Mini Photo Project: Hopes and Dreams

Finally! I had always wanted to do photo shoots, but since I had little to no time because of work, I would put it off till a later time, but the time has come! Last month, my church group downline asked me if I can take photos of him for his portfolio. I readily said yes, since, hello, unemployed. It was very fulfilling to know that I was of service to him and that I got to bond with him and be a part of hoping with him and being a part of the fulfillment of his dreams.

I hope you guys like it! It’s not high quality because I had to edit colors on my phone since the laptop I have has inaccuracies in terms of color.

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Graduating to the Fastlane: Are you ready?

I recall having to sit in my small cubicle at the office and receiving a flyer that comes with the header of our company name with the underlying text “where stress is less”. I couldn’t contain myself. Laughter was imminent. In our field, stress is never gone nor is it nearly ever less. But I guess what got me through wasn’t the fact that there was less work load. Stress was always there. I guess what made stress bearable though was the fact that I was with my friends at the office. I had relationships that distracted me from the hurdles.

This is exactly what Nokia tried to reveal with its new Nokia X and the help a few hardworking students and models who are always on the go.

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Despite having the X factor, they always strive to strike a good balance among their different priorities, such as their academics and co-curricular engagements, career paths, and of course, family and social lives. To document how these individuals keep up with their fast paced lives, friends from Nokia Philippines made them try out the new Nokia X, a beautifully crafted smartphone with Nokia’s signature design approach and bold, bright colors.

With the Nokia X in hand, Charlie Sutcliffe, Gianna Llanes, Henry Edwards, Carmela Fortuna, Maqui Castello, Ira Giorgetti, Emil Khodaverdi, Kelsey Merritt, Cat Triviño, and Daniel Velasco showed their families, friends, and supporters how they continue to enjoy living in the fastlane, despite everything being on hyper drive.

For 10 days, as these 10 models prepared for the end of the school year events and personal activities, the Nokia X allowed them to take and upload selfies and other photos of those moments in a flash.

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Kelsey Merritt showing that education is also the fastlane to success

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Their #FastlanePerfeXion posts came with personal insights and learnings on how to cope with living in the fast lane. Kelsey, who studies at the Ateneo de Manila and sometimes jumps from a class to a photo shoot, then back to another class later in the day, advised fresh graduates to “stay fit no matter how stressful college can be.”  She adds, “It’s very important to balance school and work. Time management is key!”

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Charlie Sutcliffe smiling to the 3MP camera of Nokia X in Benguet

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Posting hundreds of selfies, they also helped retain the Philippines’ “selfie capital of the world” title. Charlie, also a host of TV show, “Juan Direction” with other half-Filipinos, loved the Nokia X’s bright colors and was happily surprised with the equally beautiful photos taken with its 3MP camera during his location shoot in Benguet.

The Nokia X is the perfect introduction to the world of Android apps, coupled with signature Nokia experiences, such as HERE Maps, with true offline maps and integrated turn-by-turn navigation, and the most popular Microsoft services, including Outlook and free cloud storage using OneDrive. All devices are also pre-loaded with a variety of very popular third-party apps and games.

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Maqui Castello with the white Nokia X

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Maqui Castelo, student, and awarded by a youth magazine as “Candy Cutie”, said, “I liked how it had boardgames from my childhood as apps, such as Monopoly and the Game of Life. Definitely something to look forward to.”

With its two home screens: home, which features a fresh, tile-based design, and Fastlane, the Nokia X also always gave the students and models the green light to quickly access their favorite apps.

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Gianna Llanes takes her first Nokia X selfie

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Gianna, student, and winner of the recent MYX VJ 2014 hunt said, “What I like about Fastlane is that it presented me with app updates, missed calls, and new messages. The feature is like my own personal assistant!” Ira, also a fashion blogger, stylist, and photographer, agreed and added, “Fastlane is a great answer for those who need to streamline their notifications and are tired of checking multiple applications to see the latest updates. Such an amazing time saver!”

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Ira Giorgetti with his mom and sister who just graduated.

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Graduating to the fastlane doesn’t have to be as stressful as you think. With a little help from friends, and gadgets which can help you manage and organize your activities, the experience can actually be fun and colorful.

The Nokia X is now available in bright green, bright red, black, and white for an affordable SRP of Php 5,990.

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