Samsung Galaxy A71 in new silver color; Vivo X50, Pro finally arrive; FreebieMNL now out;


    The best-selling SAMSUNG Galaxy A71 now comes in Haze Crush Silver

    Earlier this year, SAMSUNG introduced the Galaxy A71 so Gen Z could show off their awesome through their passions, interests, or likes, and share it with the world. The device flaunts a 64MP Quad Camera, a massive 6.7” FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-O Display, and a supreme performance using an 8nm Octa-Core Processor, Android 10, paired with a long-lasting 4500mAh battery with 25W Super-Fast Charging technology.

    Since then, the Galaxy A71 has taken the entire country by storm. International Data Corporation (IDC), the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets, has revealed Samsung to be the leading vendor in the Philippines for smartphones in the US$ 300+ segment – with the Galaxy A71 as the top model in this segment in 2020H1.

    Following this success, SAMSUNG is introducing the Haze Crush Silver variant for the Galaxy A71. The new color variant boasts a modern and refined silver palette with an elegant matte finish. The phones’ haze effect coating sets a new standard of premium design that looks strong and very high-quality. It also introduces a more grounded and cool-toned quality to the Galaxy A-series. Now, Galaxy users can stand out and be awesome with the sleek new variant. The Galaxy A71 Haze Crush Silver is now available starting P22,990 and it will soon be available to the Galaxy A51.

    Galaxy A71 and A51 users can also enjoy awesome features when they upgrade their devices to the latest software update. They can now capture photos and videos at once with the advanced AI technology through Single Take, shoot artistic videos in low light with the Night Hyperlapse, and create up to 99 filters through the Custom Filter. These awesome content can be shared simultaneously with nearby friends and family through Quick Share. Galaxy users can also let nearby friends play music on their connected Bluetooth speaker through Music Share. In addition, they will also get first dibs on Galaxy updates as well as access to exclusive benefits and promos through the Samsung Members app.

    To know more about the Galaxy A71 and the Galaxy A51, visit For more information about Samsung Members, visit or download the app via Google Play Store or the Galaxy App Store.

    Much-awaited vivo X50 Pro and X50 is finally available in the Philippines

    Since its debut a few months ago, the excitement over vivo’s upmarket X50 Series have not died down. And now it’s expecting to maintain its upbeat tempo now that it’s finally found its way in the Philippine and will officially be available on Aug. 29.

    The premium X50 Pro with the most impressive camera features retails at P39,999, while the regular X50 is priced at P25,999. Nonetheless, the X50 Series both live up to the camera quality reputation that the global smartphone brand is known for.

    These two models have a 32-megapixel hole-punch selfie camera, but each also has distinct offerings when it comes to its cameras. On one hand, X50 Pro boasts of the Gimbal Stabilization feature, as well as the capabilities to capture clear images in extreme settings through its Astro Mode, Super wide-angle and macro, Extreme Night Mode, and the 60x Hyper Zoom ability. Add to that, the thin and sleek glass body design of the model.

    On the other hand, the X50 doesn’t fall short, having the Extreme Night Mode as well, a 20x Zoom ability, and the Pro Sports Mode and Motion AF Tracking features.

    Get your hand on the X50 Pro, available in Alpha Grey, and the X50, that comes in Glaze Black and Frost Blue, online via Lazada at, Shopee at, or in any selected official vivo outlets nationwide. You can also avail the X50 Series through Home Credit To learn more about the vivo X50 Series, visit its official website at or

    917Ventures launches FreebieMNL, a social gateway
    to discounts, vouchers

    917Ventures, the country’s largest corporate incubator and wholly-owned subsidiary of Globe, has launched FreebieMNL, a one-stop platform that combines your favorite social messaging apps with amazing deals and vouchers from the country’s top brands.

    With FreebieMNL, you get full access to tons of vouchers – from discounts to established online stores like Zalora, Shoppee, BeautyMNL, Boozy and PoundIt, to coupons and special treats from famous brands, shops and restaurants such as Bo’s Coffee, Shake Shack, The Red Crab Group, The Store Specialist Group, Digital Walker, GNC, Discovery Hotels and Resorts, among others. And all of these are free as long as you sign up to their channels on Facebook Messenger and Viber.

    “917Ventures is constantly looking for ways to serve and delight our customers, especially under current circumstances where many people are staying at home. By providing our customers the best deals around the country, all in one page, we’re giving them a way to discover new things and enjoy life even while on quarantine,” said VInce Yamat, 917Ventures’ Entrepreneur in Residence. “When you sign up to FreebieMNL, you’re signing up to a lifetime of freebies.”

    On top of the discounts, you can also expect numerous giveaways and raffles with a chance to win by simply answering surveys, referring friends or sharing posts. In the last few months alone, FreebieMNL raffled off awesome gift baskets, free prepaid load, a year’s worth of delicious pizza, and a whole year’s worth of fruits and vegetables.

    To top it all off, FreebieMNL is further complemented by its awesome website – which features useful life hacks, guides to live your best digital lifestyle, and spotlights on some of the biggest trending topics of our time. It also features cool brands and up and comers that everyone should pay attention to. Of course, the website is also home to deals and vouchers.

    FreebieMNL offers users a world of vouchers, discounts and freebies all accessible through social media messaging platforms and their website. It is currently available on both Viber and Messenger. To subscribe, just click the Get Started button. Join FreebieMNL on Viber today at and subscribe to FreebieMNL on Messenger at

    FreebieMNL is a brand under 917Ventures, the largest corporate incubator in the Philippines and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globe Telecom.  Visit for more information.

    PESO gets POC nod, now the official National Sports Association
    for esports in the Philippines

    POC Board of Directors and General Body approve powerhouse esports organization’s NSA application

    The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) has accredited the Philippine Esports Organization (PESO) as an associate member, making it the official Nationals Sports Association (NSA) for esports in the Philippines.

    In a landmark decision by the POC, the mother organization of all NSAs, PESO’s recognition as an associate member makes it the official governing body for Philippine esports. Among its tasks would include organizing events, promulgation of rules of the sport, promotion and growth of the sport via grassroots programs and other activities, and the recruitment of National players and coaches.

    Aside from having fulfilled all the requirements of the POC for applicant NSAs, PESO’s approval was built on its long-standing experience in esports, having conducted National Qualifiers to the World Championships since 2012.  PESO also has WADA approved Anti-Doping protocols, as mandated by the International Esports Federation (IESF). PESO has been a member in good standing under the IESF since 2012.

    The IESF is the only esports organization in the world that fulfills all criteria set by the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF).  Founded in 2008, IESF is the oldest and largest esports organization in the world, counting 75 members from all continents.  The IESF has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Asian Esports Federation (AESF), World Esports Consortium (WESCO), and the International University Sports Federation (FISU).  Of IESF’s 75 members, 36 are already accepted by their respective National Olympic Committees.

    “I entrust PESO on their endeavors of uplifting the Philippines through Esports globally,” said POC Chairman Stephen Hontiveros in a statement. “And I congratulate them on being an associate member of the Philippine Olympic Committee!”

    Brian Lim, PESO President, said: “We are grateful to the POC in their recognition of PESO and Esports.  This would help us bring in more support to our fellow Filipinos who are competing globally and bringing glory to the Philippines.”

    Jane Jimenez Basas, SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business at Smart, had this to say about PESO’s accreditation by the POC: “We thank the POC for recognizing PESO as an Associate Member. Our goal is to continue leading the way to bring glory to Philippine esports.  After supporting Team Sibol in the 2019 SEA Games, Smart reaffirms its commitment to the esports industry by looking for the next members of Team Sibol who will represent the Philippines in the IESF World Championships. “

    PESO’s first major event for 2020 is the Philippine Qualifiers for the IESF World Championships to be held in Israel this December.  The search for the newest members of Team Sibol starts this September 2020. Details on the Philippine Qualifiers for the 12th IESF World Championship will be announced through the PESO Facebook Page. TV5 and Cignal, who have been strong advocates of esports on Philippine airwaves, will air the Philippines Qualifiers on One Sports and One Sports Plus. Smart Communications is a proud sponsor of Team Sibol, the Philippine National Esports Team.

    For more info on the Philippine Esports Organization (PESO), visit the following links: Facebook Page: Website:


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