What's in Marga's bag for the school year? Check out Pambasang Ses' recommendations

Back-to-school season with students attending classes in real life is officially here. With backpacks filled with fresh school supplies, why not throw in new tech buys for an upgraded learning experience?

Parents and students are in for a treat! From July 15 to September 15, the lifestyle partner of every Filipino, Home Credit Philippines, offers a list of affordable gadgets with the Back-to-School, Back-to-Sulit campaign. Through low-interest rates and flexible payment terms, the brand makes these back-to-school products more accessible to Filipinos!

Now for a more kabog back-to-school experience, check out these top gadgets-- from stylish smartphones to high-performing laptops and notebooks-- chosen by Christian Antolin, aka Marga Mukhang Dragon!

Smooth learning with Samsung Galaxy A52S

The Samsung Galaxy A52S is powered by 5G for super smooth video streaming, ultra-fast sharing and downloading of files, and even multitasking using multiple applications.

Equipped with Eye Comfort Shield² that lowers blue light, this smartphone is also a perfect companion for those extra hours of reviewing. And to top it off— the Galaxy A52S comes in four trendsetting colors to match students’ new backpacks and uniforms.

Capture awesome shots with OPPO Reno7

Tired of pixelated snaps and blurry videos for those practical requirements? The Oppo Reno7 can fix that! 

Known for its powerful camera features, this device comes with 25 levels of adjustable aperture for pro-level portraits and AI-enabled Ultra Night and Live HRD for crisp videos — definitely a perfect companion for those photography and art classes.

Style and power combined in iPad 9th Gen

Level up the tablet experience with the iPad 9th Gen. This iPad stands out with its sleek and classy design with an equally impressive performance.

Powered with an A13 bionic chip exclusively designed for Apple products, the iPad 9th Gen can power through long hours of notes taking and web browsing. Its 12-hour battery life can definitely keep up with long study hours.

Experience stellar performance with HP Victus 16

Finish all those projects and schoolwork with the very reliable HP Victus 16. This high-performing laptop is not only perfect for gaming but can carry heavy graphic designing and editing, and even multitasking tabs and applications in between-- thanks to its MD Ryzen 7 5800H processor. 

Now that’s a device that can definitely keep up with powerful school performance.

Be on top with Acer Aspire 7

Boasting powerful processing and graphics, the Acer Aspire 7 is the ideal companion to beat those deadlines and get straight As. 

Tons of school files? Fret not because this laptop comes with abundant storage and memory. It also comes with Windows 11, providing the freshest and most up-to-date applications for an optimized learning experience. For those who opted for distant learning, this device is also equipped with fast connectivity for scoring those recitation points and having the smoothest virtual classes ever!

To learn more about the latest updates from Home Credit Philippines, visit their official website www.homecredit.ph. You may also follow them on their official Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok accounts. Customers are encouraged to download the Home Credit App on Google Play to know more about the latest promos and see what’s new in the Marketplace.

Capture meaningful moments this World Photography Day

In a world that's on the golden era of photography, how can one define a ‘picture-perfect’ photograph? For professionals, it may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show their skills and passion for capturing powerful photos. while for content creators, it might be a snap of their aesthetically pleasing outfit to be posted on their socials. 

However one defines a ‘picture-perfect’ snap, one thing’s for sure — photographs tell powerful stories. And behind every photo is an interesting story to share.

The lifestyle partner of every Filipino Home Credit Philippines celebrates the art and science of photography this World Photography Day! With a plethora of high-performing camera phones available through flexible payment terms and low-interest rates, Home Credit encourages Filipinos to unleash their inner photographer and capture their own ‘picture-perfect’ moments.

Capture Memories with Canon EOS 7D Mark II

For professional-looking photos with a pop of creativity and color, the Canon EOS 7D is the right purchase. This camera is designed to meet the demands of photographers who want to explore various artistic opportunities in every shoot, producing the most creative outputs. For those wishing to share their snaps on socials right away, this camera is WiFi compatible and features USB 3.0 connectivity.

Get an HD experience with the Sony Mirrorless Camera

Take images as sharp as lighting with the Sony Mirrorless Camera ILCE7RM2. This camera lets users take photos like a pro with its high resolution and sensitivity up to ISO 102400. It also comes with an image stabilization feature that produces sharp images. From weddings and birthdays to special gatherings, this camera serves its purpose in shooting videos without pixelation, using its 4K movie recording feature that brings every moment to life — the perfect definition for HD!

Capture clear night moments with Redmi Note 10 Pro

Every moment deserves a high-definition touch from day to night. This device has a solid 108MP camera for sharper and brighter images at any time of the day. There is no need to worry about bringing external light equipment because the Redmi Note 10 Pro has an automatic and manual night mode that can take stunning and quality photos even at night.

Experience effortless shoots with Oppo Reno7 Z 5G

Get the professional photoshoot of your dreams with just one phone! The Oppo Reno7 Z 5G is equipped with superior portrait shooting features for photos that look straight out of a magazine. Its front and rear cameras are integrated with Bokeh Flair Portrait for DSLR-like images with bokeh light spots. It also comes with AI Scene Enhancement that boosts photo color saturation and contrast and AI Palette with different filters such as retro and cinematic. And for perfect portraits: Portrait Retouching is already built into its cameras, giving naturally beautified photos.

Take perfect selfies with Vivo V21e

For selfie-lovers, the Vivo V21e is the perfect companion.! It features a 44MP Eye Autofocus Ultra HD Camera that captures every detail even under dim lighting — and image quality is still amazing even when zoomed in. It also has a Super Night Selfie Mode that takes stunning and rich night photos using multi-frame processing and multi-level illumination. 

To learn more about the latest updates from Home Credit Philippines, visit their official website www.homecredit.ph. You may also follow them on their official Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok accounts. Customers are encouraged to download the Home Credit App on Google Play to know more about the latest promos and see what’s new in the Marketplace.

vivo Remains the Market Leader in the Chinese Smartphone Industry in Q2 2022

vivo secured its spot as the top smartphone brand in terms of Q2 2022 sales according to Counterpoint Research market report. The report showed that vivo recorded a 19.8 percent  market share, a slight dip from its 21.1 percent in Q1 2022. This feat is despite a 14.2 percent  YoY decrease in Chinese smartphone sales in the same quarter.

Research Analyst Mengmeng Zhang said, "During the quarter, vivo maintained its leadership. The mid-to-high-end S12 series helped vivo grab a good share in the $250-$399 segment. Sub-brand iQOO also received positive market feedback, especially from younger customers."

The trying times for the Chinese smartphone market are marked by a 12.6 percent decrease in sales volume compared to the peak of the pandemic (1st Quarter of 2020), less than half of Q4 2016, and can be compared to the critical sales when iPhone 5 entered the competition. 

Senior Analyst Ivan Lam's evaluation further associates this setback with the general economic struggle that the country is experiencing. He said, "China's economy merely grew 0.4 percent YoY in Q2 2022, lower than the market expectation of 0.8 percent to -1 percent." 

It is essential to note that during that time, full or partial lockdowns were implemented in China's major cities to regulate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. While these regulations have been for the greater good, their negative impact on the financial and manufacturing hub Pan-Shanghai is undeniable. The services sector suffered the most challenging YoY growth (from 4 percent YoY in Q1 to 0.4 percent in Q2). Further contributing to slower sales are high rates of competition with lagging consumer motivation to purchase products and consumers' perceived absence of innovations. 

Despite the challenges, vivo continues to provide the market with premium and reliable smartphones. vivo is expected to pursue its top position by reinforcing its brand in the high-end segment. Moreover, vivo strategically aims to penetrate the trend for premium foldable smartphones. Foldable smartphones project profitable sales in the latter quarters of this year.  

Carrying the Torch in PH Scene

vivo aims to bring its top-tier performance to the Philippine market with the launch of vivo T Series and vivo X80 series in Q2 2022. These entries further solidify vivo’s position in the upper midrange to the high-end segment of smartphones. Each series captures the interest of its target consumers from leisure to productivity needs.

Launched in May 2022, the vivo T-series takes the gaming experience to another level with its turbo-driven performance, appearance, and camera carefully curated for the gamers and consumers with a fast-paced digital lifestyle.

vivo also empowers and inspires photography enthusiasts by challenging the limits of mobile photography and setting the standards for captured masterpieces even higher through the vivo X80 series. The vivo X80 series was launched in June 2022 boasting its continued partnership with ZEISS embedded in the camera of its latest flagship smartphone. 

vivo commits to nothing less than excellence for the rest of the year as vivo continues to deliver premium and reliable smartphones to different market segments. 

Make Your Digital Nomad Dreams Come True with Airbnb and AirAsia's Fly and Live Anywhere Campaign

Ever wanted to live and work anywhere? Or just have a long leisurely trip? Airbnb and AirAsia Philippines are offering one Filipino (and up to 3 companions) the ultimate dream adventure to Fly & Live Anywhere in the Philippines for 30 consecutive days. 

From remote workers to creatives, families, empty nesters, vacationers and more; Airbnb and AirAsia are seeking one special winner who will fly and live anywhere in the Philippines for one month between September to October 2022. 

The winner will win an incredible Php 200,000 worth of Airbnb travel credits and 12 round-trip domestic flights with AirAsia, and can bring up to three companions on the trip.

During their month-long adventure, the winner and their guests will get to live in some of the most unique Airbnb Stays in the country, and travel with AirAsia to their bucket list destinations.  Get ready to discover home in a new light while exploring new cities and hidden gems with your loved ones like never before. 

“As more Filipinos enjoy greater flexibility to work from anywhere, the blurring lines between travel and living have led many to embrace remote work and more spontaneous getaways with their loved ones. As travel rebounds, we are thrilled to partner with AirAsia to offer this amazing once-in-a-lifetime adventure. We know travel connects people and brings significant economic opportunities for local communities, and we hope this contest ignites greater excitement and appetite to rediscover home,” shares Amanpreet Bajaj, Airbnb’s General Manager for Southeast Asia, India, Hong Kong and Taiwan. 

Steve Dailisan, AirAsia Philippines’ Head of Communications and Public Affairs, notes, “The tourism industry of the Philippines boasts diversity and richness across many facets – culture and heritage, scenic spots, exclusive adventures, and culinary delights. These drivers position the Philippines as a viable destination for travelers living a nomadic lifestyle away from the usual metros. Digital nomads, barkadas, or families who have the liberty to travel while keeping their grind must know that the Philippines is ready to welcome them. We are glad to partner with Airbnb to underscore this very message.” 

How to apply for your dream adventure

Starting today, August 11, through August 21, 11:59 p.m. PHT, eligible applicants may apply by visiting airbnb.com/flyandliveanywhere and completing the application form.

Participants must be over 18, have an Airbnb account and available to travel within the Philippines from September to October. The successful participant will be contacted directly by Airbnb on August 29. For more information, see the Contest Rules.

Traveling more and venturing further

For the first time since the pandemic, travelers can now fly and live anywhere and Airbnb and AirAsia are making this possible in the Philippines. 

Recent Airbnb data revealed that more than a third of local Airbnb guests polled stayed with Airbnb in the Philippines to travel and work remotely1, and that travelers are now venturing further with Filipino Hosts in over 60 new Philippines cities and towns welcoming their very first guests since the start of the pandemic2. 

Searching for travel inspiration for your Fly & Live Anywhere application? Check out Airbnb’s first-ever Travel Guide to the Philippines. Travellers are also encouraged to check the travel requirements of each destination, which can be found on AirAsia’s Fly Safe Page.  

1 Based on a survey of 250 Airbnb home guests who booked a listing in the Philippines between June 1, 2021, to December 31, 2021, and were surveyed between February 17, 2022, and March 31, 2022.

2 According to internal Airbnb data between March 2020 and March 2022.

Per DTI Fair Trade Permit No. FTEB-148895 Series of 2022.

vivo Champions Photography in the Philippines

Interest in photography seems to be at an all-time high—and still gaining momentum—in the Philippines these days. Thanks to technology, anyone with a camera phone can simply take a photo and, in no time, showcase it to the world when they upload it on social media. Each shot tells a story and captures the audience’s attention. This is where choosing the best camera phone becomes crucial.

Bound by its unrelenting commitment to improving its smartphone photography offerings for all types of consumers, vivo has the perfect response to this summon. Explore and learn more about the vivo X80 series and the vivo V23e 5G to enrich your photography experience.


Known as the building blocks of a digital image, megapixels are responsible for the ‘resolution’ of a camera. With higher resolution, photos churn out with clearer elements.

The vivo X80 Pro is equipped with a sophisticated 50MP Ultra-Sensing GNV Sensor on the main camera, with 48MP IMX598 Wide-Angle Camera, 12MP IMX663 Portrait Camera, and 8MP 5X Periscope Camera. Meanwhile, the vivo X80 has 50MP IMX866 RGBW Main Camera, 12MP IMX663 Wide-Angle Camera, and 12MP IMX663 Portrait Camera. With these specs, the models easily capture more light and produce show-stopping images in impressive detail. And with the entire vivo X80 series being empowered by ZEISS Optics with all lenses meeting ZEISS T* Coating standards, expect nothing but wondrous pictures with vivid true colors.

On the other hand, the vivo v23e 5G has an Ai triple rear camera that creates clear images with its 50MP Main Camera and 80MP Super-Wide Angle Camera. Also worth noting, this model boasts a 44MP Front Camera that allows its users to have laser-focus photos and an autofocus feature for sharp and clear selfies no matter the distance, motion, or lighting.

Image Stabilization

Is your smartphone capable of reducing camera shake in order to avoid motion blur that is associated with movement while a photo or video is being taken? Keep in mind, image stabilization greatly contributes to the overall picture quality.

With the vivo X80 Pro, you can shoot pro-standard portraits effortlessly and with utmost stability even if you are on the go. This is made possible by the creative Gimbal Portrait Camera. In addition, the Active Centering OIS System maximizes the stabilization range of each frame so every video is smooth and clear. Go hiking, jogging, or skydiving, when the subject rotates, the 360° Horizon Leveling Stabilization works its magic to keep the picture rock-steady.

Steady video shooting is also available with the vivo V23e 5G. Both the Steadiface Selfie Video and the rear camera highlight the face or subject and keep it still even while the background moves.

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

This is an important factor as it ensures that the images you capture strike a balance between the dark areas of the photo (known as shadows) and the lighter ones (highlights), so they aren’t overexposed or underexposed.

The vivo V1+ Chip of the vivo X80 series is designed to enhance night video denoising and HDR performance to deliver outstanding images and videos despite unfavorable light conditions. In addition, the ZEISS Super Night Cameras across the entire vivo X80 series serves as a solid foundation for superior night photography. Because of the unique vivo V1+ Chip, Super Night Video delivers exceptional results even in extreme darkness. Better still, AI Video Enhancement detects scenarios and matches them with the best camera settings.

For the vivo V23e 5G, its Natural Portrait Mode has the ability to enhance photos based on the available light in the scene while the Intelligent Night Mode, through the AI Portrait Restore technology, can create clear high-definition photos with impressive shadow layers.

These are only some of the major factors you may want to put premium consideration on to help you tell a story through your beautiful and vivid photos. Yes, there are a number of ways to upgrade your photography skills. Extensively reading up about it and taking a class or attending workshops appear to be the obvious ones. However, continuous practice and using a camera phone such as the vivo X80 series and the vivo V23e 5G can be just as valuable, if not more effective. Get to know these models more deeply to better understand how they function and their special features so you can get the most out of them.

Visit vivo’s official website and Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube channels to learn more about the vivo X80 series and the vivo V23e 5G. 

It's Raining Deals and Freebies at Nokia

Making the cloudy days brighter, HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, announces deals and promos for fans to enjoy this wet season. Selected Nokia smartphones and tablet come with awesome discounts and bundled with classic, limited-edition branded umbrellas and hoodies that are perfect for the weather.

Until September 30, customers can save up to Php 1,000 off of Nokia smartphones, and get amazing freebies and bundles:

  • Experience a full-day battery life, big and crystal-clear HD+ screen with the Nokia C10. Get over 10 percent off with the Nokia C10 1GB RAM and 32GB storage, now available for only Php 3,090 from its original price of Php 3,590. From its original price of Php3,990, the Nokia C10 in 2GB RAM and 32GB configuration, has a 5 percent slash off for a discounted price of Php 3,790. 
  • Enjoy legacy durability wrapped in a stylish and sturdy exterior and all-day battery life of the Nokia C21. With 2GB RAM and 32GB memory in Dark Blue and Dark Grey colour variant receives a Php 500 off discount, from its regular price of Php 5,490, now at Php 4,990. 
  • Grab the Nokia G50 that boasts two-day battery life 18W fast-charging technology and   49MP triple lens camera with AI smarts for as low as Php 12,990, a whopping Php 1,000 off from its original price of Php 13,990. You can also get a limited-edition Hoodie for every purchase of the smartphone.
  • Three Nokia smartphones – Nokia C2 2nd edition, Nokia C30 and Nokia G21 come with an umbrella freebie. 
  • The Nokia C2 2nd edition offers optimal storage that makes it easier for users to customise the device and make it their own. It is available in 2GB RAM and 32GB configuration in grey colour variant for Php 4,790. 
  • Enjoy watching vibrant videos with Nokia C30’s huge 6.82-inch HD+ screen and supersized 6000mAh battery that gives users enough energy for up to three days on a single charge. Get this device with 3GB RAM and 64GB memory in green colour variant for Php 6,690. 
  • Fans can capture exciting moments with the newest member of the G-series, Nokia G21, with its 50MP triple-lens camera to create professional-looking photographs. Available in 6GB RAM and 128GB storage in Nordic blue (navy) colour variant at Php 9,990.
  • An extended offer from HMD Global’s latest tablet, fans can get the Nokia T20 with the new Nokia Wired Headphones bundled for Php 10,990. The Nokia T20 that has optimum durability and powerful 8200mAh battery for non-stop web-surfing can be perfectly paired with the Nokia Wired Headphones that supports users with pumping bass and powerful sound through the accessory's lightweight foldable design and comfortable cushions.

Relax amid the rainy days 

Staying at home for safety during the wet season can be spent in relaxation. Enjoying one’s family or me-time with the Nokia C10 hits the spot, with its big crystal-clear HD+ screen for binge-watching favourite shows, Youtube and TikTok videos. 

It comes with AndroidTM 11 (Go Edition) software to keep data safe and the phone running smoothly as one spends their recreational activities virtually. 

Stay productive at home

Let the rain pour while you work using the newest family member of the C-series – Nokia C21. The Nokia C21 boasts a streamlined operating system on a higher memory smartphone with a multi-core processor that brings efficiencies without sacrificing the signature all-day battery life – download at speed and enjoy fast app opening times, for an even snappier, more productive experience.

The Nokia C21 also comes with AI-powered face unlock and now supported by fingerprint sensor for extra security and convenience. This way, users can be assured that every file on their phone is safe. 

Explore creativity indoors

Staying indoors can be an opportunity to create amazing content with the Nokia G50. The smartphone’s impressive 49MP triple-lens camera with AI smarts can capture life’s precious moments anywhere and anytime. 

Taking a video with Nokia G50 will also give users a good result, thanks to the video stabilization technology that ensures steady frame shots. 

Maintain peace of mind with the family 

For carefree family time with the young ones indoors, the Nokia C2 2nd Edition gives users peace of mind, being a super-tough smartphone thanks to its durable inner metal chassis. The smartphone is designed to withstand the rough and tumble of everyday activities. 

An accessible smartphone to amplify one’s selfie-game at home while the rain is pouring outside, the Nokia’s C2 2nd Edition’s front and rear camera can give users good quality photos even in low light settings while indoors.  

Worry no more with online class and meetings

The weather may push everyone to do their daily tasks and activities remotely at home. The Nokia C30 has fans covered with its huge 6.82-inch HD+ display that they can maximize for working or studying from home, navigating online meetings and presentations with ease. Study and work breaks are now made more meaningful with some well-earned catching up on online video series with its massive display.

Hardworking individuals require a battery that can keep up. The Nokia C30 sports a supersized 6000mAh battery giving users enough energy for up to three days on a single charge. One can upskill, stream and connect to those that matter most to them, worry-free. 

Last longer for emergencies

Power outages are inevitable during this time of the year, due to the heavy rains and strong winds. Good thing the new Nokia G21 has an unmatched three-day battery life that users can rely on, even on a full weekend without a charger. Fans can turn on the all-new bespoke Super Battery Saver mode to make the phone last even longer – available exclusively on selected Nokia phones. 

Users can even choose where exactly the energy savings are made, so they can still access key features that are needed. When the time to fuel up arrives, its 18W fast charging ensures users won’t have to wait long to get going again. 

Make every moment memorable with the family

Making indoor moments with the family more memorable and productive has never been this easy. The Nokia T20 tablet brings the same quality you’d expect from a Nokia phone to a much bigger screen, all members of the family can enjoy its innovative and accessible features. This includes a crystal clear 2K screen together with its stunning sound quality, from which users can catch every detail when it matters most to enjoy a truly immersive listening experience. 

Nokia smartphones offer great storage and battery life right out of the box and come with years of monthly security updates. Giving every user the freedom to browse, shop and bank safely online without worries. The Nokia C-series – Nokia C30, Nokia C2 2nd edition, Nokia C10 and Nokia C21 can receive two years of regular security updates, while the Nokia G-series – Nokia G50 and Nokia G21, and the Nokia T20 Tablet come with three years monthly security updates. 

Customers can avail of these special deals and freebies in all Nokia mobile physical stores and kiosks nationwide and online at Shopee, Lazada, Mxmemoexpress.com, Zalora and all authorised resellers. All promos above are not in conjunction with other promos unless stated otherwise.