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.
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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.

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.

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

Event Report: AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2015

11401354_685279698243368_902070207701139311_nEveryone is asking, what is AsiaPop Comicon Manila, where did it come from, what kind of event is it?

Well, AsiaPOPComicon (APCC) is an international pop culture convention themed around comics, films, toys and collectibles, animation, games, cosplay, superheroes and everything pop culture. The event will attract several internationally renowed artists, celebrities, and pop-culture icons to various pockets of Asia, starting Manila in the Philippines, and draw the attention or 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 SEs in the entertainment business to mega licensing avenue to reach out to big brands and the vibrant creative 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.

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At around 9:30 in the morning, people are already falling in line for the AsiaPopComicon (APCC) Manila.  People are excited to experience the first ever comicon event here in the Philippines. No one knows what to expect but they know that huge stars flew all the way here to join and witness this awesome event.

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At exactly 10 in the morning, the gates open to the public. Marshalls of the event are on standby to assist each and every con-goer in case they have any questions. They are given a booklet of the event that contains the event map, the program flow, international guests, Youtube stars, international cosplayers, comic book artists, and many more.

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Everyone was welcome to come in and experience this event. People mingle around with the guests in their respective guest area. Having their booklets signed or personal merchandise of the guests. Some take photos with them, have a chat and exchange calling cards or cosplay cards. Everyone get to roam around freely and still have a place to sit or set up for photo shoot since cosplayers roam around the vicinity as well. Marshalls also take the time to take photos of these amazing cosplayers which such good craftsmanship and they get the character’s attitude and poses.

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What will be the first thing you’ll see when you go inside the halls? MARVEL, Star Wars and many more. While on the other side are two white mini coopers where in the Doodle Art Enthusiasts where the one’s who doodled on them and on the freedom wall right beside it.

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There are a lot of booths around the vicinity, where people can go and build legos, draw at wacom tablets, join in the human Foosball, dance at your hearts content at the dance dance revolution area, check out awesome figurines and comics from Hot Toys and Filbar’s.

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While all of this is happening in the halls, in other tent there happens to be the main stage. Where in a conversation with all the special guest of APCC gets to sit down and be with the fans. These fans get the opportunity to see them in the flesh and get to hear their wonderful voice and interact with their favorite and guests.

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While there are things going on the stage, in the other tent, there are photo ops and autograph sessions happening simultaneously. There are guests where in all you need is to just fall in line and get your picture taken or have your booklet/merchandise signed. There are some guests that you need to settle an amount to have a photo or have your merchandise signed with these A class international guests that came all the way here in the Philippines despite their hectic schedules.

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All in all, AsisaPop Comicon is so far the finest event this year. Let’s summarize it one by one:

  • Lines to the ticket booth are well arrange accordingly.
  • People who bought tickets online has a separate booth to claim their ticket and freebies.
  • Marhalls assisted everyone pointing them to the direction of the hall entrance and exit.
  • Bouncers can be seen everywhere. In each corner, in groups of two roaming around, booth areas, comfort rooms, stage area, everywhere you name it!
  • Guest/s get to roam around the vicinity with minor supervision.
  • Attendees get to interact with the guest/s.
  • There is a place for photographers to set up for shoots.
  • Everyone is assisted accordingly.
  • Well organized event.

We where also given the chance to interview some of the guests during the event. The guests are really nice and they are having fun. It is indeed new to the others that they didn’t expect we filipinos will welcome them with open arms and be very considerate for them. Some of the guests would love to come back here and just come here on a vacation and tour around. They are asking if any of you would be willing to accompany and tour them around.

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This event won’t be possible without Universal Events and Entertainment,

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

Also thank you Sir Genson from Full Circle Communications Inc., and lastly would like to thank: Xander Aboc (XanderAboc/Photogaphy) and JM Cruz (Stream Of Images) for helping us cover this wonderful event.