Huawei P20 Pro: more than a smartphone. It’s a high-tech DSLR!

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Smartphones are getting increasingly smart.

And now they’re not just smart — they’re intelligent.

Combining hardware and AI

Released from April 2018, the P20 series from Huawei — which consists of the P20 and the P20 Pro — is taking the smartphone camera to the next stage by integrating Artificial Intelligence to broaden photography capabilities.

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By combining AI with point and shoot efficiency, Huawei is effectively promising to make professional-looking photos within the reach of amateurs (read: noobs) like us.

A bold claim, but we’ll test it out by pitting it against a DSLR with a P20 Huawei camera, using Paris and Frankfurt as our backdrop.

Photos from both devices will not be filtered or edited to improve their colour.

Starting with some architecture and street scenes:

DSLR:

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Huawei P20 Pro:

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DSLR:

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Huawei P20 Pro:

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DSLR:

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Huawei P20 Pro:

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Huawei P20 Pro:

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How about food? Let’s see:

DSLR:

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Huawei P20 Pro:

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Huawei P20 Pro:

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Here are photos of the same view, with one of them using the night shot function from the P20 Pro:

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Huawei P20 Pro:

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To push the P20 to its maximum capability, we also tested out some other functions, like this macro shot that’s like the Lang Leav of photography:

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Random lamp in a restaurant taken against the back light:

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While this would mean a dimly lit silhouette in most shots by other cameras, the object in question is now clearly seen and surrounded by soft lighting.

This means you can finally take that act chio back lit selfie. Yay, technology.

Some P20 shots in Frankfurt, taken in low lighting conditions:

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And this was seriously impressive, considering that it was taken in such a dark tunnel that our eyes could barely make out what was going on:

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While the DSLR affords more creative freedom, the camera and editing skills are something an amateur needs to learn first.

Release date and prices:

The P20 and P20 Pro are available for preorder from now till April 4, from the three telcos, Lazada, and major electronic stores (Best Denki, Challenger, etc.).

Otherwise, they will be on shelves from April 7 (except for the P20 Pro Twilight, which will be available from end April).

Huawei P20 (Pink Gold, Midnight Blue, Black), 128GB ROM + 4GB RAM: S$898

Huawei P20 Pro (Twilight, Midnight Blue, Black), 128GB ROM + 6GB RAM: S$1,148

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Celebrating World Sleep Month with an ultimate slumber party

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In celebration of World Sleep Month, society personalities and philanthropists Tessa Prieto-Valdes and Kaye Tinga partnered with Uratex, maker of Premium mattresses, for a fun and exciting slumber party at the Prieto-Valdes residence in North Forbes Park, Makati City.

The slumber party was attended by the hostesses’ closest friends, successful people in search of exceptional comfort in mattresses for superior sleep.

Uratex CEO and president and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awardee for the Philippines Natividad “Naty” Cheng and daughters Pinky Rosagas, Uratex finance director, and Peachy Medina, managing director, graced the event. Also present were Uratex executive vice president Eddie Gallor, corporate sales director Dindo Medina and marketing director Cherry Tan.

Guests included Agile Zamora, Ana de Ocampo, Ann Ong, Audrey Tan-Zubiri, Dette Aquino-Tan, Fe Rodriguez, Ian Galliguez, May Rojas, Michelle Tiangco, Rajo Laurel, Sheryl Songsong, Tessa Alindogan and Tina Cuevas.

Joining the fun were well-known media personalities Pepper Teehankee, Ces Drilon, Mia Borromeo, Yvette Fernandez and Ailene Co.

 

Guests were able to try for themselves Uratex’s luxurious line of mattresses like Premium Touch, Senso Memory and Orthocare that are made of premium materials using the latest sleep-science technology that makes Uratex Premium Mattresses exceptional. Also on display were pillows that matched the mattresses.

 

Filled with fun and exciting activities, the slumber party aimed to stress the importance of sleep for a person’s health and well-being.

 

For more information, visit https://www.uratex.com.ph/.

Plotaverse Mobile App Review

Have you heard about still motion pictures?

Yes! You heard it right. It’s a still photo with some parts having a motion in it.

There are certain professional photography apps which can do it but now they’re introducing a simple way to how to do it with just a few clicks away.

I am an android phone user and since I heard the news about this new app I gave it a try.

It’s called ‘Plotaverse’. It is available on googlr play store and on apple store as well. And it’s for free as of the moment.

There are still few bugs when I first download it such as it took forever to load your video.

First, I selected a photo which I think, cool to have motions in it such as a photo with running water. Then, I load it to its work area which I’ve mention earlier took too long to load. Afterwards, you select directions on where you want the motion in your photo be. It’s in the animate tab. Then you might wanna mask the area/s you dont want the motion to be in.

There is a play button so you can see if you masked it correctly, it’s kinda hard to do that actually and the play button is lagging most of the times. When you’re finished you will just export it and voila you have a still motion photo which you can upload in social media sites such as instagram. But they are also developing this platform in a social media manner as you can also post your work here in this plotaverse app.

Your creativity and eye for beauty will surely shine in this mobile app. And I guess this will be the future of photos. Maybe!

Here’s how I did on my first try:

Century Tuna Superbods Ageless 2018 Finalists and Early Favorites

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The final call back for the Century Tuna Superbods Ageless 2018 happened last Feb. 25, 2018 at the Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Manila. Hundreds of fit and sexy males and females who were shortlisted for the call back came but only 40 will be selected. The judges on that day includes volleyball superstar Alyssa Valdez, Superbod Sara Polvirini and funny guy Nico Bolsico. There are 2 categories, the Category A which is the ‘Superbods’, composes of men and women ages from 18-37 years old. And the newest addition, the category B which is the “Ageless” ranging from 38-50 years old. Yes! you read it right, 50! Because fit and sexy knows no age.

Here are the list of qualified finalists for the ‘Superbods’ category:

MALE

  1. Arnold Van Opstal – 26yo – 6’1″
  2. Angelo Cacciatore – 29yo -5’8″
  3. Jule Aquino – 25yo -5’9.6″
  4. Sandro Roman – 25 yo – 5’7.2″
  5. Elcid Camacho – 26yo -5’10”
  6. Anthony Wahl -30yo – 6′
  7. Farzam Nasirian – 28yo – 5’11”
  8. Denver Hernandez – 23yo – 5’9″
  9. Tommy Tiangco – 21yo – 6′
  10. Tony De Oteyza – 20yo – 6′

FEMALE

  1. Maureen Montagne – 24yo – 5’6
  2. Bella Ysmael – 21yo – 5’6
  3. Faith Garcia – 24yo – 5’5.6″
  4. Queenie Rehman – 29yo – 5’7″
  5. Amanda Villanueva – 25yo – 5’4
  6. Weizel Gulfan – 29yo – 5’4
  7. Mariah Nilo – 21yo -5’6
  8. Christine Balaguer – 28yo -5’6
  9. Kim Ross Williams – 27yo – 5’10
  10. Joanna Toledo – 24yo – 5’4.4″

Here are the list for the Ageless category:

MALE

  1. Marc Dungo – 48yo – 5’9
  2. Albert Adrales – 38yo – 5’11
  3. Jerome Salvado – 39yo – 6’2″
  4. Manny Apilado -48yo – 5’6
  5. Jude Yap – 50yo – 5’7.5”
  6. Grech Go – 39yo – 5’11
  7. Rob Geronimo – 38yo – 5’11
  8. Ari Simangan – 39yo – 5’8
  9. Manu Reyes – 38yo – 5’7
  10. Johann Ludovica – 42yo – 5’6.5

FEMALE

  1. Angel Jones -39yo -5’3
  2. Glenda Bayona – 41yo – 5’6
  3. Lois Hunter – 38yo – 5’4
  4. Margaret Chua Lao – 42yo – 5’5
  5. Anna Cope -49yo – 5’4
  6. Mica Fuentes – 39yo – 5’5
  7. Maricel Cruz – 49yo – 5’4
  8. Elisse Camarillo 42yo – 5’3
  9. Romela Nacar – 43yo – 5’8
  10. Michelle Garcia – 50yo – 5’2

Of course, in any competition there are front runners and early favorites. So I uploaded their photos in my page: www.facebook.com/aldregallenphotography to find out who among them wows the crowd.

So here are some early favorites:

Denver Hernandez. Fil-Italian from Malvar Batangas, he is no stranger to competition as he is Mr. Republika ng Pilipinas 2016.

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Angel Jones. She must be a familiar face to you guys, coz she is Tony Labrusca’s mom.

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Joanna Toledo. A model and joined several pageants such as the Miss Earth.

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Christine Balaguer. Being a deaf-mute doesn’t stop her, she is truly a fit-spiration.

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Alexandra Faith Garcia. She joined Bb. Pilipinas last 2016, now she is trying her luck to be this year’s Superbod!

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Angelo Cacciatore. He’s a familiar face because you can see him on a lot of commercials.

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Dr. Albert Adrales. A dermatologist by profession and a true blood Superbods Ageless.

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Bella Ysmael. Don’t know much about her but I know the fact that she is currently studying at De La Salle University.

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Tommy Tiangco. He is Mr. Fitspiration Philippines Youth.

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Queenie Rehman. You might know her as she is Miss World Philippines 2012.

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Kim Ross Delos Santos. she is a model and almost joined Bb. Pilipinas 2016 but got controversial after she’s been disqualified but now she’s on her way to becoming Century Tuna’s Superbod.

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Antonio Marc Dungo. he is a fitness professional and maybe better known as the guy in the Likas Papaya ad way back.

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Arnold Van Opstal. a Filipino-German professional basketball player for the GlobalPort Batang Pier of the Philippine Basketball Association.

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Mica Fuentes. A make-up diva which is why there is no denying that she got a very beautiful face.

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Century Tuna Superbods Ageless 2018 finals night will be held at Cove Manila on April 12, 2018. See you there!

KTM Dukehana comes to Manila

Are you Duke enough? KTM Philippines invites local KTM Duke owners to take the challenge and display their motorcycle riding skills at the KTM Dukehana at the Circuit Makati Parking Grounds on February 25, 2018! To be held in the country for the very first time, the event promises to be a most exciting motorcycle racing experience as participating riders navigate a street course that’s equal parts challenging and exhilarating!

The Dukehana is a motorcycle time trial sport in which riders compete to manoeuvre in the shortest time through a paved course restricted by traffic cones and other skill-testing obstacles. Participants riding skills will be put to the test with challenges like reversals, 180 degree spins, 360 degree spins, parking boxes and figure 8s.

With this, the Philippines now officially joins the ranks of other Asian countries—Bangkok, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, among others—who have staged their own races, thus giving Filipino riders an entry to this prestigious international circuit.

Since KTM joined MotoGP, many riders have begun to take notice of the racing pedigree of KTM motorcycles, and through the Dukehana, they will be able to fully exploit their unique performance characteristics using KTM Duke 200 and 390 motorcycles—performance machines that are built on the core values of purity, performance, adventure, and extreme.

Together with the Manila leg are two more legs—one in Davao on April 28 and in Cebu on June 2. The overall winner with the fastest time on all legs will be the Philippine representative to the Dukehana Asia Final happening on the latter part of 2018.

KTM is also offering free diagnostic check-up for guests bringing their KTM motorcycles on the day itself.

To join, visit your nearest KTM dealer. Registration starts at 9:00 am daily until February 19, 2018. For further announcements, visit the KTM PHILIPPINES official Facebook page.

The Dukehana is made possible with the support of Summit Ridge Tagaytay

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KTM Asia Motorcycle Manufacturing, Inc. (KAMMI), the proud local manufacturer of KTM motorcycles in the country, is a joint-venture partnership between Adventure Cycle Philippines and KTM AG of Austria.