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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.

Bonus: Ethel Booba

Popular comedienne Ethel Booba — whose real name is Ethyl just like the alcohol — disinfects Twitter with her wit and tweets, fighting misinformation and clapping back to those who relentlessly launch a tirade of hate campaigns.

In the age of social media, a lot has been victimized by disinformation and misinformation. Even in 2020, the fight with trolls and stories meant to deceive the public is still on, and Ethel Booba’s still on her toes, trying to bring some light one tweet at a time.


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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Hands-On

Huawei P40 Pro Unboxing and Complete Hands-On

‘Visionary Photography’

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Everything you need to know about the new Huawei P40 Series. Yep there are 3 phones this year, the P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro+. Yep a pro plus model!

In this video you get a P40 Pro Unboxing, Hands-On, some photo samples, and a camera comparison vs the P30 Pro.

Of course I’ll also answer you questions: What’s new? How is the P40 Pro’s camera vs the P30 Pro, and what’s it like without Google Play Services? And while you’ll have to wait for my full review for a verdict, I’ll try to answer the question, Is it your GadgetMatch?

Watch our Hands-On video.

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How to quench your thirst for dating in the time of social distancing

Combat that craving for someone’s affection!

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After self-isolating myself for more than two weeks already, I found myself on the verge of insanity. In true Britney Spears fashion, “My loneliness is killing me.”

But there’s a silver lining in this adversity. When we’re forced to do social distancing, there are ways you can cope with badly craving someone’s attention. Here’s how you can quench that thirst for dating or seeing your person.

Set aside time for your hobbies

This enforced social distancing has made a lot of people realize they don’t have much of a hobby. It’s time to rebuild yourself and realize hobbies are building blocks of your personality — a much-needed ingredient in dating.

Imagine being in a relationship with someone who doesn’t have any hobby except talking to you and making you their world? That’s a recipe for disaster; a gateway to a co-dependent, toxic, and potentially abusive relationship.

Now’s the time to do something else. You can create art, put together a collage using your old magazines, start journaling, or dabble in crafting. If you have an instrument, you can start playing music again. Have some books you hoarded from the last book sale? It’s time to read them.

There are a lot of things you can do, so set aside time for your interests. Your future self and your future partner will thank you.

Learn something new to develop yourself

Ever since I met my beau, I had this dream of becoming a trophy house husband. In my quest to achieving this silly fantasy, I’ve been learning stuff that my future self will thank me for, even if I don’t end up marrying the person I’m seeing.

Photo by Kevin McCutcheon

I’ve opened up cookbooks to learn and try new recipes, so I can make my person some homemade lunch with love when this is all over. I’m also getting into gardening, tarot reading, and most recently, making smoothies while dancing.

With all this extra time we used to spend on traffic, we now have time to do things we need to improve ourselves. Take advantage of this instead of overthinking your crush’s messages to you.

Level up your conversations

If you’re already seeing someone ~and you badly miss them~, it’s time to level up your conversations. Gone are the days you slide into their DMs, chat them on messaging apps, or send them an SMS (really?). It’s time to do video calls and voice calls, or start sending voice messages.

Conversing through the usual messaging and social apps just don’t carry the same level of emotional depth versus a face-to-face encounter. However, hearing or seeing them even through your smartphone’s screen is enough to make you swoon and fall for them again. Nothing beats the calmness your person’s face or voice gives especially on an exhausting, trying situation.

Also, connecting through video and voice calls is just a better way to communicate. You can clarify stuff easily, and there’s a lesser chance of misunderstanding because you can see and hear their tone and reactions. If you have a friend who’s in a long-distance relationship, ask them for some advice. This social distancing situation is a piece of cake for them!

Swipe around

If you don’t have anyone to obsess over, it’s high time you download dating apps (if you haven’t already). For a limited time, Tinder is offering its premium service for free. Set up your dating profiles, and start swiping!

Just make sure to never meet any potential matches until this is all over. Remember, social distancing is a must and you can’t self-quarantine yourself with another person while on lockdown. Behave properly and just chat sexily! You can start with getting to know the other person (especially their political inclinations so you know what you’re getting into).

Keep yourself healthy and well-sanitized

During a pandemic, it’s a must to keep yourself healthy. While there are no ways you can rapidly boost your immune system, it’s still a good practice to eat healthy food and sanitize yourself properly — something that everyone should’ve been doing whether there’s no outbreak.

Additionally, maintaining proper hygiene is a plus in anyone’s book. It’s definitely a turn on for the person you’re dating. Make sure to wash your hands the right way!

Photo by Jana Sabeth

Last but not the least, don’t forget to drink your water. When you drink a gallon of water, you won’t have time to listen to people’s drama and cater to your negative thoughts because you’ll be busy peeing. Stay hydrated, my dear friends!

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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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Samsung Galaxy S20+ vs OPPO Find X2 Pro: Camera shootout

Which one shoots better for you?

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OPPO just came out with what arguably is their best phone to date — the Find X2 Pro. So we decided to take the phone out for a camera shootout against the Samsung Galaxy S20+ — arguably one of the best phones to come out so far in 2020.

Can the OPPO give Samsung a run for its money? Let’s find out!

Make sure to jot down your answers, as the results of this blind test will be at the end of this article. As usual, photos were labeled, resized, and collaged (this time) for you to load the images faster. No post-processing nor any color adjustments were done in any of the photos. So, let’s begin!

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Results

So, I’m just messing with you guys. It’s not actually a blind test since all photos labeled Photo A were taken using the OPPO Find X2 Pro. Meanwhile, all photos labeled Photo B were taken using the Samsung Galaxy S20+.

If you analyzed the photos, the Find X2 Pro clearly holds out on its own. In certain lighting conditions, the Find X2 Pro produced brighter and more saturated photos during the daytime. At night, it tends to illuminate the scene captured, and process it with a warmer tone.

On the other hand, the Galaxy S20+ produced balanced results, although vibrancy and contrast were strengthened in both day and night shots.

The most notable differences are how the Galaxy S20+ has subtle bokeh — making it more believable — and wider scope on its wide-angle mode, while the Find X2 Pro has a softer look whilst retaining details. Both phones were astounding and as always, everything will depend on a user’s preference and how they use their smartphone’s cameras.

How about its selfie camera?

While the Find X2 Pro goes toe-to-toe with the Galaxy S20+ on the rear camera department, its front camera samples look way different. The Find X2 Pro has a greener tint and warmer tone, while the Galaxy S20+ has a better white balance, but adds a pinkish tint.

Both phones upped their contrast and colors, adding an unnecessary beautification when processed despite not using beauty mode. The backlit selfies were captured properly, illuminating Michael Josh‘s face without compromising details. You just have to choose how you’ll post-process your selfies later on if you’re planning to upload it on social media.

Author’s opinion

Personally, both phones captured awesome photos. Even I had a hard time choosing between the two when putting this article together. Smartphones, particularly the best ones, capture outstanding results which makes it difficult for consumers to decide, especially when they’re concerned with the camera performance.

The key is to figure out how you’ll use the cameras. For instance, I’ll use the OPPO Find X2 Pro to capture more of my daily life — which I can readily upload to my social media platforms. The Galaxy S20+ proves handy though for frequent travelers, especially with its wide-angle lens.

Nonetheless, whatever you choose, know that you’re in good hands. Just don’t forget, there’s more to a smartphone than its cameras. Watch our YouTube videos for the Galaxy S20+ and Find X2 Pro to know more about these flagship devices.

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