Meet Life-sized AR Animals In Google Search

Did you know that the wingspan of a golden eagle can be over two meters? Or that an emperor penguin is up to 1.3m tall? It’s one thing to read about the rich wildlife of our planet, but sometimes the easiest way to wrap your head around information is to see it. 

Starting today, you can meet twenty-nine, life-sized animals right in Google Search–-with a little help from your phone’s camera, computer vision, and augmented reality. From great white sharks to shetland ponies, you’ll be able to view and interact with 3D animals and place them directly into your own space, giving you a sense of scale and detail. Just search for one of the select animals, and you’ll get an option right in the knowledge panel to view them in 3D and AR. 

Say you wanted to learn more about a certain animal? You just type in your search and then scroll to the knowledge panel. In addition to other helpful information like the lifespan, diet, or speed of a specific animal, you’ll also see a “view in 3D” button. Once you’ve tapped it, you’ll get a 3D animation of the animal. You can swipe around for a 360 degree view and then choose to see the animal in your surroundings. 

A tap on “view in your space” will bring the animal you were looking up into the real world––whether it’s a brown bear taking a stroll through your room or a green sea turtle swimming over the kitchen counter. You can walk around your space and look at the animal from different angles as it moves around. If you turn up the sound on your phone, you’ll even hear the distinct noises of some of these animals. 

Here’s a full list of all the animals you can now meet in Google Search:
  • Land animals: Tiger, Giant Panda, African Leopard, Lion, Cheetah, Alpine Goat, Arabian Horse, Brown Bear, Timberwolf, Shetland Pony, Raccoon, White Tailed Deer, European Hedgehog, Ball Python
  • Underwater & wetlands: Mallard Duck, Alligator, Great White Shark, Green Sea Turtle, Common Octopus, Angler Fish
  • Birds: Macaw, Emperor Penguin, Golden Eagle
  • Housepets: Rottweiler, Short Haired Cat, French Bulldog, Pug, Golden Retriever, Pomeranian

Philippines Celebrate Holy Week Online

From drive-through confessions, where a priest - seated a meter away - hears a parishioner confess his sins while inside his car, to receiving holy communion in front yards, the Catholic Church has found innovative ways to engage its flock in prayer and participate in church activities amid the worldwide spread of the novel corona virus (Covid-19) which necessitates everybody to practice physical distancing, among other things.

Filipinos, as well as most people of the world, will still be staying at home under enhanced community quarantine as we observe the Holy Week, starting Palm Sunday, April 5 until Easter Sunday, April 12. But everybody will be blessed, Pope Francis said. And Holy Week will be celebrated online, with masses to be livestreamed on Facebook and Youtube by various dioceses across the country.

Photo by Vanderlei Longo from Pexels

At the Vatican City, the Pope celebrates daily masses at 2pm at Vatican News English on YouTube.

Following is the schedule of masses in various Philippine churches:

Manila Cathedral
Time: Sunday - 8am,10am, 6pm; Monday to Friday - 7:30am, 12:10pm; Saturday - 7:30am

Quiapo Church
Time: Daily - 5am, 6am, 12:15pm, 3pm, 4pm

Diocese of Kalookan
Time: Sunday - 6:30am, 7:45am, 9am, 10:15am, 3pm, 4:15pm, 5:30pm, 6:45pm, 8pm; Monday to Friday - 6am, 12nn, 6pm

Diocese of Cubao
Time: Sunday - 8am, 11am, 6pm; Monday to Saturday - 8am

Diocese of Pasig
Time: Sunday - 6am, 7:30am, 9am, 4pm, 6pm; Monday to Saturday - 6am, 8am, 12nn, 6pm

Philippine Jesuits
Time: Daily - 8am, 1pm
Where: Radyo Katipunan Facebook page and Radyo Katipunan YouTube channel

Radio Veritas
Time: Daily - 6am, 12nn, 6pm

Sambuhay TV Mass
Time: Saturday (anticipated mass) - 5pm; Monday to Friday - 6:15am

Online masses led by Singapore Archbishop William Goh
Time: Sunday - 10am; Monday to Saturday - 1pm

PLDT's free speedboost for Fibr subscribers will provide a unique holy week experience in the time of COVID-19. Staying at home as we pray with people online can be our most meaningful contribution in stopping the spread of the dreaded coronavirus.

Paulo Avelino Reveals His Heartfelt Valentine Gift

Everyone shares a common goal this Valentine's season: to showheartfelt effort to make their loved one feel special, whether through a grand gesture or a simple, laid-back celebration.

Red Ribbon’s brand ambassador, admired Film and TV actor Paulo Avelino shares the same goal this Valentine’s season. In the brand’s latest Digital video, Paulo shows us how we can make our loved ones feel special, and shares with us how his most heartfelt love is fully expressed throughhis favorite Red Ribbon Valentine Black Forest.

Much like how Paulo takes precious time and effort to carefully plan the most impressive Valentine’s date for his special someone, Red Ribbon has masterfully crafted the most indulgent cake best for the occasion – the Red Ribbon Valentine Black Forest.

The ever-indulgent Red Ribbon Valentine Black Forest comes in alimited-edition heart-shaped design perfect for the season. It is made with luscious chocolate cake and impeccably creamy icing to make this red-letter occasion more special with every bite. It is also topped with sweet Maraschino cherries crowned with a chocolate ribbon topping, making it the perfect present for this romantic occasion.

This Valentine’s Day, make your loved one feel special by showing what your heart truly feels. Avail of the limited-edition Red Ribbon Valentine Black Forest from February 13 to 15, 2020, in any Red Ribbon branch near you. Stay tuned for more surprises this love month by following the official Red Ribbon Bakeshop Facebook and Instagram pages!

Promo Duration: February 13-15, 2020
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Vivo Y15, Y11 Among Best-Selling Budget Phones

A decade ago, an P11,000 mobile phone could only offer calls, messaging, internet access, and basic photography. Today, for the same amount of cash, one would get a phone with plenty of features—case in point are Vivo’s best-selling Y-series’ handsets.

Vivo Y11


Far from being just a basic phone—with the second cheapest price tag (P5,999 SRP) on the list—the Y11 offers a smooth experience with its 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM, as well as AI-powered 13MP main and 2MP depth cameras—all powered by a 5000mAh battery. With these features, along with its Agate Red and Mineral Blue colorways, it’s no surprise that the Y11 is the best-selling Vivo phone in Shopee and Lazada. Learn more: 

Vivo Y91c

Y91iC- phone-back

Available for only P4,999, the Y91c boasts of features and technology similar to more expensive phones. These include a performance-enhancing Octa-core processor, up to 256GB of storage, a 4030mAh battery, an AI Game Mode that prevents interruptions, and Face ID that unlocks the phone. Learn more:

Vivo Y15

The Y15 delivers the smoothest performance among Y-series phones with its 4GB RAM. The P7,999 handset boasts of an AI triple camera—13MP main, 8MP super-wide-angle, and 2MP depth cameras. It also features an “Ultra Game Mode” which allows users to customize settings for each application to better their gaming experience. To top it all off, the Y15 comes in stunning Aqua Blue and Burgundy Red colorways. Learn more:

Y15 Phone
Y15 Phone

Vivo Y91

Vivo Y91
Vivo Y91

As if having a handy device isn’t convenient enough, there has been a growing demand for smart assistants in mobile devices. For only P9,999, the Y91 comes with Vivo’s Jovi smart assistant, powered by 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM. It also has a rear fingerprint scanner, 8MP front camera with AI customized face beauty, and smart split screen that is perfect for the average multi-tasker. Learn more:

Vivo Y19  

The latest in Vivo’s Y series, the Y19 sports a 16MP main/2MP macro/8MP super-wide-angle triple camera set-up, boasting of superior, high-quality images. With a P10,999 price tag, the Y19 supports reverse charging, allowing the device to transform into a power bank, powering other gadgets with its 5000mAh battery. Learn more:

So, what are you waiting for? Visit Lazada ( and Shopee ( to get your hands on these Vivo Y-series phones today.

These Empowered Filipinas Will Inspire You To Write Your Own “Herstory”

Filipinas are a breed of strong women who are determined to carve their own path in the world and make a lasting, positive impact. Three of them who have chosen to lead meaningful lives through their extraordinary deeds recently got together to tell their inspiring stories.


One is former actress Nanette Medved-Po who was famously known for breathing life into Darna, which ultimately inspired her to pursue a bigger dream–--building classrooms across the Philippines with the sales from the bottled water company, “Hope in a Bottle,” which she leads. The CEO of Generation HOPE is a living proof that anyone can be a real-life superhero.

CEO of Generation HOPE Nanette Medved-Po

When asked about how she makes the most of her time, Nanette shared this stirring insight:
“Everyone has a unique space in the world where they have an opportunity to do something good.  Find what you are passionate about and just tell yourself that you’re not going to be a waste of space.”

The other is Filipino-Chinese Rachel Renucci-Tan, CEO of ChenYi Agventures. Rachel used to live a glamorous life in Europe, but decided to return to the Philippines to help Filipino farmers get back on their feet, after she saw the devastation caused by typhoon Yolanda. Through her company, she is not only able to help bring income to families affected by typhoon but also promote the country’s rice as one of the best in the world.

CEO of ChenYi Agventures Rachel Renucci-Tan
CEO of ChenYi Agventures Rachel Renucci-Tan

For Rachel, the key to writing the best story of your life is to listen to your heart:
“You cannot let other people dictate your narrative. It has to come from the murmurings of your own heart, your own soul, and your own mind. Have the courage to reinvent yourself, no matter how many times it takes, to be the best person that you can be.”


There’s also Mayor Abby Binay who serves as the leader of one of the country’s richest cities. Coming from a family of politicians, Abby proved that a woman can challenge the status quo and develop her own brand of leadership.

Makati Mayor Abby Binay
Makati Mayor Abby Binay

She said, “I think now they appreciate that the mayor is a woman because I am very motherly. Most of my projects are targeted towards making the lives of families easier.”
She added, “I prefer that people say ah si Mayor Abby she’s strict, she’s straight. That means I follow the rules, I am very transparent. I want to remembered to be a very fair leader.”

Nanette, Rachel, and Mayor Abby were the featured speakers in the recent ANCx Her Story event held at the Salon de Ning of the Peninsula Manila Hotel and hosted by Karen Davila, which were attended by some of the country’s most influential people in business, social enterprise, and governance.  Highlights from the talk will be featured in “Think Possible Lightbulb Sessions” interstitials to be aired on ANC.

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