MyPhone Vortex Personal Review

MyPhone Vortex Hands On

I had the chance to get my hands on MyPhone Agua Vortex at the MyPhone Concept store in Ormoc City. I’m amazed that MyPhone Vortex is already available here after 2 weeks from of its unveiling on MyPhone’s Facebook page.

Holding MyPhone Vortex feels like it’s a premium phone thanks to its Aluminum metal frame. However, its back cover attracts a lot of finger prints as you can see in the photo below:

MyPhone Vortex - MyPhone Agua Vortex
MyPhone Agua Vortex in the flesh! I love how MyPhone Agua Vortex looks and feels when I hold it. 

Only the black version is available for now but I can already imagine how good a white version of MyPhone Vortex will look like. No map at the back – that looks great!

The three capacitive buttons on the front side can be hardly noticed when they are not lit up. Just remember that the Home button is at the center, Back is on the right and Options is on the left.

Some people reported that the bezel (space between the edges of the screen to the edge of the phone) is too large. But I disagree. It’s just enough so that you won’t accidentally touch the display while holding MyPhone Vortex.


MyPhone Vortex: What’s in the box?

MyPhone Agua Vortex Unboxing
A flat wire charger and earphones, battery, 8 GB micro SD card with Pinoy App contents and the MyPhone Vortex unit itself comes with the box of MyPhone Vortex that looks gorgeous.

Above is a collage of the contents of the MyPhone Vortex. The box itself looks premium just like that of MyPhone Iceberg.

I immediately noticed that both the charger and earphones of MyPhone Vortex have flat wires. It adds to the premium look to someone using the phone. The earphones remind me of Beats Audio earphones and they surely sound good too.

MyPhone Vortex also comes with a free 8 GB micro SD card with the contents of the Pinoy App pre-installed. There’s no need for you to download the MyPhone App Contents anymore to enjoy Pinoy multimedia files. 


MyPhone Vortex Camera: Photo and Video Samples

MyPhone Vortex Sample Picture
Sample photo taken by Jo-anne Costanilla of Oh Em Geez (my Girlfriend :) ) using MyPhone Agua Vortex with no custom settings.
The photo above is the quality that you’ll get using MyPhone Vortex without any tweaks in the camera settings. Click the image to open the original photo and see it in its full resolution.

For those who are into photography, MyPhone Vortex’ camera has an aperture of f/2.2. That’s the same as that of Nokia Lumia 1020 and iPhone 5S. That means you can take high quality photos faster – goodbye blurry pictures!

I wasn't able to take a photo using the MyPhone Vortex with a flash. But here’s a short sample video:



It’s a high definition video at 29 frames per second and it surely looks fantastic. Make sure you play it in HD. My Intel Atom powered netbook even stutters while playing this video using VLC Media Player!


MyPhone Vortex User Interface and Software Features

MyPhone Vortex User Interface
MyPhone Vortex' user interface looks nice and clean with a white theme.
MyPhone Vortex runs on Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean with several modifications and additional features. First, there’s a white themed user interface from the settings, to SMS up to the file manager that I love. It just looks cleaner compared to the normal dark theme of Android.

Previously, I wrote that MyPhone Agua Vortex might feature blow to unlock. However, MyPhone did not pursue that. You can still install that feature using M! Unlock from here.

Don’t be disappointed, MyPhone Vortex still has Clever Motion and here’s a video of me trying to take a picture by waving my hand:



You have to wave in front of the sensor found at the top part of MyPhone Vortex. There are also other clever motion gestures like wave to dim the display and more that you can turn on in the settings.


MyPhone Vortex Performance and Web Browsing

I wasn't able to test MyPhone Vortex with any benchmark app but based on the smooth transitions and fast response time of the touchscreen and clever motion sensors, I can imagine MyPhone Vortex running whatever game you throw at it.

If you want to know the full specs of MyPhone Vortex, read my feature article for Vortex.

MyPhone Vortex Battery and Web Browsing
MyPhone Vortex has a 2,000 mAh removable battery and web browsing is smooth on WiFi.

Thankfully, MyPhone Vortex has a removable 2,000 mAh standard Li-ion battery that should keep MyPhone Vortex alive for more than a day of mild use. There’s also a micro SD slot that can accommodate up to 32GB of additional storage if the 16 GB internal storage isn’t enough already.

“The two SIM’s are capable of connecting to 3G networks”, the MyPhone sales representative told me. That’s good news since most dual sim phones only offer 3G connectivity to one SIM.

I connected MyPhone Vortex to a mobile WiFi hotspot and searched for Pinoy Techno Guide on Google. Browsing is a delight on WiFi and I’m sure using mobile internet will also give the same experience based on previous MyPhone models.


MyPhone Vortex Verdict: Highly Recommended!

MyPhone Vortex
MyPhone Vortex - a highly recommended smartphone for budget conscious Filipinos who want to own a high end phone without spending too much for those from international brands.

If I am to choose an Android phone for P12,400, I’d definitely buy a MyPhone Agua Vortex. It’s just the right size for me – 5.0 inches, has the premium look and feel and complete with the specs that I want.

You can also ask the sales representative of the MyPhone Concept store or kiosk if they accept installment plans. The concept store in Ormoc City accepts installment using BDO credit card only. Your area might have different requirements.

I you like MyPhone Vortex too, share your favorite feature in the comments. You can also ask any question and I’ll try to answer them.









Daniel Gubalane Written by Daniel Gubalane - tech blogger, freelance web developer and former Physics teacher. Connect with me on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.
Published on Saturday, September 28, 2013. Creative Commons License


78 comments

  1. Ang ganda talaga ng Vortex!!!

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  2. Kindly Edit :D
    "MyPhone Iceberg also comes with a free 8 GB micro SD" it should be vortex

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    1. Thank you for pointing that out. The post has been updated.

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  3. I have a question? bkit big deal na dapat wala ng map sa back cover ng myphone? that map symbolizes the "myphone" brand! everytime I read tech reviews about myphones lagi malaking issue yung map! di ko talaga magets...wala na ba tlagang pagmamahal sa sariling bansa ang mga Pilipino? ultimo mapa ng Pilipinas ikinahihiyang nakalagay sa cellphone na bibilhin nila! Ako i'm proud of it na andun ang map ng Pilipinas.

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    1. It's just my opinion. The MyPhone logo that appears when the phone starts up is already themed based on the Philippine flag. I think that's enough for being nationalistic.

      You can think of it this way. If I am an American citizen and Apple puts the US map on the back of iPhones, I'll be against it too.

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    2. just my opinion too. Yung Philippine map, it feels just fine sa mga lower to mid level models nila. but sa premium, hindi dapat. the cleaner the design, the more elegant it looks.

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  4. whats the difference between iceberg & vortex?

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    1. Hello Jose! The main difference is the screen size. Iceberg has a 5.7-inch display while Vortex has a smaller 5.0-inch. Vortex also comes with a micro SD slot while Iceberg doesn't.

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  5. available na po ba sa lahat ng myphone store?

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    1. I'm not sure po. Check nyo na alng sa area ninyo. I got my hands on MyPhone Vortex in Ormoc City. Most probably, it's already available in major cities around the country.

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  6. sir may nabasa po kasi akong review sa ibang site nakalagay medyo mahina daw ang wifi nito? totoo po ba un?
    and kung rebranded siya ng MMX C4 bka po pati po ung mga problems ng users nito sa india eh gnun din po sa vortex? like umiinit daw ung phone kapag nag cacamera or something tsaka daw po malabo camera ni2?
    please answer po balak ko po kasi bumili nito kaso kinakabahan po ako kasi andaming batikos sa MMX C4 eh bka po katulad?

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    1. So far, the only negative thing that I saw is the back cover that attracts finger prints and dirt specially when my hands get sweaty. I love the camera! It takes good quality pictures and HD videos.

      MyPhone said that MyPhone Vortex is not a rebranded MicroMax Canvas 4. They only have the same supplier. That explains why the blow to unlock wasn't included in Vortex.

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    2. eh ung wifi po sir? mabilis po ba? or like others lang?

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    3. Tama po, MyPhone does not "rebrand" their phones. They just have the same ODM (original design manufacturer) with Micromax (India) and Blu (USA)

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    4. sir un wifi issue di nyo sinasagot?
      mahina po b wifi ng vortex?

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  7. Wow!!! The best tlga ang myphone.

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  8. NDI PO AKO AGAINST SA MYPHONE...
    PERO ALAM NYO PO BA NA NDI GAWA SA PHIL. ANG MYPHONE AGUA ICEBERG ANG VORTEX ...
    GALING PO YAN NG MIAMI FLORIDA , USA ANG ALAM Q ANG TOTOONG NAME NYAN AY BLU LIFE ONE AT ANG ICEBERG AY BLU LIFE VIEW ... TRY NYO I SEARCH SA GOOGLE...

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    1. Please refrain from posting comments in all capital letters.

      I've posted another article before about this topic. MyPhone says they are not re-branded phones. Rather, they have the same supplier as BLU of the US and MicroMax of India.

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    2. The original manufacturer is tinno mobile in china. Tinno mobile is a company that makes affordable and QUALITY phones through intense research and development. Myphone, BLU, Micromax and many others buys the equipment and adds software customizations to those phones. That is why Blu and micromax do not have clever motion. It is the QUALITY hardware that they use so you cannot say na rebranded totally

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  9. Yes agree ako bro nakita ko kasi adertisement ng BLU LIFE ONE ang making nya, at yung advertisement ngayun ng vortex parehas walang pinag iba, thumbs up na rin ako kasi u.s made sya.

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  10. nice po..:)) nkakaconvince po tului bumili.tnx po sa info :)

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  11. anu po bang mas magandang kulay? black or white?

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  12. It would be nice if you have an indoor and outdoor capture of camera and video. Low light captures are appreciated to see if it has good low light capture.

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    1. Hello Verlin! I'll try to have those sample shots.

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  13. wow !! DUAL 3G CONNECTIVITY SIM WITHOUT SWITCHING . but it sucks the BatteryLife :P hehehe

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  14. ano po similarities and difference ng vortex sa myphone A919i?, thnx po

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  15. sir ung free 8gb micro sd ibibigay lang pag bumili ka ngaung month or kahit kailan ka bumili may free ka pa rin?

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    1. The free 8GB micro SD is included in the package even if you'll buy your MyPhone Vortex next year. It's inside the box.

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  16. san pwede bumili ng MyPhone Vortex? thx!

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  17. sir in terms of camera.. ano po mas malinaw knight or vortex?

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    1. Wala sinabi camera ni knight. Inde interpolated camera ni vortex. Super linaw

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    2. No. So far, SM Knight has the most reliable cam here in the Philippines (Local company wise) They are just the same, 13MP rin ang Knight, but since it is interpolated, mas maganda ang kuha ng Knight

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  18. kuya, hndi ba umiilaw ung 3 capacitive buttons sa baba? :/

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  19. sir meron din po ba itong pop-up video player and browser? and meron din po ba tong video preview habang nag plaplay ng video sa main player?

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  20. Sir hindi ba metalic ung likod ng vortex? kasi parang dinig ko ung sa iceberg metalic ung likod eh. tska hindi na ba blurry ang pics and mabilis talaga ang shutter speed ng camera? kasi ung sa myphone a919 ko ang blurry tpos ung sa front cam nmn ang dilim dilim wala bang sample ng front cam nito sir? Thanks. :D

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  21. Kung kayo po ang bibili ng phone,anong pipiliin nyo? Iceberg or vortex? :)

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  22. sir, i just want to confirm before i buy this phone... some feedback about vortex na nakaka confuse about camera and picture features.

    lumalabo daw pag zoom in both camera display and captured pictures -- nag no-noise daw agad, pixelated pag zoom in which does not synchronize for a 13mp cam..is this true?

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  23. Problema lng sa myphone walang BSI sensor ang front cam nya kaya super labo ng front cam...sa cherry phones like omega hd. At ung ibng 2.0 version nila..both back and front cam may BSI kya ang gnda ng kuha..

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  24. sir Daniel ask ko lang po... nung humingi ako ng list ng phone sa myphone nakalagay dun 2600Mah ang Vortex. tama po ba un???

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  25. too expensive for a phone that only gives 2000 mah battery. ganda nga ng specs bilis naman malowbat. a drag to somebody who loves wifi and games to much. :(

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  26. update na ba to??? nakita ko sa brochure yung battery ng vortex 2600mah same ng iceberg. can any one confirm it??

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    1. 2000 mah lang po. mali yung nakalagay nila dun

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  27. Sir Worth it ba siya? kasi nag dadalwang isip ako dahil 2000mah lang..

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  28. nagdadalawang isip kasi ako kung lenovo p780 oh Vortex eh.. anu po sa tingin niyo mas worth it?

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  29. Sir Worth it ba siya? kasi nag dadalwang isip ako dahil 2000mah lang..

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  30. please somebody answer naman maganda ba talaga ang front cam at rear camera nito? no issues??? if yes bibili nako as in kahit bukas na bukas na.

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    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sjti6TL2xHc review yan ng micromax canvas 4 sa india same sila ng hardware kya for sure same sila ng quality

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  31. Back CAM: malinaw na malinaw. Front CAM: Swabe. Video: walang lag. Battery: Yes, 2000mAh - Madali lang magtipid ng batt kaya hindi problema. Depende sa gumagamit. SD Card: Yes, up to 32Gb. Clever Motion: Hehe, 'di ko naman kailangan 'yun pero okay din madali gamitin.Speed: NapakabiLis, walang problema. Bluetooth, WIFI, oks na oks.

    Kung anu yung features ng phone, makukuha mo lahat. Color: White or Black, mas okay ata black para sosyal. 3 buttons: Parang wala di ba? pero andun yun.. Lol.

    Smooth lang yung power and volume buttons. Sounds: Kayang pantanggal ng tutuli..Anlakas e. Haha.

    Thank you.. Share lang po dahil na-test ko na ito kanina. ^_^

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    1. Thank you for sharing your hands-on. I'll definitely get this phone. But it would be much nice if the package includes a case and screen protector.

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    2. aq nd satisfied sa back cam nya khit 13mp.....ung front cam mganda malinaw khit 5mp lng.....prang prehas lng ung front cam sa back cam nya kya d aq satisfied na 13mp ung back cam:(

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  32. may OTG to diba?? gagana po ba ang controller ng cd-r king

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  33. ask ko lang what happen in the back casing nya diba brush finish daw???

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  34. kabibili ko lang ng vortex kagabi... pero nitong umaga lang di kagad gumana yung clever motion... panu gagawin?...

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  35. Curious lang ako dun sa LED notification. Red lang ba kulay nya or may iba pang kulay?

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  36. panu pagaganahin ung smart pause ng vortex??? sabi kasi may "pause when you look away" pero di ko makita ung feature na un sa video player. any one po? salamat po sa makakasagot

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  37. Ang bilis malowbat ng phone. Kakabili ko lng. Kht di gamitin, gang 24 hrs lng ung span.

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  38. blu life, micromax or whatever, they are all from tinno mobile which is in china...

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  39. Mahina sa wifi c vortex nanghinayang ako d2 sa binili ko.

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    1. mbilis aman ung sken ang pinanghihinayangan q lng ung back cam nya d aq satisfied na 13mp prang nd ee mas mganda pa cam ng o+ 8.15 q dti khit 8mp lng

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  40. hi! can you please post sample photos taken from the phone? I know it's 13Megapixels but I would like to see po sana yung actual shots. Thanks!

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  41. hi sir, ano po ba ang dapat gawin para gumana ang clever motion ng agua vortex? thanks po!

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  42. mga sir question lang po.. i had a myphone a919i duos, over all ok except sa blury camera shots, was there any difference or improvement sa camera ng vortex. im having a hardtime convincing my self that vortex is a better phone than myphone a919i in terms of the camera... and puro wlang demo unit mga myphone stores to see it for my self. TIA

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    1. prehas tau d aq satisfied sa cam nya.....ung front uu kc malinaw(5mp) pero parang mas mganda pa ung front compare sa 13mp back cam nya.....mas mganda pa ung cam ng o+ 8.15 q ee 8mp lng un

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  43. ung binili kong myphone Vortex ang Lakas ng LOUD Speaker!!! ayun ngongo na... asa solid service center ng sony ngayon

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  44. may accessories na ba for this phone?

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    1. meron ung sken blue leather case

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  45. sir share q lng po bkit prang d gaano kganda ung back cam nya na 13mp pero ung front cam mganda mlinaw khit 5mp lng......mas mganda pa ung cam ng o+ 8.15 q dati khit 8mp lng un compare sa 13mp ng ng votex q ngaun?1 month plng po xa pd q pa kya ipapalit?

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  46. kbibli q ng vortex...bkit ng bgal ng net connection...d mkdownload s playstore

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  47. MyPhone Agua Vortex is great, except pag nag install kau ng games, either sa 2gb internal storage o sa 10gb free built-in free phone storage, walang SD install. Ok nmn sya dahil pwde games lng dun sa phone storage at music and other files nmn dun sa sd. Nakakabanas lng konte dahil marami akong ini-install na apps at kulang yung 10gb. 32gb yung sd ko at syang. Binili ko ang sd ko para marami akong ma install at di nmn nagamit :(

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  48. sir bibili kc ko ng vortex or iceberg mini. anu b mas maganda??mahilig kc ako mag games at music... mas madali ba malowbat ang vortex?? ka built in ba talga ang mini??pwde din ba lagyan ng games at music ang micro sd sa vortex? gus2 ko kc dual sim... pa elp po kc yoko masayang pera ko... may mas mataas pa ba sa 2000mah kung vortex ang buy ko? gaano itatagal ang bat ng vortex pag ginamit talga? or mag cherrymobile cosmos s ko kaso di cia dual sim kasi...

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  49. you can always move your installed app to your sd card one example is thru apps also in the market. About the batt, you can replace the 2000mah batt with a higher mah batt. :D

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  50. Paano po ba i off ung shutter sound ng vortex ?? Please reply po, thanks

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  51. may problema po vortex ko, nag hang po xa, then nung nireboot ko di na xa dumideretso sa menu.. hanggang dun nlng xa sa loading screen. Pahelp naman po. Thank you.

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