Ayala Malls Solenad Cinemas Opens (Nuvali Sta Rosa Laguna)

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Th e new Ayala Malls Solenad opened it's doors last November 18, 2015 to offer a whole new movie experience for those in the South.

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The event was graced by Ayala Land team and Santa Rosa Mayor Arlene Arcillas and family.

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Located at the 3rd level of Ayala Solenad 3 are 4 state of the art cinema houses: (1) Recliner Seats (1) Dolby Atmos (2) Dolby Digital Theaters.


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With my friend Pepi De Leon of KampeonngPag-Ibig.Com
I was one of the many (there was a long line) who were the first to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens (see y review here) in the superior 100-seater cinema with recliner seats.


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Me being comfy with my popcorn
The full leather recliner seats offered great comfort.   There's even a USB charger in every seat.

To make the experience wholesome, also drop by the Movie Snackbar and get yourself some drinks, nachos, popcorn, mozzarella sticks or even a sandwich.

Because it is an Ayala Mall Cinemas, a quick access to www.sureseats.com is all it takes to check out the movie schedules at Ayala Malls Solenad Cinemas.  Soon, it will also allow reservations and online purchase using any major credit card or the Ayala Mall's Cinemas' MPass Card.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (My Spoiler-Free Review)

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I've heard nothing but good raves on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  And, way way before the screening date, this has been on a hype.



I'll keep this spoiler-free so I'll just sum up my likes and dislikes:


Likes
1. It's Star Wars...
         I grew up watching the Star Wars movies over and over again and of course, that's not enough and I want more!

2. Old characters reappear with the same charm and humor we loved.
       Upon entry of familiar characters, the crowd cheered in the cinema house.

3. The new characters were all likeable.
       The acting by Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn and Adam Driver as Kylo Ren  was decent.  And, although non of them stood out, they didn't disappoint either.

4. The new stuffs are just as cool and interesting.
         The droid is so cool, funny and interesting.  The droid is one of the interesting factors in the movie.  For sure, the toy version will rake some money. 
         The storm trooper redesign is awesome too. 

4. The plot fits and easy to follow.
         This sequel is a rightful addition to the other movies.  I have my hopes up for the upcoming movies (currently rumored to be 4 more).  It revealed enough for what has occurred for the past 30 years and leaves enough mystery for the movies to come.  It connects the nostalgic old with the refreshing new.
         Although the pacing was fast, the plot is easy to follow that even the kids can enjoy it.  I can sense that they made some of the jokes easy to understand...
           The only thing I couldn't make a sense of, is why they only sent a squad for searching.

5. There's sufficient emotional anchor between the characters.
            My emotions were stirred as the movie went on.  They brought back the humor which was lost during the prequel trilogies. 

6. Great cinematics.
            The space battles and lightsaber combat were interesting because of the great cinematics.  Of course, we've expected that given the current updates on cinematics.


Dislikes
1. There were a lot of similar scenario's in the former movies.
            I can't help but notice the similar scenario's as compared to the former movies that made it become a bit predictable.  But then again perhaps, it wouldn't be Star Wars without the searching, droid-locked secrets and planet-killing weapon?

2. The dark side appeared weak.
           I'm not sure if it was difficult to live-up to the character of Darth Vader.  But, the dark side appeared weak.  But, I'm looking forward to the next movies concerning the character build up of Kylo Ren.
          On the other hand, the other side has brilliant fighters in all forms pilot, lightsaber duel etc.

3. Some of the humors didn't work.
          Classic humors of our fave characters worked.  But, I think I missed the punch lines on some jokes from the new characters. 

 Watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Overall, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a must watch!  It has some room for improvements which could be seen on the next movies.  But, compared to the prequel, this is way way better.  Compared to the original trilogy?  Individually, this is good.   How much better it can become is what I'm looking forward to see.

Clothes Shopping This Chrismas

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It is common for women to get carried away when they are shopping for clothes. In fact, there are millions of women who would list shopping as their favorite activity. This being the case, it would be in the best interest of every woman who feels this way to make a point of finding as many great deals as she can. The digital age has presented shoppers with many places they can go to seek discounts on some of their favorite products. Being aware of where these discounts are located is the secret to being a great shopper. Here are some clues to use for finding an elusive discount for clothing.

Mobile alerts
Your smartphone can help you to save a considerable amount of money while you are shopping for clothes. However, you will need to be sure you are using it correctly. You can go to some of your favorite clothing retailers online. Some of these sites may give you the option of setting up mobile alerts. Basically, an alert will be sent to your phone whenever the store is going to be having a sale. You can narrow down the list of items you want to be notified about to prevent yourself from being notified every time something in the store goes on sale. The advance notice that these alerts give you may allow you to beat the crowds and get some great items that might have otherwise been sold out.

Coupon sites
There are a number of sites that are designed to help you save money on many different things. You will be able to access a wide variety of coupon codes when you go to these sites. The coupon codes will have varying values and change periodically. Therefore, you will need to visit these sites regularly to see if there are any items you will be interested in. You can also sign up for mobile alerts when new coupons appear that offer savings on items that you already determined you are interested in. A wide variety of lovely women's accessories are sold at http://www.craftsvilla.com/accessories.html.

Auction sites
Yes, people do occasionally put their clothing up for sale at an auction site. This is more common than you might think. They typically do this if they have a particularly expensive article of clothing that the seller wants to get top dollar for. Occasionally, you will find some deals that are too good to be true.

Hershey's Kisses Deluxe Launch with Georgina Wilson, Cecile Van Straten, Rex Atienza, Laureen Uy and Anton Del Rosario

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Hershey's collaborated with renowned photographer Jake Verzosa to showcase the famous kiss mark on the brand ambassador's of its new Hershey's Kisses Deluxe
 
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The exhibit was displayed on Bonifacio High Street last November 26.  As you can see, Top model Georgina Wilson, designer Cecile Van Straten, stylist Rex Atienza, blogger Laureen Uy and Azkals’ Anton Del Rosario all had a GOLD kiss mark.

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After which, the brand's ambassadors were put on the spotlight as they were asked questions by the audience.

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What do they all have in common?  They all reward themselves with chocolate from time to time!  Surprising right?  I thought with their perfect bodies, they don't really indulge.  But, as Georgina Wilson shared, “Life is more pleasurable and fulfilling when you’re rewarding yourself after working hard for it. It’s all about balance."

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Aside from getting a gold kiss....

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Hershey's Kisses Deluxe (SRP 699 php)
I also got my own box of Hershey's Kisses Deluxe with silver calligraphy. 

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It has a gold foil which now explains the gold kiss marks right?

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This one got my kiss =p

The entire family loved the new Hershey's Kisses Deluxe as it was twice the size, it has a roasted hazelnut center and small specks of rice crisps.

Century Park Hotel: Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas Promo

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Christmas is brighter at Century Park Hotel.  After undergoing its renovation, it is now ready for Christmas.

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Century Park Hotel surely knows how to share the yuletide joy as it has presented a gigantic 20-foot Christmas tree at its newly-renovated Atrium Lounge.  It even held a ceremony for its lighting.

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Even Santa Claus and his elves have made their way to this yuletide event.

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The crowd were equally as eager.

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The crowd cheered as they show the Christmas tree light up.  Also in celebration of Christmas, the hotel offers a special holiday room rate of P 6,000 net per night in either the deluxe room, one-bedroom park tower or junior superior suite, inclusive of a complimentary breakfast at the CafĂ© in the Park for two plus P 500 credit in all hotel-operated food and beverage outlets. An overnight stay in a classic superior room with a hearty breakfast for two and also with the P 500 credit is only P 5,000 net per night. Experience yuletide joy in your delightful stay and treasure the tender memories from November 28, 2015 until January 15, 2016.

My Bebe Love: Kilig Pa More with Aldub, Vic and Ai-Ai is a Must Watch 2015 MMFF Entry

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The Aldub love team is one of the greatest sensation that successfully struck every Filipinos' heart. 
Watching Aldub with Alden Richards and Maine "Yayadub" Mendoza everyday never seems enough right?

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So this Christmas, everyone's wish is granted with the movie My Bebe Love: Kilig Pa More as the Aldub will finally be appearing in theaters for the very first time.

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Also playing a major role in the film is the undisputed Philippine box-office king of comedy Vic Sotto and box-office queen Ai-Ai delas Alas. “My Bebe Love: Kilig Pa More!” also features Joey de Leon, the “Eat Bulaga” lolas Paolo Ballesteros, Jose Manalo, and Wally Bayola, and Ryzza Mae Dizon, in special appearances.

With the talented casts, the movie is expected to make the audience shiver in excitement, burst in laughter, waved by the touhing moments and proud of the Filipino values.

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The movie is written by Jose Javier Reyes and Bibeth Orteza and directed by Jose Javier Reyes.  And, it will be offered by OctoArts Films, M-Zet Television Productions, Inc., APT Entertainment, GMA Films and Meda Production


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Plot Summary:
Vic Sotto plays the role of Vito who finds himself at odds and in a bitter professional rivalry with Cora, played by Ai-Ai. The two are both in the business of mounting special events and productions and have both made a successful name in the same profession. The conflict happens when their respective wards – Anna (played by Maine) daughter of Vito, gets romantically entangled with Cora’s beloved nephew Dondi (played by Alden). As expected, the “parents” actively reject the budding romantic involvement between the star-crossed lovers and willingly struck an unexpected truce to prevent this romance from happening.

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The plot thickens when the unexpected alliance of the Vito and Cora starts blooming into something else. Now, it’s the turn of the youngsters to feel disconcerted with the idea of having their folks enter into a different relationship zone.  Now it was the turn of Dondi and Anna to react to the situation. They did not like the idea of his auntie and her father falling in love with each other.  Now it was the younger generation vehemently reacting to this new romance.

My Bebe Love Bloggers Conference Interview

3 Christmas Gift Suggestions for Women

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When deciding gifts, you always have to consider your budget and the personality and gifts of the receiver.  As I've observed people are becoming more and more practical, thus, gift giving requires more thoughtfulness in the process.  If you simply don't have a clue on what to give.  Here's my 10 Christmas gift suggestions for women  that you may adopt or perhaps, help you to get your a head start in thinking.

1. Luxury Bags (Budget:8,000-15,000 php / 180-250 USD)

           If you're budget is high, luxury bags is a great option.  It's easy to know the brand they want by
observing their other bags.  Try to pick a different style and color from the ones you've seen them with.  Better, if matches their favorite color.  If you're budget is low, a branded wallet will do.

2.  Make-Up Kit (Budget: 1,000-3,000 php /20-65 USD)



         Every woman values quality make-up and beauty products.  Include in your make up kit the essentials such as: lipstick, bb cream, powder, facial wash and make-up remover.  Choose the hypoallergenic ones like that of Unilab.
Celeteque by Unilab

3. Sexy Shoe (Budget: 1,000-3,000 php /20-65 USD)
        As the saying goes " Good shoes take you good places".  So by giving her a sexy shoe shows how much you believe in her.

Nissin Souper Food Trip with Nissin 4 Souper Meals Flavors

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Last November 13, I woke up extra early to experience Nissin Souper Food Trip in Robinsons Place Manila.

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Upon entry, I was given my very own Souper Food Trip Passport.

 Gotta love the Japan feel.

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The Nissin Souper Meal are priced at 29 php.

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There are 4 variants to choose from Nissin Souper Meal Beef Brisket, Nissin Souper Meal Hot & Spicy, Nissin Souper Meal Garlic Pork Tonkotsu and Nissin Souper Meal Seafood.

nissin souper mealsThe Nissin Souper Meal Beef Brisket is my first stop and its also my favorite.

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Perhaps because I'm a tsinoy,  I love the savory and spiced broth of the Nissin Souper Meal Beef Brisket.

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The Nissin Souper Meal Garlic Pork Tonkotsu is most favored by my friends.  This is Nissin's first ever pork-based variant.  I must say, if you've craving for pork tonkotsu ramen, this is an affordable and convenient way to have it answered.


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Spicy lovers will love the Nissin Souper Meal Hot & Spicy.

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The broth is red thus, you can expect Nissin Souper Meal Hot & Spicy to be spicy in every sip. 

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Seafood lovers can delight themselves with the Nissin Souper Meal Seafood with crabsticks!


nissin souper mealsAside from Nissin Souper Meals, I also found Bogart the Explorer from Davao City!

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Or, should I say, he found me...

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So everyone especially go-getter, grab and try the Nissin Souper Meal available at all leading supermarkets and grocery stores nationwide.

To compliment the food, there was also some dancing...

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and games.

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Fellow co-bloggers won gcs! Wow!

Can you guess how many Nissin Souper Meal are there?  Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind gastronomic experience at the next Nissin Souper Meal Food Trip events on January 16 to 17, 2016 at Trinoma Mall and January 30 to 31, 2016 at Glorietta Mall.

Astreopora: A Light and Music Installation by Leeroy New (SM Aura)

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Last week, we discovered Astreopora: A Light and Music Installation by Leeroy New in SM Aura Premier.

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We were amazed at the brilliance and just couldn't resist taking photographs.  Hence, here's my photoblog entry.

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It's open to public during mall hours so see it for yourselves too.

ASUS Notebooks and Zen AiO Pro with pre-installed Microsoft Windows 10

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ASUS introduces the new line-up of notebooks for every type of user, and it is made more powerful with 6th generation Intel® Core ™ processors for extra mobility and improved performance. Plus it is now made even made better with pre-installed Microsoft Windows 10!
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Most Powerful Ultrabook: ZenBook Pro UX501



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The ZenBook Pro UX501 is an ultra-high-performance laptop aimed at users demanding ultimate performance and ultimate style. Featuring a timeless and classic design, ZenBook Pro UX501 incorporates the elegance and style that is the hallmark of the ZenBook family.
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Its slim and compact chassis is just 20.6mm thin for easy portability, and is clad in beautiful aluminum featuring the iconic ASUS spun-metal finish. Brushed metal surfaces and diamond-cut chamfers on the edges add brilliant highlights, and the keyboard surround is enhanced with a stylish laser-engraved ripple-effect pattern.

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ZenBook Pro UX501 has a 15.6-inch VisualMaster multi-touch display with a pin-sharp 4K/UHD 3860 x 2160 resolution — four times higher than Full HD — and an incredible pixel density of 282PPI for stunningly-detailed and lifelike images.


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IPS technology with wide 178-degree viewing angles ensures that colors and contrast are not degraded from any viewing position.

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It also has high-performance components including a powerful quad-core 6th generation Intel® Core ™ processor, gaming-grade NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 960M 4GB DDR5 graphics and the world’s fastest 256GB PCI Express® (PCIe®) x4 SSD.

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Despite its breathtaking performance, ZenBook Pro UX501 offers users an outstanding battery life of more than six hours from its high-capacity 96Wh lithium-polymer battery.



UX501
CPU
i7-4750HQ
GPU
GTX 960M 4G DDR5
Storage
256G SSD
RAM
12G
Screen
15" 4K2K
ODD
[SATA] 8.9"mm 8X Super Multi with Double Layer
OS
Windows 10 (64bit)
WiFi
 802.11bgn+Bluetooth 4.0 (Single band)
USB Port
3x USB 3.0
Battery
60WHrs, 4S1P, 4-cell Li-ion Polymer Battery Pack
SRP
Php89,995.00

Stylish Notebook with ultra-fast SSD storage: ZenBook UX305LA

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The ZenBook UX305LA is a beautifully crafted all-aluminum Ultrabook™ that measures just 12.3mm thin, making it one of the world’s slimmest 13.3-inch FHD laptop. Its subtle and refined shape incorporates the DNA of the classic ZenBook, featuring an elegantly-tapered wedge design that has smooth and comfortable edges with diamond-cut metallic highlights.
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Continuing the long-established ZenBook tradition of combining performance with luxury, this gorgeous ultraportable — which weighs only 1.2kg — is powered by the new 6th generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor for seamless multitasking, and features a lightning-fast up to 512GB solid-state drive (SSD). The crisp, vibrant and stunningly-detailed 13.3-inch display has an up to FHD resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. Available in a sophisticated new Gold color with ZenBook’s signature spun-metal finish, or a silky-smooth Ceramic Alloy shade, ZenBook UX305 is the ultimate ultraportable laptop for discerning users.

UX305LA
CPU
i5-5200
GPU
GTX 960M 4G DDR5
Storage
512GB SSD
RAM
8G
Screen
13"FHD
ODD
N/A
OS
Windows 10 (64bit)
WiFi
 802.11ac+Bluetooth 4.0 (Dual band) -Intel WIDI
USB Port
1x USB 2.0
2x USB 3.0
Battery
56WHrs, 3S2P, 6-cell Li-ion  Polymer Battery Pack
SRP
Php 59,995.00
 
Durable smooth and minimalist aluminum design: ASUS K555LB


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ASUS K555LB have a solid build quality, and feature a minimalist aluminum design with crafted lines for a premium feel that is ideal for work or play. With a brushed-aluminum top cover finished in black and a sandblasted palm-rest, K Series laptops have tactile surfaces that invite the user’s touch. There are also attractive little design touches like the spun-metal finish on the power button and precise diamond-cut touchpad edges

Fast, responsive computing for work or play
ASUS K555LB is powered by 6th generation Intel® Core ™ i7 processor for fast and responsive multi-tasking computing; and can be specked with up to NVIDIA GeForce GT 940M graphics with Microsoft DirectX® 11 for fast and fluid gaming visuals and movie playback as well. K Series features a 15-inch LED-backlit, 4k QHD panel.
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The K555LB provides 94% sRGB color gamut for accurate, life-like colors when handling design tasks, watching movies, or viewing photos.

ASUS IceCool and other exclusive technologies
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ASUS K555LB has ASUS IceCool technology that uses a unique internal component layout to address palm-rest heating issues. This keeps palm-rest surface temperatures between 28 and 35 degrees Celsius, significantly lower than body temperature so users stay cool and comfortable. The 15-inch K555LB has an exclusive dual cooling system design — an intelligent thermal solution that is both efficient and silent, ensuring users enjoy a comfortable computing environment.
K555LB laptops have a seamless one-piece keyboard for a solid typing feel, along with a large touchpad with ASUS Smart Gesture technology to support a range of Windows 10 touch commands for quicker, responsive input.

Exclusive ASUS SonicMaster audio, incorporating ICEpower® technology, delivers outstanding audio quality; while ASUS AudioWizard gives users five preset audio modes with settings tailored for music, movies, or games. ASUS Splendid technology ensures accurate color reproduction, incredible detail and vibrant, lifelike colors, ensuring K Series laptops deliver stunning visuals for work, movies or games.
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Value-packed with all the essentials, the X555UB reinvents your daily computing experience. Whether you are using it for work or for fun, this is an ideal machine for both productive computing and entertainment. It features the 6th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor and GT940 graphics card, Instant on that resumes your computer from sleep mode in 2 seconds and USB 3.0 for 10 times faster data transfer speed. ASUS X Series gives you everything you need for a truly satisfying multitask computing and multimedia experience.

Precise, crystal clear audio to complete the cinematic experience
On most notebooks, all sound frequencies originate from small onboard speakers. The resulting audio comes from a single source and lacks distinctiveness. Like other notebooks in the ASUS range, the X555UB comes equipped with SonicMaster technology and ASUS AudioWizard to bring you high fidelity audio. Experience omnidirectional sound and hear each individual instrument's nuances with the X555UB.

X555UB
CPU
i7-6500HQ
GPU
NV940 2G
Storage
1TB
RAM
4G
Screen
15" FHD
ODD
[SATA] 8.9"mm 8X Super Multi with Double Layer
OS
Windows 10 (64bit)
WiFi
 802.11bgn+Bluetooth 4.0 (Single band)
USB Port
1x USB 2.0
2x USB 3.0
Battery
37WHrs, 2S1P, 2-cell Li-ion  Polymer Battery Pack
SRP
Php 44,995.00
 
Asus VivoBook 4k

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Lessen your worries on your PC with ASUS’ notebook 2-year global warranty!
Now you have the opportunity to protect your investment with an extended global warranty worth Php2,500. This is available to select ASUS notebook models with pre-loaded Microsoft Windows™ 10.

Zen AiO Pro Z240IC
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Zen AiO Pro Z240IC, the first models in the incredible new Zen AiO Pro Series (premium range of all-in-one PCs that fuse art with industry-leading technology)
 
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Featuring a stunningly-elegant all-aluminum design, Zen AiO Pro looks amazing. But the beauty is not just skin-deep, with superb performance delivered by 6th-generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor and gaming-grade NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 960M graphics with up to 4GB of video memory.
 
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Other leading-edge technology showcased in the Zen AiO Pro Series includes the latest USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port, up to PCIe® 3.0 x4 M.2 SSD storage.
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For truly-immersive family entertainment, both new Zen AiO Pro models are equipped with a powerful six-speaker ASUS SonicMaster Premium sound system that delivers 16W of incredibly rich and clear stereo sound.

Z240ICGT
CPU
 i7-6700T
GPU
GTX 960M 4G DDR5
Storage
2.5" SATA HDD 1TB (5400RPM, 9.5mm)
M.2 SATA SSD 128G
RAM
DDR4 2133MHz, 8G *2
Screen
23.8” Full HD 1920x1080 LED-backlit
OS
Windows 10 (64bit)
WiFi
 802.11bgn+Bluetooth 4.0 (Single band)
USB Port
1 x USB3.1 (Type-C)

4 x USB3.0

1 x USB2.0

2 x HDMI-out

1 x Microphone

1 x Headphone

1 x 2-in-1 card reader

1x Power Input

1x LAN

1x Kensington lock slot
Dimensions
585(W) x 434(H) x 52~190(D) mm
SRP
Php 97,995