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EXCLUSIVE: Maymay Entrata And Edward Barber—“Selfies Are More Fun With The One You Love”

In March 5, 2017, during its Big Night, reality TV show Pinoy Big Brother: Lucky Season 7 produced in-demand young celebrities and social media stars out of “Ms. Wacky Go Lucky ng Cagayan de Oro” Maymay Entrata and “Cheerful Charmer ng Germany” Edward Barber.

As they went out of the Big Brother house and back into the “outside world,” their fans have been given a peek into their lives as showbiz newbies, thanks to their social media accounts, which they are regularly updating. Currently, Maymay has more than 1.6 million Instagram followers, while Edward’s IG following is at 1.1 million.

Their social media accounts are reflective of their fun and authentic personalities, as seen through their various selfies and other snaps both individually and together. Now that social media is a big thing, MayWard’s popularity is magnified, because it allows their fans to get to see the real them behind the glitz and glamour often associated with show business and therefore gains them more loyal followers who love and appreciate their rawness and candidness.


Here’s an exclusive Metro.Style documentary on our cover stars Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber of the phenomenal MayWard love team, which provides a look back on their showbiz journey so far.




For MayWard, meanwhile, their career success means so much more as they get to document and immortalize each and every milestone through their handy smartphones. Their phone of choice? Vivo’s New FullView™ Flagship V9.

You, too, can easily look back on your successes and milestones, when you have a similar trusty gadget in tow. Here are 5 features of the new Vivo V9 that you’ll surely love:


1. It comes with FullView™ Display for unlimited fun.

The V9 is as compact in design as a traditional 5.5-inch phone but offers an incredible 6.3-inch Fullview display. The Vivo V9 adopts a 19:9 aspect ratio to increase screen size by 5.2% compared to the previous generation’s V7+, and the side bezels have been reduced by 19% to a mere 1.75mm. Every arc and curve on the ergonomically optimized 3D curved cover is carefully polished to ensure absolute comfort in the palm of your hand.


2. AI Photography creates the perfect shot.

The new AI-powered camera functions continue Vivo’s ambitions to provide smart mobile photography with the V9’s crystal-clear 24MP front camera and 16MP+5MP dual rear camera. AI Face Beauty identifies users’ age, gender, skin tone, and texture, as well as the surrounding lighting environment. A comprehensive database of almost one million facial images from around the world has been used to train the AI algorithm. This allows AI Face Beauty to adapt and apply the ideal algorithm for optimized photos. As usage increases, the AI will also learn your customized setting preferences, automatically creating the ideal photo every time and exactly the way you want. 

The new AI Selfie Lighting feature also allows users to create artistic photo masterpieces anytime, anywhere without an elaborate equipment setup. The V9’s AI algorithm transforms the facial profile in the original 2D photo into a 3D model to process the light accents authentically. Users can choose from a range of effects like Natural Light, Studio Light, Stereo Light and Monochrome Background. When coupled with AR Stickers that provide numerous effects to decorate your selfie, the V9 helps users to take selfies that reflect their unique style with just a few clicks.

The rear facing 16MP+5MP dual camera of V9 creates amazing bokeh shots that rival those taken on a DSLR camera using its AI Bokeh algorithm, which has been optimized based on machine learning, so it can achieve high-level precision in identifying the key subject to ensure optimal focus in the photo.


3. It features an AI-optimized mobile experience.

The V9’s AI also ensures the best mobile performance and endurance with Vivo’s AI Smart Engine. By learning your usage habits and preferences, the AI Smart Engine prioritizes processing and storage resources for an optimized experience. Not only does it ensure smooth operation and save power, as the AI picks up on your usage habits, Smart Engine can accurately predict your next move and have your favorite apps launch 20% faster.

With its updated AI Face Access technology, the V9 can detect the reflection of natural skin and the subtle movements of the face to further reduce the possibility of accidently unlocking when shown photos or videos. AI Face Access for App-Lock even helps secure your data and privacy for individual applications.

The V9’s AI Attention Sensing also recognizes when you’re looking at the phone to keep disruption to a minimum by automatically reducing the volume of message alerts, incoming calls and alarms, since you’re already looking at the screen.


4. It’s made to deliver great entertainment quality, and it’s equipped with an efficient processor.

Updated Game Mode delivers the hyper-focused environment required for the most dedicated gamers with the ability to block all messages, calls and alerts while gaming. Alternately, you can set it up to display phone calls from designated contacts only. The new picture-in-picture for games feature means you won’t even have to exit the game to reply to critical messages.

The V9 comes equipped with the latest Android 8.1 OS and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 octa-core processor, 4GB RAM and 64 ROM.


5. It’s stylish and priced reasonably.

The V9 will be available in Pearl Black and Gold. Prices and availability vary in markets. It will be retailed at P17,990 in the Philippines.


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Co-presented by Vivo

Produced by Grace Libero-Cruz

Video editing by Jason Roque

Special thanks to Marcus Vinuya, Cynthia Jordan, Raymund Dizon, Jonathan Manalo, and Love Capulong