends to be too sweet at times, I still enjoy asking for a free glass of water especially when I am on the last 1/4 of the portion. Considering that this new drink is a “caramelly” vanilla syrup made beverage with the intriguing “Tahitian” flair, I chose to try a new drink in its blended format for the first time. I preconceive it being way too sweet with the assumption that, the hot version might not be ideally sweet for me (as caramel macchiato being the sweetness reference) and that the ice in the blended version may at least try to neutralize the sweetness.

How it really tastes?

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Not really too sweet. Totally the opposite of what I have expected that it might be irritant to the (my) throat. It smells the expected subtle vanilla sweetness. The first palate experience on every first sip is dictated with a caramelly sensation. As you try to take time enjoying, the after taste is dominated with the Tahitian vanilla component which is not actually more of a taste bud experience but an “air in the mouth” sensation. I would never judge a Macchiato or any drink’s sweetness ever again plainly through its vanilla smell nor through knowing that it contains a vanilla. A revelation from this taste test is that vanilla, Tahitian Vanilla to be specific, has a sweetness which is not from the tongue. And that for me is delicious, delightful and healthy.

This is a new palate experience every Macchiato fan should try. I would try the hot version soon.

 

JBL Store Opens in Davao with Showroom of its High-End Line, Revel

Revel produces innovation and no-compromise speakers such as floorstanding loudspeakers, in-ceiling speakers, in-wall subwoofer system, extreme climate speakers and more.

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Besides the wide selection of JBL’s Bluetooth portable speakers and earphone, The JBL concept store in SM Lanang Premier, Davao also showcases the high-end stereo and surround audio speaker brand, REVEL.

May it be for your office’s audio-visual solutions or your home’s entertainment room, Would you dare to take your indoor listening experience to the next Revel? I mean, next level?

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As this line of speakers intrinsically amplifies the art of luxury indoor sound reproduction, intently  allocating a portion of the concept store for an immersive auditory experience is such a thoughtful move for JBL’s 2nd concept store in Mindanao.

Revel produces innovation and no-compromise speakers such as floorstanding loudspeakers, in-ceiling speakers, in-wall subwoofer system, extreme climate speakers and more.

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As Davao’s real estate industry drastically grows, where both residential and commercial spaces are sold like hotcakes, a market for Revel indeed lurks throughout the city. Your space with expanded sound reproduction. May it be for your office’s audio-visual solutions or your home’s entertainment room, Would you dare to take your indoor listening experience to the next Revel? I mean, next level?

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Hear more about the products. The JBL store is at the 2nd floor of SM Lanang Premier, Davao near the cinema complex. Visit the Facebook page or this website

Do not pitch the entire benefits : 3 Reasons Why

If you could help the prospect own the solution to their problem within the shortest time possible, why would you (both) choose to prolong it?

Always create a clear mental picture of what is the “now” of your prospect. Determine which they enjoy and which they want to upgrade. When you have garnered those information, your next goal is not just to give a compelling pitch that positions your offer as the solution. But a concise, customized, compelling pitch. This literally means that you don’t necessarily spill all the available benefits during your presentation. Why? Consider these.

1. To excite the prospect to ask for more.

There is no such prospect who loves ALL the benefits of your offer. It is your art to identify which among the features would excite their purchase. When they ask more about a specific benefit, listen intently. This is when questions give you advantage to identify what is it that they truly want. Apart from this encourages interaction, this also helps you to focus which benefit they want to be involved with deeper. Pitch that so well. Sprinkle your tools of the trade like fact-benefit close and third party stories. Then, Ask for the sale.

Closing a deal is a time-pressured exam. It is not an enumeration. It is an identification type. Turn that out to be your advantage.

2. To value both the prospect’s and your time.

Closers know the difference between a “fastened” pitch from a “hurried” pitch. Surely, we can all shorten the presentation. However, it takes practice and sharp judgement to master which benefits to retain and which to reserve for a specific prospect. This falls us back to consider first the mental picture of your prospect’s NOW.

3. To BOTH win the negotiation.

Reserve 2-7 benefits as currency of concessions in case for a bloody back end fight. Lowering the offer should be the last thing to do. List those benefits as elements of surprise as you negotiate. Surprises close deals.

Closing a deal is a time-pressured exam. It is not an enumeration. It is an identification type. Turn that out to be your advantage. If you could help the prospect own the solution to their problem within the shortest time possible, why would you (both) choose to prolong it? Filter the benefits. Don’t waste your time. Don’t waste that deal.

4 Unique Gifts for Him for a more “Vivo” Valentine’s Day Couple Pic

V-day gift giving game is not anymore about how expensive the gift is. It is now more of which is a more unique kind of present. Here are four not-so-common, yet still love-evoking gift ideas for him this Valentine’s season.

With social media helping to broadcast your love to your significant other this Valentine’s Day, the V-day gift giving game is not anymore about how expensive the gift is. It is now more of which is a more unique kind of present. Here are four not-so-common, yet still love-evoking gift ideas for him this Valentine’s season.

A Pot of Herbs

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Your man may not be comfortable receiving flowers from you. Hence, a pot of herbs would be equally thoughtful yet longer lasting. Basil, for example, can be really savory when one is cooking a pasta for dinner (even instant noodles) or a therapeutic tea for cough and colds. How would you feel, he prepares a meal for you the next time you visit his place using these? Other herbs could also be mint, cilantro, parsley, rosemary, or oregano.

ALTERNATIVE: Cactus or Bonsai for his office desk or study table.

Wine-infused Chocolates

imageSprinkling a more masculine appeal to a classic Valentine’s Day gift, opt for spirit-infused chocolates. This twist is just as tasty as its after effect. Even non-alcohol drinkers will enjoy the succulent flavors made even more romantic with booze. Whiskey and Bourbon infused chocolate bars are the most popular, but so are the subtler ones like Red Wine and Chocolate Kahlua.

TRY: Dark cherry rum chocolate from Tina’s Treats

Grooming Kit

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imageYou love your man well groomed every time you strike a couple selfie! Thus, a grooming kit for him is such a useful gift. A basic grooming kit usually contains a high-quality wooden comb, a pot of pomade perfumed subtly with musk, and a vial of beard oil which works wonders when your man is contemplating growing a neat beard. Fragrances are also in the kit and even a small bottle of shampoo to complement the comb-pomade essentials.

ALTERNATIVE: A membership card on a high-end barber shop like the CHOI DEAL CARD.

Travel Tickets for Two

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You will love more your photos with the hashtag relationshipgoals! The Philippines has a lot of breathtaking destinations as backdrop for you couple photos! Air fare is affordable too!

TRY: Book a trip to Hijo Resorts Davao in Tagum City, Davao or to the beaches in Glan, Sarangani Province.


“VIVO” Valentines Vibe

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For all your adventures and milestones, make Vivo V7 a part of it. Vivo V7 proves that big things come in small packages. The V7, much like its predecessor, the equally dynamic V7+, reinforces Vivo’s leadership in selfies with its 24MP front-facing camera, which produces above-quality selfies—perfect for those romantic date nights. By keeping true-to-life color and contrast and a clear background at all times, V7 allows users to express themselves practically anytime, anywhere at their whim. The V7’s smart photography algorithms generate crystal-clear, natural-looking photos. To complement the V7’s powerful camera feature, the Beauty 7.0 feature brightens up selfies and creates a more even complexion, even in dimly-lit environments. Portrait Mode in the V7 adds background blurring for sharper contrast and visual appeal to generate stylish selfies equivalent to those from DSLR cameras. But that’s not all. The V7 also rocks a 5.7” all-screen display with an 83.6% screen to body ratio that would normally house a 5.2-inch screen, offering 12.5% more visual display area compared to traditional 16:9 screens. This V7 feature enhances consumers’ visual experience, a perfect element to satisfy this generation’s very visual demographic. Lastly, this smartphone’s security spec is super secure with its revolutionary finger-print lock feature.

For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at http://www.vivo.com/ph I Check out their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.