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These female celebrities gave hope, support during the COVID-19 crisis

Women should run the world

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The Coronavirus has become a full blown pandemic and it has been testing everyone’s humanity. In this adversity, we started identifying the people we should and shouldn’t stan. There are those who reek of privilege, and then there are those who have kind hearts empathizing with the masses and the poor.

While everyone’s under distress, several women rose to the occasion. These women had the heart and initiative, coming up with solutions to support those who need it the most showing us that women should really run the world.

Here, we’ve compiled the women we stan, gracefully leading people and helping in their own ways.

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray

While a former Miss Universe questionably re-posted what appears to be a scripted message from a PR agency, Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray proved why she’s the beauty queen the world, rather, the universe should stan.

In an Instagram post, Gray invoked hope and uplifted people through her inspiring caption. Gray empathized with the masses’ inability to stay home in order to put food on their plates, and instead, asked everyone to include them in their prayers. It’s not that much to some, but a message of hope is much needed during adversity.

IU

South Korean singer-songwriter and actress IU — also popularly known as Jang Man-wol in Hotel del Luna and Kim Pil-sook in Dream High! — isn’t just beautiful outside, but also on the inside. IU donated KRW 20,000,000 at a welfare facility. An additional KRW 15,000,000 was provided to give support to infant care facilities, welfare centers for persons and children with disabilities.

Even before that, a total of KRW 80,000,000 was donated to Seocho-gu, Gwacheon-si, and Yangpyeong-gun. KRW 100,000,000 was also given to Good Neighbors, an international humanitarian development NGO, and KRW 3,000 of protective clothing to the Korean Medical Association.

Angel Locsin

Popular Filipina actress Angel Locsin — renowned as the true heroine, embodying Darna’s character — sparked another hope among Filipinos during the COVID-19 crisis.

In an Instagram post, Locsin demonstrated the struggles of the masses. Locsin also called out the Philippine government, speaking out her opinions on how to help the affected whilst thanking the public officials, police, military, and health workers for their service.

TWICE’s Nayeon, Dahyun, Tzuyu

Popular Korean girl group TWICE is well-loved, and these three women will make you love them even more. Nayeon, Dahyun, and Tzuyu all donated KRW 50,000,000 each to Social Welfare Community Fund and Fruit of Love respectively.

Bela Padilla

In a tweet, last March 16, Filipina actress Bela Padilla shared the solution she came up with: a donation drive. Through a GoGetFunding page entitled “Pagkain para sa Pinoy”, Padilla aimed to raise PhP 1 million to buy food and basic necessities.

The plan is to split the resources into 16 cities in Metro Manila, providing support for most Filipinos who won’t be able to rely on their normal sources of income due to community quarantine. Within two days, Padilla’s crowdfunding hit its target, with an additional PhP 2.2 million coming in, bringing the total donations to PhP 3.3 million.

Son Ye-Jin

South Korean actress Son Ye-jin, popularly known as Yoon Se-Ri from Crash Landing on You, donated KRW 100,000,000 to Daegu Social Welfare Fundraiser.

It isn’t the first time for Son Ye-jin since the actress has been active in participating in various donation activities. She’s sponsoring children with incurable diseases, and providing scholarships for children with disabilities, and helping low-income families.

ROUGE

Unlike other influential figures, All-girl rock band ROUGE from the Philippines uses their social media platforms for good, sending messages of hope and encouraging their community to abide by the law, whilst thanking the frontliners.

 

In a video posted on their Facebook page, ROUGE captured their audience’s attention through singing and practicing their vocals, before expressing their individual messages. This also proved that arts and entertainment are important to our daily lives — keeping us sane in this trying situation.

Park Shin Hye

One of the most prolific actresses in South Korea, Park Shin Hye — known for her roles in Stairway to Heaven, Trees of Heaven, Pinocchio, and Memories of the Alhambradonated KRW 50,000,000 to support low-income families.


As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces

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Hermès Apple Watch Series 8: Unboxing and Full Set-Up

What makes it different from the regular Apple Watch though?

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If you’ve been fond of GadgetMatch for quite a while now, you would know that Michael Josh is a big Apple Watch user.

From having to experience several Watch Series up until the Watch Ultra, to having various bands, he now has the most expensive Apple Watch in the Series 8 lineup in his hands.

In this video, he unboxes the most expensive Apple Watch ever — the Hermès Apple Watch Series 8.

To give you the full experience, he’ll also dive into the nitty-gritty of what makes it different and more special than the regular Watch Series 8.

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vivo V25 vs V23 5G: Camera Shootout

Are there even significant improvements?

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vivo V25

It hasn’t even been a year but vivo has already revealed the successor to the V23 5G that was launched earlier this 2022. But is it actually worth upgrading to the new vivo V25? Or should you save yourself some money and buy the older V23 5G instead?

vivo V25

Don’t let that new camera bump with bigger circular cutouts on the vivo V25 fool you. On paper, the cameras are close to one another but the V25 has the advantage of having a slightly wider aperture and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) that the V23 5G doesn’t have.

vivo V25 vivo V23 5G
Wide 64MP f/1.79
PDAF, OIS + EIS
64MP f/1.89
PDAF, EIS
Ultra-WIde 8MP 120º f/2.2
Macro 2MP f/2.4
Selfie 50MP f/2.0 wide

 

50MP f/2.0 wide
8MP f/2.28 ultra-wide
+ Dual-tone Spotlight

The sad news though is that, vivo has decided to remove the extra ultra-wide selfie camera and dual flash system on the new V25.

vivo V23 with the Dual-tone Spotlight Flash feature

But how do these phones perform side-by-side knowing the new V25 also has a slightly less-powerful MediaTek Dimensity 900 chipset over V23 5G’s Dimensity 920? Are there enough convincing differences or is the older model actually better? Feed yourself some photo sample comparisons below.

Daylight

In any given circumstance, a valuable Android midranger should take at least a decent photo with natural light around — thus me taking lesser photos to compare.
Still, your judgment matters.

#1A (Ultra-wide)

vivo V25

#1B (Wide)

vivo V25

#2

#3A (Wide)

#3B (Zoom)

Food

Taking food shots (mostly with indoor lighting) is a better way to test which phone camera is capable of producing the better image output with the right amount of highlights, shadows, contrast, sharpness, temperature, as well as Dynamic Range.

#4

#5

#6

#7

#8

#9

#10

#11

*Left photo was taken multiple times with the focus tapped on the baked roll. Lens coating was also cleaned several times but still resulted to the same output.

#12

Night Mode

Low-light photos can either make or break the capabilities of a smartphone’s camera.
While it’s a mixed bag of outputs, it still depends on the user if Night Mode photos are important in a midranger or not.

#13A (Wide)

#13B (Ultra-wide)

#14

#15

#16

#17

#18

vivo V25

#19

vivo V25

#20

vivo V25

BONUS: Low-Light Selfie

For users who love taking selfies even in the dark, both phones can take fill-in flash (using the display) to brighten up your faces.

Without Flash

vivo V25

However, the ultra-wide selfie and Dual-tone Spotlight feature were removed completely from the vivo V25. You just have to guess and pick which is which.

With Flash (Aura Fill, Dual-Tone Dual Spotlight Flash)

vivo V25

Results

No more confusions, the results are consistent all throughout the board:

Photo A — vivo V23 5G

Photo B — vivo V25

Conclusion

vivo V25

While it’s barely a big camera quality improvement, the vivo V25 has rendered some of the scenes quite well such as in Photos 1A, 11, and 12 which the V23 5G failed to display at least an acceptable output. Other times, the vivo V23 5G delivered better results like in Photos 1B, 2, 3A, 4, and 13A. Those images delivered overall better photos with a sufficient amount of HDR (High Dynamic Range) and AWB (Auto White Balance).

Overall, the V25 produced better images with decent amount of highlights, shadows, contrast, sharpness. The newer model also has some slight edge on focusing and making shots brighter and more stable at night.

vivo V25

While only two selfies were provided, the V23 5G obviously has the edge — especially with its extra selfie lens and dual-flash feature.

vivo V25

If you’re coming from the V23 5G, you don’t need to upgrade to the vivo V25. Period. But, if you’re looking for a phone to replace your old vivo smartphone (or pretty much any old budget phone or midranger for that matter), buying the V25 won’t hurt.

vivo V25

Unless you’re looking for a used unit, a brand new vivo V23 5G is being sold at PhP 27,999. Whereas, a brand new V25 retails at a cheaper PhP 23,999 price tag.

vivo V25

Imho, choosing the V23 5G over the V25 is advantageous for some reasons: a more premium-looking design with metallic sides, slightly faster chipset, and the extra selfie camera.

vivo V25

But realizing how more capable the cameras of the V25 are, you can also choose it for its bigger battery and brighter display. Also, the OIS feature is very handy if you love taking photos in action or at night or just record stable-free videos without worrying about warping and jitters. At the end of the day, you should know what you value the most in buying a new smartphone.

SEE ALSO:

vivo V25 is a Night Portrait Master

Taking photos to the next level with the vivo V23 5G

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iPhone 14 Pro Max vs 13 Pro Max vs S22 Ultra: Camera Shootout

A Very Different Camera Test

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The iPhone 14 Pro Max finally has an upgraded camera system — highlighted by its 48MP main camera sensor.

But does it really take better photos vs the iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra?

Find out in our photo-walk style camera shootout with the pro-photographer and Apple’s #ShotoniPhone Macro Challenge Global Winner Tom Reeves.

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