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Cebu Photo Diary with Asus Zenfone Zoom

March 24, 2016
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Fasten your seat belts because I am taking you back to January 2016 when Asus Philippines flew us to Cebu to experience the Sinulog Festival through the new Asus Zoom. 

This is part 2 of my #RuthGoestoCebu 2016 with Asus Philippines. You can read about Part 1: 2 days in cebu city with asus zenfone max.

We were traditionally welcomed in Marriott Hotel, Cebu with the catchy song and dance for the Sinulog Festival. In a private event attended by tech media and bloggers who came from different parts of the Philippines, the Asus Zenfone Zoom was unveiled with a presentation by ASUS Philippines Country Manager for System Business Group George Su, Product Manager for Smartphone Lenny Lin, and PR Head Eason de Guzman.
Asus grouped and challenged us #SeeSinulogUpClose with Asus Zoom’ 3X Hoya lens in an innovative 10-element lens arrangement that promises exceptional clarity and close-ups with up to 12X total magnification. 

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Here are the Asus Zenfone Zoom specifications:
5.5-inch Full HD (1920×1080, 403ppi) IPS LCD
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Processor 64-bit 2.5GHz Quad-core Intel Atom Z3590 CPU
Graphics PowerVR G6430 GPU
Internal Storage 64GB eMCC Flash or 128GB eMCP Flash
External Storage microSD (up to 128GB)
Cameras 13MP rear-facing camera, 10-element Hoya 3x zoom lens
5MP front-facing camera
Software Android 5.1 with ASUS ZenUI
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/b/ac
Bluetooth 4.0+ EDR
Battery 3000mAh non-removable Li-Polymer
Dimensions 6.26 x 3.1 x 0.47 inches
158.9 x 78.84 x 11.95mm
Weight 6.53 oz

After setting in the hotel, it was time to explore the city. I have been to different islands in Cebu but it was my first time to explore the city. 
Selfie/Welfie in a moving vehicle 
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Although we do not observe/celebrate Sinulog Festival (because of my religious affiliation), I was curious about the festivity because of the colorful parade and the upbeat music from drums and native gongs that I was hearing since we landed in Cebu. 
Below are sample, unedited and unmanipulated pictures taken using Asus Zenfone Zoom
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.. and this is how we looked after battling with the crowd. Haha
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Thee photos turned out decent and okay. They were taken in quick snaps (just because, we have limited time and we want to truly experience the city – and not waste our time with the camera). 
At night, Asus treated us to some fine wine in Blue Elephant with a nice view of the city
I love the Cebu skyline.  We got to test the Asus Zenfone Zoom in low light mode. 
photo by @rodelflordeliz
The following day, Rodel and I decided to skip the parade and just enjoyed the pool – with the Asus Zenfone Zoom.
Someone probably thought my legs are perfect subject for photography.

Sample of panoramic view using Asus Zenfone Zoom

I stalked someone. The Asus Zenfone Zoom made me see clearly the difference of expectation and reality 🙂 

I met adorable kids during our sweet stay in Marriott. 
But looks like I got stalked too. Read his side of story here. 
Sample Shots using Asus Zenfone Zoom Macro Shot 
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The Asus Zenfone Zoom truly works in moments like this – when you want to take closeup pictures but doesn’t want to be too close :p
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Thank you so much once again Asus Philippines for the opportunity to first try the Asus Zenfone Zoom and for the letting us experience the #SinulogUpClose (and the nice pool in Marriott Cebu!).
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Get a chance to win Asus Zenfone Zoom

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