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Unboxing Xiaomi’s Mi Fan Fest Mi-stery box

What’s in the box?!

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Happy Mi Fan Festival!

Celebrating the annual event, Xiaomi Philippines sent over a special Mystery Box. What could be inside it?

Let’s unbox it!

The package I received came in a whimsical box.

Wearing my loose chángpáo (長袍) for the Mi Fan Festival

Pattern is the same: Lots of numbers. Is Xiaomi hinting at something?

Pulling out the box so we can take a look inside…

… And voila! We’ve got a foam covering the insides. (And it’s Mi-branded!)

Remove the protective foam, and you’ll find three silver foil-like packages.

Here’s the first one up!

And it’s a pouch!

Although, it isn’t your regular pouch. The creases clearly show the material isn’t made of the usual fabric. It’s quite reminiscent of Freitag’s recycled laptop bags.

Next one up, it’s a larger package folded in half.

Voila! It’s a black shirt!

The shirt is merchandise for the 2021 Mi Fan Festival. To be very honest, I’m liking the space theme for this year’s celebration.

Next one up, it’s a silver, reflective box. Frankly, this took a while for me to figure out what’s inside; Xiaomi used srong adhesives to seal it.

After struggling to remove the seal, I was greeted by this kawaii astronaut figurine. It seems like a toy collectible, but could very well work as a phone holder in case you’re feeling bold and daring.

Last but not the least, there was a Redmi Note 10 Pro hiding underneath.

It came in its usual retail box.

The phone is majestic, as usual.

Taking it out, you can see the usual accessories inside: a charging cable, adapter, instruction manuals, a SIM ejector tool, and a clear phone case.

The Redmi Note 10 Pro is quite hefty, just like its predecessor.

If you want to know more about this phone, read our review.

The 2021 Mi Fan Festival

Xiaomi is giving a discount to a few of its smartphones, as part of the annual Mi Fan Festival running from April 6 to May 9.

  • Redmi Note 9 Pro (4GB/64GB) — PhP 10,990 (SRP: PhP 11,990)
    Redmi Note 9S (4GB/64GB) — PhP 9,490 (SRP: PhP 11,990)
    Redmi Note 9 Pro (6GB/128GB) — PhP 9,990 (SRP: PhP 10,990)
    Redmi Note 9S (6GB/128GB) — PhP 10,490 (SRP: PhP 12,990)

The purchase of the aforementioned devices will also score buyers two tickets to the Melody with Mi digital concert. The digital concert premieres on May 23, 8 pm.

For more tickets, buyers may avail of any variant of the Redmi Note 10 Pro and get three tickets for the concert. Meanwhile, purchases above PhP 25,000 will not only include tickets but also access to the exclusive Meet & Greet and After Party.

Non-discounted devices with included two tickets are also available on every purchase of the following: Redmi Note 10 (4GB/64GB), Redmi Note 10 (6GB/128GB), Redmi 9T (4GB/64GB), Redmi 9T (6GB/128GB), and Redmi 9A (2GB/32GB).
More discounts on Xiaomi’s Lazada and Shopee stores.

Redmi Note 10 Pro Mi Fan Festival Special Edition

Xiaomi will also be selling a special version of the Redmi Note 10 Pro. The Mi Fan Festival Special Edition will come in a package with a cosmic-inspired design, containing postcards and stickers as a special treat for Mi fans out there. Meanwhile, the device comes in a Gradient Bronze variant which has a natural metallic luster.

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PayMaya lists superior features that make it #TooGoodToBeNo.2

Cashback, free stuff everywhere

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PayMaya, one of the leading digital financial services platforms in the Philippines, launches a campaign called #TooGoodToBeNo.2 highlighting the company’s superior features.

For instance, it’s the only FinTech in the country running a consumer e-wallet app, enterprise payment processing business, and a remittance agent network with Smart Padala.

Free cash-in, free transfers

PayMaya currently offers FREE cash-in at 90,000 out of its over 110,000 touchpoints nationwide. Compared to other e-wallet apps, you don’t need to pay up to PhP 200 in cash-in fees just to put funds in your e-wallet account.

It’s easy to cash in for free, too. You can do it easily at a sari-sari store with Smart Padala, or via go-to convenience stores like MiniStop or at a supermarket like Robinson’s. Online transfers work seamlessly too, especially via InstaPay or via linked accounts from BPI, RCBC, or UnionBank.

Sending money to other PayMaya users is also free. Moreover, you earn a cashback of PhP 15 when you transfer funds from PayMaya to a bank account via InstaPay.

Wide selection of billers and digital goods

With a wide selection of over 1,500 billers and load items, it’s easy to pay for everything you need using PayMaya. Whether it’s utility bills, condo association dues, credit card payments, government dues, and even your everyday needs from online and favorite stores.

There are also digital goods such as prepaid loads, gaming pins, digital subscription packages, and even digital vouches for yourself or as gifts to your loved ones.

Safe and secure purchases

Online shopping through PayMaya is safe and secure. The app ensures you only purchase from legitimate sellers — whether it’s via Maya Mall or with a casual seller.

With Maya Mall, you can access over 360 of your favorite brands — fast-food chains, grocery sites, and even your go-to retail stores.

You can also have a safe transaction from casual sellers that are PayMaya-verified. You can check if the seller you’re paying is legitimate by looking for the Verified Seller badge on the app’s confirmation screen right before you pay.

An app that won’t let you down

Compared to other e-wallet apps, PayMaya lets you keep track of your transactions in real-time, giving you peace of mind when your payments push through.

Furthermore, you don’t have to worry about an app going downtime, because PayMaya doesn’t let you down — 99.9% of the time. The app’s uptime rate ensures your transactions will go through whenever you need them.

Register to PayMaya

Registering a PayMaya account is easy: You just need your phone and mobile number to sign up. To unlock more features and upgrade your account, you just need a primary ID such as your license, passport, or other official government cards, and a quick video selfie.

Sign up today and get 100% cashback on your load or gaming pin purchase when you cash in a minimum of PhP 100. You can even get up to PhP 200 if you upgrade your account.

For more details, visit paymaya.com.

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Huawei’s Better Together 2022 Christmas campaign brings freebies, discounts

Make holiday season merrier and brighter!

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Christmas, this time around, is brighter and merrier for Filipino techies and alike. Especially with Huawei Philippines throwing a slew of discounts and promos as part of its Better Together 2022 Christmas campaign.

Entertainment companions

Nova 8i

Aspiring content creators can get their hands on the Huawei nova 9 and Huawei nova 8i which are available at PhP 23,999 and PhP 13,999 respectively. Both products come with a free Huawei FreeLace worth PhP 3,490 upon purchase.

Those who are looking for a reliable smart, music companion can trust the Huawei FreeBuds Pro. The top-of-the-line audio device is discounted from PhP 7,999 to PhP 6,999 with a ‘freebie bundle 2’ consisting of a premium notebook and a Moonlight lamp.

Productivity workhorses

Huawei MateBook D 15

For professionals looking to balance life and work, Huawei offers great deals on its key productivity devices. For instance, all laptops in the Huawei MateBook D and 14 2021 series come with a ‘freebie bundle 1’ consisting of a tumbler and a wireless charging lamp. Those who purchase any Huawei MateBook D 2021 products will get to take home a free AF30 mouse.

MateView

Meanwhile, the Huawei MateView GT 27-inch is also up for grabs for only PhP 18,999 with a ‘freebie bundle 2’ (Premium notebook and a Moonlight lamp).

Tablet supremacy

Remote workers can delight in Huawei’s tablet lineup. The Huawei MatePad 11 (6/128GB) comes with a free keyboard for PhP 26,999 while the Huawei MatePad 11 (6/256GB) retails for PhP 34,999 and comes with ‘freebie bundle 1’ (Tumbler, wireless charging lamp)

For those looking for a more affordable device, fret not. The midrange Huawei MatePad refresh dropped its price from PhP 18,999 to PhP 17,999. The budget Huawei MatePad T10, on another note, comes with ‘freebie bundle 2’ (Premium notebook and a Moonlight lamp) upon purchase.

Made for Kids

But it’s not just adults who should revel in top-of-the-line technology this holiday season. Kids can enjoy a smart device that can support their education and entertainment, protected with only age-sensitive content. Such is the case for the Huawei MatePad T8 Kids which now comes with a premium notebook and a Moonlight lamp.

Further, help them keep track of their health as early as they can with a Huawei Watch Kid — which is now discounted from PhP 9,999 to PhP 6,999.

Maintaining health and fitness

Give the gift of health and fitness with Huawei’s trusty, reliable, smart wearables. The Huawei Watch GT3 (46mm) retains its pre-order price tag of PhP 12,999 and comes with a free strap.

There’s also a Runner iteration of the Watch GT3, priced at PhP 13,999. It comes with a free Huawei FreeLace for the duration of its pre-order. For the remainder of the Christmas campaign, it will come with a strap and ‘freebie bundle 2’ (Premium notebook and a Moonlight lamp) instead.

For a more affordable watch, Huawei’s top-selling GT2 Pro is now discounted from PhP 11,999 to PhP 8,999.


The Better Together 2022 Christmas campaign happens from November 26, 2021, to January 02, 2022. For more info, visit Huawei’s official Online Store or flagship stores on Lazada and Shopee. Customers may also visit any Huawei Experience Store in major shopping malls nationwide.

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Honda presses forward on its road safety advocacy programs

Reducing road accidents and fatalities one youngster at a time

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Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) demonstrates its commitment to “Safety for Everyone” through its Teen Smart road safety workshops, designed for senior high school students.

For years, the company has been conducting seminars and workshops on road safety for teenagers. Thousands of young adults have already participated in the Teen Smart program.

This year, the program got some fine-tuning — aiming to strengthen the youth’s consciousness on the concept of road safety.

Inspired by “Safety for Everyone”, the initiative deepens the sense of responsibility among teenagers and young adults, and how they can help reduce road accidents and fatalities. The program also includes practical things they can do even as pedestrians, passengers, or drivers.

The Teen Smart Program was opened through a virtual signing held on November 12, 2021. Sessions will be delivered by Honda Motor Japan-trained instructors of the Honda Safety Driving Center.

Online learning sessions will run from November 2021 until May 2022, targeting public schools in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna, Philippines.

For more information about the Teen Smart program and other sustainability initiatives, visit hondaphil.com.

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