An honest user review: Starmobile Play Max

I have been waiting for a phone under 5k with the following specs: at least 2500 mAh removable battery, 4.7-5 inch screen, Android Marshmallow and at least an 8MP rear camera. Since its launch last July 25, I have been waiting to get my hands on Starmobile’s Play Max. I was tempted to get their Up Max a year ago but due to the Android 5.0 issues, I didn’t get one. They were also selling it above Php 6,000 then. I was considering a couple of other phones, which had smaller battery capacities.

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Space Gray Rear Panel

Now on to the actual review. So I bought the Play Max. I was already impressed on how the Up Max was made. It’s no different with the Play Max. Very clean lines, nothing fancy yet feels and looks premium. Since I got the Space Gray, the 5 inch screen’s border blends in well with the black bezel. Champagne and Rose Gold models have white bezels I think. The screen’s not so thick black border stands out on those. On top of the screen are the 5MP front camera with flash, earpiece and sensor. It has navigation buttons so, more screen space. They don’t light up though. No notification light either. Continue reading


girl in tub

Photographer Bacolod City, Mariella Tecson mdeguzman Anne Acaso Kareen Bataycan make up artist Negros Occidental


@ Anne’s secret spot, Bacolod City
shoot with Anne and Dianne

MUA: Kareen June Bataican

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Note: This isn’t me. Yes, you sometimes need to do something out of your comfort zone, and I did just that in this image.  This is actually a shoot by Anne Acaso and her sister Di. I was there to help them and took a couple of shots. This is included in my Portraits 2012 album.

After Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

cadiz fisherfolk after typhoon haiyan


@ Cadiz City

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See some more images during the medical mission of doctors from Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital here.

Note: 5 days after Typhoon Haiyan devasted the northern Negros Island in the Philippines.

Adobo Festival 2013

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16th Adobo Festival

@ Balay Negrense, 5 de Noviembre Street
Silay City

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See more of the entries here.

Note: The Adobo Festival in Silay City is an annual cooking challenge celebrated together with the Cinco de Noviembre. Different adobo cooking styles, local delicacies are available lunch time. Artworks by local artists are also on display.

21 Restaurant’s Famous Super Batchoy with Egg

21 Restaurant Go Hotels Bacolod City Food Photographer mdeguzmansuper batchoy with egg

Super Batchoy w/ Egg

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Note: I reckon that this is the best Batchoy in Bacolod City. This was shot at 21 Restaurant for 21 Cafe’s menu. 21 Cafe is the small restaurant located at the ground floor of Go Hotels Bacolod City. See the rest of the drinks and food here.