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.

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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.

‘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.

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