Lumia 830 arrives in the Philippines, priced at Php18,990 SRP

MANILA, Philippines - Finally, the latest flagship device of Microsoft, the Lumia 830 is available in the country this Friday, October 24, 2014 for Php18,990 SRP.

Lumia 830 no available in the Philippines for Php 18,990 SRP
Lumia 830 no available in the Philippines for Php 18,990 SRP

Affordable Lumia 830 boasts its premium design, superior PureView imaging and integrated Microsoft services. It runs on Windows Phone 8.1 and Lumia innovations such as Wireless Charging, Optimized Image Stabilization and SensorCore.

Here are some of the features of Lumia 830:
  • Lumia 830 captures sharp images with a 10-megapixel PureView camera with ZEISS optics, Rich Recording, and the thinnest optical image stabilization system.
  • Captures expressions and emotions with Living Images. Share it on social networks using Storyteller.
  • The latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim, providing faster connections to Notification Center, Live Tiles, and Microsoft Office.
  • Microsoft OneDrive and Microsoft Office with Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint are available.
  • 15GB of OneDrive storage, which securely connects content with friends, family, and colleagues.
  • Apps including Instagram, Adidas miCoach, Vimeo, and Flipboard – plus apps that sync across devices.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, featuring quad-core CPUs at 1.2 GHz, for fast and smooth web browsing, gaming, and overall user experience on a sharp 5-inch ClearBlack display.
  • ‘SensorCore’ low-power motion sensing tracks motion and location even while the phone is 'asleep' in your pocket.

Karel Holub, General Manager, Philippines, Microsoft Mobile Devices Sales: “With PureView imaging, wireless charging and wealth of other great features, the Lumia 830 delivers the best innovations and experiences from our flagship smartphones at a more affordable price, underscoring Microsoft’s commitment to offer a competitive Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone for everyone.”

Lumia 830 with superior PureView imaging
Lumia 830 with superior PureView imaging

The Lumia 830 will be available in a range of colors including bright orange, bright green, white and black.

Official Technical Specifications Summary:

Technical specs Lumia 830

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VIDEO: Pinay teen Marlisa Punzalan is 'X Factor Australia' 2014 Grand Winner

MANILA, Philippines - Filipina teen Marlisa Punzalan was declared grand winner of the highly successful "The X Factor Australia" as announced during the Live Results Decider Night on Monday, October 20, 2014.

Pinay teen Marlisa Punzalan is 'X Factor Australia' 2014 Grand Winner

Punzalan, whose parents are both Filipino based in suburb Mount Druitt in Sydney was the youngest grand champion of the Australian talent search since its run in 2005.

Irish singer Ronan Keating, Punzalan's mentor was extremely proud of her as she has bested Brothers3 and Dean Ray, who were coached by Dannii Minogue and Natalie Bassingwaithe, respectively.

"I'm so proud of her. She's been unbelievable. What a superstar. So deserving for the title," Keating said after the grand announcement.

WATCH: Winner Announcement "The X Factor Australia" 2014 Grand Final Live Decider (video courtesy of J1MZO7)

The young singer also performed a duet with runner-up Dean Ray. It was followed by performances from American superstar Taylor Swift and "Australian Idol" winner Guy Sebastian.

WATCH: Dean Ray and Marlisa Punzalan Duet - Live Grand Final Decider

Marlisa's powerful renditions of The Beatles' "Yesterday" and "Stand By You" on Sunday's performance night boost her chance of winning the singing contest.

Punzalan, which followed the footsteps of "The X Factor Israel" grand winner Rose Fontanes, are the latest Filipinos to make waves in international singing competitions, following the likes of Jessica Sanchez, Jasmine Trias, Madonna Decena, Charlie Green, Cheesa Laureta, and Joseph Apostol.

VIDEO: Marlisa Punzalan wows judges on 'X Factor Australia' 2014 Grand Finals

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VIDEO: 2-year-old Antique boy seems pregnant, fetus found inside stomach

A two-year-old boy from Pandan, Antique seems pregnant as a fetus-like lump found inside his stomach, various reports say.

2-year-old Antique boy seems pregnant, fetus found inside stomach

Last Thursday, the condition of the boy was reported on national televion and has earned attention due to his very rare medical condition. The abnormality called fetus in fetu is making it hard for the boy to breathe.

Fetus in fetu (or foetus in foetu) is a developmental abnormality in which a mass of tissue resembling a fetus forms inside the body. It is estimated to occur in 1 in 500,000 live births.

According to Dr. Romelia Mendoza, a pediatrician and attending physician of the said boy who is now admitted at West Visayas State University Medical Center, the child was diagnosed with such condition in 2013.

Due to financial problem of the family and Typhoon Yolanda in November, they failed to have a follow up check up for the child.

Meanwhile, the boy is scheduled to undergo an operation today, October 20. His parents are now raising funds for it.

Mendoza has verified that the fetus inside the boy has no fetal heartbeat.

She explained that the problem might have occurred during the period of embryogenesis or during the first trimester of the mother’s pregnancy.

WATCH: Medical condition makes Antique boy seem pregnant (video courtesy of GMA News)

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VIDEO: Marlisa Punzalan wows judges on 'X Factor Australia' 2014 Grand Finals

MANILA, Philippines - Pinay teen Marlisa Punzalan wowed the audience and judges at the Grand Finals live performance night of the X Factor Australia on Sunday, October 19, 2014.

Marlisa Punzalan wows judges on X Factor Australia 2014 Grand Finals

Marlisa along with other two finalists Dean Ray and Brothers3 performed before the huge crowd to win the hearts of the public through voting. They performed three songs each — their audition song, duets and winners single.

VIDEO: Pinay teen Marlisa Punzalan is 'X Factor Australia' 2014 Grand Winner
Marlisa's mentor Ronan Keating tweeted that he is proud of Marlisa, no matter what.

"It has been such an honour to Mentor Marlisa this year. Whatever happens shes a star in my eyes. @thexfactor_au," Keating said.

Meanwhile, Marlisa received the first standing ovation after she has belted out her audition song "Yesterday."

“What a way to kick-off the Grand Finals! That was incredible. You have just got up to the peak, that was perfect,” Redfoo said.

WATCH: Marlisa Punzalan's Audition Song 'Yesterday' The X Factor Australia 2014 Grand Finals (video courtesy of J1MZO7/Youtube)

In the duet round, she took to the stage to sing "Never Be The Same Again" with Australian Idol runner-up Jessica Mauboy. According to her, the Filipino artist has an incredible personality and reminds her when she’s starting her singing career.

WATCH: Marlisa Punzalan Duet with Jessica Mauboy ‘Never Be The Same Again’ X Factor Australia 2014 Grand Finals

Marlisa once again received standing ovation from judges in the winner’s single round as she performed "Stand By You."

“Stand by You, great title, great performance. All throughout of the competition, you have an absolute style and grace. Well done, that was an absolutely superb performance,” Dannii said.

“Who you are is so endearing and the fact that you are not over confident. Who you are is everything. Right now is all about authenticity and you are so authentic, you are so real. You’re not affected by the bright light and the fame of the show in any way,” Ronan said.

WATCH: Marlisa Punzalan Winner's Single 'Stand By You' X Factor 2014 Grand Finals

The grand winner of X Factor will be announced at the end of the Live Decider show tomorrow, Monday (October 20).

VIDEO: Pinay teen Marlisa Punzalan is 'X Factor Australia' 2014 Grand Winner

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IN PHOTOS: Manny Pacquiao makes his PBA debut on Sunday

Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao officially started his basketball career as he played under the new team Kia Sorento in the PBA Season 40 first game on Sunday, October 19 at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.

Manny Pacquiao makes his PBA debut on Sunday
Manny Pacquiao officially makes his PBA debut as part of Kia Sorento's first five | Photo Credit: Sports5

Pacquiao, 35, is considered the oldest rookie in league history.

The Sarangani Congressman became Kia's starting five in a game against Blackwater Elite.

Pacquiao exits with a little over five minutes left in the first quarter as his team's performance is not good with the Blackwater leads, 21-12.

Before the game, a video featuring announcer Michael Buffer — "Let's get ready to rumble!" — was aired to hype Pacquiao's debut.

Here are some of the photos of Manny Pacquiao as official PBA player (credit to netizens):

In an interview during the half time, Pacquiao thanked his fans for the support to him and to Kia.

It was announced that Pacquiao asked permission from trainer Freddie Roach to play in the game, with the understanding that the boxer will return to General Santos City on Monday to continue training for his fight against Chris Algieri.

Manny Paquiao became the subject of online conversations on microblogging site Twitter with 'Manny' and 'Pacman' among the trending topics.

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