AsiaPOP Comicon announces Hayley Atwell as first Hollywood headliner

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The official website for the AsiaPOP Comicon  has revealed its first Hollywood headliner for this year’s Manila event.

British American actress Hayley Atwell is set to come to Asia Pop Comicon Manila 2016 slated this August 26 to 28 at SMX Convention Center Manila. Atwell is known for her portrayal as Peggy Carter in the first two Captain America films. She is also cast in the upcoming American legal drama television series, Conviction.

AsiaPOP Comicon has also revealed its initial lineup of Cosplay Authority Global Challenge (THE Cage) cosplayers. They are Ani Mia, Lindze Merritt, Riddle, and Yugana Senshi Uon. They are also joined by graphic artist Simone Legno of tokidoki.

More guests to be announced soon on their Facebook page and official website



AsiaPOP Comicon Manila is Back!

AsiaPOP Comicon Manila is Back with Wider Unique Content, First Announcement of Hollywood Headliner to Start Next Week

Get ready for another round of pop culture epicness as AsiaPOP Comicon Manila is back—bigger and better, geekier than ever!

Impressed by the sheer amount of fan response and to the country’s infectious enthusiasm for pop culture, Universal Events & Entertainment—a subsidiary of the Al Ahli Holding Group—is staging the second installment of AsiaPOP Comicon Manila (APCC Manila) on August 26 to 28 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

The event has expanded from being more than a comic con as it will incorporate more elements of pop culture by integrating the existing comic con format with pop culture lifestyle trends, where beauty makeup artists, fashion influencers, unique children play zone, sporting section, digital and social media activation will tap into various segments of consumers to make it one great experience under the same roof.

“The energy of fans from the Philippines and in Asia is nothing like we’ve seen before. It’s these sorts of things that excite us to bring the best pop culture experiences in the world to this colorful country, This year we shall be bringing unique content where we can go beyond the usual movies, music, animation, gaming, toys and cosplay and offer fun elements within beauty, fashion, sports, lifestyle, digital activation and F&B; making it truly a pop culture carnival not witnessed before in the country” said Abdulla Mahmood, Director – Marketing and Business Development of Al Ahli Holding Group.

During its first run last year, APCC Manila featured a powerhouse Hollywood guest lineup that included Avengers star Paul Bettany, Game of Thrones actress Nathalie Emmanuel, Arrow heartthrob Colton Haynes, and Adventure Time voiceover genius Jeremy Shada, along with a roster of internationally-acclaimed cosplayers and artists.

For three days, visitors from all over the world dropped by to see the latest and greatest offerings in pop culture: exclusive merchandise, memorabilia exhibitions, even a life-sized Hulkbuster armor and an exclusive never before seen footage from Captain America: Civil War.

Pop Explosion

The second year of AsiaPOP Comicon Manila promises to boast another stellar set of celebrity guests and artists this 2016. First announcement of Hollywood headliner will happen on June 15, 2016.

With revelations on the way to this epic roster, APCC Manila 2016 also revealed its initial lineup of Cosplay Authority Global Challenge (The CAGE) cosplayers: including Ani Mia, Lindze Merritt, Riddle, and Yugana Senshi Uon. They are joined by artist Simone Legno of tokidoki, who is all set to bring the brand’s crazy-kawaii cool style to the event.

Legno is the world-famous artist and graphic illustrator best known for being one of the brains behind art giant tokidoki, through which he has collaborated with names such as Karl Lagerfeld, LeSportsac, Onitsuka Tiger, Marvel, and Hello Kitty, among others.

For the cosplayers, Mia currently writes for Otaku USA magazine, covering topics relevant to the cosplay hobby, in addition to travelling all over the world to judge costume contests and appear in different media. Merritt, for her part, combines her degrees in fashion, business, and aesthetics with her hobby. She has been featured in numerous magazines through the years.

A reality TV star, Riki LeCotey, aka Riddle, was one of the most popular characters in reality TV series Heroes of Cosplay, as well as the creator of Cosplay for a Cause, a charity outfit; while Yugana Senshi Uon is one of the newest rising stars in the cosplay scene, having started just a few years ago. Despite this, she has gained recognition all over Southeast Asia for her creative costume renditions, appearing in magazines and conventions.

Cosplay Competition

For the second time too, APCC Manila is proud to partner with The CAGE, the world’s biggest and first-of-its-kind cosplay competition. It aims to promote the spirit and craftsmanship of cosplay through costume and prop-making workshops, as well as provide a platform for cosplay enthusiasts and fans to compete on an international level.

It is currently inviting the best cosplay talents around the region to join the competition. The grand champion of the Open category will be determined by an impressive panel of expert judges from various areas of cosplay and will receive a record-breaking payout of up to USD$10,000. The CAGE also has a Kids category to cater to the younger audience.

“We were off to a good start last year with AsiaPOP Comicon and The CAGE competition. Now that we’ve seen just how hungry the Philippines and the entire region is for pop culture, we’re going to come back, even bigger and grander this time around. Watch out for more surprises,” Abdulla Mahmood added.

Tickets to APCC Manila 2016 will be announced soon. For more information and event updates, please visit and official Facebook Page

TOYCON 2016 Gets Bigger on its 15th Year


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Dubbed as Asia’s longest running convention for collectibles, toys, anime, comics, cosplay, gaming and anything related to hobbies and collections, the Philippines Toys, Hobbles and Collectibles Convention (Toycon) will be celebrating their 15th year in a new venue, SMX Convention Center in Pasay.

Aside from the moving to bigger venue, TOYCON also promises a lot of awesome surprises for the local pop-culture fans with the TOYCON + Pop Life FanXperience courtesy of Chinese-based company Pop! Life Entertainment. Pop! Life is also bringing the “ultimate FanXperience” with exclusive show merchandise, exhibitions, international cosplay competitions, celebrity appearances, and much more.

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The  TOYCON + Pop Life FanXperience boasts the biggest dealer floor, covering two halls with around 240 merchants of various pop-culture merchandise, comics, accessories, cosplay merchandise, toys and collectibles. Anime fans are in for a treat as the 20-foot model of the iconic robot Voltes V will be displayed as part of its 40th anniversary celebration together with various memorabilia from its creator, Saburo Yatsude. There will also be an exhibit for the newest Funko Pop! toy releases and upcoming Suicide Squad movie by Warner Brothers Pictures.

Another most anticipated exhibit will be Excelsior! which will showcase some of the notable works by the former Marvel President and Chairman, Stan Lee. The exhibit would include vintage comic covers, movie props, rare memorabilia, original artworks, official merchandise and high-end licensed collectibles from the man who gave us Spider Man, the X-Men, Fantastic Four, Thor and Hulk.

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International and local celebrities and artists will be gracing the TOYCON + Pop Life FanXperience like Game of Thrones actor Kristian Nairn, Twilight actors Bronson Pelletier and Kiowa Gordon, former Superman actor Dean Cain, Star Wars’ Daniel Logan and R&B/Pop Singer songwriter Frankie J.

A brand new concept of costume role play set to premiere at TOYCON + Pop Life FanXperience. CosFanX is the biggest and newest international Cosplay competition which pits the best cosplayers in Asia against each other in country eliminations, country finals and regional finals. Top prize in the local finals is P50,000 cash and the chance to represent the country in the championships to be held in Thailand.

Tokyo Underground Experience will transform SMX Convention Center into the mind-blowing, colorful and kawaii world of cosplay and Harajuku with performances from Sony Music’s DJ Kazu, Electric Ribbon and Yanakiku. Local bands Itchyworms, Tanya Markova and Parokya ni Edgar are also set to perform. An autograph session with the new Sang’gres from the reboot version of GMA’s Encantadia will also be held during TOYCON.

TOYCON 2016 will take place on June 10, 11 and 12, Halls 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. Entrance and VIP Ticket are available at and at SM Ticket outlets nationwide. Tickets will be also available on the event itself.

TOYCON is organized yearly by the Asian Comics, Toys and Hobbies-Collective Inc. For more details, check out their official website and Facebook page.


Interview with FLOW at Ozine Fest 2016


For the first time, Japanese rock band FLOW visited Manila last April 16 for their live performance and fan meet & greet at Ozine Fest 2016.

Some members of the online media were given an opportunity to interview them. Check them out after the jump:

How do you find your Filipino fans so far?

  • They haven’t met them yet. In their Facebook page, there are a lot of Filipino fans and they would glad to meet them.

What is music for FLOW?

  • Life and energy

What is your first impression of the Philippines?

  • It’s hot. From airport to hotel, the sky is very blue. It is very beautiful.

What is your inspiration in your music?

  • They are inspired by their fans that enjoy their concerts and live performance.

Where do you draw your inspiration when writing your songs?

  • The band will first understand or consider the theme of anime or game before composing it.

What have you felt after recording COLORS (opening theme song of Code Geass) ?

  • They went to South America for a concert and saw cardboard sign that says “Jibun Wooo.” The band was very surprised and felt that they were able to send their message to the world.

What do they feel about foreigners or non-Japanese fans singing to their songs?

  • They really feel glad especially when non-Japanese fans start learning the language just to understand

Among the songs you sang, what is your favorite?

  • Sign, COLORS, GO!!!

Should we expect a new song in the near future?

  • They said that they are going to release two songs in the summer, one for anime (Tales of Zestiria the X ); and one for game (Tales of Berseria ). They also said to check their official homepage for updates.

Are there any genres that the band wants to try?

  • FLOW’s music is a fusion of various genres. They don’t focus on just only one genre.

What is your message to the Filipino fans?

  • Since this their first time in the Philippines, they’d like to enjoy it and they’d like give their best to make their Filipino fans enjoy the performances. They also hope that this is not the last performance here. They hoping for more to come

To FLOW and the organizers of Ozine Fest 2016, thank you very much.

Hope to see you perform again soon in upcoming event.