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.

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

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

TJ and KZ personally hand out two Vivo V7 smartphones to their audience during their concert.
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 or check out their Facebook (, Instagram (, and Twitter ( accounts.


Uncovering the secrets of Vivo’s success in 2017

There was just no stopping Vivo this 2017. The global smartphone brand proved to be the fastest growing in terms of popularity amongst the young and the hip crowd in the Philippines, settling itself on the third spot in the market beyond brands Apple, Huawei, LG, and Asus. To date, Vivo has at least 1.1 million users and 5,200 stores in the Philippines.

But before finding fame in the Philippines in early 2016, Vivo has already been named as one of the top 5 global smartphone brands and observed the highest year-over-year growth of 32% in global shipments. Vivo’s success remains unprecedented with 200 million Vivo global users and 19 overseas markets in 2017.

Vivo announces expansion into more markets (PRNewsfoto/Vivo)

What made Vivo successful?

Vivo cares about its users, pushing the brand to constantly innovate and improve user experience. Vivo maintains six research and development centers and continuously improves their products. In order to ensure its top position in the technology and mobile phone arena, Vivo established a technical partnership and patent sharing with leading telecommunications equipment company Qualcomm.

In an aim to provide its users—mostly the young, selfie-centric generation, Vivo launched the world-leading 24MP front camera—one of the industry’s firsts with a special selfie soft light to cater to constant need to document one’s experiences anytime, anywhere, even in dimly lit environments.

Vivo’s Powerful Selfie-Shooter V7+ (PRNewsfoto/Vivo)

Vivo took Sports marketing seriously in 2017

Vivo signed up NBA superstar Stephen Curry in mid 2017 to represent its equally first-rate brand. Likewise, the big-ticket brand became the official sponsor of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia which it heavily advertised in the entirety of 2017. In the Philippines, Vivo supported various sports events as co-presenter and sponsor of ABS-CBN NBA Philippines Season 2016 and 2017 and Season 2017 and 2018 of the NCAA Men’s Basketball and UAAP Men’s Basketball Season 80.

Entertainment, lifestyle, and fashion were a spotlight for Vivo in 2017 

Vivo’s entrance into the entertainment, lifestyle, and fashion scene were quite eventful in 2017. During the grand launch of the Vivo V7+, the biggest celebrities were formally introduced as the ambassadors for the brand with Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, and Julie Anne San Jose headlining the roster of these star influencers. All in all, Vivo Philippines launched 25 local brand endorsers: Maymay Entrata, BOYBANDPH, Kisses Delavin, Chienna Filomeno, Darren Espanto, Tony Labrusca, Inigo Pascual, Ashley Rivera, Barbie Forteza, Maris Racal, Kira Balinger, Loisa Andalio, Paul Salas, KZ Tandingan, Andrea Brillantes, TJ Monterde, Sassa Dagdag, McCoy, De Leon, Sue Ramirez, Verniece Enciso, Joyce Pring, and Jason Dy.

Vivo also served as co-presenter of the 2018 Mega Fashion Week Spring Summer with their brand influencers Kathryn Bernardo and Kisses Delavin headlining the stylish event.

In order to reach out to more of the younger populace, Vivo mall and school tours were also in abundance with 59 mall tours nationwide featuring the Vivo brand influencers and 19 school tours in various colleges and universities in and out of Manila featuring the best bands and music artists.

Vivo helps, heals, and cares

In December 2017, Vivo launched a touching tribute video for the freedom fighters of Marawi which garnered a total of 2.2 million views on the official Vivo Philippines Facebook page and 91,000 interactions. To follow through with their gratitude for the selfless heroism of the soldiers, Vivo paid tribute by way of a pre-Christmas CSR activity at the AFP Hospital. Vivo Philippines volunteers and Vivo brand influencers dropped by to spend time with the wounded soldiers of Marawi to give moral support. The Vivo group offered simple tokens and a bit of entertainment to the delight of the soldiers and their families.

Vivo, indeed, maintained its momentum in the top tier of the mobile phone industry. This success can be attributed to the brands accurate consumer insight and creative marketing strategy. Vivo is relatable to the global young and hip consumers and is a reachable and serviceable brand anytime, anywhere.


For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at or check out their Facebook (, Instagram (, and Twitter ( accounts.

BoybandPH celebrates first anniversary in a Vivo All Screen Experience Mall Tour

Well-loved Filipino all-male group BoybandPH recently celebrated the first anniversary of their official establishment as a band last December 9, a Sunday, at the Vivo All Screen Experience Mall Tour in Starmall Alabang.

BoybandPH is composed of Russel Reyes, Niel Murillo, Ford Valencia, Tristan Ramirez, and Joao Constancia, five talented young men who pursued their dreams and became the first winner of the musical reality show in ABS-CBN, the “Pinoy Boyband Superstar” December last year.

BoybandPH celebrates first anniversary in a Vivo All Screen Experience Mall Tour
BoybandPH celebrates first year in entertainment during the Vivo Mall Tour at Starmall in Alabang

BoybandPH has since then earned huge projects and endorsements including an offer to be part of the Vivo Family as the brand’s influencer. BoybandPH was officially unveiled as a Vivo influencer in September during the grand launch of the Vivo V7+.

BoybandPH celebrates first anniversary in a Vivo All Screen Experience Mall Tour
Fans, overjoyed over BoybandPH’s first year anniversary, flocked to Starmall Alabang for the Vivo Mall Tour featuring the all-male groups
BoybandPH celebrates first anniversary in a Vivo All Screen Experience Mall Tour
BoybandPH takes a selfie with a wild crowd of fans using a Vivo smartphone

BoybandPH, as the Vivo’s influencer, has flown to Bacolod to lead the brand’s mall tour and press conference. When asked what their favorite part of the tour was in the City of Smiles, the band was unanimous in saying that it was the Bacolodian food that they enjoyed the most.

BoybandPH released their self-titled debut album early this year featuring their hit single “Unli”. As a gift for the first 300 Vivo V7 | V7+ users, BoybandPH’s album will be given to them as an exclusive, limited gift from Vivo.


For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at or check out their Facebook (, Instagram (, and Twitter ( accounts


Vivo V7 will be everyone’s new favorite travel buddy

Vivo, a young leading global smartphone brand known for its known for its commitment in bringing advanced technology and stylish products to consumers, is thrilled to share that it will unveil, on November 18, the newest offering in the brand’s line-up of top-of-the-line smartphones.

The Vivo V7 is the newest addition to the V series and promises to be a powerful shooter with a ALL Screen Display. Equipped with advanced technology including vivo’s fingerprint 24MP front-facing camera and this phone is known for its exceptional photography features, screen quality and the overall product design.

Easy to bring along as it fits right in your hand and pocket, the Vivo V7 makes for a perfect travel buddy. The V7 is the result of Vivo’s on-going effort in understanding the needs of today’s young people and their pursuits which include culture, food, and travel. Take photos anywhere you go and expect clearer, natural-looking selfies with rich-colored backdrops of your favorite destination. The V7 reinforces Vivo’s leadership in selfies with its 24MP front-facing camera, which produces crystal-clear selfies. By keeping true-to- life color and contrast and a clear background at all times, V7 allows users to express themselves truly anytime, anywhere.


Summer Essentials other than Swimwear & Sun Block

Audley Headphones, Lewis Luxury Charging Dock, Jaguar Monster Power Bank

Summer has officially begun and other than my swimwear and sun block, here are 3 things that I always bring with me whenever I go out for a summer vacay:

Audley StyleJam Series Headphones

I am living for these stylish over-the-ear headphones with built-in microphone. Audley StyleJam Headphones are large but lightweight; unbelievably comfortable with theater-like quality audio which is just perfect for movies (hear it to believe it!) and all music genres; combined with soft leather cushions meant to envelope your ears in comfort. The StyleJam series comes in 3 colors: Burst Black, Rose Pink, and my pick, the San Francisco Blue!

Lewis Luxury Apple Charging Dock

The Lewis Luxury Apple Charging Dock is a refined, brushed aluminum stand designed to complement your Apple device. I just love how I can dock my iPhone to charge hands-free during speakerphone calls and FaceTime chats, or even when I’m playing my favorite tunes. I can also transfer data to my PC and based on my own observation, it fills up my iPhone’s battery faster than a regular charger.

Jaguar Monster 10,050 MAH Power Bank

This is currently my favorite PB. It’s stylish white casing definitely fits my modern lifestyle. This little baby is compatible with all phones, tablets, music players, feature phones and brands (local and international!) It has built-in flashlight function (dual purpose!) with adjustable brightness settings. It also has overcharging, overcurrent, overtemperature, and short circuit protection so it’s perfect for forgetful dudes like me (LOL!)


Just imagine yourself spending a vacation at your favorite beach while enjoying good music and without worrying about your phone’s battery. Get yours now and make your summer extra fun!

Credits to my Digital Frontier fam for sending these awesome items to me for a review. These items are *hands-down* of good quality and I’m obsessed!

Watch my April Favorites video to know more about my April faves!


SM Cabanatuan’s Castaway Music Festival 2017 Giveaway

SM Cabanatuan - Castaway Music Festival 2017 - Red Diaz Giveaway

I’m giving away 3 VIP and 7 GEN AD tickets in SM Cabanatuan’s Castaway Music Festival 2017 this coming April 28! Get a chance to party with @iamvictorpring @djaceramos@djronpoe @jennleezy @arrapascual and many more! (I heard @bamboomuzaklive will be there too!)
Here’s how to join…
1. Follow @reddefines and @smcabofficial here on Instagram
2. Tag 3 friends you want to bring to #SMCityCabanatuan‘s #CastawayMusicFestival2017
3. Comment as many as you want for more chances of winning
4. I will pick 3 winners randomly (Winner 1 will get 3 GEN AD tickets, Winner 2 will get 4 GEN AD tickets, and Winner 3 will get 3 VIP tickets!)
5. Announcement of winners will be on April 25
I will be there as well together with my friends so see you all! ✨
#RedGiveaways #RedFlatlays


COSMIC: The iACADEMY 15th Anniversary Kick-off Celebration


Dare to be different. BE A GAME CHANGER!

The school is the training ground for our future careers. With the continually rising demand for globally competitive professionals, it is now more important than ever to choose the right educational institution to provide proper training and character-building.

iACADEMY sees to develop Game Changers to lead the advancement of society. It aims to reinvent education to address the ever changing needs of the industry.

iACADEMY continues to lead and provide the most conducive and effective learning environment for globally competitive individuals because we believe that it is not enough to just have students trained by people who practice their trade, but more so, to place them in the midst of the corporations that will allow them to grow not only as competent workers, but also as relevant leaders, the kind of people that we like to call “Game Changers”—Vanessa L. Tanco, President & CEO


Last January 27, I was given the opportunity to participate in #COSMIC, the 15th Anniversary Kick-off Celebration of iACADEMY which was held at the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati. In point of fact, this is only the first in a series of events for this year which target to recognize and acclaim the talents, achievements and contributions of iACADEMY’s students and alumni who are referred to as Game Changers.


The event started off with the welcoming remarks from Ms. Vanessa L. Tanco, the President & CEO of iACADEMY. After which, they unveiled this year’s anniversary logo that was designed by one of their students.

The event showcased a wide-variety of activities. There were short film and animated film screenings, fashion and art exhibit, various activity booths, live art, and performances from artists “Oh, Flamingo!”, “Reese Lansangan”, “Jensen and The Flips”, “Autotelic”, and the famous “Itchyworms”.

I feel so grateful to have been chosen as one of the bloggers who covered this event. It was a great honor for me to have witnessed live the creative performances and works of the iACADEMY students. Congratulations on your 15th year, iACADEMY! May you continue to produce more Game Changers in the years to come.

PS—Check out my Youtube Channel to watch my vlog for this! God speed!