FIRST LOOK: Ozine Fest 2015 Floor layout during ingress

We had an opportunity to see the actual floor layout of Ozine Fest 2015 during the ingress yesterday. It was almost the same with the layout released by Play@park but there were little changes made since Shiro Ang’s visit to the event was cancelled.

Dressing booths and package counters were still not visible during the photos were taken. We may check again this morning as they continue to setup the remaining booths.

Ozine Fest 2015, as per the organizers will start at 10AM sharp.

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Floor layout during the ingress

Ozine Fest 2015 will not implement “No Ticket, No Cosplay” rule

The organizers will not implement the “No Ticket, No Cosplay” rule in the upcoming Ozine Fest 2015 according to their meeting with the sponsors, booth concessionaires and the press at the Megatrade Function Room A last Friday.

However, the organizers and the Megatrade Management reiterate that they will still be enforcing stricter “house rules” for the attendees, cosplayers and photographers of the event.

SECURITY RULES

  • Cosplayers will be not allowed to use the public restrooms for dressing up makeup, body paint, etc. The organizers will be providing dressing booths located at the Megatrade hall 3.
  • There will be a designated package counters for registered cosplayers only. Cosplayers, competing and non-competing must register to avail the services of the package counters. Any unattended bags will be brought to the Megatrade office.
  • Cosplayers and photographers will be prohibited to loiter or hang-out at the Mega Fashion Hall. SM Management will be designating security personnel at the areas concern.
  • Cosplayers with bulky costumes such mecha are only allowed to wear their costumes inside the venue. The cosplayer will be not allowed to wear the whole costume outside.
  • Photography is still allowed, however, “pop-up studios” and mini-studios are prohibited, parking area included.

TICKETS

  • The organizer will open the event at exactly 10 AM.
  • Purchase of ticket will be done at the event itself. There is no online selling. Entrance ticket is worth Php200 per day.
  • The organizers has setup three ticket booths at Megatrade Hall 1 and 3. For those who availed the meet-and-greet passes, you can claim it at Hall 2.
  • Attendees can purchase tickets in advance for the next two days.
  • The ticket price for the meet-and-greet ranges from Php900 for half of the guests and Php1,700 for all the guests. According to the organizers, the meet-and-greet slots are almost full. There will be an onsite selling of meet-and-greet tickets but limited only.
  • Meet-and-greet tickets does not entitle a holder for a free entrance of the event. You will still need to purchase an entrance ticket.
  • In case of overcrowding, the organizers will have to stop selling tickets.

animephproject is a media partner of Ozine Fest 2015. Ozine Fest 2015 will take place on April 24, 25, 26 at Megatrade Halls 1, 2, 3, Function Room A and B, SM Megamall.

Ozine Fest 2015 announces detailed list of onstage and off-stage activities

Otakuzine Anime Magazine has released its list of activities, both onstage and offstage for its biggest anime event this year, Ozine Fest 2015.

In an email from Bryan Uy, one of the organizers of the event, all on-stage activities will be held at Megatrade Hall 1.

There will be a Karaoke contest, guest bands and trivia games for all days of the event. The first day will feature the Battle of Bands. The group and individual cosplay competition will be held on the second and third day, respectively.

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There will be also eating contests held twice a day.

  • Pizza Eating Contest: Eat like C.C. from Code Geass.
  • Donut Eating Contest: Can you eat as much as Shinobu from Bakemonogatari?
  • Sports Drinking Contest: You don’t just finish your drink to win, you have to perform a warm-up exercise like sit-ups or push ups before you drink.

The organizers have also listed the following offstage or on-ground activities:

  • Horror Booth Area: Aside the scary maze, we will include a Death Note wall (where attendees can write names on a printed wall of people they want..well dead?), Hell Girl tree (a reverse wish tree where you can write curses instead of wishes for people)
  • Matsuri Area: Gold Fish scooping, wish tree, Balloon popping, target shooting area, Japanese related displays and more.
  • Artist Area: Graffiti Wall, artists will also do a tutorial presentation on how to draw manga, Indie Artists (independent artists will show and sell their own artworks and merchandise). Brand New and pre-owned Manga and Artbooks will be sold.
  • Console Game tournaments: Fighting game tournaments, skillful players will battle it out.
  • Anime Card Games: Weiss Schwartz, popular anime titles like SAO, Bakemonogatari, Love Live, etc.. card players tournament and demos for beginners and those who want to try and learn. Other card games will include pokemon and yugi-oh.
  • Maid Cafe: where you can sit back, relax and enjoy a meal (or drinks) served by our cute and pretty meidos
  • Booth Sellers: where anime merchandise and goodies will be sold by different merchants.
  • Anime Figures: Assorted Anime figures will be on display. Shops and other collectors will also sell original anime figures. You might find a bargain on what you are looking for.
  • Gundam Caravan: Free Gundam kits will be given away to those who will join their contest plus a Gundam display exhibits will be there.

Renowned Cosplay Photographer Shiro Ang from Singapore will be having a photo exhibit and a presentation at Megatrade Hall 3.

Furthermore, Hall 3 will also host a mini-stage where the How to Draw manga tutorials and Viva PSICOM Book signing set to take place.

Additional stage activities to be announced on a later date.

animeph project is a media partner of Ozine Fest 2015. Ozine Fest 2015 will be held on April 24, 25, 26 at Megatrade Halls 1, 2, 3 and Conference A and B, SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.

Ozine Fest 2015 entrance ticket price increases, now at Php 200

Otakuzine Anime Magazine, organizer of Ozine Fest, has announced the ticket price for their biggest anime event this year.

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According to the latest poster at the official Facebook page, the entrance ticket for Ozine Fest 2015 is now priced at Php 200 for each day, an increase of Php 50 from last year’s Ozine Fest.

It was also announced that ticket will be only available at the day of the event.

This is aside from the earlier announced meet and greet tickets for Culture Japan artist Shirahane Nao a.k.a. DMYO priced at  Php 150 and for the guest cosplayers at Php 1, 700.

Furthermore, Otakuzine General Manager Dennis Uy has told us that attendees can purchase tickets in advance for the next day. Regarding to the security policy, Uy will be announcing the details soon.

animephproject is a media partner of Ozine Fest 2015. Ozine Fest 2015 will take on April 24, 25, 26 at Megatrade Hall 1, 2, 3, Function Rooms A & B, SM Megamall.

Otaku Asia announces pre-selling and ticket prices for O-kun Fiesta 2015

The organizers for the upcoming O-kun Fiesta has released details to where you can buy pre-sold ticket and its prices.

According to the latest press release, Otaku Asia will be pre-selling tickets during Tamashii Convention on March 28 and Ozine Fest on April 24-26, 2015. Tickets will also be available at their Cubao office (6 Yale St. Cubao, Quezon City) . Tickets are P100 each.

Otaku Asia also announces the guest judges for O-kun Fiesta and Cosplay Costume of the Year 2014. The guest judges are Marky Ilano, Ashley Misaki, Krizdel Ingreso, Jia Gold Bustamante and Liui Aquino.

More details about the guest here.

O-kun Fiesta will take place on May 16 at Function Room 1, SMX Manila. animephproject.com is a media partner of O-kun Fiesta.

Tamashii Con implements “No Ticket, No Entry” rule

With few days to go before the much awaited Tamashii Convention 2015, its organizers DLSU – Nihon Kenkyuu Kai has announced that the “No Ticket, No Entry” policy will be implemented at the event.

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In lieu with the rule, the official Facebook page has provided a short guide on entering SMX Convention Center.

  • For those who have tickets, enter through the SMX Main Entrance.
  • For those who have an Eventbrite Ticket Voucher, enter through the SMX Side Entrance (SM MOA Side) and visit the Express Booth
  • Same as above, attendees with no tickets should visit the Ticket Booth at the Side Entrance.

Furthermore, during the Roundtable Otaku last Feburary, Deremoe and two Tamashii Con organizers have discussed that attendees should refrain from loitering around the convention center. More about the discussion on their podcast.

Tamashii Convention 2015 will take place on March 28 at Function Room 1, Meeting Rooms 1 and 2 at SMX Manila. animephproject.com is a media partner of Tamashii Convention 2015.

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Fantasy Quest 4 Regular Ticket Price Announced

Cosplay Network Philippines (CNPH) has announced its ticket information for the upcoming Fantasy Quest 4.

Regular tickets are priced at Php400 each and are available during scheduled meet-up posted by the organizers on their official Facebook page or via bank deposit. Regular ticket is limited and only valid on the day of the event, October 25, 2015.

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There will be VIP tickets to be announced soon.

Fantasy Quest 4: An August Wayfaring will be held on October 24-25 at Fernwood Gardens in Quezon City and it is organized by Moonstruck Creatives in partnership with Cosplay Network Philippines.

For inquiries, contact Cosplay Network Philippines at marketing.cnph@gmail.com or (63) 915-432 3398 | (63) 933-366 3568. Look for Mae.

Otaku Expo 2015 Highlights: Starting things right

Start the year right and this is what the organizers of the “unfortunate” Ozine Fest Anime Figure Special 2014 did at Otaku Expo 2015 last weekend.

Otaku Expo 2015 took place last January 24-25 at Megatrade Hall 2 and 3, SM Megamall Bldg B in Mandaluyong City.

Here are some highlights of the event.

SINGERS AND BANDS IN FOCUS. Otaku Expo has allotted most of its time to Karaoke Contest and Battle of the Bands. This is aside from the usual activities such as merchandise booths, anime card game tournaments, cosplay competitions, Ozine Maid Cafe, artists gallery, and tarpauline auction.

The program also includes the return of the Gundam Caravan and the eating contest but instead of the usual hotdogs and ramen, there were donuts and pizzas. One of the contestants at the donut eating contest ate a whole donut in less than 5 seconds. Yours truly participated in the donut eating contest unfortunately, didn’t win.

STRICT SECURITY AND FREE HALLS. The event venue opened early than usual. The free or Cosplayers’ hall, Megatrade Hall 2 also opened to accommodate people buying tickets. There were barricades to guide people at the ticket booths and several security people were deployed.

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With a hall serving as both holding area for cosplayers and photographers, they were prohibited to loiter or stay along hallways and areas around the Mega Fashion Hall. SM Security urged them to stay inside Hall 2.

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At around 5PM of the second day, SM Management and the organizers opened Hall 1 to accommodate more attendees making it two free hall against one hall for the event.

STILL CROWDED BUT CONTROLLED. There were fewer people attended Otaku Expo 2015 compared to last year’s Ozine Fest Anime Figure Special event but still the venue was jam-packed.

Because it is free, Megatrade Hall 2 was filled with attendees, photographers, cosplayers and the so-called “Team Labas” and “Eyeball Clan” who don’t have luxury to go inside the event itself. One complain that reached us was that the halls were warm.

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The crowd peaked during the afternoon of Day 2 thankfully, the SM Security were well-prepared this time as  guards  were visible in strategic place around the venue to keep the crowd moving.

FEW PARTICIPANTS IN COSPLAY CONTESTS. There were only twenty-seven (27) participants in the individual competition. Three winners were picked and they were given certificates and gifts from sponsors.

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The judges for the competition were respected cosplayers Mika Mikachu and Marko Villaluz. The two MARCH members were also invited to hold a Cosplay Make Up 101 Seminar at the event.

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This was not case for the group cosplay contest as there were no group joined the competition.

MUCH AWAITED ANNOUNCEMENT. It was announced that the most anticipated anime convention this year is going back to SM Megamall Megatrade Halls. Ozine Fest 2015 will be held on April 24, 25 and 27 in all Halls and Function Rooms of SM Megatrade.

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IN THE END

The organizers have learned a hard lesson from the last event and with that, changes were made. While the main content of the event was the same, the organizers focused on how to organize the crowd in and out the venue. Several measures were made and deemed successful

While there were still issues with the treatment of the security guards and janitors, in the end, many people enjoyed and very satisfied with Otaku Expo 2015.  The next challenge for the organizers is to continue the same level of expectations for their next event, Ozine Fest 2015.

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animephproject.com would like to thank the organizers of Otaku Expo 2015 for an opportunity to cover the event. We will see you in Ozine Fest 2015

Ozine Fest returns to SM Megatrade Halls

One year after holding their events at the SMX Convention Center, Otakuzine Anime Magazine is returning to SM Megatrade Halls to hold their premiere anime event, Ozine Fest 2015.

The tarp at Otaku Expo 2015 has announced that Ozine Fest 2015 will take place on April 24, 25 and 26. Special guests are also announced.

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SPECIAL GUESTS

Returning as guests are cosplayers Ying Tze (Malaysia), Misa (Taiwan), Luffy and Tsubasa. The organizer has also invited Tuna from Korea, Angie from Malaysia and Shiraga from Taiwan to the event. Illustrator from Japan DMYO is also coming to Ozine Fest 2015 as one of the event’s guests.

Otakuzine Anime Magazine General Manager Dennis Uy has told us that Korean cosplayer Aza Miyuko will not attend Ozine Fest 2015 due to other commitments, however, she may come this August in time for another Ozine event.

BACK TO MEGATRADE HALL

Uy also told us that all halls and meeting room of Megatrade Halls are going to use. Hall 1 will have the main stage while Hall 2 is set for the merchandise booths. Megatrade Hall 3 will feature a mini-stage for activities. Meeting Rooms are set for the meet and greets.

TICKETS

The organizers has decided to raise the prices of the tickets due to rising cost of operating event. Final ticket prices will be announced on a later date.

Aside from the regular tickets, there is also a “bundled” ticket which include entrance, meet and greet/photo session with all the cosplayer guests and freebies from sponsors.

The organizers is also considering tying up with SM Tickets for the distribution of the tickets. Tickets may become available in February.

SECURITY

Uy has told us that they are also talk with people who will help them with the security. So expect more marshals will be deployed during the three-day event.

More information about Ozine Fest 2015 to be announced on a later date.

GOLDEN TICKET AWARDS 2014: THE NOMINEES

Manila, Philippines, January 2, 2015The Golden Ticket Awards 2014 nominees are now in, and the winners for each categories will be announced soon! Witness as we select the best event that happened this side of 2014.

The People’s Choice category will also allow supporters to vote online to help pick which event is the fan favorite from the community. To cast your vote, go to: http://bit.ly/gtapeopleschoice

The Golden Ticket Awards 2014 is an award giving body comprised of various bloggers, otakus, and geek a like to provide you the best event experience for the communities. Up to eight categories are in store for the committee to select based on their performance and its organizer’s fulfilled expectations to its target fan base.

BEST OVERALL EVENT
EVENT TITLE ORGANIZER DATE
Best of Anime 2014 Primetrade Asia Inc. 9/20/2014
eSports& Gaming Summit Gariath Concepts 11/15/2014
Toycon 2014 Asian Comics, Toys and Hobbies Collective 6/20/2014
WORST OVERALL EVENT
EVENT TITLE ORGANIZER DATE
AGCF Hanabi Festival 2014 Anime Gaming Cultural Festival 11/29/2014
Ozine Fest 2014 Ozine 4/25/2014
Pinoy Gaming Festival 2014 Philippine eSports Organization 10/25/2014
BEST OTAKU EVENT
EVENT TITLE ORGANIZER DATE
Best of Anime 2014 Primetrade Asia Inc. 9/20/2014
Philippine Cosplay Convention 2014 Cosplay.ph 3/8/2014
Cosplay Mania 2014 Cosplay.ph 10/4/2014
BEST COMMUNITY EVENT
EVENT TITLE ORGANIZER DATE
Talking Apples Maid and Butler Pop-Up Cafe Talking Apples Manila 9/6/2014
Kawaii in Manila 2 Kawaii Philippines 11/23/2014
SuiCon2014 SuiCon Philippines 7/5/2014
ACGP Bunkasai at NAPAW Anime Corner Group Pilipinas 9/7/2014
BEST OTAKU CONCERT
EVENT TITLE ORGANIZER DATE
BoA Summer Live 2014 Primetrade Asia Inc. 5/1/2014
Best of Anime 2014 Primetrade Asia Inc. 9/20/2014
Cosplay Mania 2014 Jam Concert Cosplay.ph 10/4/2014
BEST GAMING EVENT
EVENT TITLE ORGANIZER DATE
eSports& Gaming Summit Gariath Concepts 11/15/2014
Mineski Pro Gamers League Season 6 Finals Mineski International 11/29/2014
Level Up! Guild Congress Level Up! Games 11/16/2014
BEST POP CULTURE EVENT
EVENT TITLE ORGANIZER DATE
Komikon X Komikon Inc. 11/15/2014
Nexcon Cosplay.ph 5/31/2014
ToyCon 2014 Asian Comics, Toys and Hobbies Collective 6/20/2014
PEOPLE’s CHOICE
EVENT TITLE ORGANIZER DATE
Best of Anime 2014 Primetrade Asia Holdings 9/20/2014
Cosplay Mania 2014 Cosplay.ph 10/4/2014
eSports& Gaming Summit Gariath Concepts 11/15/2014
Toycon 2014 Asian Comics, Toys and Hobbies Collective 6/20/2014

ABOUT THE GOLDEN TICKET AWARDS COMMITTEE:

The Golden Ticket Awards Committee is composed of eight (8) entities based in the Republic of the Philippines, namely Anime websites Deremoe and AnimePH Project, Cosplay websites Otakista and The Cosplay Cafe, gaming sites Back2Gaming and The Reimaru Files, technology website TechPorn.ph and events directory Otaku Events (on Facebook).

Kindly share this information to your friends or to those people that are interested to see this gaming event. Thank you very much and we hope to see you all.

If you would like more information about this topic, please email us at rayan@animephproject.com

Ozine Fest Anime Figure Special 2014 to hike ticket price

The organizers of the upcoming Ozine Fest Anime Figure Special 2014 event has announced that they will be raising ticket prices from Php 100 to Php 120.

According to their official statement on their Facebook page, the hike was due to “recent events and rising cost of operating and organizing.”

Here’s the full statement.

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The news first reported by Reimaru Files

https://www.facebook.com/ozinefest/

WHAT TO EXPECT: AME Fair X this December 13-14

In celebration of its 14th founding anniversary, the University of the Philippines Anime Manga Enthusiasts (UP-AME) presents this coming December 13-14, the 10th UP-AME Fair.

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The tw0-day event will take place at World Trade Center Exhibition Hall D (East Pavillion) located along Gil Puyat Ave. cor Diosdado Macapagal Blvd. in Pasay City.

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UP-AME Fair X will feature merchandise booths, AME Fair X Cosplay Competition and Japanese cover bands. The Group Cosplay Competition will take place on the first day (December 13) while the solo competition on the next day.

There will be tournaments and free play of the hottest 2D and 3D fighting games in Japan: Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax, Persona 4 Ultimax, Pokemon and Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs and many more . Yu-Gi-Oh and Cardfight Vanguard Card Tournaments are also held at the courtside.

Aside from various competitions and tournaments, UP-AME Fair X will host the very first dolldelight event in the Philippines.

There will be a fashion show, a fashion workshop and a booth selling limited edition fashion accessories created by famous street fashion designer Cyril Lumboy (also known in the internet as dolldelight). Furthermore, the winners of the dolldelight’s online Japanese fashion contest will make their appearance at AME Fair X.

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Entrance tickets are worth Php100, available at the day of the event.

UP AME Fair X is brought  by Worldbex Services International, in cooperation with the University of the Philippines Anime Manga Enthusiasts.

animephproject.com is one of media partner of the University of the Philippine- AME Fair X.

The first “Hanabi” Festival in Phlippines

Fireworks or  “Hanabi” festival is a signature event held in Japan during the summer holidays from July to August. These festivals were originally used to ward off evil spirits, but today, these are used for outdoor entertainment attracting thousands of locals in Japan.

Anime Gaming Cultural Festival Events and Conventions, in cooperation with the Municipal Government of Taytay, Anime Corner Group Pilipinas and United Anime Council presents the first “Hanabi” Festival in the country to be held on November 29 at Club Manila East Open field in Taytay, Rizal.

Just like in a Japanese “Hanabi” festival, the event will have food stalls and matsuri booths which sells souvenirs and houses traditional matsuri games. It will also feature performances from various local cover bands and dance groups.

The big firework display, the event’s main highlight will take place during the end of the festival.

“Hanabi” Festival promises to give the attendees the traditional festive being experienced in a real Japanese festival and adding that, attendees are  encouraged to wear any Japanese traditional clothes, not limited to yukata, kimono, hakama and jinbei. You can also attend the event in your favorite costume.

There are no entrance fees.

For more info and details, visit the AGCF Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AGCFevents