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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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Google Pixel 4a Unboxing & Review: Unbelievably Good?

A direct contender of the iPhone SE and OnePlus Nord

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Google’s ‘a'(ffordable) line-up may be long overdue because of the pandemic — but after several months of waiting, we finally have one on our hands.

Cheaper than last year’s US$ 399 Pixel 3a, the US$ 349 Pixel 4a might just be the most affordable flagship killer contender you can get over the 2020 iPhone SE and the OnePlus Nord.

But can the mid-tier specifications and less-fancy phone features justify its affordable price tag? Head over to our in-depth Pixel 4a review here.

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Best Budget Smartphones below $200

August 2020 Edition

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Welcome to GadgetMatch’s list of the best smartphones priced below US$ 200! Each month, we update our selection with the budget-friendly phones we believe are most deserving of your hard-earned savings.

Even though the spotlight has been on high-end smartphones this entire year, there have been a few surprisingly good entry-level handsets coming out lately, as well. So good, in fact, that we had to reassess our entire list.

Here they are in no particular order

Redmi 9 (PhP 6,990 / US$ 141)

Quality build with baseline specs that can handle, well, the basics. This is what the Redmi line has been offering and that remains true with the Redmi 9. You’ll have to be bit creative with some of the apps you install (always go for the Lite versions), but the pre-installed Google apps run smoothly and should be more than enough to power you through.

Hands-On: Redmi 9

Redmi Note 9 (US$ 200)

This is a routine appearance for the Redmi Note line. Xiaomi continues to lord over the budget segment by offering fairly capable smartphones at such an affordable price.

Review: Redmi Note 9

Realme 6i (US$ 196)

Realme finally releases a budget phone with a USB-C port! That aside, everything here is standard Realme — which is great. Its cameras leave much to be desired but what this is a budget phone after all. It does pretty well everywhere else — can game, handle your usual daily things, and has an impressive battery life.

READ: Realme6i 

OPPO A5s (US$ 117)

The OPPO A5s perhaps is best looked at as a transition device more than anything else. It does what you expect out of budget smartphones. It’s good to have “for now” but you might look elsewhere for a more reliable daily driver.

REVIEW: OPPO A5s

Samsung Galaxy A20 (US$ 190)

Samsung’s revived Galaxy A-series proves that the company cares about every price segment. The Galaxy A20, in particular, is the most well-rounded below US$ 200 thanks to its ultra-wide camera, AMOLED display, and hefty battery.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy A20

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Best Midrange Smartphones from $200 to $400

August 2020 Edition

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When premium phones are out of financial reach and entry-level handsets just don’t make your cut, something in between is the next best thing. This is our updated list of the best midrange smartphones retailing from US$ 200 to US$ 400.

Formulating this category was tricky, since you can’t set an exact price and some of these devices are, in fact, the flagship phones of their respective brands. To simplify things, we chose a price range that simply sits between our other lists for best budget, upper-midrange, and premium smartphones.

Here they are in no particular order:

realme 6 Pro (PhP 16,990/ US$ 339)

This is the only smartphone in this segment that offers a 90Hz screen refresh rate. It’s one thing if that’s the only thing it’s good at, but the realme 6 Pro has a 64MP quad-camera setup, a really clean UI, and Snapdragon 720G along with 30W VOOC charging. We’re convinced this is the best Android phone in this segment.

Review: realme 6 Pro

realme 6 (PhP 13,990/ US$ 280)

It’s pretty much everything its “pro” sibling is except it’s instead powered by a Helio G90T processor made for gaming. the RAM and storage combo is no slouch too (8GB/128GB) and yes, it also has a 90Hz screen refresh rate. Solid. Value.

Review. realme 6

iPhone SE (US$ 399)

One of the world’s fastest processors, a fantastic camera, at a midranger’s price. If we told you, we’re talking about an iPhone you probably wouldn’t believe us but here we are. The iPhone SE’s design is dated, but everything about its performance is near-flagship or flagship 2020 levels.

REVIEW: iPhone SE

Huawei Nova 7 SE (PhP 19,990/ US$ 399)

Barely making the price point, Huawei phones are facing a unique problem with the lack of Google Mobile Services. That said, Huawei Mobile Services is making a headway. But the reason the phone lands on this list is because of its 5G capabilities. This is one of the most affordable phones to support 5G and that has to count for something.

Hands-On: Huawei Nova 7 SE

Samsung Galaxy A51 (US$ 320)

Samsung’s on a roll with their Galaxy A-series. The Galaxy A51 builds on everything that was already great with the Galaxy A50 and A50s and just makes it even better. Much like everything on the Galaxy lineup this year, the Galaxy A51 sports a look that as of posting is still undeniably Samsung.

Pixel 3a (US$399)

The Pixel 3a barely makes this price range by being just a hair under $400. The camera alone easily makes this crème de la crème of this bunch. Add to that the vanilla Android experience and of course being in the priority list of Android updates, this is the Pixel to get for Android purists.

HANDS-ON: Pixel 3a

POCO X2 (INR 19,99/ US$ 279)

The future of Pocophone was up in the air for a while, but all of that was finally put to rest when the brand finally released the POCO X2. This isn’t exactly the successor to the POCO F1. In fact, this is just a rebranded Redmi K30 Pro. But it’s still a step in the right direction for a brand that quickly captured everyone’s attention only to go completely silent for over a year.

REVIEW: POCO X2

Samsung Galaxy M31 (INR 15,99/US$ 224)

This battery-powerhouse of a smartphone has never quite made it to more markets, but it has gotten a significant amount of attention thanks to its 6,000mAh battery. Something this long-lasting appears to still be one of the priorities of smartphone buyers.

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