Unmasking the MassKara Festival with Globe’s Galaxy Note 2

For work, I have traveled as far as South America, and ironically, work has been keeping me from scaling our very own awesome cities that make the Philippines a vacation go-to in Asia. So when I got invited by Globe Telecom to experience the MassKara Festival in Bacolod, the annual celebration that made the City of Smiles a popular October destination, I said yes right away. Representing IGersManila, we’re 10 individuals from various creative endeavors covering the colorful festivities using Globe Postpaid’s latest smartphone offering – the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

Bags packed and gadgets ready, I can hardly contain my excitement that I lost sleep, that Sunday morning when my wife sent me off too early at the NAIA Terminal 2 for the Bacolod trip, my first ever domestic flight, the longest 50-minute travel time for a Pinoy Instagram’er who can’t wait to start snapping photos. As soon as we arrive at the Bacolod-Talisay Airport, together with Globe’s Social Media Team, we eagerly loaded the rented van, and as if on a school field trip, once we reached our destination, we scurried off to our hotel, The Sylvia Manor, where we were greeted with smiles and gifted with customary masks made of recycled materials. And this one is definitely for keeps.

After a hearty lunch of Bacolod delicacies and a short briefing, we were then given our Samsung Galaxy Note 2, I got mine in the Titanium Gray variant. 

It’s so easy to fall in love with this phablet (fondly called so probably because of its size): it’s quite simple to set up out of the box, with interactive guides to help you get started right away; it’s blazingly fast, what with the 1.6 GHz quad-core processor and huge 2GB RAM of memory (and 16/32/64 GB internal storage options and a microSD slot); the 5.5 inch HD super AMOLED touch screen is fluidly responsive, either with your tapping finger or the enhanced S Pen; the S Pen is not only for writing convenience but a tool that is so much fun to use for tackling any creative things you fancy; and of course, the feature that I’m most looking forward to is the 8MP auto-focus camera – very quick to snap, with inbuilt filters, panorama function, burst modes, and the cool Best Photo and Best Face functions with which you get the option to choose the best shot from a series of snaps.

I’m so proud to be in the company of these creative visionaries. Our challenge is to capture the MassKara festivities using our Globe Galaxy Note 2, adding our individual artistic touch to make them snapshots and whatnot our own. Once we’re set up with our Globe Galaxy Note 2, we were divided into three groups, I teamed up with Crissey and Anna as the wacky #TeamSPen. 

Globe gave away two Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and we’re proud that the first winner, who’s a fellow Instagram’er, supported #TeamSPen. Wielding our Globe Galaxy Note 2, we joined the spectators lined up in the streets for the MassKara Streetdance and parade, and these are some of the photos I snapped:

On our first night in Bacolod, we immersed ourselves in the crowded streets, marveling at the lively parade of Giant MassKara puppets. The Globe Galaxy Note 2’s camera captured the action even in low light, with some of the highlights in this collage.

We capped the night with coffee and pastries at the famous Calea, jam-packed with patrons – friends have been tweeting us that our Bacolod trip will not be complete without trying out this haven for cakes – and so we did. The next morning, we prepped up early for another challenge, this time with our Android toys (I named mine Dandy) at another Bacolod tourist attraction – The Ruins. Here are Dandy’s photo-ops:

A round of authentic inasal for lunch at Chicken Deli and then we’re off to Art District, Bacolod’s hangout lined with art galleries, cafes, dining and drinking joints, where we snapped photos for “Globe of Smiles, Galaxy of Ideas.” These are some of my snapshots with Dandy.

We later went to Pendy’s and Bongbong’s for pasalubong shopping and left with boxes of the must-buy napoleones (custard-filled layered puff) and bags of sweets. It was our last night in Bacolod and we were treated to a great dinner at 21, their bulalo is sweet and yummy.


Back at the hotel, I tried out the default apps Photo Editor and Paper Artist and doodled with the quirky S Pen and the intuitive S Note – overwhelmed with the creative possibilities using the Globe Galaxy Note 2. My iPhone 4S has been idle, except when checking for messages, and kept in my bag, while the Globe Galaxy Note 2’s in my pocket – I just can’t get enough of its many awesome features.

Back in Manila, I was asked if I’m now ready to go all Android, probably curious if the iPhoneist is ready to cozy up with devices other than Apple’s. Well, the Globe Galaxy Note 2 is perfect for Instagram’ing – the native camera app is all you need to quickly snap photos with colors and details that standout, even at night, with sharing to social networks made easy. While I’m actually convinced and now even a bigger Android fan, moderating the IGersManila community require that I am well versed with both iOS and Android versions, so I’m not exactly taking sides, though I think I’d be spending more quality time tinkering with the Globe Galaxy Note 2.

Now go get yourself a Globe Galaxy Note 2 and while you’re at it, why not Go Android and join the growing community of Android users and learn how you can make the most out of your Android devices. Big thanks to Globe Telecom for the unforgettable Bacolod MassKara experience.

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