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January 10, 2018

CES 2018, the largest electronics convention of the year is where Vivo showcased the world's first production ready in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone!

Demonstrating their continued commitment to bring an extraordinary user experience to consumers, Vivo showcases the first production ready smartphone with an in-display fingerprint scanning technology that delivers a whole new mobile experience by enabling users to unlock their smartphone through one-touch fingerprint scanning directly from the display. This solves the industry's challenge of providing a better and more convenient fingerprint authentication experience without sacrificing the need for space just for a separate fingerprint scanner.

“With our efforts in extensive consumer research and long-term R&D investment, Vivo is well positioned to pioneer the development of fingerprint scanning technology. We first presented a prototype of our fingerprint scanning solution at MWC Shanghai 2017 based on an ultrasonic sensor, and have remained committed to realizing our vision for future smartphones,” said Alex Feng, Senior Vice President of Vivo. “Today’s showcase of a ready-to-produce in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone featuring an optical fingerprint sensor is a big leap forward in bringing consumers this long-awaited, futuristic mobile experience. We are very excited to make it available to consumers soon.”

The In-display fingerprint scanning technology from Vivo supports various scenarios besides unlocking the smartphone. It is only activated when needed. A graphical interface will reveal itself on the smartphone's display in scenarios where the fingerprint is needed like user authentication like in payments and logging-in to accounts.

Full-screen displays are set to deliver a more immersive user experience for consumers as various interactions will be integrated and consolidated on the display. Vivo In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology replaces the physical fingerprint button on the screen, laying the foundation for a truly immersive experience.

The showcasing of the world’s first in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone ready for mass-production marks a significant leap forward in the industry’s development, taking users’ smartphone experience to a new level. The availability of Vivo’s first in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone will be announced in early 2018.

December 17, 2017

The holidays have always been a large part of the Filipino's lives so Vivo Philippines celebrates the holiday spirit with a new video depicting a touching story of a children, their mother and the husband and father from the war.

Happy Holidays from Vivo!

The story centers on the grieving wife who tends to her children on Christmas eve when a group of carolers serenaded them with their rendition of 'Silent Night' outside their home. Inside the grieving family's home is fully flushed noche buena with gifts that welcomed these carolers. 

However the family's feelings were stirred because of the solitary portrait of the father of the home-a soldier who gave his life fighting for peace in the war.

This holiday video from Vivo became viral and garnered more than 780,000 views with more than 4,200 shares and near 41,000 likes within six days of its release from the Vivo Philippines facebook page. Because it focused on family, the holidays, togetherness and gratitude, Vivo's Holiday video hits home for many Filipinos.

The comments section abounds with emotional sentiments with messages of gratitude for the soldiers who fought to re-establish peace in Marawi. Some of the comments even expressed gratitude to Vivo for “giving [the audience] an avenue to thank the ones who enabled them to celebrate Christmas in peace.” “very meaningful and heartwarming! a tribute to all our soldiers and father! hats off to Vivo management for making this short film.”

You can watch the video with this link: HERE

What do you guys think?

November 30, 2017

Leading smartphone brand, Vivo held a re-launch of their latest smartphone offering from the V-series, the V7!

The Raffle Winner for the first ever V7 in the Philippines!

It was first unveiled at the grand launch held at SM City Bacolod Event Center last November 18 with Boyband PH headlining the event.

The re-launch was held at the SM North EDSA Cyberzone Event Center last November 28th and was graced by singer, Vivo influencer Julie Anne San Jose, male group One Up and was hosted by DJ, Vlogger Ashley Rivera.

The event was attended by members of the media from various networks and publications. Ms. Hazel Bascon, Vice President of Vivo Philippines and Head of Sales welcomed the press and the audience who came all the way to witness Vivo's latest product and endorsers!

This product just came in time for the holidays coupled with a special Christmas campaign to anchor the giving tradition of the Filipinos with full support from the Vivo brand!

Vivo enthusiasts who came to the event were invited to take a selfie with Santa Claus and inside the Vivo Phone booth. The Phones themselves are available for fans to play with and purchase.

The V7 retains the class leading 24MP front facing camera that fans have come to know and love from the V7 Plus released earlier this year.

October 31, 2017

Latest Vivo Influencer Maris Racal has come a long way from her Pinoy Big Brother stint. She placed second to Daniel Matsunaga, and she is known for her singing voice that gave the title "Singing Sunshine of Davao!"

She grew up in a musically-inclined family and is part of a sing-and-dance-all-girl group from ABS-CBN!

She has a lot on her belt as budding celebrity and now she is a Vivo endorser! “I have always wanted to [endorse a phone brand],” Maris says in a brief interview held in between photo shoots for the top smartphone brand. “That is why when my handler told me [that I have been chosen to endorse Vivo], I was so happy.”

Maris Rascal!

She debuted as one of the Vivo influencers at the launch of the Vivo V7+. She is part of a new roster of the Vivo Family. She is also an independent talent and is half of the "Marni go" love team with Inigo Pascual, another Vivo family member!

As part of "Marnigo" a lot of good things are on their plate. “I look super fresh [in my selfies] even without make-up,”  Maris swears by the 24MP clearer selfie front facing camera of the Vivo V7+ which provides clearer, crispier and natural looking photos!

As a musician, she was happy to find out that the Vivo V7+ is packed with the upgraded AK4376A Hi-Fidelity audio chip which makes the V7+ one of the best phones for audiophiles!

She will be part of a series of Vivo V7+ mall shows along side Inigo and the rest of the Vivo Family. This will be a four month tour which started in September and will be jam packed with fun activities and performances!

Chienna Filomeno is the Twenty-one-year-old social media darling with more than a million in instagram followers. She juggles show business, traveling, being a DJ and now Vivo's latest influencer!

She has been overwhelmed by being chosen to carry the Vivo brand! “[I am happy] that [Vivo] trusted me,” she gushes in a brief interview conducted during a photo shoot organized by Vivo.

Chienna along with other Vivo brand ambassadors are thrilled of their new addition to the Vivo family. She is so excited that she can now take clear, all-natural selfie with an array of filters to choose from. One of her favorites is the Bokeh effect, an aesthetic quality of out of focus blur in photos that add drama and flare to any selfie from the Vivo V7+!

“My selfies are so clear and natural!” Chienna says in reference to the V7+ 24MP front facing camera with LED flash and smart photography algorithms which provides crisp, clear-cut and natural looking photographs.

There is also a Special Face Beauty 7.0 that brightens up the photos, and evens-out the complexion to make your selfies even better in dim lighting conditions!

Chienna She urges her fans to pick a Vivo smartphone for themselves “because it is super worth it,”. The young budding star will be appearing alongside her fellow Vivo brand endorsers in various mall tours to be mounted by the top smartphone brand. The four-month mall tour which commenced last September will run until the end of 2017 and will heavily endorse the Vivo V7+.

November 27, 2016

Tomas Morato has been one of the major dining locations in the Metro for several years now. As such, restaurants that have been coming and going. Very few have stood the test of time. Thaipan is one of the veterans that have been around since 2006. This must mean something, and because we have yet to eat there, we decided to see for ourselves along with some friends how it really is!

They have this fancy private room that can seat at least 12 people!

The Ambiance 

Thaipan at first glance is a fancy house from the 70's that was remodeled to become the premier Thai restaurant it is today. The walls are decorated with hand painted patterns from local artists. The lights are mostly yellow that give off this warm and cozy feel to it that offers a relaxing but refined mood. It may however feel dark to some people.

The Tables are mostly made of glass and steel while the chairs are made of premium polycarbonate and steel while utensils feel solid and have a tactile feel to them that perfectly goes along with the other steel materials in the room. 

A bit of a tease of what's to come!
Glass Half Full

The Food

I was one of the first to arrive at Thaipan before my friends and while waiting, the waiter offered for me to check their drinks. He recommended the iced Thai milk tea which I was curious about, so I ordered one. As soon as I took my first zip, it exploded with flavor in my mouth. You could taste the milk and the tea distinctively. I was zipping so much that I forgot to take a picture hence, glass half full.

Pomelo Salad!

For appetizers, we were we had the Pomelo Salad and the Mieng Kham. The Pomelo Salad is different because the shredded chicken with garlic and pomelo doesn't make sense at first but when it touches your mouth it was an amazing surprise. The Pomelo's sweetness, the chicken's meatiness and the garlic's heat are all brought together by the spices which actually complements each of the other ingredients. The Mieng Kham is a standard dish and their rendition was okay. It wasn't bad but it didn't have anything special about it either.

The Mieng Kham!
For Soup, we ordered the Tom Yum, the Laksa and the Thai Chicken Curry. We ordered the mild spicy versions of the Tom Yum and the Laksa and the they were both good. The flavors of the seafood, the vegetables and the spices of the Tom Yum hit you as soon as the soup hit your tongue. The Laksa's soup has a strong kick that is complimented by the creamy texture. I do wish that the soup was a little thicker to reach perfection. The Thai Chicken Curry was different because it's curry but it doesn't have the spicy HOT kick. Otherwise, the chicken and yellow curry sauce is good.

The Tom Yum!
The Laksa!
The Thai Chicken Curry!
For the main course, we had quite the list: Fish Tamarind, Pandan Chicken, Stir-fried Squid and Shrimp, and Soft-Shell Crab in Black Pepper Sauce. The Fish tamarind was crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside with the moist flavor bursting fish inside. The Pandan chicken was okay. A little underwhelming compared to the rest.

Pandan Chicken and Fish Tamarind!
Soft-Shell Crab in Black Pepper Sauce

Stir-Fried Squid and Shrimp

The Soft Shell Crab was a little salty, otherwise, the texture, the flavor and the kick worked together and is amazing. I couldn't get over at how soft and refined the texture of the crab was while the Squid and Shrimp was about the same. The technique was perfect. Ingredients are cooked to perfection with the flavors dancing, the textures refined and the spiciness just right!

Phad Thai Noodles

Last, but not the least: the Phad Thai Noodles! The preparation was unique as the tofu and the rest of the ingredients are inside. The sauce was amazingly flavorful which mildly thick texture that brings out the individual flavors of the other ingredients. It is best to eat this right away because the flavor changes as the ingredients soak up the sauce making the texture soggy.

For dessert we had the Ta Koh Sakhoo which is a tapioca pearl topped with creamy steamed cake. It was absolutely, decadent. The way the steamed cake oozes and melts in your mouth while the mild sweetness hits you is absolutely, heavenly. I recommend this dessert! It's refreshing coming from seeing mostly chocolates and ice creams as dessert options.

Ta Koh Sakhoo

The Service

The service was good. I was entertained as soon as I arrived, even though my companions arrived a little later. They were kind enough to set the table and offer me a drink first. We waited for ten minutes and the first few dishes arrived, and we were soon overwhelmed because most of the dishes came together. This is not a bad thing as we were given the chance to taste everything.

There was always a waiter near by if we needed anything. You have to order the dessert right away though because the prep time can take a while. What astounded me was how each of the three waiters I inquired about different dishes knew what the dish was, how it was prepared and what possible related dishes can be recommended. I liked this. It just goes to show how a restaurant can stand at least five years. (and the crew are proud of it.)

The Price

The price of the dishes vary. The appetizers start at Php 198 and averages around Php 250. Salads and main dishes start at Php 250 and can get up to Php 399 while the drinks start at Php onwards. The decadent desserts start at Php 178 to Php 205. I find their pricing justifiable relative to its quality and its portions. With each dish that I have tasted, I never found any to be over priced and I enjoyed my stay with Thaipan.

The Verdict

What We LIKED:

  • Most of the dishes we had were Good with only a handful to be okay
  • That Dessert was heavenly and refreshing!
  • The SPICY KICK is very much welcome
  • Phad Thai was Unique
  • Staff service is remarkable

What We Almost LIKED:

  • Pandan Chicken and Mieng Kham were only Okay
  • Some people will find the ambiance refined but a little dark

Do you want to Contact 'Thaipan?'
Address: 120 Sct. Dr. Lazcano Tomas Morato, Quezon City, Philippines
Telephone number:  (0917) 808 0718
Instagram: @thaipan_qc
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday 11AM to 3PM, 6PM to 11PM

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