Life of a Yondude: How Yondu Keeps its People Equipped for Digital Reality

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Yondudes gathered for CODECAMP to get training opportunities in a corporate learning environment.

 For businesses to continue thriving in the now-normal circumstances, digitalization is the way to go, and Yondu, the top IT solutions company wholly owned by Globe, recognizes the importance of upskilling their workforce to prepare them for highly-digitized industries. 

Yondu promotes a digitally-savvy society by providing holistic solutions to various industries. Moreover, the company does not only value its clients, but also its employees. They put great importance in continuous learning and making their learning management system accessible to all the employees. Roxanne Tamayo, Vice President for Human Resources, said Yondu equips their workforce with the necessary knowledge and skills for their personal and professional growth. 

Tamayo added, “Yondu also provides various certification programs from globally recognized institutions to our IT professionals to ensure they adhere to global standards and deliver quality services and output.” IT professionals get to practice their learnings and see them come to life through the apps and systems that Yondu launches.

Yondu upskills its employees through various programs and initiatives. In 2018, they held their first three-month long CODECAMP Bootcamp which offered training opportunities to aspiring IT professionals, in partnership with several universities. The initiative led to the founding of Yondu University which was established to drive the development and growth of young IT professionals. Yondu also holds a Hackathon, a design sprint-like event that throws employees with a business perspective into the mix.

Yondu also organized the Capability Build Program where Subject Matter Experts create a learning path and curriculum and train other team members under it. They launched DEAL (Drop Everything and Learn) as well, an initiative discouraging meetings every Thursday of the week to let employees focus on work or learning.

Tamayo noted that Yondu’s upskilling culture has been thriving even before the pandemic, with several programs designed to enhance the employees’ soft skills, like leadership and personal development training, to ensure their IT professionals can respond to the customers’ ever-evolving needs and changing business landscapes. The programs help ensure they grow in their personal life so that they can contribute to their families and societies the best way they can.

With endless opportunities, aspiring IT professionals are guaranteed to grow in Yondu as the company not only prioritizes learning and improving, but also supporting their employees’ mental and physical wellness. 

Yondu hopes to provide more opportunities for other aspiring IT professionals, believing that if they have the skills and the right mindset, learning technology will be easy for them, and Yondu will support them every step of the way.

Find out more about Yondu, their work culture, and what they offer on their website.

Celebrate Lazada’s 10th Birthday with up to 57% off on your favorite OPPO Gadgets! 


Lazada’s Epic 10th Birthday Sale is just around the corner–this means exciting deals and incredible treats await OPPO shoppers in this once-in-a-year event. And yes, this time, you will get first dibs on the best deals as OPPO offers up to 57% off on selected OPPO gadgets, such as Reno7 5G, A16 (3GB), and A94.

Starting this March 27, you can also enjoy and take advantage of many exciting vouchers. For instance, you can get Php 200 off for every minimum purchase of Php 9,999, a Php 400 discount for a Php 14,999 minimum spend, a Php 1,000 off for each Reno7 Series purchase, or a free shipping voucher for every minimum spend of Php 500.

OPPO has more treats in store for you for this big birthday sale because you get a chance to have free G25 Bluetooth earphones for all mobile phone purchases for a limited time on March 27, from 12 AM to 2 AM and 8 PM to 11:59 PM.

In addition, amazing freebies await all Reno6 and Reno7 Series orders. For every Reno6 Series purchase, you can have free wireless G25 earphones. Meanwhile, free Q11 Smartwatch and G25 Bluetooth earphones are also available for all Reno7 Series orders.

From March 22 onwards, you can get a free 32GB memory card for all your A16 (3GB) orders.

So, hurry up and save the dates! Add to cart now, and don’t miss the chance to check out the OPPO gadgets you’ve been eyeing and enjoy these exciting deals in the Lazada’s Epic 10th Birthday Sale!

For more updates and detailed promotion mechanics about the sale, visit OPPO’s official website at www.oppo.com/ph or its official Facebook page at OPPO Philippines. You can also check OPPO’s official stores on Shopee and Lazada.

Efficient Features for Effortless Productivity and Gaming Experience: OPPO Launches the All-New OPPO A76 in the Philippines

OPPO, the leading global smart device brand, launches the newest addition to its A Series, the OPPO A76, in the Philippines. Equipped with the OPPO Glow Design, OPPO A76 features an upgraded 6.56-inch punch-hole screen with a more responsive and fluid 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch sampling rate display. It also packs a 5000mAh battery and OPPO’s own 33W SuperVOOC charging to keep users productive and entertained when they need it.

“The A Series continues to be the favorite device of mobile gamers in the Philippines. As we introduce OPPO A76, we highlight our commitment to providing value for money devices that deliver an effortless experience not just for gaming, but also for productivity, ” said Chiqui Tapawan, OPPO Philippines Head of Marketing Communications.

A powerful performance with smooth and long-lasting experience

Powered by Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 680, OPPO A76 delivers a smooth user experience, even while multitasking. Two different memory and storage combinations are offered with the OPPO A76: 4GB + 128GB, and 6GB + 128GB, allowing microSD storage expansion up to 1TB. OPPO A76 supports the RAM Expansion feature, which helps alleviate performance bottlenecks for memory-limited devices.

OPPO A76 is equipped with a 5000mAh battery and 33W SuperVOOC fast charging technology that give users the necessary battery power to stay connected. A 5-minute charge allows phone calls for over 3.5 hours. Battery use is now more efficient with features such as Super Power Saving Mode, Super Nighttime Standby and Optimized Night Charging, ensuring a long-lasting and safe user experience.

Must-have stylish design to stand out

Available in Glowing Blue and Glowing Black, OPPO A76‘s Glow Design makes it visually stunning, feels great in the user’s hand, and still highly durable and resistant to fingerprint smudges and dirt. Users who rotate the phone under bright lighting conditions can see how the back finish subtly changes in color and sparkles.

OPPO A76 features a 6.56-inch HD display that has a remarkable 89.9% screen-to-body ratio. The display is also enhanced with a 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch sampling rate, making watching videos and playing games a truly immersive experience. Its fingerprint sensor now sits on the side of the phone, making the phone lighter, thinner, and look more refined.

Enhanced software for all-powerful performance

ColorOS 11.1 on OPPO A76 makes the entire user experience effortless and efficient with fluidity with the help of its useful features such as Bullet Screen Message, FlexDrop, Three-finger Translate with Google Lens and upgraded Privacy features. It also features System Booster to ensure a comprehensive smoothness for the phone, and Link Boost 2.0 which allows users to always connect intelligently and enjoy low latency, high-speed internet.

Get your hands on the newest OPPO A76 now!

OPPO A76 is already available starting March 7, 2022 via OPPO Brand Stores and partner dealers nationwide, as well as e-commerce sites Shopee and Lazada, retailing at P11,999. To know more about the latest OPPO A76, visit the OPPO Flagship Store at Lazada and Shopee, the OPPO Philippines’ official website at www.oppo.com.ph or its official Facebook page at OPPO Philippines.

Work and Play with the Newest OPPO Watch Free and OPPO Enco Air2 Now Officially Available in the Philippines

OPPO continues to introduce functional smartphones and gadgets to help consumers be more productive from day to night. 

“OPPO ensures that innovation is always at the heart of its products. We understand the importance of a seamless digital experience for a more productive life  whether at work or at home,” said Chiqui Tapawan, OPPO Philippines Head of Marketing Communications . The leading global smartphone brand recently introduced two devices which boast top of the line features perfect for work and play. : 

Time for overall health and wellness

Having trouble sleeping at night? The OPPO Watch Free is the newest smart watch 

exclusively equipped with OSleep which provides comprehensive and personalized sleep monitoring and analysis for before, during, and after sleep. It sends bedtime reminders and analyzes your sleep latency, sleep duration, and sleep phases with features such as deep and light sleep analysis and rapid eye movement (REM) monitoring. It has multiple sensors that are able to detect sleep problems and propose suggestions in a timely manner. 

 Since fitness also contributes to overall health apart from getting quality sleep, OPPO Watch Free  is equipped with  optical heart rate sensor to support over 100 sport modes including built-in professional running courses to help you achieve your fat-burning goals efficiently, a 24-hour heart rate monitor which vibrates to warn you of irregular heartbeat, and gives you “stand up” reminders plus, 5-minute relaxation videos designed to encourage  office workers to relax and stay fit.  

Like most smart watches, it also has a range of productivity  features such as Message Notifications, Incoming Call Notifications, Call Rejection, Find My Phone, and Music Playback Control.

It is light to wear on your wrist and clear to read thanks to its AMOLED HD display which can easily show over 40+ stylish watch faces for you to choose from  or maximize the AI Outfit Watch Face 2.0 feature that lets you create personalized watch faces to match your outfit.

OPPO Watch Free has a long battery life of 14 days. If you’re going outdoors, you don’t need to worry about charging as it just needs 5 minutes to get you a full day of use. 

OPPO Watch Free is available in two color options of Vanilla and Black.

Level up your listening situation

Spare yourself from tangled wires and enjoy the freedom of listening to music wirelessly with OPPO Enco Air2, the newest entry-level earbuds which satisfies your need for quality audio, charming aesthetics, and practical performance. 

The OPPO Enco Air2 provides users with deep, powerful bass, crystal-like midrange, and silvery treble—the perfect combination for an immersive audio experience. The Bluetooth® -enabled earbuds have two new Enco Live sound effects: Clear Vocals and Bass Boost to further enhance their bass performance so listening to pop, rock, or EDM, will give you a live concert-like experience. 

Whether you love mobile gaming or TV shows, the OPPO Enco Air2’s certified low-latency performance will deliver an experience that’s on par with traditional wired earbuds. Users can enable Game Mode with just triple tap to enter low-latency mode—it’s specially designed to improve problems such as out-of-sync audio and visuals, interference, and more. 

The new earbuds are also very ergonomic and light which allow you all day comfort. It can deliver music playback for up to 4 hours without the charging case but when used with the charging case, the earbuds can provide playback for up to 24 hours.

The OPPO Enco Air2 also has an AI Noise Cancellation feature which automatically adjusts the audio when in a noisy environment, and updated smart touch controls. It can also be used 

OPPO smartphone users as a remote camera control for hands-free convenience.

Smart devices to take you into the new era

We are in constant lookout for technologies that will make our lives easier. Many tech companies are designing products to fit into people’s infinite needs and wants. OPPO however, sees this need as more than just tools to make lives easier but rather the impact of these innovations to the users’ life. 

OPPO advocates developing breakthrough innovations and technologies for consumers. Just this year, OPPO released gadgets, from smartphones to accessories, and even technologies to cement their status as the industry leader.

Here’s a look at what OPPO rolled out in 2021: 

Reno6 Series

Apart from making 5G connectivity available for all its users, the OPPO Reno6 Series is dubbed as the AI Portrait Expert, the Reno6 Series boasts OPPO’s top-of-the-line AI-powered camera features, such as AI Bokeh Flare Portrait and AI Portrait Beautification, with a 64MP triple rear camera setup and a 32MP front camera to help users display their emotions in full definition photos and videos.

OPPO X 2021

The latest innovation from the global smart device brand, the rollable phone highlights the company’s leading position in flexible display and structural stacking technology. Built with a continuously variable OLED display, which provides more adjustable expansion when switching between larger and smaller screen configurations, the OPPO X 2021 is an infinitely adjustable and expandable screen which can be “unfolded” without leaving any creases or other visible signs

Find X3 Pro

The world’s first full-path billion color smartphone, the Find X3 Pro is equipped with two Billion Color flagship cameras inspired by DSLRs to capture rich every detail in images and videos. Its wide 6.7-inch screen is powered with OPPO’s full-path 10-bit Color Management System to give you breathtaking visuals in high definition.

MagVOOC Flash Charging Series

Adapting to the always-on-the-go user, OPPO launched its latest wireless charging and magnetic flash charging technologies, also known as the MagVOOC Series. The collection of charging gadgets include the MagVOOC Wireless Power Bank, the MagVOOC Ultra-Thin Flash Charger and the MagVOOC Wireless Flash Charging Stand, all designed to optimize charging times, while simultaneously helping users save battery life. 

In-Car Connectivity

To keep up with the mobile lifestyle of OPPO users, the company also developed smart in-car gadget controls and connectivity, including a digital car key, which allows OPPO smartphone users to unlock their cars via Bluetooth; connectivity to OPPO Find X3 and OPPO Watch 2, which enables users to control air-conditioning remotely and find their car from a distance; and in-car flash charging, so you can charge your gadgets on the road.

With all these technologies in the palm of our hand, the future looks brighter and easier with OPPO. 

To know more about OPPO X 2021 and OPPO’s new innovations, you can visit OPPO’s official website at www.oppo.com/ph or via official Facebook page at OPPO Philippines.

 

Yondu offers Filipinos holistic business experiences with Vessell innovation

Yondu set to launch Vessell, the newest e-commerce platform for businesses in the now normal

 The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the retail landscape with most retail transactions now occurring online through e-commerce platforms. With the evolving consumer needs, top IT solutions company Yondu announced the launch of Vessell, an off-the-shelf eCommerce platform that aims to enable businesses to shift their sales and operations online to thrive in the now normal.

Vessell helps businesses increase productivity by providing them with well-designed sites and  e-commerce tools to build their own online store. It also takes care of business-critical tasks like validating payments, booking deliveries, and syncing inventories from system to system. Additionally, businesses can even work with the Vessell team in creating customized features that meet their needs, allowing them to focus on growing their company instead.

According to Alex Pelayo, the product manager who is spearheading Vessell, the new platform allows business owners to create opportunities out of the chaos brought on by the pandemic. For instance, businesses can reach a wider audience through nationwide delivery. “Whereas a brick-and-mortar store limited businesses to selling only within their vicinity, now a customer can come from anywhere in the Philippines,” Pelayo explained. “With Vessell, businesses get better visibility on inventory across multiple stores to ensure the efficient fulfillment of orders no matter where their customer lives.”

Pelayo shared that Vessell was created and primed especially for the Philippine market, and even boasts dedicated teams that can help businesses from inception to launch. “We were able to provide that level of support because we have a team dedicated to e-commerce.”

Yondu believes that payment gateways and delivery should be available out of the box. One of the many challenges that businesses face is not having the expertise, knowledge or even time to set up these things. When working with other platforms, they would still need to go through several steps before they can connect with couriers and payment gateways.

Fortunately, Vessel is already automatically integrated with local e-wallets and has entered into partnerships with local couriers. “We understand that not every business has e-commerce experience,” Pelayo said. “So that’s where we step in, ready to help in any way we can.”

Currently in soft launch, this allowed the Vessell team to incorporate user feedback into the platform design. As Vessell then moves closer to its official launch date in the first quarter of 2022, Pelayo revealed that the platform’s team continues to work on tools and features that will make it easier for businesses to monitor their stores, inventories, and checkout flow.

“We understand the landscape is changing rapidly, so we’re taking a product-centric approach to development and collecting feedback regularly from users to understand what features are important to them to make Vessell relevant and valuable in the new normal,” Pelayo said.

Together, business owners and the Vessell team can work together to better understand what the business needs and offer the best plan based on a business’ requirements.

Overall, Yondu’s Vessell platform promises to be an efficient and cost-effective aid in helping businesses thrive in the increasingly competitive world of online selling, allowing them to focus on other important aspects of business like increasing sales or providing customer support. With the country’s retail and e-commerce landscape constantly evolving, Vessell is ready to equip business owners to navigate the now normal.

Businesses interested in signing up for the Vessell platform can get in touch with its team through the official email marketing@vessell.ph. To know more about the platform, visit Vessell on the platform’s official website and LinkedIn profile.

OPPO will launch the A Series Smart Performer OPPO A95 in the Philippines this November

Global smart device company OPPO teases the launch of the best-selling A Series, the newest smart performer #OPPOA95 coming to the Philippines this November. 

“With OPPO’s A Series continuing to be a crowd favorite, we continue to introduce more competitive A series phones that we know our value-seeking Filipino consumers will surely love. The OPPO A95 is definitely a smart performer that’s packed with upgraded features that meets the needs of the modern Filipino users,” shared OPPO Philippines Marketing Director Ele Yu. 

The Smart Performer Coming Your Way

OPPO A95 is expected to come with powerful hardware for a practical, longer-lasting experience, as well as AI camera features for digital-savvy and practical Filipinos who are always on-the-go and ready to live a smarter lifestyle. 

OPPO also teases that this latest A Series model comes with its famed Reno Glow design technology which caught the hearts of the Filipino consumers who have been fans of the latest Reno Series with the same design technology. Premium-looking inside and out, but at an affordable price. 

OPPO A95 is set to be launched via an exclusive livestream in November along with other special surprises and Christmas treats for Filipinos in this joyful season of giving and celebrations. 

To know more about the upcoming OPPO A95, visit the OPPO Philippines’ official website at www.oppo.com.ph/ or its official Facebook page at OPPO Philippines.

OPPO Partners with Riot Games for the 2021 League of Legends World Championship

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, October 13, 2021 – Global tech brand OPPO has announced its partnership with Riot Games to sponsor the League of Legends World Championship 2021 (S11) today. The partnership was part of the company’s multi-year deal signed with Riot Games in 2019. This partnership will help OPPO further enhance its brand awareness among global esports players. 

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OPPO Sponsors the 2021 LOL World Championship

This year, OPPO will present the most valuable players awards to pro players who dominate the battlegrounds with otherworldly performance in the finals. OPPO will also bring gaming highlights as well as interviews of the pro players and the teams to the audience. So that the viewers may get the inside scoop on the pro players and the progress of the final game. 

 “It’s our pleasure to continue the partnership with Riot Games this year. League of Legends provides OPPO a platform to let more gamers around the world get to know us better. More importantly, the unyielding spirit of the pro players is similar to OPPO’s relentless strive for innovation when it comes to products and technology. We are constantly concentrating on delivering nothing short of excellence and creating unique experiences for our users.” said William Liu, Vice President and President of Global Marketing at OPPO.

“Based on the successful partnership last year, we are thrilled to have OPPO sponsor the League of Legends World Championship 2021. As the first global smartphone partner for the game, OPPO has become one of the most impressive tech brands among global esports players. We look forward to seeing what OPPO will bring to the audience in the finals.” said John Needham, Global Head of Esports at Riot Games.

OPPO hopes to become more engaged with the global esports community and also believes that the spirit of the pro players in the finals will motivate viewers to make their wildest dreams come true. 

The League of Legends World Championship 2021 (S11) will invite elite teams from 11 countries and regions to the most high-stakes tournament ever. It will kick off on October 5th and end with the finals on November 6th in Engjavegur 8, 104 Reykjavik, Iceland.

OPPO Game On 2021

Locally, the Philippines has continued showing growth in the esports and gaming scene by having more and more aspiring pro players expressing interest in stepping up to the pro league through social media. OPPO continuously expanded its support to various esports and gaming talents, especially in one of the country’s popular games League of Legends Wild Rift, from its initial roster of gamers such as Gloco Gaming, now adding popular names in the league, Kang Dupet, Kaisaya, Newspade, Charess, Jillian Santos, and Mirmoo. 

Know more about the latest stories in esports and gaming activities and partnerships of OPPO, visit its official website a www.oppo.com/ph or via its official Facebook page at OPPO Philippines. 

Tech Lovers’ Gift Guide: The Do’s and Don’ts When Buying Gifts this Holiday Season

Are you the type of person who loves giving gifts but hates the holiday rush? It’s always a struggle to look for the perfect gift for each of our treasured loved ones but if they are tech-savvy or people who love to stay updated and equipped with the latest technology then you came to the right place. 

What seems to look like another pandemic holiday made gift hunting harder for everyone. Due to the restrictions, we have a very limited time and even budget to shop for our holiday gifts. But don’t let this stop you from giving the perfect gifts because we will teach you the Do’s and Don’ts when buying gifts for your tech-savvy loved ones this Holiday Season.

DO: Check the gadgets they have vs. what they wish to have

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These tech-lovers are always on the lookout for gadgets that can make their lives easier. Before listing down your gift ideas for them, do a little eavesdropping on the gadgets that they already have to make sure what you’re buying for them is something they don’t own yet.

DO: Consider your options

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There are a lot of tech brands offering great deals especially this holiday season, so stay on the lookout for brands that offer not just deals but products that fit the needs and wants of the one you’re buying for. Taking extra time to study the specs and the features of the gadgets that you’re gonna give them will surely mean a lot. 

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Youtube tech-content creator, Mary Bautista’s Reno6 Series review. Watch here. 

DO: Watch and read reviews

After carefully considering your gift options, do not just jump off the bus and purchase immediately. Make sure you read multiple reviews and compare the most common compliment and issues the gadget you’re eyeing is getting from these reviewers. There are a lot of Youtube reviews and blogs available at your disposal. No idea where to start? 

Smartphones have become a popular gift item lately especially during this time when everyone has pivoted to a more digital lifestyle. When gifting a smartphone, the first step is to consider if your recipient is into gaming or content creation like their favorite influencers, then search for your best options after.

Recently, the leading global smart device brand OPPO launched the newest edition of their Reno Series, OPPO Reno6 Z 5G, and OPPO Reno6 5G. Dubbed as the Portrait Master of many content creators, the Reno6 Series allows you and your loved ones to capture your #EveryEmotionInPortrait with its industry-leading camera features Bokeh Flare Portrait, Portrait Beautification, and AI Palette perfect for your friends and family who love to take their social media on another level. Check this OPPO Reno6 Series review from Mary Bautista to get things going. 

The OPPO Reno6 Series is also perfect for your aspiring e-sports player family members because aside from its built-in 8GB of RAM and 128GB of ROM, it is packed with smart gaming features such as Game Focus Mode and Quick Startup that will surely elevate their gaming experience. 

DON’T: Wait until December before you start your Holiday Shopping

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You don’t need to wait until it’s December before you do your holiday shopping because as early as now, brands are continuously offering special discounts. Stay updated by following their social media pages for promo announcements or subscribe to their mailing list to be one of the first to be in the know of their special offers.

For those looking into buying a new smartphone, OPPO is offering huge discounts and freebies that will surely make your holiday shopping easier and better as early as now! 

Get 40% Off on OPPO Band, OPPO Enco Buds, OPPO Enco Air, and OPPO Enco X when you buy any of the best-selling latest OPPO smartphones from the A and Reno Series.

As if that’s not enough, every Friday to Sunday starting September 17, you are also entitled to a free Q11 Smart Watch worth PHP2,699 when you purchase any of the OPPO Reno6 Series.

These offers apply to selected participating stores nationwide from September 17 to October 3 only so make the most out of these holiday discounts now.

To know more about the latest OPPO promotions and participating stores, visit its official website at www.oppo.com/ph or via Facebook at OPPO Philippines.

Why these influencers are showing 27 different emotions in online portraits

Content creators and celebrities have been taking to social media to share their emotional journey throughout lockdown, via selfie portraits. Dubbed #27EmotionsChallenge, these social media stars, including model Jessica Yang and Tiktok stars Dasuri Choi and Yanyan de Jesus to name a few, bared a full spectrum of their authentic emotions from the past year or so, including anxiety, confusion, triumph, and satisfaction, to encourage everyone to embrace every emotion they feel may it be good or bad.

Each post featured a collage of selfies, representing their range of feelings captured with the OPPO Reno6’s powerful AI camera technologies, and was captioned with a personal story, diving into what these emotions were. While they each revealed intimate details about their anxieties and uneasiness during the lockdown, they also found what they needed to focus on, leading to feelings of gratitude, enlightenment, and excitement as they look ahead to their next projects and even growth.

The #27EmotionsChallenge is a call to share your most authentic self through your real and unfiltered emotions captured in portraits. Take the challenge too and share your authentic emotions on social media. Aside from that,  you may also check out the fun 27 Emotions Filter on Instagram and Facebook and guess which of the 27 emotions you’ll need to capture in portrait on your story. 

Earlier this month, James Reid and Nadine Lustre kicked off the OPPO Reno6 series campaign unveiling through their own social media where they also shared their own emotions in portrait on Instagram. While keeping specifics about the Reno6 series quiet, for now, the global smart device brand promises more emotions captured in portraits to be shared on social media, leading up to the official launch of the newest addition to the Reno series. 

To stay up to date with the OPPO Reno6 announcements, visit the OPPO Philippines official website at www.oppo.com/ph or its official Facebook page at OPPO Philippines.