Capturing True Trailblazers: Behind the Scenes with Mond Gutierrez and Liz Uy

  • November 5, 2018

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro, a phone model with such innovative technology, was chosen to shoot trailblazers Liz Uy and Mond Gutierrez for Lifestyle Asia’s latest cover. Huawei’s reputation as a pioneer in the tech world has been on a steady rise the last few years. Their new Mate 20 Pro model is their latest product to make waves, cited by many tech fans and industry insiders as the phone to have. Its unmatched camera quality was the ideal instrument to shoot Mond and Liz on the day of the cover shoot. They are two popular Philippine personalities who uses social media to reach millions of people. Huawei, being one of the leading communication companies in the world, does the same, the world over.

Mond Gutierrez and Liz Uy for Lifestyle Asia, November 2018 Issue (Photograph by Charisma Lico, shot with a Huawei Mate 20 Pro)
Mond Gutierrez and Liz Uy for Lifestyle Asia, November 2018 Issue (Photograph by Charisma Lico, shot with a Huawei Mate 20 Pro)


Photographer Charisma Lico arrived on set, excited to get her hands on the new Huawei Mate 20 Pro. The day’s shoot was to be shot with the groundbreaking phone, and the picturesque ocean scene was the ideal location to show-off the Mate 20’s many outstanding qualities. The new model has combined the very best features of their previous design partners, putting it all in a single unit. For instance, the new model is as sleek as a Porsche, evident in its perfectly symmetrical design. The Mate 20 Pro is powered by the Kirin 980, a highly intelligent chip for android phones that provides ultra-long battery performance, while still giving users top graphic quality.

The new Leica Triple Camera built into the phone captures only the richest, most textured photographs possible for any android phone. Its top-notch AI can automatically adjust itself, finding the perfect balance in its settings to whatever you are shooting. The Huawei Mate 20 allows you to have the talents of a professional photographer in the palm of your hands. It includes three lenses, the first being main RGB lens in 40MP that can beautifully capture your day to day photographs in the highest quality possible. The telephoto lens in 8 MP specializes in capturing photos from a distance. Lastly, the very impressive 20 MP Leica Ultra-Wide Lens is ideal for macro shots and landscape photos. On macro mode, it can capture every tiny detail of a subject just 2.5 cm away. The phone’s camera quality does not fail during the night time either. The AI Image Stabilization makes shooting in lowlight blur-free.

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Mond Gutierrez and Liz Uy for Lifestyle Asia, November 2018 Issue (Photograph by Charisma Lico, shot with a Huawei Mate 20 Pro)
Mond Gutierrez and Liz Uy for Lifestyle Asia, November 2018 Issue (Photograph by Charisma Lico, shot with a Huawei Mate 20 Pro)


When Huawei creates a phone, they always consider the needs of their target market. Each tech piece that comes from the brand is specifically tailored for the “modern elite”. These are people who are successful, business minded and busy forging a path towards success. It’s the type of phone that is built as an instrument of improving quality of life. For instance, celebrity stylists like Liz can now share their most memorable #OOTDs with the Mate 20 Pro’s high definition camera without having to bring around a bulky SLR camera anymore. It’s like having a phone built into your camera, and its groundbreaking technology makes “point and shoot” just as clear, maybe even better. On the other hand, hosts and jet set travelers like Mond can make plane rides and waiting on set for long hours bearable with the phone’s ultra-long battery life (running for eight hours even with extensive use). With the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, there is no more need to carry a power bank around or fear that your phone will die as soon as if you finish charging.

After eight-hours of extensive use during the cover shoot, charging the Huawei Mate 20 Pro caused no delay in schedule. As everybody ate their afternoon snacks, the phone charged up to 70% in just 30 minutes. The new Mate series is proud of their enduring power capabilities, which uses a larger 4,200 mAh4 battery that prolongs your phone usage. Its SuperCharge option with TÜV Safe Fast-Charge System Certification makes the Mate 20 one of the most trustworthy phones to have, with absolutely no chance of heating or blowing up. The phone also has a Wireless Reverse Charging system, which allows people to use the model as a charger when battery is low. Since Huawei first launched in 1987, the company has climbed up the ladder of success. They now boast a long list of achievements and distinctions, such as providing phones for 1/3 of the world’s communication and being a Fortune 500 Company, currently ranked at #72 (as of print).

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Mond Gutierrez and Liz Uy for Lifestyle Asia, November 2018 Issue (Photograph by Charisma Lico, shot with a Huawei Mate 20 Pro)
Mond Gutierrez and Liz Uy for Lifestyle Asia, November 2018 Issue (Photograph by Charisma Lico, shot with a Huawei Mate 20 Pro)


As the sun began to set over Manila Bay, the shoot was wrapping up its final layout. It was a productive day, and it was impressive to see Liz Uy and Mond Gutierrez in their element. Being innovators in the publishing industry themselves, they felt as much part of the production crew as they did cover subjects. Liz helped her team pack up and made sure that everything was accounted for. They even went as far as screening the photos captured the Huawei Mate 20 Pro taken that day to choose their favorites for layout. Everyone was impressed with the crispness and rich colors that Charisma was able to capture using the phone. The texture of the designer clothing and the golden sunlight hitting the water of Manila Bay were all sharp and could be seen on the phone screen. There were no camera lights used to shoot that day, yet the photos looked professionally taken by a high-end SLR camera.

When it was time to say goodbye, Mond and Liz stepped off the boat, back to land, where their next appointments waited for them. They are busy individuals, putting their own brand of intelligence in everything they do. Whether creating content for magazines or their social media accounts, appearing on television, or simply dreaming up ideas for the next big thing, these individuals are undeniable trailblazers of their industry, as just Huawei is a trailblazer for its own.

Read the full cover story of Mond Guttierez and Liz Uy in Lifestyle Asia’s November 2018 Edition, titled the Luxury Gift Guide Issue. Run to the nearest bookstore for your print copy or download the FLIP100 app for a digital version.

Mond Gutierrez and Liz Uy for Lifestyle Asia, November 2018 Issue (Photograph by Charisma Lico, shot with a Huawei Mate 20 Pro)
Mond Gutierrez and Liz Uy for Lifestyle Asia, November 2018 Issue (Photograph by Charisma Lico, shot with a Huawei Mate 20 Pro)

SHOOT CREDITS:

Photography by Charisma Lico using Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Styling by Liz Uy, Pat Perez, Joy Bernardo, Aia Tabuzo
Assistant styling by Marvi Barillo
Makeup by Mac Igarta
Hair by Mycke Arcano
Nails by Posh Nails

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