DC’s ‘Cyborg’ Smashes His Way into AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2017

AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2017 (APCC Manila) unveils American actor Ray Fisher, aka
Cyborg, from Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and the highly anticipated film Justice League. Fisher will be the first Hollywood celebrity headliner to take on the biggest pop culture event in the country. APCC Manila 2017 is slated from August 25 to 27 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
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Victor Stone, aka Cyborg, is a former college athlete turned cybernetic warrior through themysterious power of an otherworldly living machine known as a Mother Box. Cyborg is the latest addition to DC’s Justice League, an organization of Earth’s greatest superheroes dedicated to protecting the worldfrom its greatest threats.
“We have always believed in bringing unique talent and content to AsiaPOP Comicon Manila and this year is no different as we are bringing one of the brightest talents and potential future superstar, Ray Fisher who is reprising the role of Cyborg in the forthcoming blockbuster Justice League and will continue to be key superhero character within DC Universe” said Abdulla Mahmood, Director, Marketing and International Business, Al Ahli Holding Group. “Diehard DC fans who were craving for a superhero talent have their wishes fulfilled as they will get an opportunity to interactwith Ray Fisher as Cyborg”.
In 2020, Warner Bros. is said to release a solo Cyborg film, where Fisher will reprise his role as Victor Stone/Cyborg. Fisher’s performance as Cyborg marks the actor’s big screen debut. His past  performances include a brief appearance in the period television drama, The Astronaut Wives Club, and  various theater productions across the United States, including his portrayal of Muhammad Ali in the New York Theatre Workshop’s OffBroadway production of Fetch Clay, Make Man.
Art Invasion
APCC Manila also released the second batch of globallyrecognized artists who will showcase their  works and share their talents to their fans. These include Whilce Portacio, Carl Potts, Shoji Kawamori, and  Serena Kozuki.

Returning to APCC Manila is FilipinoAmerican comic book artist and writer Whilce Portacio, who  has done notable works, including the titles Uncanny Xmen, X-Factor, The Punisher, Heroes Reborn: Iron Man, Wetworks, and Spawn, among others. The talented inker and penciller was also a cofounder of the Image Comics and he has currently returned working independently for Image, DC and Marvel.

For his part, Carl Potts, who has worked as an Executive Editor in Marvel Comics for 13 years, is wellknown for being the mentor of some of the top comic artists including Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, Scott Williams, Art Adams, Lary Stroman, Jon Bogdanove, and Terry Shoemaker. He created Alien Legion and the graphic novel Last of the Dragons. His book, The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics: Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling was also published by DC/WatsonGuptill. He is currently working on a graphic novel
project called, The Flying Column. Under the title of “Vision Creator,” Shoji Kawamoriacts as a creator of original works, an
animation director, a scriptwriter, a mecha designer and many other roles. Being one of the original creators of the animated TV hit Macrosswhich became part of a series known as Robotech outside Japanhe played a major part in developing one of the important factors that popularized the Japanese anime phenomenon worldwide.
He was also one of the designers of the Diaclone line of toys, which later became known as the Transformers, including now ubiquitous “Optimus Prime.” His designs can be found in a wide range of media, from animation, and video games to liveaction movies and commercial products.
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Adding rhythm and beat to the fun that is APCC is solo Japanese idol Serena Kozuki, who will serve as the event’s musical guest. Serena is widely known for the song Shake the DiCE, which is the ending song of a popular Japanese Anime, light novel and Manga franchise titled, TenchiMuyo! Ryo Ohki. She is known as “Live Monster” onstage and is admired for her performing styles, which vary from sweet and girly to rockhard livewire. Serena performs for over 200 live shows yearly.
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APCC Manila 2017 tickets are now available via SM Tickets website, https://smtickets.com/, or at all SM Tickets outlets, with ticket prices a t PhP600 (oneday pass), PhP900 (twoday pass), and PhP1,100 (threeday pass). All these will give the ticketholder access to stage activities, performances, and the main show floor. The event is free for children aged five years and below for all days, but a valid identification is required for verification purposes before entering the show floor.
A limited edition Collectors Pack is available at a discounted price of PhP 3,500. This special offer is available for purchase at SM Tickets online (https://smtickets.com/events/view/5868) and SM Tickets outlets while supplies last. Collector’s Pack includes 1/12 Scale Iron Man “Shotgun Collectible Figure, 1x APCC 3Day Pass, 1x Special Edition Captain America Comic Book from Comicave Studios, and 1x APCC 2016 Tote Bag.
Also available is the Ultimate Merch Bundle, priced at PhP 1,600. The bundle includes 1APCC 3Day Pass, 1x Special Edition Captain America Comic Book from Comicave Studios, 1x APCC 2016 Tote Bag, 1x Sticker Set, 1x APCC 2017 Cotton TShirt (SXL), 2x APCC Lanyards, and 1x Star Wars Lanyard. This bundle is limited to 100 sets only, and is available at SM Tickets online, and at all SM Ticket outlets near you!
For more information and event updates, visit www.asiapopcomicon.com/manila, or follow their official Facebook Page www.facebook.com/apccmanila, Twitter account @AsiaPOPComicon, and Instagram account @asiapopcomicon.

DENKI MEGATECH CONVENTION- MECHA, GAMING, AND TECHNOLOGY CONVENTION

Denki Megatech Convention is a Technology, Gaming and Hobby Convention in the Philippines. The said event will be held on the 11th and 12th of February, 2017 at the Philippine Trade Training Center in Pasay City.

The event focuses what the Philippines scene has to show in terms of technology development, gaming, game development, art and even cosplay. One of the convention’s main goals is to showcase and allow attendees to participate, see and test out the different developments from a wide range of growing industries here in the Philippines.

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Another goal is for the attendees to experience gaming in more ways than one, from the creativity and patience of game development, to the diligence, excitement and celebration of our local gaming scene.

To top it all off, we’ll be having a cosplay competition, a hobby where creativity and innovation strive and grow, judged by a group of the best cosplayers the Philippines has seen.

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What are you waiting for? Start charging up for Denki!

Connect with Ubisoft® Philippines at ESGS 2016

Gamers and enthusiasts are in for a treat as top gaming developer Ubisoft returns for this year’s E-Sports and Gaming Summit (ESGS) on October 28-30 at the SMX Convention Center. The developer behind the widely-acclaimed Assassins Creed® and Far Cry®series promises to come back stronger with an interactive Just Dance®2017 booth showcasing the latest from the biggest music video game franchise of all time as well as opportunities for enthusiasts to know more about the company’s upcoming studio in the country.

We’re very excited to be back for this year’s ESGS. Our participation in one of the biggest gaming conventions definitely allows us to connect fans not just to our games but with Ubisoft Philippines,” shares Chip Go, General Manager of Ubisoft Philippines. With the upcoming launch of their first office in the Philippines scheduled early 2017, Go also sees ESGS as an opportunity for interested individuals who want to pursue a career in the industry.

As we establish our second office in South East Asia, looking for dynamic and passionate individuals to join our team is definitely a need. Gamers and enthusiasts who feel they have the natural ability to work in the industry can inquire at ESGS about opportunities that we have for them,” Go adds.

This year, the team is looking to staff a studio of 50 people ranging from project managers, artists, to programmers. In the near future, we hope to accommodate a team composed of 200 people,” according to Go.

Aside from job opportunities, attendees also have the chance to know more about Ubisoft and De La Salle University’s recently launched Bachelor of Science major in Game Development program. Set to begin its first term in 2017 in the DLSU Science and Technology Complex in Laguna, the program aims to groom local talents to create leaders and innovators in Asia’s growing game development industry.

Interested applicants can inquire about the program and application requirements in the Ubisoft booth. As the program is still accepting applications, this can be the perfect time for gamers and enthusiasts to pursue the industry they’ve grown to love.

Are you passionate about pursuing the exciting world of the gaming industry? Come find us in the biggest gaming event in the Philippines to kick-start your futurein one of the most exciting and dynamic industries out there. Special prizes, including Watch Dogs® 2 and Just Dance®2017 merchandise, await the lucky winners of Ubisoft’s on-site social media promo.

© 2006 – 2017 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Watch Dogs, Ubisoft and Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the US and/or other countries.

© 2005 – 2016 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Far Cry is a trademark of Ubisoft Entertainment in the US and/or other countries. Based on Crytek’s original Far Cry directed by Cevat Yerli. Powered by Crytek’s technology “CryEngine”.

About Ubisoft

Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Watch_Dogs, Tom Clancy’s video game series, Rayman and Far Cry. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For its 2015-16 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of €1,394 million. To learn more, please visit http://www.ubisoftgroup.com.

The Hype Continues with E-Sports and Gaming Summit 2016 Manila

Manila, Philippines (October 5, 2016) – The hype continues and it’s bigger than ever. Gariath Concepts and presenter PLDT Home Fibr are proud to bring E-Sports and Gaming Summit (ESGS) once again on October 28 to 30, 2016 at Function Halls 1-3, SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia compound, Pasay City for an epic celebration on everything that is gaming.
Now a 3-day event, ESGS will be showcasing all things in the world of gaming, ranging from games on PC, consoles and mobile whether from top game publishers or independent game developers. And expect adrenaline-pumping action from professional players competing on a large line-up of E-sports tournaments.
There are more major activities planned for the event here are what you can expect:

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The Big Names in Gaming are here
Some of the biggest game publishers and E-sports body will be making waves in ESGS; Bandai Namco Entertainment will be hosting the very first Tekken 7 tournament Philippine Qualifiers for a spot in the King of the Iron Fist Tournament 2016. Sony PlayStation, Capcom and Ubisoft will be featuring some of their new titles for 2016 and 2017 and a playing area for attendees to try out the demos. Super Evil Megacorp will also be hosting a tournament for their hit game Vainglory that are aimed towards
competitive mobile gamers. MSI will be hosting a rig modders competition to showcase some of the best PC rig mods created by the rig modder community. Plus, you can expect more game showcases from the other participating gaming brands, publishers and developers in an all-weekend game extravaganza.

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IGA-vania is in Manila
Koji Igarashi, or better known as IGA, will be at ESGS 2016 to showcase his upcoming game project Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Igarashi is better known as the assistant director of the famous PlayStation game Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and producer to the succeeding Castlevania games starting with Castlevania Chronicles up to Castlevania: Harmony of Despair. Now continuing his new project in a new company, Igarashi launched a crowdsourcing campaign for Bloodstained last year and it became the second most funded Kickstarter project for video games.

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Gear up for Action with Brawl Fest
Two of the major attractions in ESGS will be making its return, one of them is the compilation of the country’s biggest fighting game communities (Cosmic Gorgons, Imperium, Pinoy PlayStation and Playbook) where they will be hosting a series of fighting game tournaments including Street Fighter V, Mortal Kombat XL, Super Smash Bros., The King of Fighters XIV, Gundam Extreme Vs. Full Boost and many more.

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Power to the Indies with Indie Arena
A select number of independent game developers from both local and international will be sharing their current projects and finished games to the public at the Indie Arena area. This is the chance for gamers to experience some of the finest independent games created by our local talents in game development.

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Go Epic with the Cosplay Competition
The cosplay competition will be getting an upgrade as there will be two cosplay activities for those who wants to be as their favorite gaming character inside the event. A costrip activity will be happening on the Saturday event where lucky cosplayers roaming around the event area will be featured and win a prize. Then on Sunday, the cosplay competition will showcase some of the best cosplayers on stage for a chance to bring home PhP 15,000 cash prize. The cosplay activities will be handled by Anime Alliance.

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Support our Local Developers at Gamefest
With the rise of the gaming in the country, a special section will be handled by The Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP) and Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) where it focuses more on business and academic for both gaming and IT.

So are you all hyped for ESGS 2016? Then be sure to get your tickets right now at any SM Ticket outlets nationwide, Day 1 will be priced at PhP 140 while Days 2 and 3 will be at PhP 165. The E-Sports and Gaming Summit 2016 will be on October 28 to 30, 2016 at Function Halls 1-3, SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia compound, Pasay City.

ABOUT ESGS
Organized by Gariath Concept and dubbed as one of the biggest E-Sports Competition and Gaming Convention in Southeast Asia. Now at its third year, ESGS continues to grow and provides the best gaming experience in the Philippines. The E-sports and Gaming Summit 2016 is presented by PLDT Home Fibr with MSI as the Gold Sponsor and HyperX and Monster Energy as its Silver Sponsors. Sony Interactive Entertainment Asia, Ubisoft Philippines, Spark Jumpers, Super Evil Megacorp, Synergy 88 and Bandai Namco Entertainment are this year’s main exhibitors.

ABOUT GARIATH CONCEPTS
Established in 2014, Gariath Concepts aims to become anything that is beyond ordinary in hosting gaming events and tournaments. Aside from ESGS as its flagship event, Gariath has created other events where they partnered with major brands and E-sports leagues including the popular Pinoy Gaming Festival: Summer Assembly where it showcases some of the hottest E-sports activities in the metro during summer, the all-fighting game event Brawl Fest where it features the biggest fighting game communities and E-sports Tour (co-organized with Mineski Events Team) where it reaches out to other regions in the country to celebrate E-sports.

AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016: Day 1

It has been more than a month already since the most awaited event happened last August 2016, AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016. This was the most anticipated event of the year since everyone who missed it last year is wishing to come to this event this year. People saving up for the tickets for the said meet and greet, photo session of the most awaited A-list international stars that they’ll be bringing here to Manila. For cosplayers, preparing the Cosplay Authority Global Challenge or so known as CAGE, for the awesome competition plus the amazing prize that is awaiting for them. And especially, con-goers who are a huge fan for the Westernize conventions, aspring comic book artists finally meet their idols face-to-face and especially get to interact with them plus as for some tips regarding their artwork.

AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016 was held at SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia last August 26-28, 2016. A 3-day event full of huge pop culture the event has seen. impressive international stars list, international cosplayers, and amazing attractions that the community hasn’t seen here in the Philippines.

Let’t start off on Day 1, August 26, there are a lot of activities line-up at the centre stage. The first thing you’ll notice is a wrestling ring in the middle of the event. For wrestling fans here in the Philippines, yes we do have a wrestling team here and they are the Philippine Wrestling Revolution also known as PWR. They have scheduled shows every month in different locations so if you wish to watch their shows, just go to their facebook page at: www.facebook.com/PHWrestlingRevo

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I may they are good since I’ve been attending some of their shows. Really entertaining I may say. You’ll feel the hype. They have an upcoming show that will be held at the Bayahinan Center, Pasig City, Philippines on October 8, 2016. The show is called: PWR: Renaissance. Judging by the name it seems a lot of revelation will be happening.

Aside from the wrestling ring, there are a lot of booths in the event center. There is a skateboard area, an American Ninja Warrior obstacle course, an artist corner where you’ll find the comicbook artists that AsiaPOP Comicon brought here in Manila just for you also local artists that are catering their marvelous artworks in a postcard, a shirt, a mug and many merchandise which you can support them by buying their products on site. There is also a play area section for your kids, and yes you can bring your kids to the event and enjoy as much as you enjoy the event.

Also, they have the Magic The Gathering, where in they’ll teach you to play the game, have a couple of games with others, and the best part is that you take home the deck they have given you to play.

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There are a lot of things you can actually do at the event area. I wasn’t able to tour each side because there are a lot of booths which you can try.

And of course, who would forget, there are amazing cosplayers that where at the event. They are showing their crafts. Amazing crafts I may say. They really prepared for this awesome event. Happy that a lot of people knows who they are cosplaying and from what series/movie they are from. Here are some of the cosplayers on Day 1.

Over all, Day 1 is very amazing, a lot of things happening on the centre stage, the PWR wrestling match is such a hype everyone can’t wait for Day 2 and 3, what they have to offer for the event. Amazing booths, amazing cosplayers, amazing artist area. I may say it is an event worth remembering by and worth coming every year.

We would like to thank AsiaPOP Comicon for once again getting us as their Online Media/Blog Partner for their awesome event.

Photo courtesy of Arkadymac.com. You may check their blogs and photos at www.arkadymac.com.

Joe Dempsie of ‘Game of Thrones’ comes to Manila for AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016

Still rowin’?” But who would have thought that he would get here! Joe Dempsie aka Gendry ofthe HBO hit series Game of Thrones (GoT) is coming to town for AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016 (APCCManila), the biggest pop culture convention slated on August 26 to 28 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

Other than his role in GoT, Joe Dempsie also starred in the Skins and various British televisionseries such as Peak Practice, Doctors, Sweet Medicine, and The Fades, among others. He appearedin the films One for the Road, Heartlands, and Monsters: Dark Continent, to boot.

Currently, he stars in BBC’s modern thriller mini-series One of Us. For APCC Manila, Dempsie joins X-Men’s Nicholas Hoult, Vampire Diaries’ Claire Holt, and Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown as its Hollywood celebrity headliners.

For the fans of Dempsie, APCC Manila is offering Autograph and Photograph session tickets with the actor, which will be available soon for purchase on SM Tickets website, https://smtickets.com/, or atall SM Tickets outlets. Autograph and Photograph tickets will also be available for purchase on event days.

APCC Tickets

APCC Manila 2016 tickets are now available via SM Tickets with ticket prices PhP550 (one-day pass), PhP850 (two-day pass), and PhP1,050 (three-day pass). All these will give the ticketholder access to stage activities, performances, and the main show floor. The event is free for children aged five years and below for all days, but a valid identification is required for verification purposes before entering the show floor.

For more information and event updates, please visit asiapopcomicon.com/manila and official Facebook Page facebook.com/apccmanila.

‘Vampire Diaries’ Star Claire Holt is the next AsiaPOP Comicon Celebrity Guest”

Things are going to get vicious with Hollywood actress Claire Holt, the latest celebrity guest to grace the biggest pop culture convention dubbed, AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016, happening on August 26 to 28 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

Holt is best known for her role as original vampire Rebekah Mikaelson in the CW supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries, based on the novels of the same name, as well as current continuing spinoff, The Originals.

A natural charmer with her looks and attitude, Holt rose to popularity as Emma Gilbert in the Nickelodeon series H20: Just Add Water, and later went on to roles such as lead character Lindsey in Sam Raimi’s Messengers II: The Scarecrow, Melanie Mayron’s Mean Girls 2, indie film Blue Like Jazz, and a recurring role in hit series Pretty Little Liars as Pride advocate Samara Cook.

She is slated to appear next as Kate, a lead role in Johannes Roberts’ upcoming underwater psychological thriller In the Deep. She is also working on the second season of critically acclaimed series Aquarius.

Fans of Holt will be in for the time of their lives, as APCC Manila offers Autograph, Photograph and Meet & Greet session tickets for the rare opportunity to meet her in person. These tickets will be available soon for purchase at the SM Tickets website, https://smtickets.com, and at all SM Tickets outlets.

APCC Tickets

APCC Manila 2016 tickets are now available via SM Tickets with ticket prices PhP550 (one-day pass), PhP850 (two-day pass), and PhP1,050 (three-day pass). All these will give the ticketholder access to various activities, performances, and the main show floor. The event is free for children aged five years and below for all days, but a valid identification is required for verification purposes before entering the show floor.

A special Geek Bundle is also available at PhP3500 for the FIRST 100 customers which includes an event lanyard, tote bag, cape, a 3-day pass, and a 1/12 Iron Man Mark XL “Shotgun” collectible figure from Comicave Studios.

For more information and event updates, please visit asiapopcomicon.com/manila and official Facebook Page facebook.com/apccmanila.

‘Hall M’ – A First-Ever Marvel Showcase in Asia Launched at AsiaPOP Comicon

AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016 (APCC Manila)—touted to be the biggest three-day pop-culture

extravaganza slated on August 26 to 28 at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City—will unveil Hall M, a showcase of Marvel content in the fields of gaming, television, and movies. Universal Events and

Entertainment, the organizer of APCC Manila, has tied up with Marvel for this exclusive, first-of-its-kind showcase at any convention in Asia.

Hall M is expected to excite fans as nothing gets geeks’ blood pumping like the word ‘exclusive’.

Imagine sights, sounds, and all other spectacles one might see and hear ahead of the rest of the world, or awesomeness the rest of the world may never see or hear. It’s this thrill that makes people wait long hours, endure snaking lines, and try to secure slots by hook or crook.

“As a group we enjoy a global strategic alliance with Marvel on multiple fronts and so we are glad to be able to extend our partnership by offering never seen before Marvel content to die-hard fans and geeks in the Philippines. This will be first-of-its-kind Marvel showcase at a pop culture convention and visitors will be able to witness an epic exhibit of multiple surprises at this year’s AsiaPOP Comicon Manila.” said Abdulla Mahmood, Director – Marketing and Business Development of Al Ahli Holding Group (AAHG). Universal Events & Entertainment is a subsidiary of AAHG.

Fans will be treated to never-before-seen footage outside of San Diego Comic Con of Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange film at APCC Manila’s Hall M, including content from Marvel’s television and web series. Hall M is limited up to 1,000 attendees.

For C.B. Cebulski, Marvel’s Vice President of International Development & Brand Management, he said, “I’m thrilled to be coming back to APCC Manila this year! Given the overwhelming fan response to last year’s Captain America: Civil War trailer debut, Marvel is letting me bring even more fantastic footage with me, this time from all of our different divisions, to showcase at our extended ‘Hall M’ extravaganza! Some clips being shown for the first time! It’s all still a secret, but just know that Hall M is guaranteed to be a one-of-a-kind Marvel experience in Manila!”. Cebulski is returning to APCC Manila this year to once again scout the best artistic talent in the country.

APCC Manila 2016 tickets are now available via SM Tickets—made possible by its partner SM Group—with ticket prices PhP550 (one-day pass), PhP850 (two-day pass), and PhP1,050 (three-day pass). All these will give the ticketholder access to stage activities, performances, and the main show floor.

The event is free for children aged five and below for all days, but a valid identification is required for verification purposes before entering the show floor.

For more information and event updates, please visit http://www.asiapopcomiccon.com/manila and official Facebook Page facebook.com/apccmanila.

Hollywood Actor Nicholas Hoult, aka X-Men’s Beast, Headlines AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016

“What a Lovely Day” and a “Beastly” good time it is for movie and pop fans around the region as AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016 (APCC Manila) confirmed Hollywood actor Nicholas Hoult as the latest celebrity headliner to hit the stage of the biggest pop culture convention slated on August 26 to 28 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

Hoult, who made his acting debut with the 1996 Canadian-British film Intimate Relations, is best known for playing mutant scientist Beast in X-Men: First Class and  X-Men: Days of Future Past, War Boy Nux in Mad Max: Fury Road, protagonist Jack in Jack the Giant Slayer, and R in Warm Bodies.

In the past, Hoult  starred in the independent, science fiction drama Young Ones opposite Michael Shannon and Elle Fanning and directed by Jake Paltrow, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He also starred opposite Colin Firth in Tom Ford’s directorial debut A Single Man to rave reviews.

Hoult’s most recent movie appearances were in Drake Doremus’ film Equals, a futuristic drama also starring Kristen Stewart, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, as well as the British independent production Kill Your Friends, based on a novel by John Niven.

 He has recently finished shooting writer/director Danny Strong’s directorial debut Rebel in the Rye, in which he plays a young J.D. Salinger; and he will also be seen in the film Sand Castle for director Fernando Coimbra, in which he portrays an American soldier on a mission to help a village at the end of the war in Iraq.

For the fans of Hoult, APCC Manila is offering Autograph, Photograph and Meet & Greet session tickets with the actor, which will be available soon for purchase on SM Tickets website, https://smtickets.com/, or at all SM Tickets outlets.

 APCC Manila 2016 tickets are now available via SM Tickets with ticket prices PhP550 (one-day pass), PhP850 (two-day pass), and PhP1,050 (three-day pass). All these will give the ticketholder access to stage activities, performances, and the main show floor. The event is free for children aged five years and below for all days, but a valid identification is required for verification purposes before entering the show floor.

A special Geek Bundle is also available at PhP3500 for the FIRST 100 customers which includes an event lanyard, tote bag, cape, a 3-day pass, and a 1/12 Iron Man Mark XL “Shotgun” collectible figure from Comicave Studios.

For more information and event updates, please visit asiapopcomicon.com/manila  and official Facebook Page facebook.com/apccmanila.

Hollywood Child Star Millie Bobby Brown to Bring ‘Stranger Things’ Phenomenon to AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016

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Things take a turn for the stranger as AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016 (APCC Manila) confirmed Hollywood child actress Millie Bobby Brown as the latest celebrity guest of the biggest pop culture gathering happening from August 26 to 28 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

 Brown is most known for her current role in the ongoing sci-fi thriller series Stranger Things, in which she stars opposite Winona Ryder and David Harbour. Her portrayal of the enigmatic Eleven earned her high praises, including that of Variety.com chief TV critic Maureen Ryan.

 She wrote, “Millie Bobby Brown is about to be cast in a lot of projects. With a very small number of lines, Brown gave an indelible performance as Eleven; the ways she subtly yet movingly conveyed fear, sadness, doubt, love and a yearning for connection will stay with me for a long time.”

 Previously, Brown was cast after an extensive search as a lead in the series Intruders, opposite Oscar winner Mira Sorvino and John Simm.  Brown also took on a recurring role in the series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, as Young Alice. She has also guested in a number of cult favorites such as Modern Family, NCIS, and Grey’s Anatomy.

For the fans of the Stranger Things star, APCC Manila is offering Autograph and Photograph session tickets with the adorable child actress, which will be available soon for purchase on SM Tickets website, https://smtickets.com/, or at all SM Tickets outlets. Autograph and Photograph tickets will also be available for purchase on event days.

 APCC Manila 2016 tickets are now available via SM Tickets with ticket prices PhP550 (one-day pass), PhP850 (two-day pass), and PhP1,050 (three-day pass). All these will give the ticketholder access to stage activities, performances, and the main show floor. The event is free for children aged five years and below for all days, but a valid identification is required for verification purposes before entering the show floor.

A special Geek Bundle is also available at PhP3500 for the FIRST 100 customers which includes an event lanyard, tote bag, cape, a 3-day pass, and a 1/12 Iron Man Mark XL “Shotgun” collectible figure from Comicave Studios.

 For more information and event updates, please visit asiapopcomicon.com/manila and official Facebook Page facebook.com/apccmanila.

‘Teen Wolf’ Star Holland Roden to Fly to Manila for AsiaPOP Comicon 2016

Things are looking to be monsterrific as AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016 (APCC Manila) revealed Hollywood actress Holland Roden, as the latest celebrity guest to invade the biggest pop culture gathering slated on August 26 to 28 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

Roden is best known for playing the smart and beautiful Lydia Martin on the MTV series Teen Wolf. She has also played supporting roles in other popular series such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Lost, Community, Criminal Minds, and Grey’s Anatomy. She is also a host for MTV, doing various fashion and entertainment segments for the channel, MTV.com, and the brand MTVStyle.

For the fans of Roden, APCC Manila is offering Autograph and Photograph session tickets with the stunning celebrity, which will be available soon for purchase on SM Tickets website, https://smtickets.com/, or at all SM Tickets outlets. Autograph and Photograph tickets will also be available for purchase on event days.

APCC Manila 2016 tickets are now available via SM Tickets with ticket prices PhP550 (one-day pass), PhP850 (two-day pass), and PhP1,050 (three-day pass). All these will give the ticketholder access to stage activities, performances, and the main show floor. The event is free for children aged five years and below for all days, but a valid identification is required for verification purposes before entering the show floor.

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A special Geek Bundle is also available at PhP3500 for the FIRST 100 customers which includes an event lanyard, tote bag, cape, a 3-day pass, and a 1/12 Iron Man Mark XL “Shotgun” collectible figure from Comicave Studios.

For more information and event updates, please visit asiapopcomicon.com/manila  and official Facebook Page facebook.com/apccmanila.

ABOUT ASIAPOP COMICON

AsiaPOP Comicon  (APCC)  will be an international pop culture convention themed around comics, film, toys and collectibles, animation, games, cosplay, superheroes and everything pop culture. The event will attract several internationally renowned artists, celebrities and pop-culture icons to various pockets of Asia, starting with Manila in the Philippines, and draw the attention of ardent fans. APCC will feature exhibitors from genres of pop culture and top studios from the across the globe, to bring popular brands and exclusive content for the show.  Focusing on delivering the ultimate fan experience, APCC aspires to bring geek culture mainstream and stand tall as a perfect launch pad to unveil new products and first look of movies for the Asia Pacific region providing a galore of potential opportunities for SMEs in the entertainment business to reach out to big brands and the vibrant creative talent pool from APAC. While the event will serve as a mega licensing avenue for studios to establish a direct access to potential clients through B2B networking, the larger purpose of the event will remain the outreach  and communication for celebrities and brands with their fans and engage with them on a one-on-one basis.

ABOUT UNIVERSAL EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Universal Events & Entertainment (UEE), a subsidiary of Al Ahli Holding Group is a premier and dynamic international events management company, headquartered in Singapore committed to be the forefront of pop culture/comic con events globally. The passionate and dedicated team combined has over 4 decades of event management experience in the area of pop culture.    Universal Events & Entertainment prides itself in bringing world class celebrations of pop culture globally that delivers the ultimate fan experience whilst assisting brands to tap into the pulse of pop culture. We aim to build and engage communities and fans at our comic cons worldwide. UEE will kick off a series of comic cons events globally in Manila, UAE, Korea and USA in the near future.

APCC: 2nd wave of guest personalities!

Pop Culture Explosion at Asia POP Comicon Manila 2016

 Pop culture lovers of all shapes, sizes, and fandoms are definitely in for an unusual treat at AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016 (APCC Manila 2016) as it brings in even more special guests for the biggest pop culture convention in the country!

Slated on August 26 to 28 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, APCC Manila confirmed another roster of talents in different pop fandoms, from music,beauty to comics, to grace this epic event.

J-Rock and anime music lovers rejoice, as renowned singer Hiroshi Kitadani is here to rock your favorite anime series’ worlds in APCC Manila 2016!

Kitadani is a singer and member of anison (anime music) supergroup JAM Project. He first entered the anime music scene when his solo debut single We Are! was used as the opening theme for runaway hit series One Piece, which led to performances for other series such as Yu-Gi-Oh! GX.

Kitadani joined JAM Project in 2002, and has been a regular performing member ever since, taking part in songs such as THE HERO!! ~IkareruKobushiniHonō o Tsukero~, the opening theme for cult favorite One Punch Man, as well as soundtracks from other action-packed titles such as Shin Getter Robo vs Neo Getter Robo, Shin Mazinger Impact Z!,Super Robot Wars Original Generation: Divine Wars, Transformers: Animated, and many more.

Muscles, Machinery, and Other Miscellaneous Masterpieces

Comic book fansare bound to have the time of their lives as world-renowned comic book artists animate the world ofAPCC Manila 2016 with their presence and exceptional artistry. These include Mike Zeck, Ken Lashley, Billy Tan, and Whilce Portacio.

 Mike Zeck has influenced generations of artists with his comics’ series and covers. His groundbreaking six-part story Kraven’s Last Hunt, with J.M. Dematteis and Bob McLeod is the definitive Kraven the Hunter story and took the Spider-Man character to a whole new level. Readers have touted his creationas the ‘Greatest Spider-Man story of all time’ in recent polls.

Likewise, his work with writer Steven Grant on the Punisher Limited Series—collected as Circle of Blood—set the standard for the look and feel of the Punisher and propelled him to flagship character status at Marvel. Along with air-brush artist Phil Zimelman, Zeck has created some of the most recognizable painted images of the Punisher.

Zeck’s work has also graced the pages and covers of Captain America, Master of Kung Fu, Aquaman, Batman, Legends of the DC Universe, Green Lantern, G.I. Joe, G.I. Joe: Special Missions, Lobo, Deathstroke The Terminator, The Eliminator, Damned and many other titles.

For Ken Lashley, he has been a comic book veteran working on such titles as Excalibur, XCaliber Age of Apocalypse, Black Panther, X-Men, Spider-Man, Flash, JLA, Superman and Superman DOOMED, among others.

Lashley is one of the DC comics’ go-to cover artist, having done covers for Batwing, Ravagers, He-Man, Superboy, Earth-Two, Red Hood and the Outlaws, Superman/Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, and Suicide Squad, to name a few.

Outside of comics, he has worked for Hasbro, Lucasfilm, Mattel and Fox Sports, creating designs for lines such as G.I Joe, Transformers, Spider-Man, Avengers, and StarWars. He is currently providing the art on Uncanny X-Men with writer, Cullen Bunn.

Billy Tan is a Malaysian-American comic book artist for more than 20 years now. His earlier artwork in Top Cow includes Tomb Raider, Tales of Witchblade, and Spirit of the Tao.

He joined Marvel in 2004 and since then, he has been a main penciler on projects such as X-23, Uncanny X-Men, New Avengers, and Uncanny X-Force among others.

Tan has also worked on the Green Lantern title for DC Comics for three years. He is currently living in China and had recently founded Tan Comics, a China-based comic company focusing on the Asian Super Hero genre.

Philippines, Represent!

Representing Filipino artistry are CAGE cosplay judges Alodia Gosiengfiao and Myrtle Sarrosa, beauty vlogger Say Tioco and artist extraordinaire Whilce Portacio, also known as the creator of Bishop ofUncanny X-Men.

Alodia Gosiengfiao is one of the most iconic cosplayers in the world today. Her passion for the art and craft of cosplay has resulted in appearances in cosplay conventions all over the world. She has also appeared in movies and television shows, both local and international, and has done collaborative work with game studios for various video game projects such as TinierMe and HatsuneMiku: Project DIVA.

From her first big break into showbiz as the Big Winner of Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition 4, Myrtle Sarrosa started appearing in local television shows one after another. She has since come into her own as one of the most popular cosplayers in the country today, winning numerous awards in cosplay and anime events all over the country.

Say Tioco is a full-time lifestyle and beauty vlogger, whose YouTube channel contains videos on a wide range of helpful subjects: makeup and hair tutorials, makeup reviews, shopping and travel logs, and much more. She also holds regular workshops all over the country, where her fans and followers flock to learn more about hair and makeup.

For his part, Portacio, as an APCC-second timer, broke into the comics industry by inking Marvel Comics’ classic book Longshot in 1985. Quickly he became a sought-after inker at Marvel, then proved that he was more than ready to headline as a penciler on The Punisher in 1988.

Portacio was also a co-founder of Image Comics, an American comic book publisher founded in 1992 by seven high-profile illustrators. At Image, Whilce launched Wetworks and released the successful independent book Stone (based on Filipino myths).

In 1996, he returned to Marvel to draw Heroes Reborn: Iron Man followed by X Force. In 2000, he signed up with DC Comics and released the second run of Wetworks and worked on Batman Confidential, Authority, Stormwatch, and Batman/Superman.

To date, Portacio has returned working independently for Image, Marvel, and DC. He did Spawn, Artifacts, Hulk, Journey Into Mystery, Uncanny X-Men, and graced various Marvel covers and has launched his new creator-owned book, Non-Humans, for Image with Glen Brunswick (writer of new Line Cinema’s “Frequency”) and a new sci-fi book due this year.

Also returning to APCC Manila this year is C.B. Cebulski, the Vice President of International Development & Brand Management of Marvel, who will once again be on the hunt for the best artistic talent in the country. Interested artists may visit http://asiapopcomicon.com/manila/partywithus_portfolio for portfolio submission details and criteria.

APCC Manila 2016 tickets are available via SM Tickets with ticket prices PhP550 (one-day pass), PhP850 (two-day pass), and PhP1,050 (three-day pass). All these will give the ticketholder access to stage activities, performances, and the main show floor. The event is free for children aged below six years for all days, but a valid identification is required for verification purposes before entering the show floor. APCC Manila 2016 is also offering to the FIRST 100 customers a special Geek Bundle, with an event lanyard, tote bag, cape, a 3-day pass, and a high-end 1/12 Iron Man Mark XL “Shotgun” armor from Comicave Studios all for the amazing price of php3500!

APCC Tickets

For tickets, visit https://smtickets.com/events/view/4666. For more information and event updates, please visit http://www.asiapopcomiccon.com/manila and official Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/apccmanila.

GRANRODEO First Live Viewing of One-man Live in the Philippines is confirmed!

Catch the exclusive live broadcast of their July 22 performance from Zepp DiverCity Tokyo at the SM Megamall Cinema 6 from 6PM!
The famous rock band GRANRODEO’s live tour concert “GRANRODEO LIVE TOUR 2016 TREASURE CANDY,” which is to be held on Friday, July 22nd 2016 at Zepp DiverCity Tokyo, will be live broadcasted in the Philippines!

The live viewing will start from 6PM at the SM Megamall Cinema 6. Tickets are at PHP1,100 and comes with a free limited edition poster (to be claimed on July 22). Tickets are available exclusively at all SM Tickets outlets nationwide and online via smtickets.com.

This will be GRANRODEO’s very first live viewing so don’t miss this chance to see their exciting performance!
SM Tickets: https://smtickets.com/events/view/4564

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1718091725120482/

More details at http://jam.cosplaymania.com/
About GRANRODEO

The rock unit GRANRODEO consists of two members, KISHOW (Kisho Taniyama) and e-ZUKA (Masaaki Iizuka). KISHOW, who is a voice actor and a vocalist, is famous not only for his acting skills but also for his talented and superb singing skills. On the other hand, e-ZUKA is a creator and a guitarist, who creates various genres of music from ear-catching songs to hard rock music. Not being bound to a specific genre, their music, from animation songs to rock music, keep attracting many fans.

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the band last year, they started off the 11th year this year with a release of their 24th single “TRASH CANDY,” and their long-awaited national tour is also confirmed! During this tour, they will perform 14 shows on a hot summer stage in 6 cities around Japan, including live houses, Osaka Castle Band Shell, and Hibiya Outdoor Music Hall.

Moreover, their first live viewing will be their one man live! The excitement of performance at Zepp DiverCity Tokyo will be live broadcasted in movie theaters across Japan and Asia! Feel and enjoy the energetic live performance in real time!
About Live Viewing Japan

Live Viewing Japan Inc. is an “Alternative Contents” Provider in Japan which distributes exciting Japanese Entertainment to movie theaters around the world. LVJ is in charge of distribution of live entertainment content such as concerts, events and theatrical productions, to movie theaters and playhouses.
About Cosplay.PH

Established in 2006, Cosplay.Ph is the premiere website and online community for Cosplay afficionados in the Philippines. Based in Makati City, the company has spearheaded some of the biggest cosplay events in the country, such as competitions, conventions and workshops. Cosplay.Ph has also provided avenues for hobbyists to come together, interact and share their passion to the world.

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 http://www.asiapopcomiccon.com/manila and official Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/apccmanila

Cosplay Mania 2016: First wave of Guest Reveals!

Cosplay Mania is the Philippine’s premiere event for cosplay and cosplaying enthusiasts — with more than 25,000 attendees for last year’s two-day event. This year, Cosplay Mania celebrates over fifteen years of Philippine cosplaysince the hobby’s humble local beginnings in 2000.

The First Wave of Cosplay Mania 2016 guests are here! LIKE, SHARE and TAG your friends who have been waiting for this incredible news! Meet and Greet (M&G) Tickets announcements to follow so stay tuned.

What do you think of the First Wave of guests? Who do you think we’ll announce next?

Cosplay Mania 2016 will be on October 1-2, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center Manila next to SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.

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About Cosplay.PH
Cosplay.ph is the leading Cosplay website and online community in the Philippines. With primary business in Makati
City, Philippines, we engage in various aspects of Cosplay such as organizing, managing and implementing Cosplay
events such as conventions, contests, parades, and workshops.

O-kun Fiesta 2

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After the success of their first ever event held last year with thousands of Japanese enthusiasts gathered and magazine supporters and readers, Otaku Asia Anime Magazine brings O-kun Fiesta 2, with the Japanese lantern festival as its theme.This year they  have even more tutorials, panel discussions, magazine signings and contests that will be happening in the two (2) day event that will be held on June 4-5, 2016 at Function Room 3 (not 1) of the SMX Convention Center.

Last chance of summer fun is at O-kun Fiesta! Otaku Asia’s annual event is back with more to offer. Now held on two exciting days, the event is something to look forward to before school starts.

O-kun Fiesta 2, is Otaku Asia’s way to reach out to their readers and give back for the support with a fun, informative and interactive fiesta of activities. Ticket price is at P150 sold on site and on Eventbrite (http://okunfiesta.otakuasia.com/ticketing/ ). PSICOM Publishing Inc. is holding a pre-selling offer for only P120 at their office until May 30.

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O-kun Fiesta 2’s program includes a series of lectures, demonstrations and tutorials that are related to being an Otaku. The event features a cosplay competition in the unique form of Cosplay Parade (http://okunfiesta.otakuasia.com/blog-post/be-part-of-the-cosplay-parade/) also announced is their Toy Photography Contest (http://okunfiesta.otakuasia.com/blog-post/point-shoot-win-the-toyphotography-contest/) in partnership with Hubbyte Toy Store and with special participation of internationally aclaimed toy photographer, Kixkillradio.

While off-stage, guests can participate in the magazine signing, tanzaku wall and event photobooth set up by Moonstruck Creatives.

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Also get your magazines signed at O-kun Fiesta 2!

Otaku Asia is firstly an annual magazine that has interviews, features and articles of the local cosplay and otaku scene in the metro.

In our O-kun Fiesta Special Issue, we feature all our guests, Ivyree Rosario of Little Things PH, Sheng Gonzales of Kixkillradio and Romeo Encisa Jr. of Moonstruck Creatives. Of course we will not forget to include our partners, Pixitato Artworks and Cosplay Medics PH. Inside are articles and posters of gender based cosplay groups, Bishounen Society and Tonari no Tsuns. This issue will have a 35-page student planner with pages for semestral schedules or anime streaming schedules!

Our event schedule: http://goo.gl/CsWF22

Our guests: http://okunfiesta.otakuasia.com/guests-and-lecturers/

Contests: http://okunfiesta.otakuasia.com/contests/

Ticketing: https://goo.gl/SBcdj5

See you at the event!

About O-kun Fiesta

O-kun is the doughnut-shaped fruit “O” on the logo of Otaku Asia, while Fiesta is because of our Filipino culture of celebration and festivities. Otaku Asia celebrates Japanese sub-culture appreciation with a touch of Filipino traits .

About Otaku Asia

Started as Otaku Asia Anime Magazine in 2013, Otaku Asia has transformed itself to be Philippine’s otaku lifestyle magazine. Based in Quezon City, the OA team has published several 96-page issues with various sections for cosplay, art, food, music, games, lifestyle, communities, tutorials and Japanese pop culture.