Starbucks PH celebrates Lunar New Year with TDF Earth Dog merch

Monday, January 29, 2018

Starbucks Philippines has taught of the best possible way to kick off the new year! On their 20th anniversary, they surprised everyone with different earth dog merchandise to prepare for the lunar new year celebration.

Being a coffee and doggie lover combined, imagine my smile from ear to ear when this package came in the mail! One of the best packages I've ever received. Add to that the fact that I was born on the year of the dog! #quotana 😍


A returning favorite, I first saw the Starbucks Wafer Rolls on the same season last year. But this time, aside from coming up with a textured packaging and puppy illustration, the Starbucks Wafer Rolls now has three flavors: coffee, matcha, and hojicha. Don't let me choose which among the three I like the most because everything's just amazing. 😛

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Starbucks Wafer Rolls' contents: coffee, matcha, and hojicha flavors

Iloilo in a phone camera's lenses

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Because it's the Dinagyang Festival weekend, I can't help but recall my quick visit to Iloilo's main spots that you too can visit if you have a day or so to go around the city. I'm making this rundown exciting because I'm going to share my snaps with you using (as the title suggests) the Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie phone.

Asus challenged us during the We Love Photo PH media junket to use their phone to take photos. Since I have a penchant for photography, I can't help but be excited to show you the set of photos that came up with. Let me know if I did well on the challenge by dropping your comments below! ;)

Checking out Fort San Pedro located in San Pedro Drive in the domestic port area

8 Things to try in Cebu for first-timers

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

In reference to my other blog post here, last year was all about doing different firsts and I'm still over the moon just thinking about how everything transpired. Just like my trip to Cebu with Jonas, my expectations were kept to a minimum because I just wanted to enjoy my first visit to Cebu (and Visayas). And now, here I am sharing a thing or two on what to try in case you are also interested to visit the Queen City of the South.

How did I score the tickets to Cebu

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Early 2017, I heard about the Philippine Airlines' Seat Sale where I snag two roundtrip tickets to Cebu for Php 3k each only. Some may think that this is expensive for a domestic flight but come to think of it, I'm already riding with PAL where I get to have snacks on board and a 20 kg baggage allowance on a roundtrip flight. I'd say that's a steal already. 😍

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Where to go in Cebu

Temple of Leah

Dubbed as Cebu's Taj Mahal, Temple of Leah became an instant tourist destination when it was opened two years ago to the public because of its ancient Roman architecture and Doric columns design. 

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Apart from that, this must-visit shrine speaks of the undying love Teodorico Soriano Adarna has for his late wife of 53 years, Leah Albino-Adarna. Inside the temple are 24 chambers that hold Leah's collections such as antiques to books.

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Visit this shrine and be enamored of a love story that's bound to last more than our lifetime. 💖

Temple of Leah charges an entrance fee worth Php 50. However, senior citizens and children 10 years old and below are free of charge.  

Best Year Yet: My 2017 in Numbers

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Even if I ended 2017 recuperating from bad flu, I can still say that this year was one of the greatest years I've ever had because I experienced so many firsts. Different experiences were on my bucket list until the universe aligned and I slowly tick them off as the month pass by. 

It's a great feeling to refresh the memories of my best year yet. I really loved 2017 so much that I had anxiety attacks as 2018 came closer. Now that the new year is already here, I'm left to making the most out of it and continue my life's purpose. #NaksPadeep

#SupportLocal and Drink Locally

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Exploring two cities in the Visayan island (for the first time!) last year made me realize how diverse our Filipino culture is. Even if the language barrier exists, the hospitality, immersive culture, and the rich local food selection serves as the ultimate common denominator that connected me to them. 

Much like our fascination with discovering the Philippines comes Locally, a homegrown beverage brand that's serving unique, all-Pinoy flavors in juice.

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(L-R) Locally's flavors, Buco, Dalandan, Calamansi, Mangosteen, Tamarind, Guyabano, Pomelo, and Sineguelas
Just to get you onboard, I am VERY picky when it comes to fruits and vegetables. I love exploring places but not when it comes flavors and tastes. Imagine my shock when I saw these underrated fruits juiced and packed in a bottle?! I'm just glad I forced myself to join the taste testing of the different flavors during the event because for this one, my first impression didn't lasted.

Uncovering the secrets of Vivo’s success in 2017

Friday, January 5, 2018

There was just no stopping Vivo this 2017. The global smartphone brand proved to be the fastest growing in terms of popularity amongst the young and the hip crowd in the Philippines, settling itself on the third spot in the market beyond brands Apple, Huawei, LG, and Asus. To date, Vivo has at least 1.1 million users and 5,200 stores in the Philippines.

But before finding fame in the Philippines in early 2016, Vivo has already been named as one of the top 5 global smartphone brands and observed the highest year-over-year growth of 32% in global shipments. Vivo’s success remains unprecedented with 200 million Vivo global users and 19 overseas markets in 2017.

A lookback at Vivo’s 2017 successful entertainment marketing strategy

Vivo is a global brand known for its selfie-centric smartphones which represent the brand’s mission of empowering self-expression of the next generation. It features the most advanced technologies, not only to the cameras but to all aspects, from photo shooting to display, helping media-savvy and social media devoted consumers to capture and enjoy their most significant moments. In the Philippines, Vivo places third in the most popular smartphone brand with at least 1.1 million users and 5,200 stores an counting nationwide. On a global scale, there are already about 200 million Vivo users in 2017. Vivo attributes its success to its innovative spirit and topnotch marketing strategy. With all these facts in place, it is no wonder that a lot of today’s most stylish local celebrities chose to support Vivo.

The biggest names in show business are proud ambassadors in Vivo

Before the introduction of local brand endorsers, NBA superstar Stephen Curry signed up as Vivo’s biggest ambassador September of 2016. Locally, Vivo Philippines welcomed dancer, model, and actor McCoy De Leon and one of the top lifestyle bloggers in the Philippines Verniece Enciso two months later in November. 

Mccoy Deleon and Verniece Enciso with Vivo Brand Driector Annie Lim, Vice President Hazel Bascon and CEO Ted Shone

Vivo Showcases World’s First Ready-to-Produce In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Smartphone at CES 2018

Las Vegas, US, 9 January 2018 – Today at CES 2018, Vivo, a young global smartphone brand, showcases the world’s first ready-to-produce in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone that draws attention from a global audience. Leading with distinct innovative breakthroughs, the futuristic Vivo in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone offers consumers an unprecedented mobile experience, defining a new era of mobile interaction.

Vivo to showcase newest mobile phone technology at the Consumer Technology Association™ 2018

Global smartphone brand Vivo is participating in the Consumer Technology Association™ (CES) 2018 where it will showcase the Vivo In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology with its global partner Synaptics. Vivo’s exhibit will feature the brand’s first ready-to-produce smartphone featuring an industry-leading in-display fingerprint sensor supported by Synaptics. The Vivo phone to use this leading technology and its availability will be announced in early 2018.

Why Loisa Andalio, Maris Racal, Inigo Pascual, and Chienna Filomeno trust the Vivo brand

Vivo, a smartphone brand known the world over, introduces its newest brand influencers composed of fresh faces from the local showbusiness scene. Vivo’s latest brand celebrity supporters are all Kapamilya stars from big-time network ABS-CBN, making names and waves in the entertainment arena. The inclusion of the biggest stars in its roster of influencers is proof that Vivo is aggressive in terms of its marketing and PR efforts to further push the brand to the top tier of the choicest smartphone companies. In the Philippines, Vivo places third in the most popular smartphone brand with at least 1.1 million users and 5,200 stores and counting nationwide while globally, Vivo boasts of 200 million users and growing.

Chie Filomeno hyping the Vivo community
Before the introduction of local brand influencers, Vivo wowed the smartphone industry by signing up NBA superstar Stephen Curry as Vivo’s biggest ambassador September of 2016. In November 2017, during the grand launch of the Vivo V7+ in Manila, Vivo introduced their newest local brand endorsers. One of these endorsers were actress, dancer, and singer Loisa Andalio, actress, dancer, talented teen heartthrob Inigo Pascual, and television personality Maris Racal, and model-actress Chienna Filomeno

18-year-old Loisa Andalio came into the limelight when she joined the 5th regular season of Pinoy Big Brother where she was dubbed as the “Talented Darling of Paranaque”. Loisa is currently a member of an all-girl group G13 formed in 2013. The talented Loisa, known as an influential millennial celebrity with a vast social media following, currently has 1.17 followers on Twitter, 2.7 million followers on Instagram, and over 600,000 followers on Facebook. 

Loisa Andalio in one of Vivo's events
Loisa loves her Vivo V7+ because of the phone’s Face ID feature. Futuristic enough, Vivo offers this feature which is a surely-safe security access to one’s smartphone, where phone unlocks with mere facial recognition. The Face ID feature enables the V7+ to “wake up” with the user simply picking up the phone, raising it in portrait mode to unlock it and it is ready to go. As a dancer, Loisa is also thrilled with the V7+’s fully-upgraded AK4376A Hi-Fidelity audio chip supports the latest sound technology and levels up mobile audio technology, enabling any music lover to enjoy rich and full rhythms.

Loisa was formally introduced as a Vivo influencer during the Vivo V7+’s launch at the Grand Marriot Hotel last September 20, 2017 and also entertained her multitude of fans at a Vivo mall tour at SM Dasmarinas December last year.