Author Archives: Xtian Mack

In Remembrance of Hana Chan

 

Hana was 15 years old and in the springtime of life when she passed away on October 28, succumbing to Japanese encephalitis. Despite the overwhelming grief, her family still had Hana’s wishes and happiness in mind up to her last moments, allowing her friends from the cosplay community to send her off with one last cosplay event at her wake.

Upcoming Event: ESGS-Esports and Gaming Summit 2017

 

Gamers and enthusiasts everywhere rejoice as one of Southeast Asia’s biggest gaming events returns for its fourth straight revolutionary year, with thousands of attendees and an amazing lineup of exhibitors and attractions from all over the world are set to converge this weekend, October 27 to 29, 2017, at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Compound, Pasay City.

Cosplay: The Art of Awakening, Keeping Olongapo’s Cosplay Community Alive

 

In an admirable show of unity, cosplayers in Olongapo had managed to keep their community alive and well by pooling together their time, talents and resources together to put on a show they can share and be proud of.  With local cosplay group Otaku Maru partnering with Metamorphosis, a receptive events outfit, they presented Cosplay: The Art of Awakening Cosplay Competition, an event that brought their community together as they celebrated the hobby and passion they all shared and loved.

Hell Girl Fourth Twilight and Classroom of the Elite this November on Animax

 

At Animax this November, fear the supernatural as Ai Enma returns to drag your foes to hell in Hell Girl Fourth Twilight. Likewise, fear the mundane in Classroom of the Elite, where mediocre students are weeded out and only the elite survive!

Caution Hazardous Wife, Heisei Busaiku Salaryman, The Files of Young Kindaichi NEO, Memory Lost, and Acting Fighter on GEM this November

 

Make sure to enjoy the best of Asian television featuring a roller coaster of emotions this November on GEM.  Learn from the struggles of a newlywed housewife in the Japanese drama Caution, Hazardous Wife. See how salarymen cope with office politics in the Japanese workplace drama Heisei Busaiku Salaryman. Join genius detective Hajime Kindaichi as he tries to solve new cases in the murder mystery series The Files of Young Kindaichi NEO. Go head over heels with the fate of star-crossed lovers in the Chinese romantic drama Memory Lost. After all the drama, relax and root for your favorite K-pop idols as they take acting lessons with hilarious consequences in the Korean variety show Acting Fighter.

Tokyo-Manila Jazz and Arts Festival (TMJAF) Workshops and Concert

 

Music and art lovers are in for a rare treat this November as The Japan Foundation, Manila presents the Tokyo-Manila Jazz & Arts Festival Workshops and Concert at UP-Diliman and UST.

Multi-awarded Filipino and Japan-based jazz singer Charito together with renowned Japanese jazz musicians are coming to Manila to conduct workshops and perform with workshop participants!

Upcoming Event: Kontrabida Ball

 

Have a wickedly unique experience this Friday the 13th where you’re actually expected to play the villain and enjoy an evening at the first-ever Kontrabida Ball at One Cafe and Events Place, One Corporate Center in Ortigas.

From the creative team behind Born To Make History: A Yuri on ICE Fan Gathering and internationally acclaimed cosplayer Liui Aquino comes an invitation to do your worst.  Kontrabida Ball 2017 will be a villains-themed Halloween cosplay-costume party, happening this October 2017, Friday The 13th, at the One Cafe and Events Place, One Corporate Center, Meralco Ave. cor. Julia Vargas Ave., Ortigas CBD, Pasig City. As an event for the anime and cosplay community for this wicked Halloween season, there will be food, drinks, DJs, and a line-up of featured guests from the cosplay and K-Pop community. Buy your tickets now at http://kontra.boxfiveph.com/

Upcoming Event: The Best of Anime-BoA 2017

 

Going strong on its 8th successful year, BoA, The Best of Anime, will once again treat Japanese pop culture fans and enthusiasts of anime, cosplay, and music to a spectacular event this coming September 9 ad 10 at the SMX Convention Center at the SM Mall of Asia.  With a well-known and greatly admired cast of special guests from international cosplay and music set to appear and perform in front of Filipino fans, the stage is about set for BoA 2017, perhaps the biggest anime-themed convention to date.

Upcoming Event: FANDOM FEST Cosplay Competition at MIBF

 

The Manila International Book Fair or MIBF has been one of the biggest and the longest running fairs in the country, with about 120,000 visitors over the five-day event.  This year the organizers will be holding its first-ever FANDOM FEST Cosplay Competition, making it one of the major highlights of the children’s section in the Book Fair. FANDOM FEST  will cater to the many western geek culture and fandoms in the country.  The event aims foster camaraderie among different fandoms and share their interests and knowledge with others. It will be held at the Stage Area, Function Room 1, on Sept. 16 for the Pinoy Cosplay, and Sept. 17 for the Western Cosplay.

Hottest Asian Dramas on GEM this September: My Lover’s Secret, Le Sacrifice, and Pretty Proofreader Deluxe

Get only the hottest and freshest shows this September as GEM continues to keep your heart racing with the best of Asian entertainment! Turn up the heat with Japanese drama My Lover’s Secret and Chinese period drama Le Sacrifice. Then cool down with the comedy special Pretty Proofreader Deluxe, which premieres same time as Japan!

My Lover’s Secret

Burdened with a dark family secret that he has been hiding for 11 years, law student Rei Okumori (Fukushi Sota) is unable to maintain relationships with anyone. But when he falls in love with a fellow law student, Sawa Tachibana (Kawaguchi Haruna), he finds happiness for the first time in over a decade. As the couple plans their marriage, a stranger threatens to reveal everything about his darkest secret. How far will Sawa go to accept Rei after his secret is exposed?

My Lover’s Secret premieres 7 September, every Wednesday and Thursday at 9pm, first and exclusively on GEM.