Friday, August 31, 2018

Meteor Garden actors use Vivo smartphones in 2018 reboot

Hit TV series Meteor Garden has made a comeback this 2018 after a successful and highly popular run 17 years ago, in 2001. Set in the city of Shanghai, the series reboot centers around the story of an ordinary girl, Dong Shancai who enters a prestigious university where she later encounters the well-known F4, an exclusive circle of four boys celebrated in school for their good looks and wealthy background. A string of events brought Shancai with the boys, particularly with the handsome Daoming Si and soft-spoken Huaze Lei. 

In the Philippines, the local fans were crossing their fingers that a Filipino version of the beloved Chinese series would materialize, calling for their favorite celebrities to earn a spot in a local series re-make. When rumors surfaced in 2017 that Meteor Garden would be resurrected, the anticipation was also met with uncertainty that the reboot with series darlings Shancai and Daoming Si would not be as good as the original, some even calling that the original casts be called back for the re-creation of the show. 

But the 2018 Meteor Garden reboot did not disappoint its fans, old and new. Drawing legions of young followers from everywhere, the old formula of the series proved that it has not lost its charm over the years. As a matter of fact, its comeback was a trending topic on Twitter with over thirty thousand tweets on Its much-anticipated re-make. Much to the delight of fans, Shancai still carries her dream-girl image, her unyielding personality more charming to the audience than ever and Daoming Si still never fails to woo fans with his abounding charisma.The series comeback inspired a myriad of feels from the fans: from happiness to sadness, to excitement and fear. 
Shancai showing of photos to a friend in one scene, using her Vivo smartphone.

Shancai checks her Vivo smartphone during one scene shot at the university. 

One of the characters of Meteor Garden uses a Vivo smartphone.

Shancai keeps her handy Vivo smartphone close to her. 

In Meteor Garden universe, the students rely on their Vivo smartphone to go on with their day- to-day university life.

Shancai, even in her most quiet moments, keeps a Vivo smartphone within reach. 

The box of a Vivo smartphone reaches the hand of the one of the key characters of the show.

The new Meteor Garden is so much flashier that the producers decided to submerge Vivo underwater. 

One thing that stands out with the Meteor Garden reboot and perhaps the reason why the show managed to captivate the hearts of millennials is the relatable personalities and lifestyles of the 
show’s characters. The show’s leads, much like today’s youth, are connected to their smartphones—Vivo smartphones in particular—heavily interacting with each other and expressing themselves through the usual selfies and status updates, shared through several social media platforms. 

While many Filipinos know the love story of Shancai and Daoming Si like the back of their hand, the Meteor Garden reboot’s main actors Shen Yue and Dylan Wang as well as the rest of the F4—Darren Chen, Connor Leung, and Caesar Wu—no doubt keep fans glued to their screens with their chemistry and energy that add zing to a classic favorite. 

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. In the Philippines, Vivo is the top 3 smartphone brand in terms of market share with 1.5 million users nationwide. For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at or check out their Facebook 
and Twitter ( accounts.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Salad bar: Eat good, look good, feel good on a budget

Do you want to eat good to look and feel good without breaking the bank? Let me share with you what we discovered.
I've been hearing, reading about Salad Bar for months now. Curious me, after the event which my daughter #PrincessY and I attended in Makati last week, we went to one of Salad Bar's kiosk at 3rd Level, Food Choices,  Glorietta 4.

When we saw the kiosk and what's in the buffet counter, my daughter and I drooled over and  cried in duet "wooooow!" Yes,  we both love fruits and veggies and eggs!

Photo (c)

Because we can create our own salad, I let her chose the ingredients for our salad . She chose lettuce as base, macaroni, mushroom, peaches, mango, corn, egg, carrot, pomelo, pineapple and papaya.

Salad Bar have 21 choices of salad ingredients that includes fruits such as grapes, watermelon, mango, lychee, peas, kiwi and dragon fruit; vegetables like corn, shredded carrots and turnip, baby potato, cucumber and lettuce; macaroni and tuna. They also have eight (8) dressings- Garlic Ranch, Thousand Island, Caesar Salad dressing, Cranberry, Condense Milk for fruits, Basic  Vinaigrette, Balsamic Vinaigrette and Honey Mustard.

Our #CreateYourOwnSalad ❤

Once done with our salad, we let the Salad Bar personel weigh the former. The price of the salad would depend on its weight. Salad price is Php 30 per 100 grams.


Staying healthy should not be expensive. You can have your daily health benefits for as low as P30!

Remember : A healthy outside starts from the inside. Indulge! Start eating healthy food now. 

To try Salad Bar's Create Your Own Salad and Salad Platter, you may visit them at the following branches in Makati City:

12th Floor GT TOWER,
Ayala Avenue, Makati City

Monday to Sunday 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM

7th Floor Robinson's Summit Center 
Ayala Avenue, Makati City

Monday to Friday 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

3rd Level, Food Choices, Glorietta 4
Ayala Center, Ayala Avenue, Makati City
Monday to Sunday 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM

2nd Floor, Zuellig Building,
Makati Avenue corner Paseo De Roxas, Makati City

Monday to Sunday 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM

To know more about Salad Bar, you may visit the following website and social media accounts:


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Vivo endorsers are dropping hints on next flagship

Vivo’s Filipino endorsers have been throwing hints on their social media accounts that something new is coming soon.

Teen King Daniel Padilla posted a photo of himself with a gradient pink and blue background and the words “Go Beyond,” tagging Vivo Philippines' account.

Other Vivo endorsers Darren Espanto, Julie Anne San Jose, Maymay Entrata, Maris Racal, and Paul Salas also posted the similar photos on their Instagram pages.

TJ Monterde, KZ Tandingan, and Iñigo Pascual also posted photos tagging Vivo Philippines on IG. This time, their photos showed colorful backgrounds or lighting. 

Vivo ladies Kira Balinger, Joyce Pring, Loisa Andalio, Elisse Joson, and Sassa Dagdag posted closeup photos tagging Vivo Philippines, as if to emphasize their makeup.

In the past week, Vivo has been dropping hints on its social media accounts. It kicked off with a video of a fingerprint depicted like a spiral galaxy in an apparent reference to its pioneering In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology. Its second teaser was a video of a launch of a space rocket. The third one was  another video of the moon with a curved line emphasizing its shape. 

In this case, Vivo seems to be getting a lot of inspiration from the cosmos for its next smartphone. What do you think will Vivo post next? Best to keep watch on its social media pages. 

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. In the Philippines, Vivo is the top 3 smartphone brand in terms of market share with 1.5 million users nationwide. 

For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at or check out their Facebook 
Twitter ( accounts.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Vivo has been a relentless innovator

Any brand can claim that it is the best in the industry. But the true innovator let its outputs speak for them. Global smartphone brand Vivo is one of those that walk the talk. Every year, the smartphone brand has released smartphone units with features that disrupt the industry. From developing Hi-Fi technology to making 3D ubiquitous, Vivo has made its mark in the cut-throat industry with its world’s first developments. 

Hi-Fi music 
Vivo brings music to life with its Hi-Fi ready smartphone models.

One of the first innovations of Vivo was its decision to put a dedicated Hi-Fi quality audio chip in its smartphone, making it the first brand that gave proper attention to its handsets’ sound quality. Vivo introduced its Hi-Fi Quality Audio Chip in X1 in 2012.

It continued this legacy in their succeeding flagship models. The Vivo X21 is equipped with the AK4376A Hi-Fi audio chipset enhanced with Deep Field technology. This was developed by Vivo to provide panoramic surround, mega bass, clear voice effects, and various environmental audio effects to allow users to customize their audio experience. 

The Hi-Fi audio quality of Vivo X21 provides close-to-reality that can instantly upgrade the two-channel music to 360-degree full surround sound or continuously push the natural bass into the ears to bring the clearest and brightest vocals. 

Over 20-MP front cameras 

Reel and real: Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla take a selfie using the Vivo V7+.

Vivo has been dedicated to understanding its patrons and understood fully well the world’s obsession with selfies. It revolutionized the selfie game when it came out with a 20-megapixel dual front camera in V5 Plus. It is the first smartphone brand to do so, leaving the others working hard to catch up. 

It was then followed up by the 24-MP front camera in V7 and V7+. In fact, Vivo V7+ was hailed as the best selfie phone in 2017 by many tech blogs and sites. The next model with 24-MP AI-powered selfie camera of the V9, proving that Vivo never stops pushing the limits in perfecting the features that matter most to its patrons.

Bezel-less screens 

The Vivo NEX features an industry-leading 91.24% screen-to-body ratio. 
Aside from its selfie-centric developments, Vivo is also a leader in enhancing every patron’s screen display experience. 

Vivo at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, Spain last February revealed a concept phone called the APEX™ FullView™. It features a typical 5.99-inch screen, but its screen-to-body ratio nearly reaches 100%. This proves that Vivo is committed to producing a genuine bezel-less smartphone in the market. 

The V9, meanwhile, boasts of a 90% screen-to-body ratio with its 6.3-inch FullView™ Display. 

Vivo X21, on the other hand, has a 6.28-inch 19:9 FHD+ FullView™ Display. It has a super slim notch and a 1.66mm side bezels to achieve a 90.3% screen-to-body ratio to provide a wider viewing experience compared to other similar-sized phones. 

Despite these impressive specs, Vivo is not yet done. The newest Vivo NE has an Ultra FullView™ Display with a 91.24% screen-to-body ratio, achieved by introducing industry-first features like the Elevating Front Camera and the Screen SoundCasting Technology. 

In-display fingerprint scanner 
Another Vivo’s first: The In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology is ready for commercial distribution worldwide. 

These innovative developments may be enough for some but Vivo does not want to be the second best. It is also a pioneer in developing ultramodern yet convenient unlocking methods. 

Vivo has recently revealed that it has advanced the fingerprint scanning method by making the technology available on a screen. It debuted the first ready-to-produce in-display fingerprint scanning solution at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 in Las Vegas last January. 

Vivo in June 2018 introduced in the Philippines the Vivo X21 with the pioneering In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology. It replaces the rear fingerprint sensor with the latest under-display scanner. 

Pop-out camera 
Where’s the cam? In Vivo NEX, the selfie camera only comes out when the user needs it. 

Vivo wowed the world early 2018 with the release of its concept smartphone APEX that achieves a nearly 98% screen-to-body ratio. APEX features an 8-MP Elevating Front Camera that seamlessly rises in 0.8 seconds when it is required and retracts after use. 

This technology was made commercially available when NEX was released in June 2018. It has an 8MP Elevating Front Camera that is inside the smartphone’s body when not in use. 

Screen SoundCasting 

The Vivo APEX is packed with world’s first specs like the Screen SoundCasting Technology. 

The Screen SoundCasting Technology was first introduced in APEX. It was then launched for commercial release in the Vivo NEX. It replaces the traditional earpiece speaker by turning the screen into a speaker. It achieves this by sending vibrations through the screen with the exciter unit. This allows Vivo to reduce the top bezel and to enhances sound quality with more powerful bass, and softer, smoother treble. 

TOF 3D Sensing Technology 

Vivo introduced its TOF 3D technology at the MWC Shanghai 2018. 

Vivo revealed its Time of Flight (TOF) 3D Sensing Technology at MWC Shanghai 2018. It promises a paradigm shift in imaging, AR, and human-machine interaction to elevate consumer lifestyles with new levels of immersion and smart capability. This pioneering TOF 3D Sensing Technology detects the time it takes emitted pulse light to return to the sensor to accurately map objects at up to three meters in front of it. 

With these developments under its belt, Vivo has proven itself to be a force to reckon with. And as it continues to grow, tech enthusiasts can only expect nothing game-changing innovations from Vivo. But really, what more can we ask from a brand that has been leading the way to the future of the smartphone industry? 

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Vivo and Smart forge partnership for unlimited data plan with Vivo X21

Global smartphone brand Vivo and PLDT Enterprise, the B2B arm of the country’s leading ICT and digital services provider, together with top wireless brand, Smart Communications Inc., seal a strong partnership for an exciting new offer: a non-stop data bundle with Vivo’s latest pride, the X21.

The partnership was established last August 16, 2018 in Makati City. Vivo executive Ms. Annie Lim, Vice President for PR Strategy and Partnerships, represented the smartphone brand.

Representing PLDT Enterprise on the other hand was Smart AVP & Head for Enterprise Wireless Solutions Chet Alviz.

The Vivo X21 is the first in the world to implement the In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology, the center of topic during the Mobile World Congress and Global Stage for Innovation CES events. Through this strategic partnership with Smart, Vivo aims to expand and cater to the Filipino corporate market.

Smart will bundle the X21 with the Data on the Go Plan 2000, which includes unlimited calls to
Smart and non-stop surf—allowing corporate clients to enjoy the X21's high-end specifications
for a low monthly amortization of 400 pesos for 24 months. The Vivo X21 makes for a perfect business companion. The Vivo X21's 6.28" Super AMOLED display is the ideal device for all professionals in the business and corporate world as it can aid users in various business-related functions. From attending critical business online conferences to performing business research on multiple websites, the Vivo X21 delivers the goods more than ever especially as it comes with the Smart’s non-stop surf bundle.

Smart is the exclusive operator partner of Vivo for this exciting X21 Project. The said offer will be available to all corporate partners of PLDT and Smart by August 15, 2018.

Friday, August 17, 2018

AI is making mobile life easier

Not too long ago, artificial intelligence (AI) seems like an idea from a distant, unreachable future. 

In old sci-fi flicks, AI is often portrayed as robots—mostly evil robots that will bring havoc to the
world. But, AI means so much more. It has even evolved into an everyday companion that complements human lifestyle.

In mobile technology, global smartphone brand Vivo is among the companies that maximized AI
in its recent flagship units. But this concept is not new. AI was theorized decades ago after it was introduced by American computer scientist pioneer and inventor John McCarthy at the Dartmouth Summer Research Project on Artificial Intelligence in 1956. The conference was formed to discuss ideas on what they called thinking machines. He was eventually named the Father of AI.

McCarthy eventually became part of the Stanford University’s Computer Science Department and published a document breaking down his understanding of AI. He wrote in 2007 that AI is the science and engineering of making intelligent machines or intelligent computer programs. In other words, AI will try to understand, simulate, and mimic human intelligence. McCarthy then said some of the applications of AI include game playing, speech recognition, understanding natural language, computer vision, expert systems, and heuristic classification.

Fast forward to 2018, AI has already penetrated various fields including the smartphone industry that basically touched on McCarthy’s defined applications of AI to make mobile life much easier.

Strategy Analytics Inc., a company that provides data and analysis, business consulting, advisory, and strategic market research services on a global scale, estimated that smartphone processors with on-device AI functionality such as Qualcomm grew almost three-fold year-over-year in the first quarter of 2018.

For instance, the latest Vivo NEX launched is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa Core 2.8 GHz. This has the 3rd Generation Hexagon™ 685 DSP that supports on-device AI processing to deliver richer camera, voice, XR, and gaming experiences.

Meanwhile, Vivo’s latest flagship smartphone in the Philippines, the Vivo X21, is run by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE Octacore 2.2 GHz (4 core) + 1.8 GHz (4 core). This chipset has an AI-powered engine with Hexagon Vector Processor, Adreno GPU, and Kryo CPU. It also has software features that make on-device AI experiences possible in camera, audio, security, and gaming.

Going beyond the AI-powered chipsets, Vivo’s first flagship smartphone in 2018 was the V9 with a 24-megapixel AI front camera. The selfie camera allowed users to maximize every shot with
the use of various AI features like the Face Beauty, the AR Stickers, and Selfie Lighting.

The integration of AI and mobile technology proved that the rise of AI should not be something to be afraid of. Now that AI is becoming ubiquitous in smartphones, one can’t help but ask, what are the next developments users should look forward to? 

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. In the Philippines, Vivo is the top 3 smartphone brand in terms of market share with 1.5 million users nationwide.

For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at or check out their Facebook
and Twitter ( accounts.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Win the all-new Barbie DreamHouse and more exciting prizes worth up to Php 25,000.00!

​Love to imagine and create fun stories while playing with Barbie?

Show your creativity for a chance to win the all-new Barbie DreamHouse and more exciting prizes worth up to Php 25,000.00!

To join, just register your details and upload your storytelling video here ;

1.  Who can join the promo?Promo is open to all Barbie customers currently residing in the Philippines.Employees of Richprime Global Inc., their suppliers, and relatives up to the 2nd degree of affinity or consanguinity, are disqualified from joining the promo. By joining and participating in Create Your Story With Barbie, customer confirms, agrees to and acknowledges that:He or she has read the full mechanics of this promotion and agrees to abide by its terms and conditions; Richprime Global Inc. shall receive his or her volunteered registration data and that all information supplied by him/her will be used by Richprime Global Inc. in accordance with its privacy policy; Promotion period is from July 15, 2018  - September 15, 2018. 

2.  How to join? Promo is open to all ages. Take a storytelling video of any Barbie toys and upload it on the microsite. Video running time must not exceed 2 minuets and should be in MP4 format with a file size of not greater than 10MB. Visit Create Your Own Story With Barbie microsite: to join this promo.

Customer must register and complete the required fields (Registrant's Name, Name of Storyteller, Mobile Number, Complete Home Address, Email Address, Video Entry). Users may send a maximum of 5 entries per account only provided that each new entry features a different Barbie merchandise and must follow the aforementioned qualifications. The last day of the submission of entries will be on September 15, 2018 at 11:59 PM. All entries submitted after the said time shall be considered invalid. All videos submitted will be the property of Richprime Global Inc. Video must not contain inappropriate content, including but not limited to: obscene, pornographic, or sexually-explicit content or information. Materials which contain information that possess a risk to the health and safety of others. Materials which show strong support or opposition to any political or religious group or person. Content that is considered offensive to the users, such as those that encourage the commission of an illegal, immoral or threatening activity, promote harassment, racism, hatred or discrimination against any group or individual, or provide information which you know are false, misleading, or harmful to any group or individual. Content videos with competitor's logos including packaging and branded merchandise aside from Barbie and Toy Kingdom. Materials which are defamatory or libelous in character or those which violate the privacy of any group or individual. Materials which infringe upon the right of any third party, including copyright, publication right, or any other intellectual property or proprietary right, or those which promote the infringement of any party's intellectual property rights such as providing or advocating the use of pirated images, or providing link to sites which provide them. 

3. Determination of Winners/Prizes: All qualified video entries will be judged by Richprime representatives through the following criteria on September 24, 2018 at 4:00 PM at RGI Corporate Center:

The following prizes will be given to the top 3 entries with the highest score:

Grand Prize: P25,000 worth of merchandise including one (1) Barbie DreamHouse

1st Runner Up: P15,000 worth of merchandise including one (1) Barbie 3-Story Townhouse

2nd Runner Up: P8,000 worth of merchandise including one (1) Barbie 2-Story House.

Participant may only win once. 

4.  Notifying Winners:
Winners will be announced on October 5, 2018 on the official Facebook Pages of Barbie.  Winners will be notified via registered mail, electronic email and/or SMS by Richprime Global Inc.

5.  Claiming of Prizes:
Winners must submit or present the following: 
- Original or Photocopy of one (1) valid government issued ID with photo (Passport, Driver's License, SSS ID, Voter's ID & the like).

- Printout/screenshot of Create Your Own Story With Barbie winning/congratulatory message on Facebook or received letter via home address.

Winners can send an authorized representative to claim his/her prize on their behalf. The representative must submit the following:                                                                                                      *Authorization letter with the winner's signature.
*Original or Photocopy of a valid government issued ID with photo (Passport, Driver's License, SSS ID, Voter's ID  & the like) of the representative.
*Original or Photocopy of a valid government issued ID with photo (Passport, Driver's License, SSS ID, Voter's ID & the like) of the winner.
*Printout/screenshot of Create Your Own Story With Barbie winning/congratulatory message on Facebook or received letter via home address.

Winners may claim their prizes at RGI Corporate Center, #34 Sct. Limbaga cor. Sct. Torillo, Brgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City until sixty (60) days from receipt of notification. Prizes not claimed within sixty (60) days from receipt of notification will be forfeited. All prizes may be transferable but not convertible to cash. All prizes to be redeemed under this promotion shall be awarded tax-free. Richprime Global Inc. shall shoulder taxes.

6.  Control Measures:Entry Handling: All entries will be gathered only on the database of

Entry Collection: All entries will be collected the day after the cut-off submission date of entries.

Safekeeping of Entries: All entries will be monitored by the assigned digital marketing specialist supervised by the assigned brand manager from start to end of the promo.

Fairness in Determination Of Winners: All entries will be judged by via Tally Sheet below:

The tally sheet will be monitored, consolidated and tallied by the assigned digital marketing specialist and reviewed by the head of marketing department.

7. Other Conditions: The decision of Richprime Global Inc. is final. Employees of Richprime Global Inc., their suppliers, and relatives up to the 2nd degree of affinity or consanguinity, are disqualified from joining the promo. Richprime Global Inc. reserve the right to invalidate entries entered though unscrupulous means such as electronic manipulation. The winners will authorize Richprime Global Inc. to use their photos, videos and names in any form of advertising or promotional materials related to the said promotion. In case of dispute such as, but not limited to winners' eligibility, the decision of Richprime Global Inc. shall prevail. All questions or dispute regarding the eligibility of winners for the promotion or any redemption shall be resolved by Richprime Global Inc. at its sole discretion.