Ronnie’s selfie secrets | BusinessMirror


I RECENTLY did an e-mail interview with young actor/dancer Ronnie Alonte in relation to his being an Oppo influencer.

As you know, the Oppo F3 smartphone is known as the “selfie phone”, so my questions to Ronnie were mostly about selfies. But I also discovered other things about him.

I asked him whose selfies he always looks at on Instagram and his reply came as a surprise.

The Oppo F3 is popular among selfie fans.

“Justin Bieber’s! Yup, I’m a Belieber.”

Fun fact: There are many young men who are apparently Bieber fans. In the 14 to 18 age range, guys probably outnumber the girls.

Not surprisingly, Ronnie also likes looking at Selena Gomez’s selfies.

Selfies make up 60 percent of the photos in Ronnie’s phone. Most of them have not been uploaded online. Around 20 percent to 30 percent are groufies. The rest are random pictures he took.

So who is Ronnie’s favorite person to have a selfie with? “That’s an easy question. Si Papa [My father].”

Ronnie loves taking selfies on his Oppo F3, mainly because the front camera works like magic. No filters required. “Sobrang linaw, tapos feeling ko poging-pogi ako sa lahat ng shots [The camera is so clear and I feel so handsome in all the shots],” he said.

But Ronnie is very intrigued with camera filters. He likes the Bokeh effect, although he hasn’t used it.

The word bokeh is Japanese in origin. It means blurry or of blurry quality. Usually, the Bokeh effect gives you a blurred background behind an in-focus subject (in selfies, usually your face).

Thoughts on the iPhone X

EVERYBODY (at least my techie friends and colleagues) is talking about the iPhone X (pronounced 10) and how expensive it is.

I can’t afford the phone unless someone gives it to me as a gift, but I’m very interested in the Face ID feature. With this feature, you can unlock your phone, pay your bills and log in to apps.

Face ID is interesting, particularly in the Philippines where mobile phone theft is rampant. If this works, then no one else—perhaps, with the exception of a highly technically skilled person—can open a stolen phone except its rightful owner.

Other phone manufacturers have had something like this and it wasn’t very successful, so let’s see what Apple has to offer that’s different.

I’m also very interest in Apple’s new wireless charging feature. Those who’ve had to buy a number of iPhone chargers every year can relate.

Galaxy Note 8 from Smart

THE Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was one of my favorite phones. It actually just conked out early this year. And that’s not bad because I passed it on to my daughter, who gave it to her dad.

My Note 2 came from my first Smart plan. I later shifted to an iPhone plan mostly because of the Notes feature. But that’s a story for another time.

Smart is offering the Galaxy Note 8 starting at P2,499 per month for 30 months with a one-time cashout of P1,000. The plan comes with monthly inclusions of 10 GB data, unlimited texts to all networks, 50 minutes of calls to all networks and access to top chat apps, including Messenger, Viber and Whatsapp.

Smart also offers Galaxy Note 8 under Smart Infinity’s premium postpaid plans with signature lifestyle privileges and perks to be unveiled at

Optimized by Smart’s newest and fastest LTE network

STILL on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 offering from Smart: Preorder your Note 8 from now until September 17 from the nearest Smart Store, or online at on September 29.

Subscribers with approved Smart Postpaid Plan applications for the Galaxy Note 8 from now until September 17 will get an AKG Travel Speaker and enjoy one month access to iflix.

Touted as the ultimate multitasking device for people who want to do bigger things, Galaxy Note 8’s best-in-class features is optimized by Smart’s newest and fastest LTE network, which allows subscribers to enjoy bandwidth-heavy activities on the go.

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