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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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.

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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.

Anisong World Matsuri makes American Debut at Anime Expo 2016

 

Anisong World Matsuri makes American Debut at Anime Expo 2016

World-class Japanese music series unveils summer lineup for Anime Expo’s 25th Event

Santa Ana, CA – (May 19, 2016) Anime Expo, produced by The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA), will present the U.S.’s first Anisong World Matsuri event on July 2 and 3. Created by six leading Japanese entertainment companies including Lantis Co., Ltd., Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., AMUSE Inc., BANDAI VISUAL CO. LTD., BANDAI NAMCO Live Creative Inc., and Anime Consortium Japan Inc., the music and entertainment event adds yet another layer to North America’s largest anime event.

“We’re very happy to collaborate with valued Japanese industry partners to create a memorable event,” said Ray Chiang, CEO of SPJA. “We are hopeful that this will create an Anisong experience unlike any other. Anime Expo’s growth has allowed us to bring new elements of entertainment to our attendees.”

Anime Expo Attendees will have the unique opportunity to experience multiple concerts and events featuring a variety of performers and special guests. This is the first event of its kind in North America and Anime Expo is proud to produce this in collaboration with Japan. Anisong World Matsuri is a series of events and music concerts featuring:

~Love Live! Sunshine!! Event: Nice to Meet You, We are Aqours!!~

  •  Guest: Aqours (Anju Inami as Chika Takami, Rikako Aida as Riko Sakurauchi, Nanaka Suwa as Kanan Matsuura, Arisa Komiya as Dia Kurosawa, Kanako Takatsuki (as Hanamaru Kunikida, Ai Furihata as Ruby Kurosawa)
  • Location: Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) Main Events in West Hall
  • Date: July 2, 2016

~ONE PUNCH MATSURI at AX~

  • o Guests: § Makoto Furukawa as Saitama § Director Shingo Natsume § …and more
  • o Performance by § JAM Project
  • o Location: Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) Main Events in West Hall
  • o Date: July 2, 2016

Anisong World Matsuri ~Japan Super Live~

Performances by:

  • Eir Aoi § JAM Project
  • Luna Haruna
  • Minami
  • Sphere
  • T.M. Revolution
  • Yoko Ishida
  • DJ Kazu

Location: Microsoft Theater

Date: July 2, 2016

Anisong World Matsuri ~Japan Band Battle~

o Peformances by:

  • FLOW
  • OLDCODEX

o Location: The NOVO by Microsoft

o Date: July 3, 2016

Anime Expo will run from July 1 through July 4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. To purchase passes for Anime Expo, please visit http://www.anime-expo.org/registration/

For more information about attending, please visit http://www.animeexpo.org/registration-help/.

For more information about Anisong World Matsuri, please visit http://www.daisuki.net/awm2016/

ESGS 2015: Five reasons why you should check out

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One of the most anticipated biggest gaming convention in the Philippines returns this year and we are giving five reasonson why you should attend this year’s eSports and Gaming Summit (ESGS 2015)

Indie games gets a spotlight

Everyone is invited to check out around 30 independent games made by various aspiring indie developers at the Indie Arena. The area is sponsored by the leading telecommunications provider in the Philippines, PLDT.

Brawfest debuts

Brawfest is a newly introduced competitive gaming tournament from seven gaming communities. The event wide tournament comprises of 14 famous console fighting games and everyone is welcome to participate in any of the titles. Registration starts by 10:00 AM on a first-come first-serve basis.  

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The much awaited COD: BLACK OPS III Competition

Sony PlayStation is proud to announce the much awaited Call of Duty: Black Ops III Competition at the event. ESGS 2015 attendees can have a first hand experience to the game and  get a chance to win prizes from Sony Playstation at the same time.

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There is a cosplay contest

In cooperation with Anime Alliance Philippines, ESGS brings you the best in gaming-cosplay. Join the competition, and who knows, you might become one of the winners who could bring home a cash prize and a special gaming wall scroll straight from the Tokyo Game Show 2015.

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Lots of exhibitors

ESGS 2015 won’t be complete without the exhibitors. Together with ESGS, each exhibitors features their own activities, and even raffles so participation is a must!ESGS 2015 Exhibitors

ESGS 2015 will take place this October 24-25 at the SMX Convention Center Function Room 1 to 4.

ESGS 2015 is organized by Gariath Concepts, the organizers behind successful gaming events such as Pinoy Gaming Festival: Summer Event, Pinoy Gaming Festival (Main) and the recently launched brand (co-organized with Mineski Events Team), E-Sports Tour (EST) among others. The event is co-presented by PLDT Home and GameX. 

Comic artists and toy designers coming to APCC Manila 2015

asia pop comicon bannerThe organizers of AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2015 will bringing more creative talents particularly comic artists and toy designers to the biggest pop-culture event in the country this September.

Among that are coming are Marvel’s comic book writers and artists David Mack and David Yardin, who worked on the Daredevil and the promotional artwork for Avengers: Age of Ultron, respectively. 

Local artists Carlo Pagulayan, Leinil Yu, Mark Torres, Mico Suayan and Stephen Segovia will be spearheading the Filipino contingent while Callous Comics’ Jose San Juan, Merkymerx’s Miguel Angelo Mercado and free lance artists Aaron Felizmenio and Vincent Trinidad are participants of the Artist Alley.

America’s Next Top Model’s Allison Harvard will set to be the judge along side with famous cosplayer Alodia Gosiengfiao to Cosplay Authority Global Challenge (The CAGE). The CAGE is a first-of-its-kind cosplay competition to find the next global Cosplay star. The champion will receive USD$10,000 cash along with the opportunity to compete in the next edition of The CAGE at APCC Abu Dhabi.

APCC has also announced its first official roster of local and international toys and comics exhibitors for the event such Bankee Trading Inc, Comicave Studios, Filbar, Garena, LEGO, National Bookstore, Perry In Disguise, Swatch, Synergy88 and TeeTurtle

Simone Legno, co-founder and creative director of Tokidoki, designer J’Ryum, Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc (ADI) studio founders  Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr are set to speak in a panel discussion.

AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2015 will be held on September 17 to 20 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. animeph project is one of the online media partners of the event.

Ying Tze completes Cosplay Mania ’15 guest line-up

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Malaysian cosplayer Ying Tze will again gracing her fans in the Philippines as she joins this year’s biggest “cosplay-centric” event in the country, Cosplay Mania ’15. This will be her third time visiting the country. The first one was in Ozine Fest in 2014.

According to the event’s official Facebook page, Ying Tze will also hold a meet and greet session on October 3 at 12:30PM and October 4 at 11AM. Tickets are priced at Php700.

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Ticket selling will start at August 31, 2015 and are available at SM Tickets outlets located at SM Cinema branches nationwide and at http://www.smtickets.com/.

A seasoned cosplayer and fashion designer, Ying Tze is known for her accurate cosplays such as of Danny Choo’s Mirai Suenaga, Nozomi of Love Live!, Junko Enoshima of Dangan Rompa and Ahri of League of Legends.

The inclusion of Ying Tze will complete the Cosplay Mania’s guest line-up after Japanese cosplayer Reika no longer coming to the event.

Cosplay Mania ’15 will take place this coming October 3-4 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

Best of Anime 2015 tickets now available online

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Primetrade Asia, Inc., the organizers of the BEST of ANIME 2015, through their official Facebook page had posted information on how to purchase ticket for its biggest anime convention this September.

Unlike the previous Best of Anime events, this year’s BOA2015 tickets can be purchased online and it will handled by TAG under TAG77. The organizer will still sell tickets at the event itself.

Based in Makati, TAG is described as a company with a dedicated staff of 40 developers, writers and designers are working on creating great sites that leverage the power of referral advertising.

HOW TO PURCHASE ONLINE

  1. Register a new account at tag77.com. You can create a new account by using your Facebook profile or email address. Fill-up the necessary information. Make sure all information are valid including the profile photo.tag77_1tag77_2
  2. Once registered or if you already have an account, log in and go to the BEST OF ANIME 2015 ticket page to purchase your tickets. Choose your desired ticket for purchase. Note: A single account can only purchase  1 ticket per category. Once done, click PROCEED TO CHECKOUT to go to the order form. tag77_3
  3. Choose “Dragonpay.” Verify the the ticket purchased. Fill-up the “Buyer Information” form and click PAY VIA DRAGONPAYtag77_4
  4. The page will be directed to DragonPay payment site. (Dragonpay is a secured and reliable online payment provider based in the Philippines)
    Choose your payment method. (I have chosen SM Dept/Supermarket/Savemore Counter as payment method) You will directed to another page.
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  5. Note first the REFERENCE NUMBER and you will instructed to “Send Instructions via Email.” You need the reference number to pay.tag77_6
  6. Pay the tickets on your chosen payment method. There will a Php20 processing fee. Payment will reflect on the next business day.
  7. Login to your Tag77 account, under Events/My Tickets, a unique QR code will be created. QR code will be tagged as PAID once account is settled.tag77_7
  8. You may print or screenshot the code.This will serve as your official ticket to the event.

For inquiries, just send a private message at the Best of Anime Facebook page.

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Meet and Greet Madness with South Korean cosplayer TUNA

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After her first appearance in the Ozine fest last April, TUNA was able to meet her fans again at the Meet and Greet Madness session held last July 18 at Meeting Room 1, SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Premier.

The event consisted of two sessions, 1PM and 4PM and animephproject covered the earlier session. Among the merchandise available were some of her photos cosplaying as characters of various series. Her photo books were also available during the event.

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The meet and greet session started with TUNA appeared onstage cosplaying Ranko Kanzaki of Idol M@ster Cinderella Girls, and the question and answer session followed.

Questions like:

  • What make up line do you use/recommend?

I don’t like using bold makeup. Any make up brand is fine. But I usually use Korean brand make ups like those from Etude House, Face Shop and Misha.

  • You have just released your first photobook. What are your tips for other cosplayers who are interested in doing a photoshoot?

Have a good communication with your photographers. It is best if you share opinions on the products and/or cosplay related stuff.

  • Where do you usually do your photoshoot?

I talk with my photographer about the location. It usually depends on what character I am going to cosplay. We discuss about the location together. The most important thing is that the place matches the character and/or costume.

The meet and greet ended with some fans took shots of the pretty cosplayer.

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Another Meet and Greet Madness event is set this September 5 at SMX Convention Center Taguig.

You can check more photos from the event here.

Japanese cosplayer Reika no longer coming to Cosplay Mania ’15

In her Facebook profile, Japanese cosplayer Reika has announced that she is no longer coming as a guest cosplayer for Cosplay Mania ’15 this coming October.

An English translation was posted by one of her commenters which she acknowledged.

My most sincere apologies for deciding not to participate in the event, even though it had already been announced on the guest list.

However, I had made this decision because there were a lot of personal things that I needed to sort out.

“Am I going to participate in a situation like this?” “Am I simply being used as a means of promoting the event?” These are the sort of things I had been feeling since last year.

Since this year started, the staff had been communicating with me mostly in English. Until last year they were contacting me in Japanese, and I had the chance to discuss various things with them.

But now with the language barrier I felt like things were not going the way I had hoped, and I felt I was no longer able to build a good relationship with the staff. It’s very unfortunate to say this, but as such I have decided to not participate this year.

This is solely my own decision, and the I want everyone to know that the organizers of the event were not at fault.

Thank you for your understanding. I can only express my feelings appropriately in Japanese, so I wrote this message in Japanese.”

Cosplay.ph, the organizers of Cosplay Mania ’15 has issued a statement today.

Earlier this month, we announced our first lineup of Guests for Cosplay Mania ’15 including Reika. Like all our confirmed guests, we made every effort to accommodate Reika’s requests, unfortunately she decided that, for personal reasons, she would not be able to attend Cosplay Mania this year. We would like to assure everyone that Kaname, Hana, Baozi and Ladybeard will still be going to Cosplay Mania this year and that we will also announce more guests in the near future.

The Cosplay Mania staff makes every effort to ensure that the guests are treated well and enjoy their stay in our event in order to create a fun and vibrant atmosphere for everyone. We look forward to another amazing event on October 3-4, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center Manila in Pasay City so please check our official event news and announcements for more updates.

Kaname, Hana, Baozi and Ladybeard are also guest cosplayers of Cosplay Mania ’15.

Reika FB page, Cosplay Mania

ToyconPH organizers, SM Megamall release guidelines for cosplayers and attendees

The official website for the Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention has released the guidelines provided by SM Megamall for cosplayers and attendees of this year’s Philippine TOYCON.

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The 14th Philippines TOYCON 2015 will be held on June 19-21 at the Megatrade Halls, SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.

animePHproject is one of the media who will be covering the event.

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STARMARIE Asia Tour ~Fantastic~ and Tokyo Cosplay Battle Event Recap

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Fresh from their guest appearance at the HERO Face Off cosplay event the day before, fans enjoyed a back-to-back treat as Japanese fantasy idol unit STARMARIE performed last June 6th at the Movie Stars Cafe, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City as part of their STARMARIE Asia Tour ~Fantastic~.

Though it was not their first visit in the country, STARMARIE, composed of Kishita Nozomi (木下望),Takamori Shino (高森紫乃), Matsuzaki Hiroka (松崎博香),Nakane Motoko (中根礎子) and Watanabe Kaede (渡辺楓) had already performed several times here, first at the Best of Anime event in 2013. It was their second live performance overseas. There were also several guest appearance and mini-concerts after that.

It was nostalgic how the three-member “fantasy unit” which started seven years ago, transformed into idol unit with five members, having a Asian concert tour and performing an ending song of a famous anime series Cardfight!! Vanguard G.

Before the main event started, there were performances from Movie Stars Cafe’s home-grown artists. A group skilled performers replicated a scene from Rurouni Kenshin series while an all girls dance troupe called “Tokyo Girls” had a sing and dance numbers with songs from famous Japanese idol group AKB48.

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Aside from being an idol, the audience had a glimpse of STARMARIE’s Monya as a cosplayer. She walked onstage cosplaying as Nico Yazawa from Love Live! School Idol Project.  In an interview made by Jay of Deremoe, Monya said that she had previously cosplayed Sakura-hime from CLAMP’s Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle.

The event also hosted its own cosplay competition, “The Tokyo Cosplay Battle” wherein six excellent cosplayers performed onstage. The members of STARMARIE who were also the judges, were wowed on their performances and how detailed the costume of some cosplayers had. Tantin Meneses cosplaying as Ezra Scarlet emerged as the champion of the competition. Among the winners are War Machine, Voltes V and Final Fantasy’s Tifa.

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The next hour was a blast as STARMARIE captured the hearts of the audience with their charm, cuteness and energetic performances. Overall, they performed 12 songs plus two encores including their new singles “Net Auction Babies” and “Fantastic!” which was released last May 27. Members of the STARMARIE Philippines fangroup were also present to support and cheer their idols all the way.

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More STARMARIE photos from official Facebook Page

The concert ended with fans had a chance to hand-shake and autograph session with members of the idol group. Members of the STARMARIE Philippines also also gave the idol group messages written in cartolina.

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TOYCONPH 2015 Grand Launch Event Recap

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Toy collectors and pop culture fans gathered last May 30 at the Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila to witness the kick-off event for ToyCon 2015.

The “Grand Launch” offered the audience a glimpse of the country’s biggest pop-culture event, the Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectible Convention, which will happen on June 19, 20 and 21 at Megatrade Halls, SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.

PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Members of the Justice Ph discussed about the latest updates on the DC and Marvel universe. The panel discussion started with the TV series of The Flash and Arrow which is currently airing at The CW TV Network.  Upcoming movies like Batman VS Superman and the AntMan, as well as the soon-to-be-released merchandise and comic books were also revealed.

Reimaru Files were also on stage about the latest trends in gaming.

TOYCON 2015 HIGHLIGHTS AND UPDATES

Event organizers from the Asian Comics, Toys, and Hobbies Collective, Inc. together with the representatives from iflix, Resorts World Manila, and Pacific Licensing announced the highlights of this year’s Toycon.

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One of the major issues raised from the previous Toycon events was the security and crowd management. According to the organizers, they are still finalizing their plans for the security together with the management of Megatrade Hall.  Another common concern was that of cosplayers crowding the common areas to change into and out of their costumes. A satellite venue and a dedicated washroom is planned to be set up during the event but no details were revealed yet.

It was announced last year that the venue for this year’s Toycon will be at the SMX MOA. The panel explained that while this was the original plan, there were two major events that were already booked for the month prior to their request.  The organizers decided to retain the venue in Megatrade Hall as they are comfortable holding the event there.  However, they will try again to push through with SMX next year.

Joining the panel is iflix, Southeast Asia’s leading Internet TV service which offers subscibers unlimited access to movies and TV series for a low monthly price. iflix hosts a number of American and South Korean TV series and movies and they are currently undergoing negotiations to acquire Japanese series and anime into their lineup.

The controversial “Party Night” will be replaced with the more child friendly “Quiz Night” for comics and toy geeks alike. Authority Hoodie will also host a fashion show featuring their DC licensed hoodies. Each entrance will have a unique decoration courtesy of DC, Marvel, iflix and Pacific Licensing.

Possible special guests would be the cast of Doraemon and 3 minions from the movie Despicable Me.

Iflix will also be giving away prizes to the winners of their FanFlick contest and Cosplay competition.

WORLD COSPLAY SUMMIT PHILIPPINES NCR QUALIFIERS

The event also hosted this year’s NCR Qualifiers of the World Cosplay Summit Philippines 2015. Only 3 groups participated in the competition with two advancing and will be competing against other teams from other regions in the Finals to be held at the HERO Face Off 2015.

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HERO Face Off 2015 is set on June 6 at the Music Hall, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. The winner of the Finals will be given prizes and represent the Philippines to the World Cosplay Summit Championships in Nagoya, Japan.

More about the World Cosplay Summit Philippines NCR Qualifiers

TOYS, TOYS,  AND MORE TOYS

Big Boys Toy Store and Maxicollectors went all out with their toy displays.  Action figures of characters from comic book characters, board games, TV series, anime, and all other fandoms were up for sale. Of course, Big Boys will not forget to bring its extensive line up of Funko Pop figurines which were a big hit among the attendees. The Gaming Library was also present to exhibit some of its notable tabletop games like the infamous Cards Against Humanity.

For those who have always dreamed of sporting their favorite superhero’s costume but can’t really go all out on full cosplay, Authority Hoodie showcased their Superhero Hoodies featuring DC characters like Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.

These and more will be available at their respective booths during the main event.

WHAT TO EXPECT: PH Toycon 2015 Grand Launch at Newport Manila

Few days before the biggest toy convention in the country, the 14th Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2015, its organizer, The Asian Comics, Toys and Hobbies Collective Inc.is  inviting toy enthusiasts, hobbyists, cosplayers and the media for their “14th PH Toycon” Grand Launch and Press Conference.

The Grand Launch will take place this May 30 at The Plaza, Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila in Pasay City. Admission is free.

The one-day event will feature Panel Discussions, World of DC and Collectors’ exhibits which will be displayed for two days, merchandise booths and various games and prizes. There will be also previews of upcoming movies – Terminator Genesis, Jurassic World, Star Wars’ The Force Awakens and Antman.

The event will also host the NCR Qualifiers of the World Cosplay Summit Philippines.

The event is also a press conference that will detail what will happen in this year’s Philippine Toycon.

The 14th Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2015 will be held on June 19, 20 and 21 at Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall. Tickets are already available for purchase in all SM Ticket outlets nationwide and online at http://www.smtickets.com.

animephproject will be covering the “14th PH Toycon” event launch.

WHAT TO EXPECT: ANIMAX Carnival Philippines 2015

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Asia’s first anime channel ANIMAX is once again bringing back one of its most premier anime events, the ANIMAX Carnival Philippines on May 30-31, Hall 4, SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

With a fee of Php 200, ANIMAX promises a bigger carnival this year with more exciting activities such as special performances by renowned cosplayer Alodia Gosiengfiao, the Animax Cosplay Competition, exciting activities and sale of exclusive anime merchandise, and special guest performances from Japan.

There will be a special area for anime fans where they can immerse themselves into the Japanese culture. Event goers can also experience playing traditional Japanese games, folding Origami and try out some Japanese food from a variety of food stalls.

Cosplayers can show off their cosplay skills as the acclaimed Animax Carnival Cosplay Competition returns. The solo competition is set on May 30 while the group competition will be held on the second day. For more information, please refer to www.animax-asia.com/acph2015/cosplay.

This year’s guests are composed of pure talents, both local and international. Two of them were finalists from the recently concluded Asia’s Got Talent namely, Japan’s “Triqstar” and our local dance group Junior New System. “Triqstar” is known for mixing traditional Japanese Kabuki elements with new-age dance.

Famous Japanese tambourine master Gonzo will also grace the event while renowned international cosplayer Alodia Cosplayer will be performing.

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Tickets can be purchase at SM Tickets via http://www.smtickets.com and any SM Ticket outlets nationwide. The event will be hosted by 2012 ANIMAX Ani-mate winner Rhianna Floresca and comedian host Eri Neeman a.k.a Boy Backup.

For more details, visit their official Animax Carnival Philippine website www.animax-asia.com/acph2015, Animax Asia on Facebook www.facebook.com/animaxasiatv and official Twitter handle @animaxasiatv.

animephproject will be covering the Animax Carnival Philippines 2015.