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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.

Gakusai 2016 and BoA 2016 Interschool Cosplay Competition at UST

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The University of Santo Tomas, or UST, is one of the most historic and respected institutions of learning in Asia, and we at arkadymac.com are happy to have covered a cosplay and Japanese pop culture event organized by its progressive studentry. On its 6th year, school organization Thomasian Nihon Kyoukai presented Gakuen Sai 2016, Nostalgia: Memories under the Cherry Blossoms 2016, as well as their universities leg of the Best of Anime 2016  Interschool Cosplay Competition at the fenced area of the Education Building of UST in Manila.

The Best of Anime / BOA 2015: Day 2

 

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With even more people coming in by the thousands to Function Rooms 2, 3, and 4 of the SMX Convention Center at SM Mall of Asia on its second day, The Best of Anime 2015 continues to stake its claim as one of the biggest anime conventions in the Philippines.  Already on its sixth straight year, BoA delighted its loyal fans by providing an exciting lineup of attractions and activities all weekend long, with an impressive roster of international guest cosplayers and performers to ensure that attendees have a memorable experience.

The Best of Anime / BOA 2015: Day 1

 

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On its sixth straight year of being one of the biggest anime conventions in the Philippines, The Best of Anime continued to exceed fan expectations as it rolled out an exciting lineup of attractions and activities and flew in an impressive roster of international cosplayers and performers to ensure that attendees have a memorable experience at this year’s edition.

BOA Interschool Cosplay Competition at PNU and Tanabata VII

 

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We at arkadymac.com love school events that celebrate the studentry’s love and admiration for cosplay and Japanese culture, which was why we were pleasantly glad to take part in Tanabata VII at Philippine Normal University in Manila.  Organized by PNU NAMI, a university org that bridges both Filipino and Japanese culture together, Tanabata featured a festival of creativity and talent, highlighted by wonderful performances as well as the PNU leg of the Best of Anime Interschool Cosplay Competition.  arkadymac.com is their exclusive media partner, and we are happy to bring you our coverage of their event.

BOA Interschool Cosplay Competition at TIP-QC 2015

 

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We were glad to have taken part in covering some great campus cosplay action at the  Best of Anime Interschool Cosplay Competition at Technological Institute of the Philippines Quezon City Campus.   Anime Holics Organization (AHO) in cooperation with Primetrade Asia brought an afternoon of fun and bonding to students and guests to TIP.

Starmarie Performs Live at Movie Stars Cafe

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arkadymac.com was invited to cover Starmarie Live in Manila at Movie Stars Cafe last September 20, 2014.   The Japanese fantasy idol group was here in the Philippines for a number of performances and they surely didn’t disappoint their very eager Filipino fans with their impressive new roster of five lovely and talented young ladies.

 

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At about 9 in the evening, after Alodia’s Sisters Rae and Lou warmed up the crowd with their own energetic performances on stage with their renditions of anime and Japanese songs, the special guests made their appearance to the warm and loud welcome of the audience.  Starmarie got to perform again in front of an ecstatic Filipino audience, and the idol group responded in kind with dazzling choreography and showmanship that demonstrated why  they have a huge and loyal following in their native Japan and lots of fans all over the world.  Even as they have had a roster change, now having five amazing members:  Nozomi Kishita, Shino Takamori, Matsuzaki Hiroka, Nakane Motoko, and Watanabe Kaede, all were glowing and graceful in their white dance ensembles as they performed in front of the appreciative guests of Movie Stars Cafe.

 

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The Japanese fantasy idol group gave a high-energy, non-stop riveting performance in front of an ecstatic crowd, with many Japanese fans among the international crowd also in attendance.  Afterwards, Starmarie was gracious in mixing it up with the guests, having their photos taken with their fans, having selfies, and having chats with them as some have come a long way just to see them perform live.  Indeed, Starmarie was a big hit that night, with Movie Stars Cafe filled to capacity.

 

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Movie Stars Cafe was the perfect setting for this event as it had he makings of a great venue for concerts and functions.  Everywhere you look you’ll feel like you’re in a Hollywood studio with lots of statues and memorabilia lining the walls inside the cafe and  attractions outside as well.  The stage is very visible from anywhere and they had lighting and effects that make the performances all the more astounding.

 

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They have performances all throughout the night, even on regular days.  Their shows are well-choreographed and thought-out, with production numbers that are sure to be enjoyed by people of all ages.  That night we were treated to their production of the well-loved classic, Beauty and the Beast, performed by some pf their really great actors and actresses.

 

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Movie Stars Cafe has no waiters and waitresses: rather it has actors and actresses in wonderful attire and costumes, and they are all set and ready to serve guests.  They are courteous and thoughtful and we were were treated to great service.  Their food is also top notch from their skill and masterful chefs working dutifully from their open and very visible kitchen, assuring that your food is served properly and is of the best quality.  They have a wide array of international dishes cooked in excellency by their hand-picked master chefs using only selected materials.  Their menu has been shown in or inspired by Hollywood blockbuster movies.  One can also partake of an amazing buffet showcasing a smorgasbord of treats at the kitchen front adorned with a life-sized T-rex  called the “Dino-Buffet.”  We got to test it out and with the many selections offered, it’s decidedly one of the best.  We would like to thank Movie Stars Cafe for having us over and letting us take part in this wonderful event and being able to experience their warm hospitality.

 

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We would also like to thank Cosplay Network Philippines for inviting us to take part and cover this event.

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Best of Anime / BOA 2014: Day 2

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We at arkadymac.com are excited to be an official media partner for Best of Anime 2014, BOA 2014 the most anticipated anime convention of the year. As one of the biggest events this year for Japanese pop culture enthusiasts, particularly anime fans, The Best of Anime is an anime convention held every year in Manila, Philippines and is now on its 5th year, September 20-21, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia , Pasay City, and now were here bringing you the highlights of our coverage from BOA Day 2.

 

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The Best of Anime has consistently reached thousands of visitors for the past four momentous years. Last year, the two-day event had more than 20,000 visitors who trooped to the venue to experience and witness once more what “The Best of Anime” showcased and offered. The anime convention has featured an impressive roster of talents, cosplayers, activities, and much more. Moreover, the convention has extended its horizons and upgraded the local Anime Conventions by having JPop Idol Group, Starmarie, exciting the crowd with their scintillating song and dance performances.  And on Day 2 they opened the festivities with another powerful and endearing performance.

 

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This year’s list of impressive international guests included prominent cosplayer Onnies from Thailand, renowned cosplayer Karael and Singaporean blogger/cosplayer Kaika. They thrilled the audiences no end with their performances and their appeal to their Filipino fans the previous day.  On Day 2 they had meet and greet sessions with their fans  at the different meeting rooms of SMX, as well as press conferences with the media.

 

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Highlighting BOA day 2 was the Hero Face Off where cosplayers battled it out for the biggest prizes of the year, which opened with OPM band Pedicab’s thunderous performance.

 

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Serving as judges were PBB Grand Winner Myrtle, Hero TV Channel Head Jojo Estacio and celebrity and model  Tessa Prieto-Valdez.  There was the Kids Squad Category for chibi cosplayers, League of Heroes for groups, and Hero Face Off Category for the adults.  Cosplayers gave their best performances on stage in their magnificent costumes to the appreciation of the crowd. In the end, chose by the judges were, for the  Kids Squad Category, Bolen Lareza as Champion and Ashley Misaki as Runner Up. For the League of Heroes Category, Team Crossback won as Champion while SGR 48 won Runner Up.  And for the Hero Face Off Category, the two champions named were Andrea Hernandez as Fatalis from Monster Hunters and RB Cheng as King Gojulas of Zoids.

 

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OPM band Sandwich also gave an exciting performance to cap of the Hero Faceoff event.

 

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Then came time to thank all the people who made the event a success, from the guests to the sponsors.

 

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Japanese-American performer/musician Joe Inoue rocked the house with a rocking and amusing performance which had the SMX literally shaking.

 

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Capping off the day’s performances was Japanese visual Kei band Heidi who gave a rocking performance that literally made the floor of the SMX Function Halls 3 and 4 shake and quake as fans jumping couldn’t get enough of the band, screaming at the top of their lungs and singing with the band.

 

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All in all a wonderful 2-day event, with much fun and delight for everyone who came to attend.  Sorry if this post is rushed and incomplete as I have to leave now and cover Day 2, so please drop by again later as we update this post with more (and edited) photos. Thank you very much.

 

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Best of Anime / BOA 2014: Day 1

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We at arkadymac.com are excited to be part as a media partner for Best of Anime 2014, BOA 2014 the most anticipated anime convention of the year. As one of the biggest events this year for Japanese pop culture enthusiasts, The Best of Anime is an anime convention held every year in Manila, Philippines and is now on its 5th year, September 20-21, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia , Pasay City.

 

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The Best of Anime has consistently reached thousands of visitors for the past four momentous years. Last year, the two-day event had more than 20,000 visitors who trooped to the venue to experience and witness once more what “The Best of Anime” showcased and offered. The anime convention has featured an impressive roster of talents, cosplayers, activities, and much more. Moreover, the convention has extended its horizons and upgraded the local Anime Conventions by having JPop Idol Group, Starmarie, exciting the crowd with their scintillating song and dance performance.

 

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This year’s list of impressive international guests included prominent cosplayer Onnies from Thailand, renowned cosplayer Karael and Singaporean blogger/cosplayer Kaika. They thrilled the audiences no end with their performances and their appeal to their Filipino fans.

 

 

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Celebrity cosplayer Liui Aquino had a performance with a group of talented cosplayers for a Disney/Dreamworks-themed skit that entertained the crowd. Afterwards, Liui had a brief meetand greet with some lucky fans, getting to have their photos taken with him and some selfies as well.

 

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Included in the other various highlights from the previous year were the Karaoke and Quickdraw Competitions, and the Inter-school Cosplay Competition and the BOA ALl=Stars Cosplay contest where our cosplay model Ashley Misaki won as Best Chibi and Bianca Mako for Best Cloth and our friend Izaiah Luke Buelleos for Best Mecha.

 

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Japanese visual Kei band Heidi gave a rocking performance that literally made the floor of the SMX Function Halls 3 and 4 shake and quake as fans jumping couldn’t get enough of the band, screaming at the top of their lungs and singing with the band.

 

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Making an appearance at the end was Japanese-American multi-talented musician Joe Inoue, who entertained the crowd and told the crowd to watch out for his performance at Day 2 of BOA.

 

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We will be covering Day 2 of course, so we hope to catch you there. Sorry if this post is rushed and incomplete as I have to leave now and cover Day 2, so please drop by again later as we update this post with more (and edited) photos. Thank you very much.

Thank you for dropping by, and please visit us again for more features here at arkadymac.com.

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Upcoming Events: Best of Anime / BOA 2014, 35th Manila International Book Fair, DigiTech Manila Conference & Expo

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We at arkadymac.com are excited to be part as a media partner for Best of Anime 2014, the most anticipated anime convention of the year.   As one of the biggest events this year for Japanese pop culture enthusiasts, The Best of Anime is an anime convention held every year in Manila, Philippines and is now on its 5th year, coming this  September 20-21, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia , Pasay City.

 

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The Best of Anime has consistently reached thousands of visitors for the past four momentous years. Last year, the two-day event had more than 20,000 visitors who trooped to the venue to experience and witness once more what “The Best of Anime” showcased and offered. The anime convention had featured an impressive roster of talents, cosplayers, activities, and much more. Moreover, the convention has extended its horizons and upgraded the local Anime Conventions by having the Japanese-American Multi-talented musician Joe Inoue, and JPop Idol Group, Starmarie to include the growing list of international guests, which had begun with Japanese visual-kei rock band, Uchusentai Noiz. Pointing out the other various highlights from the previous year were the Cosplay and Quickdraw Competitions, Battle of the Bands, Fashion Show, and Various workshops.

 

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An impressive roster of local and international guests will be on hand to bring excitement to the event, and are sure to please fans everywhere with their appearances and performances.  With this and more, Best of Anime 2014 is THE anime event of the year that one cannot afford to miss.

 

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Also at BOA will be the Hero Face Off cosplay competition.  A collaboration of epic proportions is coming this September as Hero TV and Primetrade Asia, Inc. present the rise of the cosplay empire with the Hero Face Off 2014 during the launch of The Best of Anime (BOA) this September.  The Hero Face Off, happening on September 21, is now on its 5th year of showcasing the best of cosplay in the Philippines. The event will be celebrating the distinct Pinoy creativity as embodied in the year’s ultimate cosplay battle. This will all be happening in the midst of BOA 2014, which continues to bring the culture, art, and fun entertainment of Japan to the Philippines.  The Hero Face Off competition this year will be divided into three categories: The Kids Squad category, League of Heroes category, and the Face Off category. Also particularly new for this year’s competition is that the Hero Face Off is now open to Filipino characters.  Among the judges for the Hero Face Off this year will be Pinoy Big Brother grand winner and Hero TV Anime Jock Myrtle Sarrosa, Hero TV Channel Head Jojo Neri-Estacio, Primetrade Asia President Irene Lloren, and Hero Face Off 2013 winner Erica Garbin. Meanwhile, My Hero Nation’s Kakki Teodoro and Mikoy Morales are set to host the said event. Also in store for everyone are performances by Luiu Aquino.  For updates, visit www.facebook.com/myheronation.

 

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While at BOA 2014, you also shouldn’t miss dropping by the other great events happening on the same days.  The 35th Manila International Book Fair will be held at the  SMX Convention Center from Sept 17-21, and is the biggest book fair in the Philippines.  With an impressive line of exhibitors and a great roster of guest authors, The 35th Manila International Book Fair is a reader’s heaven one cannot afford to miss.

 

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Also there will be the DigiTech Manila Conference & Expo on September 19-20, 2014 at Function Rooms 1-2, SMX Convention Center.
DigiTech Manila Conference & Expo  is a one-stop shop for students, teachers, school administrators, families, companies and just about everyone as it will showcase ICT gadgets and technologies from local and foreign solution providers.   Cognizant of the impact of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the accessibility of ICT gadgets (laptops, tablets, cellular phones, etc.) among children and family, educators, librarians, businessmen, and professionals, there is a need to hold a conference and expo that can tackle the benefits and concerns of using these gadgets at home, school, community, office and other social, academic and business environments. Hence “DigiTech Manila Conference & Expo” provides a venue to share ICT gadgets that can empower today’s dynamic digital society and discuss their effects on children, students, family, librarians, businessmen and society in general.  There are lots of things that everyone will find relevant at DigiTech Manila Conference & Expo, so make sure to drop by and take a look.

 

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