Hack to the future – Tech Summit a huge success!

MyPhone’s collaboration with Brown&Proud and BBulletin for Hack to the Future Tech Summit 2018 was a huge success last March 23 & 24 at Greensun – Hotel in Makati City!

It was a year long preparation for this event to be finally concluded in a two-day event last week. The day one of the Summit was held on March 23 at the Axon of Green Sun, with anticipated 300 student’s delegates. The organizers of the event had to even more chairs as more delegates has come to the venue to witness the unveiling of the summit.

HTTF Tech Summit Day 2- David Lim - CEO Founder of MyPhone and Brown and Proud talks about Brand Pilipinas
HTTF Tech Summit Day 2- David Lim – CEO Founder of MyPhone and Brown and Proud talks about Brand Pilipinas

The event was opened by the hosts Inyi Yruma, Marketing Head of MyPhone and long-time MyPhone endorser and newly signed kapuso Devon Seron. Kevin Tan – Vice President of MyPhone officially opened the Summit with his welcome remarks followered by CEO, President and Founder of MyPhone and Brown&Proud – Mr. David Lim. He introduced “BARKO1000” by Brown&Proud, a project aiming to promote at least a thousand startups every year and help them reach the global market.

HTTF Tech Summit Day 2- HackThon Winners
HTTF Tech Summit Day 2- HackThon Winners

Meanwhile, Atty. Elena Lim, Chairman Emeritus of Solid Group, Inc. couldn’t resist but to share her wisdom to the student delegates and encourages them to be courageous and not be afraid to do things they think are right.

HTTF Tech Summit Day 2 3 Gens of Lim - Kevin Tan - Atty Elena and David Lim 2
HTTF Tech Summit Day 2. 3 Gens of Lim – Kevin Tan – Atty. Elena and David Lim
HTTF Tech Summit Day 2 - The Story of Atty. Elena Sen Lim
HTTF Tech Summit Day 2 – The Story of Atty. Elena Sen Lim

Joining the line-up of speakers were ABS-CBN NoInk’s Digital Content and Marketing specialist Arbie Belmote, and best-selling Filipino Author of the socialserye book and movie “Vince and Kath” Queen Elly. Jhonathan Howard talked about Artificial Intelligence (A.I.). A discussion and demonstration on “Robotics” by Warren Gonzaga and “Virtual Reality” by Christopher David of VR Philippines also excited the audience. Latest trends in technology such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, digital marketing, animation, and film making were covered in the talks of the guest’s speakers. Simultaneously, there were workshops for film making, and a hackathon where students’ skills are pushed to the limit to create the best of the best, by using the most advanced technology on their fingertips.

The food for the delegates was prepared by STI Caloonan Senior High School, HTTF partners with STI Caloocan in support for the government’s call to provide students with these kind of opportunities.

Kristine Ricafort (CEO and founder, Bbulletin) ends the day with a short but inspiring speech. “We are hacking our way to the future with how we think about ourselves and how we think about our community.”

HTTF Tech Summit Day 2- Kristine Ricafort - CEO and Founder of BBulletin
HTTF Tech Summit Day 2- Kristine Ricafort – CEO and Founder of Bbulletin

Day two, the main event of Hack to the Future Tech Summit, was held at The Eye of Green Sun. The first 360 event venue in the country. Like the first day, the organizers had to add more chairs to accommodate more than 500 delegates of the event.

The event was opened by a STI Caloocan Society Choral with their heartfelt rendition of  Lupang Hinirang. Meanwhile hosts Inyi Yruma and DJ Chacha hype up the event with their live and funny tactics. Opening the program is Kevin Tan followed by Mr. Elmer Robles, the first speaker of the day who talked about “Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence”.

HTTF Tech Summit Day 2- DJ chacha and Inyi Yruma - Kristine Ricafort - Emmy Lou Versosa-Delfin -Atty Jocelle Batapa Sigue - Engr Amelia S Dean - Genesis Reonico
HTTF Tech Summit Day 2- DJ chacha and Inyi Yruma – Kristine Ricafort – Emmy Lou Versosa-Delfin -Atty Jocelle Batapa Sigue – Engr Amelia S Dean – Genesis Reonico

It was followed by David Lim, CEO, President and Founder of MyPhone and Brown&Proud. He proudly shows a video of her mother Atty Elena Sen Lim in a interview with BBC which is aninspiration according to him why he is still continuing innovating to offer value added services to Filipinos.

“If there is one thing you can mortgage out of the Filipinos, it’s their creativity. We could not defeat our competitors with hardware, but we can fight them with HEARTWARE. It’s our time to invade the world with our creative products,” shared David Lim.

Meanwhile, the delegates are mesmerized and inspired when Atty. Elena Lim speaks up on stage and talk about humility, encouraging everyone to be brave in doing the things they think are right and could help the country, and to always have humility whenever you achieve a goal.

HTTF Tech Summit Day 2 - Atty Elena Sen Lim talks about her humble beggining and about humility
HTTF Tech Summit Day 2 – Atty Elena Sen Lim talks about her humble beginning and about humility

The topic of Digital Marketing and how to harness the power of Digital to benefit to the Community were discussed on the second day of the event. Successful Filipino business entrepreneurs such as Engr. Grace Nicolas, Founder of Tag Media, Mr. Robert Yupangco, President of Yupangco Holdings Corp., Dr. Elton See Tan, President of MTFI / E-hotels, Dean Jonathan Petalver of Brown&Proud Academy, Genesis Reonico of Digital Careers, Engr. Amelia S. Dean of Technology for Economic Development, Atty. Jocelle Batapa Sigue, Emmy Lou Versosa-Delfin of Startups, Laurene Tugaoen of SIPAG, Direk Alfredo Ongleo of FilmDream, Laurence Charles Salazar of NCCA’s Kultuora App  and Kristine Ricafort of Bbulletin each had their own knowledge and wisdom to share. Mr. Jay Jaboneta, the guy behind the yellow boat project and Chief Marketing officer of Chibot talked about “Experience Economy” and Elmer Robles, Phinclusion Inc.’s Chief Technology Officer discussed the disruptive “Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence”. Lastly the most anticipated forum was discussed by Tintin Bersola-Babao, a respected TV Anchor and Celebrity Entrepreneur. She talked about success stories of an entrepreneur through social media.

HTTF Tech Summit Day 2- Tintin Bersola Babao
HTTF Tech Summit Day 2- Tintin Bersola Babao

MyPhone and Brown&Proud has partnered with Kristine Ricafort, CEO and Founder of Bbulletin in fulfilling this project. MyPhone and Kristine has the same goals of helping and empowering Filipinos to have a better future through innovations in technologies. Bbulletin – an IT Enabled Bulletin Board, a Tech-platform that intends to bridge people and communities through technology and collaboration toward building a better community for a better future was also launched in the summit garnering applause from the audience for its one of a kind advocacy.

HTTF Tech Summit Day 2

The event was also made possible by their sponsors that make it a huge success: ZED, Smart, Talk n’ Text, HOOQ, SPEED magazine, David’s Salon, Ysa Skin and Body Experts,  Aircast, ABS-CBN Publishing NoInk, GoWiFi, STI Caloocan, Zoomanity, ABS-CBN TV PLUS, Vitagreen-C. The event’s media partners are Village Pipol, Aircast, Group of Five Creative Concepts Inc., and Tag Media. The event’s community partners are TECH4ED, SIPAG, and Do It Right. The event’s school partners are The Polytechnic University of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, and the Brown&Proud Academy. The event’s collaborators are DEVCON, SEO Hacker, Systactics Pink, Film Dream, Indigitous, VR Philippines, CHIBOT.


Vivo unveils the all-new ‘V9’ AI-powered FullView™ display smartphone in the Philippines

Global smartphone brand Vivo has revealed its all-new sleek and stylish V9 flagship unit at the City of Dreams Manila in a summer-themed unveiling that was attended by over 200 members of the press and other guests.

Vivo welcomed its guests late Thursday afternoon at the Wave, a contemporary poolside deck, restaurant, and bar so they can experience the V9 and take selfies and photos with the sunset as their backdrop. Vivo then picked one lucky and creative photo posted on Instagram to win a V9 unit.

Vivo V9 Launch
Vivo executives led by Brand Director Annie Lim answered some of the questions of the media during the V9 press launch.

The program continued at the City of Dreams Grand Ballroom with Myx VJ Ai dela Cruz as the host. They were formally welcomed by Vivo Brand Director Annie Lim who recapped the smartphone company’s feats in the Philippines. Since it entered the Philippine market in 2016, Vivo has been steadily rising to become the country’s top three brand with over 5,200 stores and 1.5 million users nationwide.

Vivo’s Jomari Morales followed Lim’s remarks by presenting all the goods on the V9. She highlighted the Vivo V9’s 90% screen-to-body ratio, the 24-megapixel selfie camera and 16MP+5MP dual read camera, and the AI-powered photography for a “perfect view” and a “perfect shot.”

Morales also presented the Vivo V9’s improved game mode that would enable users to take calls or open other apps without pausing the gaming applications or play without any interruptions.

After her presentation, Vivo’s Junior Brand Manager Christian Jocson revealed that anyone can enjoy a V9 for a “perfect” price of Php17,990 with pre-orders beginning on March 26 until April 2.

Lim, Morales, Jocson, and Xian Gana from Vivo then answered the media’s questions during the Q&A. Their exchanges were focused on the Vivo’s plans in the Philippines and the V9’s capabilities.

Vivo partners, Ayala Malls and SM Supermalls, were also recognized during the event during the ceremonial exchange of tokens. Lim handed the malls’ representatives with a Little V doll.


Fresh faces of Vivo  

Vivo also welcomed its newest endorsers, up-and-coming actors Edward Barber and Ivan Dorschner.

Barber is the onscreen partner of young actress Maymay Entrata who also joined the event. Entrata was the first who joined Vivo in September 2017 during the launch of the V7+. His endorsement deal with Vivo is something MayWard fans have been patiently waiting for since the pair already worked together for the smartphone brand during their first Making Mega shoot in Germany last year.

Dorschner, meanwhile, charmed the press with his good looks and charisma. He was one of Kuya’s guests in Pinoy Big Brother in 2010. Since then, he became one of GMA Network’s top leading men after starring alongside young actress and fellow Vivo endorser Barbie Forteza in the primetime series “Meant To Be.”

Aside from the launch of the new flagship smartphone V9,Vivo also introduced its newest endorsers, Ivan Dorschner and Edward Barber.

Barber, Entrata, and Dorschner also picked three lucky winners of the Vivo V9 during the raffle. They also joined the Vivo executives for a toast for the V9. Also with them onstage were other Vivo endorsers young pop soul singer Sassa Dagdag, acoustic singer-songwriter TJ Monterde, and balladeer Jason James Dy who closed the night with their performances.


About Vivo

A global smartphone brand focused on introducing perfect sound quality and ultimate photography with cutting-edge technology, Vivo develops innovative and stylish products for young people. We now have over two hundred million users and are one of the preferred brands of young people around the world. As an Official Sponsor of the FIFA World Cup™, Vivo believes in the importance of encouraging young people to embrace self-expression and an energetic lifestyle.

For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at http://www.vivo.com/ph or check out their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/VivoPhil), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/vivophil/), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/vivo_phil) 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 www.vivo.com/ph or check out their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/VivoPhil), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/vivophil/), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/vivo_phil) 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 www.vivo.com/ph or check out their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/VivoPhil), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/vivophil/), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/vivo_phil) accounts

VIVO’s Newest Local Ambassador Julie Ann San Jose and Ashley Rivera led the V7 launch at SM North EDSA

Vivo, one of the leading smartphone brands in the country today, held a re-launch of its latest offering from the V series. The Vivo V7, was first unveiled in a grand launch at the SM City Bacolod Event Center North Wing last November 18 with Vivo influencer Boyband PH headlining the event.

The re-launch, which took place at the SM North EDSA Cyberzone Event Center last November 28, was graced by performances by R&B singer and Vivo influencer Julie Anne San Jose plus newest all-male group One Up. The event was also hosted by the DJ and Vlogger Ashley Rivera. The V7 re-launch was largely attended by members of the media from various networks and bloggers. Ms. Hazel Bascon, Vice President of Vivo Philippines and Head of Sales welcomed the members of the press and the audience in attendance.

Just in time for the holidays, Vivo is also mounting a special Christmas campaign to anchor the traditions of the most awaited holiday of the year and Vivo as a brand. The Christmas campaign involves booth stands in participating malls where Vivo enthusiasts may take their best Christmas selfie with Santa Claus, say hi to their favorite Vivo Family at the Vivo Phone Booth, get a chance to be Vivo’s all-screen cover girl or cover guy at the Cover Page booth and to experience the new Vivo V7 at the Experience tables. People who drop by the Vivo booth stand are also entitled to a prize upon completing their rounds in all of the featured booths.

The V7 is the result of Vivo’s on-going effort in understanding the needs of today’s young people, as the company continues its growth trajectory and international expansion by providing stylish and dynamic products to more consumers to show off their individuality and capture memories that is worth remembering.

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. Equipped with advanced technology, this phone is known for its exceptional photography features, screen quality and the overall product design.

For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at www.vivo.com/ph or check out their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/VivoPhil), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/vivophil/), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/vivo_phil) accounts.