Happy Hong Kong Tales Part 2

As promised, here is the second part of my Hong Kong blog. What did we do and how did we do it?

First, the tickets! We were able to buy during a Seat Sale of Cebu Pacific Airlines. We bought the tickets around October and our flight was on June the next year. We got them for only less than 5k! After buying the ticket, we realized that we got so much time to plan out our trip. So to “save” money or to feel like we’re saving money, we decided to buy other things in separate months. Because of this, we did not felt our expenses at all!

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Happy faces while waiting for boarding! 🙂

Second, the accommodations! It was going to be my fourth time already and my last time was fairly recent. I choose where we are going to stay. We stayed at Dragon Hostel (Sincere Guest House) which is just near Mong Kok Station. This is where we stayed last time and the location is very good. I highly recommend this area! It is just near Ladies Market and Langham Place. It is the perfect area for people who wants to shop for cheap shoes and gadgets. We booked this area around March already. We got it for less than 1k per person per night. I bet you could get it cheaper if you can book earlier!

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Happy Lianne because we keep on booking cheap! LOL 

Third, the attractions and activities! Where to buy? Klook, of course. We first bought HK Disneyland tickets. If you’re familiar with Klook, it best to remember that after your first purchase they usually send you discount vouchers for activities in the same area. Next, we bought Peak Tram tickets. Then we bought Lantau Island day tour. Lastly, we bought sim cards from Klook using the points I’ve earned from my last travel. Others would suggest that you buy an Octopus card but we didn’t because MTR tickets are very easy to buy from each station and the lines are very easy to navigate.

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Happiest kids at the happiest place on Earth! Disneyland!!!
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Slinky! Did you noticed our shirts? 😉
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Ngong Pin 360! Best way to view Hong Kong.
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Clear skies. Majestic gates.
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Still wasn’t able to reach the top. I still have a good view though.

Last, the final itinerary! Because of flight changes by our airlines, our trip got extended and our flight hours were more convenient. Pro-tip number one, check-in online! This will save you time and lines for web check-in are usually shorter. Pro-tip number two, the internet is your friend. Check out blogs to finalize your itinerary. Plan out your trips but be flexible, things would not always go as planned. Since we would arrive at lunch, we scheduled the Peak Tram on our first day because we could still fit it in and it is not an exhausting activity. Disneyland was for the next day because we know that we’re gonna be rested enough to enjoy it the whole day. Third day is for Lantau Island. Fourth day is just for random roaming around the city. Fifth day, was our flight back to Manila. Every night we were able to go the market and shop a little. Because our activities were already paid for, all the money we brought was spent on food, transpo, and shopping. I didn’t brought a lot of money because I have no plans on shopping. If you’re planning on making “tipid” more, then bring food! “Mag-baon” ka. There’s no harm in making “tipid”.

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Victoria Harbour
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Random pictures. Structures. Following Ciara. LOL!
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Find focal points. Pieces of art around the city.

While planning this, I’ve realized something. As a traveler, my priorities changed. In the past, it’s more about finding the cheapest promos of fares and activities. It’s also more about doing 100 things at a time. Now, I’ve realized that comfort has a price and that I’m more than willing to spend for it. Also, I’ve learned that phasing is important. Quality and not quantity. My body and energy can’t keep up anymore if I’ll plan 100 things at a time. I need to strategically limit the activities that I want to do. And that’s totally fine. I don’t need to do everything in one go. Positively thinking, we can always go back! But it’s a different rule for “pasalubongs” to oneself. LOL. If you saw something that you want, don’t deny yourself too much. It’s okay to splurge! Budgeting differs when you’re on a trip.

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Food trip is a must in every travel!
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Down times or relaxing moments are important to have.

Ultimate pro-tip, don’t forget to enjoy. Breathe. Chill. Explore. Do what you went there for! Think positively, don’t invite negatives vibes. Speak only positive things. Declare positive situations regardless of what you may hear. Fill your thoughts of positive outcomes. Take time to feel your surroundings. Be thankful. Feel the favor upon you. Be grateful. Appreciate even the smallest things. Enjoy!

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Happiness is a choice. Always choose it.
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Vivo X21 is an eyecatcher at the Mobile Fest 2018

Global smartphone brand Vivo has made a good impression on tech enthusiasts at the SM Cyberzone’s Mobile Fest 2018.

To explain all the goods on Vivo’s latest flagship smartphone—the X21, the brand tapped respected tech experts Mark Macanas of TechPinas and Alora Uy Guerrero of Revu.

The experts discussed Vivo X21’s unlocking technologies, dual rear camera, AI Selfie Camera, AI Game Mode, Hi-Fi, performance, and design.

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Alora Uy Guerrero of Revu and Mark Macanas of TechPinas had nothing but praises for Vivo X21.

Macanas and Guerrero mentioned that there are two ways to unlock the Vivo X21, through the Face ID Access with Infrared that accurately identifies a user’s facial features even in nighttime and the In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology that replaces the rear fingerprint sensor. Vivo is the industry pioneer of In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology.

Aside from pioneering features, the pair also talked about Vivo X21’s photography-related specs. The 12 megapixel+5MP dual rear camera and the 12MP front camera with Dual Pixel Sensor. These impressive hardware specs are even boosted by the X21’s AI features like the AI Face Beauty and AI HDR.

In terms of performance, the Vivo X21 proved to be a hard worker, said Macanas and Guerrero. After all, the X21 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660AIE chip that can process complex AI and neural computing. It has a 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM to improve the speed of launching, loading, and switching including large and complex mobile games.

To complement all these, Vivo X21 has a 6.28-inch 19:9 FHD+ FullView™ Display with a 90.3% screen-to-body ratio for every user’s viewing pleasure.

Moreover, Guerrero, a music-lover, even praised Vivo for continuing its Hi-Fi legacy in the X21. The smartphone is equipped with Deep Field technology, which was developed by Vivo to provide panoramic surround, mega bass, clear voice effects and various environmental audio effects, allowing users to customize their audio experience.

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The Vivo booth at the Mobile Fest 2018.
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Vivo is one of the key brands that participated in the Mobile Fest 2018.

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 vivoglobal.ph or check out their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/vivophil), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/vivo_philippines/), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/vivo_phil) accounts.

Happy Hong Kong Tales

At last!!! I’ve been waiting for this travel since last year. This is my first time to travel with my ‘True Friends’. These are my friends since high school and for the past few years we’re the ones who has been there for one another. And this is our first out-of-the-country travel! Yeeeaaaay for us!

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Camera ready happy faces!

Planning this was so easy! Maximize the apps in your phone like Traveloka and Klook. They still have the lowest prices for hotels and activities. Also, it helped that two of us have already visited Hong Kong. This was my fourth time already. Why did we choose Hong Kong? First, tickets were on sale! We got ours for only Php 4,000+. Second, no visa required. Third, it’s a good country to visit for first time travelers. Lastly, Disneylaaaaaannnnddddd.

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Happiest place on Earth ❤

Like any travel, there are some realizations that hit me during this one. First and the most important one, positive thinking comes a long way. Days before our trip, it was raining hard in the Philippines and I knew that rainy days have also started in Hong Kong. We would always talk about “What the weather would be like when we go there?” I would always answer positively even though weather forecasts would disagree with my statements. “I bet it would already be sunny when we get there!” or “It will not rain, promise!”. Lo and behold, it didn’t. Weather forecasts said it would but it didn’t. Actually, it was so sunny already during our 3rd day there. I have always believe in the power of WORDS. So, the more you speak negatively the more it will happen. So why not speak positively?

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Friends that travel together, stays together. LOL!

Second, everyone is different. Travelling within a group? There’s always gonna be some ‘hassles’. But that’s alright! It’s natural. Why? Because you have different personalities. Different preferences. Different temperaments. Everything, especially if it’s your first time to travel, will be a case of trial and error. What works and what doesn’t? Just remember to keep your CHILL.

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We’re extra AF with our shirts!

Lastly, enjoy. With our fast-paced life, we somehow forget how to enjoy. Especially the small things. I’ve enjoy this travel very much because of my friends. I’ve enjoy the food. I’ve enjoy how we use their public transportation. I’ve enjoy the long and exhausting walks. I’ve enjoy the humid weather. I’ve enjoy all. It’s just a matter of how will you look at these things. Will you choose to just simply enjoy them or to find fault in all? Because you’ll always find one! Enjoy the exciting moments as well as the down times. Enjoy the loud as well as the quiet. Enjoy the ‘going to’ as well as the ‘going home’. Just enjoy.

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YAAAAASSSS!!!

So there, dear readers! Next post will be on what we did and how we did it. Cheers, to more travel. 

KZ, TJ showcase superb musicality in Vivo V9 mall tour

Singer KZ Tandingan earned new fans with her powerful performances during her stint on China’s high-rating TV show, Singer 2018. Although she did not make it to the finals, KZ made a mark with the Chinese audience, cementing her title as Asia’s Soul Supreme.

Now back in the Philippines, KZ performed for her fans at the SM Mall of Asia on April 22, Sunday, to support the launch of Vivo’s newest flagship smartphone, the V9 with a 24-megapixel AI selfie camera and more. It was her first public performance in the Philippines following her appearance on Singer 2018.

As the crowd roared in welcome, KZ belted out her signature hits like her cover of Lorde’s “Royals,” which she performed on Singer 2018, and Air Supply’s “Two Less Lonely People in the World.” She also sang her original songs, “Labo” and “Mahal Ko o Mahal Ako.”

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Game face on! KZ always ready to give her all as she wowed fans with her topnotch performance at SM Mall of Asia on April 22, Sunday, for the Vivo V9 mall tour.

Vivo Philippines Brand Director Annie Lim, meanwhile, expressed the global smartphone company’s continuous support for KZ.

“Like the rest of the Filipinos, we are very proud of KZ and her achievements on Singer 2018. She embodies the brand’s personality—young, trendy, and techie. We are very happy that someone as talented as her is part of the Vivo family,” she said.

“We can’t wait to see what she’s going to do next,” Lim added.

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TJ thrilled fans at SM Mall of Asia on April 22, Sunday, with his melodious, captivating hits.

The event was even made more special since acoustic balladeer TJ Monterde, KZ’s equally talented boyfriend and fellow Vivo endorser, performed for the event. He sang his own compositions, “Tulad Mo,” “Kahit Kunwari,” and “Ikaw at Ako.”

TJ also had nothing but praises for her girlfriend as she introduced her on stage and encouraged the mallgoers to cheer KZ on.

“KZ deserves a loud crowd,” he said.

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Love birds do make great harmony.

After the pair answered questions from the press and gave away a brand new Vivo V9, they sang their hit duet, “Ikaw at Ako Pa Rin,” which made their fans overjoyed with kilig.

KZ and TJ then went around the Perfect Shot, Perfect View Vivo V9 mall tour experience booths and greeted Vivo V9 buyers and their fans after the program. The two also surprised mallgoers when they dropped by the Vivo kiosk at the SM Cyberzone.

KZ has been a proud Vivo endorser since September 2017. She has also been active in joining Vivo in its mall tours and activities since then. TJ, on the other hand, became a Vivo endorser since May 2017.
Check out Vivo’s official YouTube page for more information: https://youtu.be/d22rnb24L8A.
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 vivoglobal.ph or check out their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/vivophil), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/vivo_philippines/), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/vivo_phil) accounts.

Atrocious April

Mad storm passing

What do you do when a storm is passing? A storm you can’t pacify. A storm that you need to endure. A storm that you pray to pass quickly. It’s not the summer storm with the beautiful pattering of the rain on your roof. It doesn’t contain the soft gray clouds that you know. It consists of roaring thunders and sharp lightnings. It brings too much rain, enough for flood, enough to wash you away. It comes with harsh and strong winds that can make trees bow. What do you do when a storm is passing?

Recently, I failed at something. And I seem to be failing at everything after that. I’m not in a good place. I’m not okay. I feel brokenhearted to say the least.

Ganoon pala yun… The hardest part of a having a dream dying is the fact that you stay alive. You still live after its death. You continue even if it does not. You still exist when it ceased. Every sunrise still shines. Every sunset still goes. The earth continues to turn.

It’s the kind of heartbreak where you can’t cry. Tears won’t come to me. Yet, I know I’m breaking. Like, something in me is trying to break free. It’s the kind of heartbreak where you want to go away. Stay away from people for a time. Go somewhere else. Go far away from your mind. Talk to no one. Think about nothing. It’s the kind of heartbreak where you don’t know where to start. Start healing. Start moving on. Start anew.

I know it will pass. This phase will pass. Everything will pass. But for now… I’m just feeling sh*t. I want days to fast forward. To what? I don’t know. I just want to do something. Read? Sleep? Eat? Travel? I don’t know. I want to cry it out. How to start? I don’t know. I want to sort my emotions. What do I really feel? I don’t know.

I’m just waiting. Waiting for the storm to pass. It will.

And new flowers will bloom after that storm. Beautiful. Like none the earth have seen before.

I’ll patiently wait for them to bloom.

AI-powered Vivo V9 surpasses 18,000 pre-orders ahead of nationwide launch

Vivo’s newest flagship smartphone, the V9, was yet to be released in authorized stores nationwide, but it had already exceeded pre-order expectations.

As of April 5, the Vivo V9 has received over 18,000 pre-orders. The pre-orders started on March 26 after it unveiled the V9 to the press in a summer-themed launch at the City of Dreams Manila on March 22.

Due to the unprecedented success of the Vivo V9, additional units will be coming soon to accommodate the growing interest in Vivo’s new flagship unit. Vivo is very grateful to its loyal followers for the continued support. The global smartphone brand assures its fans that it will keep on pushing its boundaries to introduce consumer-friendly revolutions.

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The Vivo V9 gets over 18,000 pre-orders nationwide in less than two weeks.

Known for its cutting-edge and innovative technologies, Vivo is one of the most respected smartphones in the industry. And, it continued to break limits with the release of the Vivo V9. The newest flagship smartphone has elevated its selfie expertise by seamlessly integrating artificial intelligence technology with the 24-megapixel front camera.

The Vivo V9 also features an improved AI Face Beauty technology and over 40 built-in AR Stickers to make taking selfies more fun. The smartphone also has a 6.3-inch FullView™ Display for an unparalleled viewing experience with a 90% screen-to-body ratio.

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Vivo is looking a brighter 2018 ahead as it is the official smartphone of the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018.

Vivo’s newest flagship smartphone may be filled with features that will make jaws drop, but it did so without sacrificing design. The V9 is a sleek, polished smartphone that comes in Pearl Black and Gold.

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  Head to an authorized Vivo shop near you to get experience Vivo V9’s Perfect View, Perfect Shot.

Vivo will begin selling its latest flagship smartphone, the V9, at all authorized stores nationwide on Friday, April 6. The Vivo V9 retails at Php17,990.

Check out Vivo’s official YouTube page for more information: https://youtu.be/d22rnb24L8A.

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 vivoglobal.ph or check out their Facebook

(https://www.facebook.com/vivophil), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/vivo_philippines/), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/vivo_phil) accounts.

Thoughts on Teaching

More than a profession, teaching is a calling. Some might have forgotten it because of things that happen beyond their control. May it be what is required of the job, family concerns, money problems, or even politicking. Some might have forgotten what it really means to teach. The values, as a teacher, that we should always have. What we should stand for…

So, here are some of my thoughts on teaching.

My Two Cents (or should I say piso?) on Teaching:

Teaching is not for someone who wants POWER,
It’s for someone who wants to EMPOWER.
It is not for someone who wants FOLLOWERS, 
But for someone who wants to create LEADERS.
It’s not for someone who seeks VALIDATION,
But for someone who can give AFFIRMATION freely.
It’s not for someone who is UNCARING,
But for someone who can be STRICT out of love and discipline.
It’s not for someone who wants to get RICH fast,
But for someone who knows how to be RESOURCEFUL when the going gets ‘tight’.
Lastly, teaching is not for those who are QUIET with their convictions. It’s for those who stay TRUE to their convictions, no matter what. 

How about you? No matter who you are, what’s your thought on teaching? Who are the people that should be teaching? What kind of values should they have?

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Vivo to bring the house down this March with newest flagship

Top global phone manufacturer Vivo is set to send the mobile phone industry in frenzy with the release of yet another stunner in their smartphone series. Set to be unveiled March, Vivo’s latest offering promises consumersbigger and better offeringsin their mobile phone experience.

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“Vivo will offer another innovative flagship phone this March”

 

Following the success of the V7 plus and the V7 release, word is out that consumers can expect that the new offering will retain all of the V7 phones’impressive, thumbprint features albeit enhanced and updated with specs that are centered on delivering flawless selfie shots made even by state-of-the-art artificial intelligence beautifying tools. Because it is still dedicated in delivering perfect photos, it should also be expected that the camera will rocka souped up HDR mode.

Moreover, a buzz on this newest Vivo flagship includes a bigger display complemented by a full HD resolution. As the V7’s successor, the Game Mode feature is expected to still be onboard in the list of specifications along with the futuristic Face ID and fingerprint unlockcomponent.

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

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.

For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at www.vivo.com/ph or check out their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/VivoPhil), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/vivophil/), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/vivo_phil) accounts.

 

Start Writing

After the first letter is clicked, what an adrenaline rush! Inspired (persuaded? bullied into?) by my friend Arra, I went to this site:

http://www.themostdangerouswritingapp.com/

Even before I typed in my first word, I was already thinking about the words and sentences that I want to write. It was so exciting, yet, unnerving at the same time. What should I write? Should I write that in? How would I say what I want to say? How does that subject and verb agreement goes? Will I be able to write continuously for three minutes?

The idea behind this site is that if you stop writing, everything you have written will be gone. You can’t cheat also! You can’t type and delete, type and delete, and type and delete while waiting for that next word to come to you. That’s why I was so nervous to write! But you know what is the secret to finishing this challenge? Just start writing. 

2nd story pt. 1

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We’re two ships sailing

Here’s one of my first “stories”. I was able to write this because this story had been bothering for a long time now. However, I always made excuses not to write it down. Excuses such as “I don’t have time yet”, “I’m not in the mood”, “I don’t have the right paper and pen”, or “I’m too lazy to write it down”. But it begs to be written down because it’s always on my mind. If you read it, you’ll see grammatical errors and inconsistent voices. You’ll also notice how disconnected some sentences would be. You’ll see how I jumped from an idea to another. How I shift voices, tenses, and ideas. But I think, that’s part of the magic of this site.

Soon, I let go and just forget about the rules. I just start writing and kept on writing. Without any fear of the “rules”. With just the words I want to write. With just the sentiments I want to be honest with. I started with 3 minutes and now I find myself enjoying and not breaking any sweat with 10 minutes! Like, whoah. Haha!

It’s always a liberating experience to write. Not just with this site but, in general. Why? This site made me realize that this statement is true, “We write what the heart is full of…” I have written other things in this site that I’m not that comfortable to share with a whole lot. Things that, sometimes, I don’t even what to think about. Like dreams that are too close yet still too far. Or of fears that lurks around the corners of my mind. And of people. Stories that I would not share but have written. I’m still not that brave, dear reader. So, for now, I’m just sharing written fictions. Haha!

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Summer seasons are the worst

 

So there. Why don’t you challenge yourself with this? Start writing! 

Vivo local endorsers KZ Tandingan, TJ Monterde wow fans in CDO

Vivo local endorsers, singers, and real-life lovers KZ Tandingan and TJ Monterde on Saturday, February 17, charmed their fans at a post-Valentine’s Day show at Limketkai Atrium in Cagayan de Oro City.

The concert, which also featured The X Factor alumni Jeric Medina, Chandreena, and Shameena Moorjani as well as CDO-based Visayan pop singer Winset Jacot, was made possible through the support of global smartphone brand Vivo.

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TJ Monterde and KZ Tandingan, in a rare occasion, held a concert together for their fans in CDO.

The Limketkai Atrium was jam-packed with fans of all ages, from all walks of life to witness the talented singers perform their hits. In between the songs, fans screamed to show their love and appreciation for the pair. Unsurprisingly, Monterde and Tandingan did not disappoint. They hit the right notes and delivered a show for the books. They even performed a medley of Visayan songs, especially for their Kagay-anon fans.

Monterde sang his original compositions such as “Sa Tuwina,”  “Imahinasyon,” and “Mahika.” Tandingan, meanwhile, delighted fans with her rendition of “Tadhana,” “Two Less Lonely People in the World,” and her winning performance of “Rolling in the Deep” on the Chinese television series “Singer 2018.”

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The acoustic singer-songwriter seranded Kagay-anon fans with his original hits like “Dating Tayo,” “Tulad Mo,” and “Ikaw at Ako.”
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TJ and KZ showed undeniable musicality and chemistry during their post-Valentine’s Day concert in CDO.

Tandingan and Monterde joined Vivo’s family in September 2017 during the launch of the V7+, the brand’s flagship smartphone that boasts of a 24-megapixel front camera and 5.99-inch all-screen display.

Since then, the singers have performed at Vivo’s mall shows in and out of Metro Manila in helping spread the word about what sets Vivo smartphones apart from the pack.  Tandingan and Monterde both expressed their gratitude to Vivo for helping them mount the show.

“Vivo has always been supportive of our projects. We’re very thankful to them for helping us sing together for our fans in Cagayan de Oro,” the pair said.

To make the event more exciting, Vivo gave away V7 smartphones to two lucky fans who posted online a photo of the concert using the hashtag #VivoxTVxKZ.

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TJ and KZ personally hand out two Vivo V7 smartphones to their audience during their concert.
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TJ and KZ personally hand out two Vivo V7 smartphones to their audience during their concert.
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TJ and KZ personally hand out two Vivo V7 smartphones to their audience during their concert.

Dubbed as Soul Supreme, Tandingan hails from Digos City, Davao del Sur who won the first season of The X Factor Philippines in 2012. The acoustic balladeer, meanwhile, left his career as a radio personality and a host of ABS-CBN’s regional show MagTV in CDO to pursue his passion for music.

In 2017, they released the official lyric video of their duet “Ikaw at Ako Pa Rin” after it went viral. It was also part of Monterde’s self-titled album.

For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at http://www.vivo.com/ph or check out their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/VivoPhil), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/vivophil/), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/vivo_phil) accounts.