#OneDayOfZen: A Photomarathon At Fort Santiago


Through the years, ASUS Philippines has made its mark pioneering many new innovations, trends and technologies and has proven how good their products’ quality are in the market with the increasing numbers of users not only locally but also globally.

And just recently, ASUS Philippines once again took things by storm, but this time on a global scale as it got the lion’s share of prizes from the “100 Days of Zen” photography contest, one of the biggest campaigns launched by ASUS Global this 2015 where 70% of the contest’s winners came from the Philippines.

Owing this remarkable feat to the Filipino public’s overwhelming support for the brand, ASUS Philippines decided to make this milestone even more incredible, by putting together a special event called #OneDayofZen.

The #OneDayofZen affair was attended by ASUS Philippines supporters from the online community, media, and Asus fanatics in the Philippines highlighting the use of the ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0 and leveraging on the local market’s continuously growing fervor and fascination over this smartphone.

So get to know the Zenfone 2 Laser 5,0 a little bit by reading the specs below.



The #OneDayofZen event was intended to teach the public how to actually take such powerful photos using the ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0. With this, ASUS Philippines kicked-off the event in high gear, via a back-to-back smartphone photography workshop led by none other than two of the country’s most in-demand photographers in Jay Tablante and Roy Macam.

Widely known for their works in fashion, beauty and pop culture, both lensmen openly lent their expertise, shared pro tips and tricks, and also touched on the evolution of mobile photography. From there, they then gave helpful points on how one can maximize the features and capabilities of the ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0, taking the audience through various scenarios and conditions they might face when taking any and all kinds of photos. In fact, Jay and Roy, both celebrated photographers with wide-spread careers, shared their awe on ZenFone 2’s photo prowess.

It was during these workshops that it was proven that it was not just the ordinary gadget lovers or tech-savvy individuals who were the only ones who caught the ZenFone 2 series fever during its launch this year, but also professional photographers like them.


Asked to compare the ZenFone 2 to other smartphones, veteran photographer Jay Tablante quickly answered, “I can attest that the ZenFone 2’s auto-focus speed when taking photos is remarkably fast compared to my previous smartphones. More so, in terms of quality, you will find that the images taken by the ZenFone 2 are very crisp and bright overall, so that means you would no longer need to rely on any sort of photo app anymore. Given the ZenFone 2’s overall performance, I can say that it rivals that of the more expensive smartphones out there, but without the hefty price tag.”



Roy continues the discussion: “Another great thing about the ZenFone 2 is its 13mp camera, which makes the quality of its photos comparable to the big SLR cameras. With a great eye and a gadget like the ZenFone 2, one can definitely take an image like a pro who uses an SLR camera, and no one will be able to tell the difference, unless you blow up the image. But given its price, the ZenFone 2 is definitely bang for the buck. And with all the best features packed into one, this smartphone can definitely compete with the SLRs in the market.”

  “Performance wise, I can say that the ZenFone 2 is much faster than the point and shoot cameras in the market now. Its auto-focus speed is so on-point that I have made my ZenFone 2 my go-to device for taking quick snaps, as there is never a struggle to capture any moment.”

After the quick talk/workshop and a very sumptuous lunch, attendees were divided into different groups and were challenge to take the best photos that they can get using the Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0 provided by ASUS Philippines. Thank you by the way for my new Zenfone 2 Laser  5.0 phone 🙂

All groups/individual participants will take their original photo and upload it online with the hashtag #Zenfone #SeeWhatOthersCantSee and#OneDayOfZen.

ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser

All participants and invited guests for the #OneDayofZen were transported to the historical site of Fort Santiago. Woot! I’m so loving our bus service. It’s like riding a first class plane rendering first class service. It has individual monitors, headsets, very comfortable seats with very spacious legroom. Imported snacks and drinks were also served.


This #OneDayofZen outdoor photography challenge showcased the ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0’s unparalleled photography quality and capabilities. Take note, ALL photos used in this blog post were taken using ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0.

So here are my photo entries for the #OneDayofZen outdoor photography challenge under different photo categories:

Best Selfie Entry

Best Indoor Shot Entry

Best Outdoor Shot Entry 

Best Group Shot Entry

Of course since it was my first time to go to Fort Santiago and I would not miss the chance to take several photos using my new Zenfone Laser 2 5.0. Check out my sample photos.

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One Day Of Zen Zenfone 2 laser auto (16)

One Day Of Zen Zenfone 2 laser Super resolution

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One Day Of Zen Zenfone 2 laser auto (8)

We were just given an hour to shoot and take photos, and with that limited time,what I did was just point and shoot, point and shoot. I did use  the automode camera setting most of the time and did not use any filters to enhance my photos.

So what do you think of the photo quality? nice right? I must say that ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser  5.0 really delivered and produced nice quality photos considering its price range. Really not bad.


ASUS Philippines will also let netizens join in the fun and celebration of #OneDayofZen through a special offer for the followers of any of the 100 attendees. Here’s how:

  • Interested participants must submit a clear, scanned copy of their official receipt of any recent ZenFone 2 purchase made in the Philippines from November 21 – 30, 2015, along with their favorite photo uploaded by any of the attendees for #OneDayofZen.
  • The first 25 individuals to send both these requirements to marketing@asusph.com, will get to win a limited edition Zenny Doll.


“For this particular milestone for ASUS Philippines, we wanted to really pull out all the stops to celebrate with some of those who have continuously given us their support. We wanted to think of a different way to give back to them, while at the same time showcasing the ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0’s features and capabilities, and that is just how #OneDayofZen came about. We were very happy to see everyone having fun with their ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0 units during the outdoor photography challenge in Fort Santiago, and everyone also had a blast with the two celebrated photographers who joined us in the morning. On that note, I invite everyone to quickly get a ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0 for themselves right away, if they too want to experience the best smartphone photography quality available out there,” closes ASUS Philippines PR and Events Specialist Francis Garcia.


ZenFone 2 Laser is now available in all authorized re-sellers nationwide for as low as P7,295 (ZE500KL) and  P7,995 (ZE550KL)


For more information about Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0, kindly visit my blog www.girlandboything.com/tech-2/asus-zenfone-2-laser-a-quality-smartphone-on-a-budget/ Or you may follow ASUS Philippines on:

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Written by Cristelle Torres
Online Content Creator/www.GirlandBoyThing.com