Toycon 2013, Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention Coverage (Recap)

 
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Day 1

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As if covering two events this week alone wasn’t already enough, it was already time to cover ToyCon 2013, the most anticipated pop culture event of the season.  “Good grief,” was all I could mutter as I’ll need more than luck and determination to cover this three-day event.   Luckily, the rest of the staff of arkadymac.com will be on hand to help me out in the coming days.
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And we are at the Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2013, or TOYCON 2013,  at SM Megatrade Halls 1, 2 and 3, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.  Running from June 14-16, the event promises lots of games, surprises, celebrities, booths, and freebies for everyone.  There’s something for everyone as the event is filled with all things fun and interesting about pop culture, from games, toys, hobbies, collectibles, movies and TV, anime and manga, comics and music.
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Although there are already a lot of attractions at the site, there was no particular cosplay event for the day, so there were not a lot of cospayers around. But still we wish to commend the effort of those who took the time  to make the event a little more colorful and a little more intersting through their cosplays.

 

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Well, ToyCon is just warming up. More attractions and events tomorrow, so please stay tuned for our coverage, okay? Thank you, and please drop by again.  Many thanks to Markie/Kaiji for being my assistant photographer.
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Day 2

 

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And just like that we’re back at SM Megamall for Day 2 of the Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2013, or TOYCON 2013, which is one of the biggest and most-awaited pop culture events in the country.      During its 3-day run from June 14-16, the ToyCon promises lots of games, surprises, celebrities, booths, and freebies for everyone.  There’s something for everyone as the event is filled with all things fun and interesting about pop culture, from games, toys, hobbies, collectibles, movies and TV, anime and manga, comics and music.

 

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It was such a grand event, and Cosplay celebrity Alodia Gosengfiao was there to make the event event more memorable.

 

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The main event of the second day is the individual cosplay competition held in the afternoon.  There were a lot of cosplayers who signed up for the competition, and they got to go on stage to perform in front of a large, receptive audience.  Also, there were lots of costrippers in around the venue, and we are more than happy to have taken photos of them as they display their delightful costumes to the crowd.

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Thank goodness for costrippers as they saved my day.  Thank you to those who posed for us. Even though there were so many people at the event, it looked like many still got to have fun.

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Do visit us again for our Day 3 Coverage as we’ll be going out full force.  Thank you for your support.

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 Day 3

 

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Cosplay correspondents Nyanbu and Obito-kun and lead photographer Brymac at the set of  ToyCon and Hero Face Off 2013, the biggest events of the season.

 

The senior staff of Xtian Mack’s Cosplay and Anime Cafe went out in full force last Sunday to bring you our special coverage of Day 3 of the Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2013, or ToyCon 2013, and the Hero Face Off Cosplay Cosplay Competition, the the biggest and most-awaited pop culture events in the country.   During its 3-day run from June 14-16, the ToyCon had lots of games, surprises, celebrities, booths, and freebies for everyone.  There’s something for everyone as the event is filled with all things fun and interesting about pop culture, from games, toys, hobbies, collectibles, movies and TV, anime and manga, comics and music.

 

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Nyanbu and Sean as Konohamaru posing for the cameras.

 

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 Conventions are the best places to find fantastic cosplays, like this one of Chun Li from the Street Fighter series.

 

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This lovely Kagura cosplayer poses with Obito and Nyanbu.

 

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 Nyanbu and Obito-kun fit right in with these fun-loving Naruto cosplayers.

 

 

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 We caught up with this pretty lady for an amazing photoshoot at the carpark as night fell.

 

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One of our next-to-mandatory anime special effects shots with our cosplay friends.

 

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 And we thought cute little  maids can’t get any better.

 

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The stunning Alodia Gosengfiao never fails to enthrall the crowd.

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Rock Band ChicoSci whips the audience into a frenzy at Hero Face Off.

 

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Our friend Ken as Orochi from SNK’s King of Fighters series.

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 Conventions are events where cosplayers get to goof off after doing a long day of cosplaying work  Well, okay. They goof off while working too.  

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Our friend, Sir Dave, as Master Pogi from Dragon Ball, enjoys interacting with the crowd.

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Conventions are where cosplayers get to meet old friends and meet new ones.

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And starting with this event we will be choosing someone as Cosplayer of the Day, an award handed out to the cosplayer who catches our fancy. Criteria are: 1. epicness, 2. nostalgic value or equivalent, and 3. sheer awesomeness.  These vague criteria are compounded by an even more dubious scoring system involving three judges: Nyanbu, Obito-kun and photogrpaher Brymac.

And our winner for Cosplayer of the Day is this fabulous Emporio Ivankov from One Piece, 2 votes against one, so that’s Nyanbu and Brymac’s “Yeah” versus Obito-kun “What the … is that?” Those who watch one Piece will certainly appreciate this zany okama and the effort alone of cosplaying him/her/it is grounds alone for a decisive win.  For his wonderful effort, this cosplayer will receive a lovely item from arkadymac.com during the next time we see him.

 

 

Thank you for visiting, and we hope you’ll visit us again soon for more great coverages of the hottest cosplay events in the metro.

 

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Author

Xtian Mack

Xtian Mack

Xtian Mack took up AB English Studies, Major in Creative Writing at UP Diliman. Currently works for a medical transcription company. He is the Creative Director of The Cosplay Cafe: arkadymac.com, doing photography, writing, and reporting for the website. His line of photography specializes in cosplay event coverage, having covered 300 events in a span of 3 years. Loves cute and furry things.