The bigger iPhones are here!

It’s become an annual gadgetry watchdog of sorts, even for Instagram’ers who are on the lookout to upgrade and improve their phoneography. And when Apple officially announced the much-rumored and highly-praised iPhone 6 big duo, its fastest iPhone roll-out ever, it’s only a matter of weeks before these huge iPhone-siblings are expected to get locally introduced, just in time for the snap-shooting-fest of the holiday season. The new iPhones are both equipped with the Retina HD touchscreen display, now with enhanced iSight camera featuring Focus Pixels for faster autofocus, enabling quick photo and video snapping.

As expected Globe Telecom, my network of choice and the first to bring the iPhone here in the Philippines, has already put up its iPhone 6 page at http://www.globe.com.ph/iphone6 where you can register your interest for getting either the 4.7 iPhone6 or the bigger 5.5 iPhone 6 Plus. Smart subscribers need not worry, as it has likewise posted its own page at http://www1.smart.com.ph/pages/iphone6.

If my guess is right, we should be snapping strikingly color-rich photos and steadier videos with the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus by November 2014, until then, we all know what we’re saving up our Christmas bonuses for.

UPDATE:

Pre-order for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus starts November 7 while the official local release will be on November 14 for both Globe and Smart.

Voting out loud starts tonight!

Me and my fellow IGersManila moderators Ed Calaycay and Petim Maminta will be at Cabana Club in Resorts World Manila for Globe Tattoo’s official announcement of finalists for this year’s TattAwards. Already on its third year, TattAwards is the only award-giving body that recognizes Filipino online ingenuity – aimed at discovering creatively passionate individuals who use social media to speak out and make a difference.

Tonight, we’ll find out who made the cut to the phenom shortlist, so vote out loud later and keep the good vibes rolling!

Instagram’ing for a Samsung Galaxy S4!

Are you an Instagram’er? Then snapping, editing, and sharing photos might just get you a chance at winning a Samsung Galaxy S4 from Globe Postpaid. The contest is open to anyone with an Instagram account, and runs from June 11 to 14, 2013. This makes Instagram’ing more fun and exciting as Globe will be giving away one (1) Samsung Galaxy S4 daily for the next four days!

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To join, simply follow these mechanics:

  • Post a photo on Instagram showing a vision board/photo collage of your best plans (career, travel/vacation, party, date, proposal, etc.) in the next 6, 12, 18 or 24 months.
  • Include a brief caption explaining the photo collage, how flexible that plan is, and how you can take full control; just like MySUPERPLAN’s flexible contract period options!
  • Share your posts on Twitter using Instagram’s in-app “Share Photo” feature.
  • Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@enjoyGLOBE) and tag your posts with #BestPlanEver.
  • The most creative photo will win a Samsung Galaxy S4.

Follow @CCLozano on Instagram and join IGersManila Philippines, the global community for Filipino Instagram’ers. Keep the good vibes rolling!

Join the Cat@lyst revolution!

Globe Tattoo, in partnership with Global Shapers Community Manila, recently launched its corporate social responsibility initiative, the Cat@lyst, that seeks to harness creativity, energy, and the power of social media through a youth challenge, working hand-in-hand to encourage the youth to make concrete and feasible solutions to the problems of their communities.

The Cat@lyst

Filipino citizens, aged 18-30, can submit a proposal via a one-minute video entry from May 02 to 31 which meets the following criteria:

  1. Innovation – demonstrates creativity and originality
  2. Implementation Feasibility – proposal should be executable in the given timeline and proponents should demonstrate capability to mobilize stakeholders involved
  3. Impact – provides a long-lasting solution to an existing social problem

Go to catalyst.com.ph to download application forms and to learn more about this advocacy. From the entries, 15 will be shortlisted, five winners will then be chosen in June and will be awarded a PHP 200,000.00 cash grant for program development, mentorship, and ICT support.

This collaboration project aims to empower the youth with technology-based solutions that will create change and make a difference in the society, kudos to Globe Tattoo!

Vote out loud for TattAwards 2013!

It’s the only award-giving body that recognizes Filipino online ingenuity – aimed at discovering creatively passionate individuals who use social media to speak out and make a difference – already on its 3rd year, Tatt Awards 2013 is here! Launched at URBN Bar and Kitchen at the Fort Strip, 13 for 2013 seems to be the theme this year, as it honors 13 different categories, including Instagram Phenom of the Year, with which we hope IGersManila, the open community for Filipino Instagram’ers around the world, gets a nomination.

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Nominations will be accepted until May 10, so if you have a Facebook, Twitter and/or Google account, all you have to do is log on to www.TattAwards2013.com where you can fill out the nomination form and get more detailed mechanics. You can nominate as many as you want, in any of the 13 categories, and even create a new category, which might be included in the official list, but only if it gets the most relevant and unique nominations.

So go ahead and vote out loud and keep the good vibes rolling!

Bamboo rocking out the power of free

Bamboo fan here (since his Rivermaya days) and the rock maestro is the new ambassador for Tattoo@Home Broadband, who appears with YouTube sensation Zach Tabudlo in a TV ad launching the free landline to mobile phone calls of Tattoo@Home, among other freebies. Great to see Bamboo rocking it out again, and with this whoawesome endorsement.

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With the latest Tattoo@Home offer, subscribers will get to enjoy free unlimited landline to mobile calls to Globe and TM, on top of the free monthly service fee and free Globe NDD already offered before, making it now the best value-for-money broadband bundle. All this for the same price as a Tattoo@Home bundled broadband plan that would fit a subscriber’s budget and need for speed.

Tattoo@Home is powered by Tattoo, the back-to-back winner of the prestigious Broadband Service Provider in the Philippines award for 2011-2012 given by the global research and consulting firm Frost and Sullivan. To find out which Tattoo@Home bundled broadband plan suits you, visit tattoo.globe.com.ph or any Globe store nearest you.

Photo courtesy of Globe.

I want my iPhone 5!

By now, you must have read Apple’s December 03 announcement that the iPhone 5 will be released in South Korea this coming Friday and in 50 more countries this December, including the Philippines on December 14, 2012. That’s two days earlier than last year’s Philippine launch of iPhone 4S. Last night, Twitter was brimming with tweets about the iPhone 5’s official release here, and in my excitement, I was checking both Smart and Globe for updates, and which of the two telcos will have the iPhone 5 pre-order page up first.

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While the link was not exactly being promoted, I was not surprised that Globe was first to have an iPhone 5 reservation page up this morning. No update from Smart as of this writing, With Smart’s Twitter account promoting its iPhone 5 release date early on, its own registration page went live only later in the afternoon. 

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I’m a Globe postpaid subscriber and with my plan for re-contracting soon, I’m getting the 32GB Black & Slate model. No information yet on the corresponding postpaid plans or prepaid pricing.

If you want an iPhone 5 from Globe, reserve one here. Once you have completed the registration process, you should get a confirmation email with your reference ID, which you’ll need to complete your order. A Globe representative will call you on or before the launch date, with information on how you’ll get your iPhone 5.

So there, that’s next week, can’t wait and so excited, I want my Globe iPhone 5!