History Con 2017: Opening Day and Press Conference

 

After indeed making history on its very first year last 2016, History Con came back bigger than ever this year and has laid rightful claim as Manila’s biggest entertainment convention, even better, and bolder than before.  Kicking off this grand affair was its opening day and press conference where their fabled guests were presented to the media and the public.

Building up on the huge support they have received from the thousands of Filipino and even international attendees last year, the organizers have vowed to have Manila’s biggest entertainment convention back and promised a bigger, better, and bolder showcase at the World Trade Centre Manila from August 10 to 13.  With over 300 exciting exhibits and experiences, from historic and classic displays of traditional, as well as contemporary and popular cultures there was definitely something for everyone, including the first-ever ‘FYI Home & Living Fair’ and exclusive talks and workshops by your favorite stars.

At the opening, ribbon-cutting and press conference, special invited guests and celebrities were presented to the media and public.  Back by popular demand, Corey Harrison (Pawn Stars), Jaime Dempsey (Ride N’ Seek) and Justin Mott (Photo Face-off) returns to the Philippines, alongside “Horny” Mike Henry (Counting Cars), Danielle Colby (The Pickers), Ryu Lim (Forged In Fire), and Phoemela Baranda (Celebrity Car Wars). Popular international celebrities from FYI’s hit shows John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin (Tiny House Nation), and Adam Liaw (Destination Flavour) will also join the stellar line up.

This year’s world record attempts will feature special guests and internet sensations that took the world by storm. Get to watch professional freestyle basketball dunker Jordan Kilganon, also known as “The Dude who dunked in jeans,” as he performs multiple “Mission Impossible” attempts. His 50-inch vertical jump which allows him to do acrobatic dunks is a feat not to be missed. Catch Takeru Kobayashi, one of the world’s most extraordinary professional competitive eaters, who is widely known for breaking the world record in eating 50 hotdogs in just 12 minutes. After multiple hugely successful world record attempts and performances internationally, both Jordan and Takeru will take on the challenge at HISTORY Con on a new series of world record attempts right here in Manila.

Other special guests include Barry E. Wilmore (Captain, U.S. Navy), a veteran of two spaceflights who has accumulated a total of 178 days in space as a NASA Astronaut, and Dr. Ambeth R. Ocampo, award-winning and distinguished public historian whose research covers the Philippines in the 19th Century. Both honorable guests will be conducting exclusive talks respectively at the mega convention.

Making her debut appearance in the Philippines, Danielle Colby shares the art and antics of the trade with exclusive talks. The extraordinare holds down the fort at Antique Achaeology, the home base of The Pickers show on HISTORY.  Special highlights include the largest automotive display of cars and motorbikes. See your beloved international celebrities in action at the legendary motorcade rally with Jaime Dempsey and hands-on ‘live’ car airbrushing showcase by “Horny” Mike Henry.  Check out the best of customized motorbike designs engineered by some of the most talented Filipinos.

Originally from the Northern islands of the Philippines, Ryu Lim has been practicing bladesmith since the age of nine. He is returning to the homeland and will be conducting “live” demonstrations on the test of blades forged by some of the best local artisans and bladesmith in the country.  Explore the ‘lenscape’ of photography with award-winning resident professional photographer, Justin Mott. He will be conducting a few exclusive photography masterclass sessions where participants will learn photography tips and tricks, including a hands-on photo walk to apply their learnings in an out-of-classroom experience. Participants are encouraged to bring along their DSLR cameras for the session.

Get exclusive privileges when you purchase a HISTORY MAKER VIP ticket at P10,000, limited to 100 tickets only. Other ticketing tiers include HISTORY MAKER PASS at P1,500 for entire four-day access to the convention and regular GENERAL ADMISSION ticket at P250 for one-day access only. Tickets are on sale at SM Ticket outlets and www.smtickets.com.

 

 

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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.