ESL One Manila Qualifiers Now Open

For weeks now, Philippine gamers have been babbling excitedly online and offline about rumors that one of the world’s largest DotA 2 tournaments will be held in the Philippines. And yes, these are not just rumors anymore. SMART and PLDT have just opened the ESL One Manila Qualifiers nationwide.

ESL One Manila is spearheaded by ESL, the world’s largest eSports company based in Germany. It will be held at the Mall of Asia Arena from April 23 to 24, 2016. Up for grabs are prestige, bragging rights, and a prize pool worth $250,000.

ESL One Manila Qualifiers

ESL One Manila Qualifiers will be held at various venues nationwide.

  • Mindanao Qualifiers at Imba – Cagayan de Oro on January 24,
  • Mindanao Qualifiers at Mineski Infinity – Davao on January 31,
  • Visayas Qualifiers at Mineski Infinity – Cebu on February 7,
  • Visayas Qualifiers at Mineski Portal – Cebu on February 14,
  • Luzon Qualifiers at Mineski Infinity – Taft on February 21, and
  • Luzon Qualifiers at Mineski Infinity – Dapitan on February 28.

These will be followed by an Online Qualifier set on March 6.

ESL One Manila Mindanao Qualifier at IMBA CDO
ESL One Manila Mindanao Qualifier at IMBA CDO

You and your teammates can now register to join these qualifiers at this link: http://play.eslgaming.com/dota2/southeast-asia/dota2/major/esl-one-manila-2016-qualifiers. Each team must be composed of five players.
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Asus ZenFone Zoom Launch

Asus Zenfone Zoom Launch at Sinulog 2016
Asus ZenFone Zoom Launch at Sinulog 2016

Finally, the much hyped and much anticipated revolutionary Asus ZenFone Zoom has reached the Philippine shores. Yesterday, January 16, 2016, Asus Philippines hosted at Asus ZenFone Zoom Launch in Cebu City, in time for the colorful Sinulog Festival.

Asus Zenfone Zoom Launch

Bloggers from Manila and Davao flew in to the Queen City of the South with one objective in mind to experience and capture the Sinulog Festival up close with the Asus ZenFone Zoom. During the launch bloggers from Manila, Cebu, and Davao were held in awe with the astounding features and specs of the Asus presented by the Asus Philippines team.

ASUS Philippines Marketing Manager Jamie Zaldivar shares “We are thrilled to finally bring the ZenFone Zoom to Filipinos. The ZenFone Zoom revolutionizes smartphone photography…. It puts professional, DSLR-quality photography within easurer reach — so that Filipinos can all the more enjoy and indulge in the experience of taking photos with their mobile phones.”

Asus Zenfone Zoom Launch
Asus Zenfone Zoom Launch

Asus Zenfone Zoom Features and Specifications

ZenFone Zoom has six key features that set it apart from other smartphones.

  • 3x Optical Zoom
  • Macro Photography using Super Resolution Mode
  • 0.03 Laser Auto Focus to capture fast moving subjects
  • Lowlight Mode or Long Exposure Shutter Speed on Manual Mode
  • Optical Zoom for Video
  • Panoramic Selfie

The ZenFone Zoom is equipped with PixelMaster cameras with Backlight (Super HDR) mode, Beautification mode, and Professional (Manual) Mode.

  • rear camera: 13MP, f/2.7- to 4.8-aperture, 10-element, 3X optical zoom lens, with optical image stabilization (OIS), laser auto-focus and dual-color Real Tone flash; and
  • front camera: 5MP, f/2.0-aperture, wide angle 88-degree lens with Pano Selfie.
Asus Zenfone Zoom Launch
Asus Zenfone Zoom Launch

These will certainly delight bloggers and photography enthusiasts. Just imagine a DSLR quality camera at the palm of your hands. Plus, it comes packed in a powerful, elegant smartphone.

The Asus ZenFone Zoom has the following specifications:

  • 64-bit quad-core power,
  • 4GB RAM,
  • 128 GB ROM,
  • 3000 mAh non-removable lithium-polymer battery,
  • LTE capability up to 250 Mbps,
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 4 display, and
  • 5.5-inch 1920×1080 Full HD IPS display.

The Asus ZenFone Zoom (ZX551ML) is available in Pure Black and Ceramic White. It measures 158.9 x 78.84 x 11.95 ~5mm and weighs 185 grams. All authorized re-sellers nationwide will soon sell the ZenFone Zoom. It will retail for only PhP26,995.

Right after the launch, bloggers in attendance got the chance to enjoy these awesometastic features during a trip to the Magellan Cross and the Sto. Nino Basilica. The #SeeSinulogUpClose experience continues today during the Sinulog Grand Procession.
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Asus Zenfone Zoom Sinulog Launch

Asus ZenFone Zoom
Asus ZenFone Zoom

Are you ready to #SeeSinulogUpClose? After a year of waiting, the most awaited Asus Zenfone Zoom will be launched during the country’s most awaited, most colorful festival, Sinulog Festival. Experience the sights and sounds of Sinulog up close at the Asus Zenfone Zoom Sinulog Launch.

Asus Zenfone Zoom

Yup, Asus Zenfone Zoom will reach our shores soon. Also is the world’s thinnest world’s thinnest 3x optical-zoom smartphone with an innovative 10-element HOYA lens arrangement.

Asus Zenfone Zoom (ZX551ML) has Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) for crisp images and to minimize those blurry shots. This is perfect for somebody like me who has shaky hands, LOL! And it is built for awesome Macro Shots to capture vivid food and detail shots. It is said to have a DSLR-level camera.

These amazing powerful camera features are encased in a gorgeous sleek ultra-thin 5mm metallic unibody. It has a burnished leather rear and a precision metal frame. It has a Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 cover glass.
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