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APCC Manila 2017 Event Guide and Details

 

The biggest pop culture gathering in Asia is back as your favorite celebrities, cosplayers, artists and personalities come to AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2017, happening this August 25-27 at the SMX Convention Center.  All the activity listings, dates, times, venues, and all other important details here to help you fix your schedule and make the most out of this awesome weekend, so feel free to copy, save, print and share.

Pinoy Otaku Festival 2014 Fantasm Day 2

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arkadymac.com is an official media partner for Pinoy Otaku Festival 2014: Fantasm last weekend at Starland Themepark, 4th Level, Starmall Alabang.  Lots of fun, excitement and surprises were in store for everyone as the organizers have promised an experience unlike any other.  We’re now bringing you the highlights for Day 2 of this event.

 

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Helping us with today’s coverage are our Features Writer and partner Jillian Rose and our Cosplay Model Aerielle Pauline.  They most certainly had fun going around the theme park and taking photos with everyone.

 

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Pinoy Otaku Festival 2014: Fantasm was dubbed as the “First Ever Live Action Role Play Event with Cosplay for a Cause,”  as the event had free admission.  All that was asked of guests was to just bring one notebook plus an additional school item like a ball pen, pencil, crayons, etc., upon entering the venue.  The school supplies would later be given to our less privileged brothers and sisters this coming school year.  Britannia from the anime series Code Geass was brought to life through cosplay, the castle setting and also mass participation from those within the venue.  Also, the event was also the biggest gathering of otaku-related organizations in the country with groups from Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Bulacan, Tarlac and Bicol joining in.

 

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There were great booths  like RiiRiichan’s OMise Shop where they offered Anime Dimension Cards, an amazing app for mobile devices where you can have 3D images of your favorite anime and Vocaloid characters on your phone.  Do contact RiiRiichan’s OMise Shop at https://www.facebook.com/ADC.OMISE for your very own cards.

 

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Throughout the day, the event was kept exciting by the performances of great bands and dance groups.  Highlights of the event included the continuation of the Asia Music Festival Karaoke and Bandslam, a collection of singers and bands who performed Japanese songs and also some local melodies to the delight of the audience.  There was also the Cosplay Checkers game where cosplayers were used as checkers pieces playing on an 8×8 board.  The main event was the Fantasm Cosplay Lives, the first cosplay competition which aimed to recognize “realism” in cosplayers and their characters.  This competition was presided by judges each focused on one criteria which includes difficulty, realism, engagement and costume.

 

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Event partners included Spin Manila Bus TV, Hero TV, Cherry Credits, Dragon Nest, Avatar Star, The Philippine Events. Mozilla Firefox, Rocx Tees, Great Toys Online, Cubizone Philippines, Age of Kung-Fu, Mogu-Mogu, O-MIse, Comics Sale Central, Wakfu, I Wear Contact Lenses, Para Kordon, Project Wangun, YJC, Adarna House, Glue N’ Stitch and Punk Sinatra.

 

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Other media partners included  SGCafe.com, Inquirer.net, WhenInManila.com, Otaku Asia Anime Magazine, GFC Magazine, Dee Jocson Photography, iCozplay Events Management, L5R Productions, The Great Events Plus, Bazaaristas Event Management, Deremoe, Anime PH, Anime Pilipinas, Reimaru Files, Otakista, GreekSilverHero Photography, Pitik Photography, Blue Pirates Production, Cosplay Network Philippines, Pinoy JMusic Media, Otakucosplayph.com, Ranneveryday ツ, That Hikikomori Guy, Ayaldev Creatives and The Products Blog.

 

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All in all it was a fun and exciting day for everyone as there were lots of events happening at any given time.  With lots of guests and participants attending the affair, Fantasm was definitely a success.   We hope that there would be more similar event in the future where cosplayers are given a lot of freedom and given a whole new different experience.  Everyone who participated got to help to as boxes upon boxes of school supplies were collected to be donated this coming school year.

 

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

 

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Pinoy Otaku Festival 2014 Fantasm Day 1

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arkadymac.com is an official media partner for Pinoy Otaku Festival 2014: Fantasm last weekend at Starland Themepark, 4th Level, Starmall Alabang.  Lots of fun, excitement and surprises were in store for everyone as the organizers have promised an experience unlike any other.

 

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Pinoy Otaku Festival 2014: Fantasm was dubbed as the “First Ever Live Action Role Play Event with Cosplay for a Cause,”  as the event had free admission.  All that was asked of guests was to just bring one notebook plus an additional school item like a ball pen, pencil, crayons, etc., upon entering the venue.  The school supplies would later be given to our less privileged brothers and sisters this coming school year.  Britannia from the anime series Code Geass was brought to life through cosplay, the castle setting and also mass participation from those within the venue.  Also, the event was also the biggest gathering of otaku-related organizations in the country with groups from Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Bulacan, Tarlac and Bicol joining in.

 

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There were great booths  like RiiRiichan’s OMise Shop where they offered Anime Dimension Cards, an amazing app for mobile devices where you can have 3D images of your favorite anime and Vocaloid characters on your phone.  Do contact RiiRiichan’s OMise Shop at https://www.facebook.com/ADC.OMISE for your very own cards.

 

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Throughout the day, the event was kept exciting by the performances of bands like Ikuzo Iwa, Happy Ending, Hiyas, Strange Orange, School Milk for a Dime and Kung Fu Day.  Raindrop, V’s Project, Kryzia Camille Santiago, Seiza, Tarlac Asian Dancers and performers from Anime Cosplay Empire also had numbers to the delight of the audience.

 

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Highlights of the event include the 1st Bolen Lareza Cosplay Competition, the very first separate competition for chibi cosplayers named after one of the best chibi cosplayers in the Philippines, Bolen Lareza.  Judges for the event will also be her fellow chibi cosplayers and all of them are also impressive, the panel consisting of prominent chibi cosplayers Ashley Misaki, Izaiah Luke Buelos and Belldandy Chii.  For our coverage and lots of photos of that event, click here:  1st Bolen Lareza Chibi Cosplay Competition

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There was also the Asia Music Festival Karaoke and Bandslam, a collection of singers and bands who brought energy to the event with Japanese songs and also some local melodies as well.

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Then there was the Cosplay Idol Season 2 Finals, the culmination of the search for the cosplayer with both the talent and the drive for cosplay excellence.  Courtesy of our friends at AnimePh Project, the winners were Izaiah Luke Buelos as  Champion Cykah Malagad for 2nd place  and Ian Quinto for 3rd place.

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And last was the Otaku Choice Awards, the first ever awards for the community, recognizing the favorites of the fans of popular Japanese culture in the country.

 

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Event partners included Spin Manila Bus TV, Hero TV, Cherry Credits, Dragon Nest, Avatar Star, The Philippine Events. Mozilla Firefox, Rocx Tees, Great Toys Online, Cubizone Philippines, Age of Kung-Fu, Mogu-Mogu, O-MIse, Comics Sale Central, Wakfu, I Wear Contact Lenses, Para Kordon, Project Wangun, YJC, Adarna House, Glue N’ Stitch and Punk Sinatra.

 

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Other media partners included  SGCafe.com, Inquirer.net, WhenInManila.com, Otaku Asia Anime Magazine, GFC Magazine, Dee Jocson Photography, iCozplay Events Management, L5R Productions, The Great Events Plus, Bazaaristas Event Management, Deremoe, Anime PH, Anime Pilipinas, Reimaru Files, Otakista, GreekSilverHero Photography, Pitik Photography, Blue Pirates Production, Cosplay Network Philippines, Pinoy JMusic Media, Otakucosplayph.com, Ranneveryday ツ, That Hikikomori Guy, Ayaldev Creatives and The Products Blog.

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All in all it was a fun and exciting day for everyone as there were lots of events happening at any given time.  With lots of guests and participants attending the affair, Day 1 of Fantasm was definitely a success.  Stay tuned for our coverage of Day 2 coming real soon.

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

 

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Pinoy Otaku Festival 2014: FANTASM Primer

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PINOY OTAKU FESTIVAL 2014: FANTASM, First Ever Live Action Role Play Event with Cosplay for a Cause

 

arkadymac.com is an official media partner for Pinoy Otaku Festival 2014: FANTASM this weekend at Starmall Alabang.  Lots of fun, excitement and surprises await you as the organizers have promised an experience unlike any other.

 

“All Hail Britannia!”  The famous line from the anime Code Geas will come into life as Naruto Cosplayers PH (NCPH) and Red Cloud Interactive officially launched the final countdown to the first ever live action role-play event with cosplay for a cause in the Philippines.  The initial launching was at Sci-Fi Café at Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas.  The venue of the launch was very symbolic since Sci-Fi Café is the only restaurant of its kind in a country where you can enjoy being a toy collector, a cosplayer, and most importantly have a great and unique experience which is the same thing Fantasm wants to bring to every conger.

 

#Fantasm will be on May 24-25 at Starland Themepar, 4th Level, Starmall Alabang.  Britannia from the anime Code Geas will be brought to life through cosplay, the castle setting and also mass participation as everyone will be issues a Britannian ID.  You will be identified as Elevents, Honorary Britannian, Britannian or Britannian Royalty.  Also, the event is becoming the biggest gathering of Otaku related organizations in the country with groups from Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Bulacan, Tarlac and Bicol joining in.

 

The event is FREE ADMISSION just bring one notebook plus an additional school supply like ballpen, pencil, etc. upon entering the venue.  You will be given a designated Britannian ID afterwards.

 

If you want to be a Britannian Royalty all you have to do is avail a VIP KIT for P350.  The pass comes with 2-day access to the event, 1-day access to either the pool with swimming or the rides, 1 free Mogu-Mogu drink, unlimited baggage, front seat reservation, free registration to one competition and a limited edition Britannian Royalty ID.

 

“We aim to bring a new kind of event.  Although this is experimental we hope that everyone will have a unique experience and cosplayers will be treated as their characters,” says Lie Pagtalunan, President of NCPH.

 

Event highlights includes:

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  • 1st Bolen Lareza Cosplay Competition, the very first separate competition for Chibi Cosplayers named after one of the best chibi cosplayer in the Philippines, Bolen Lareza.  Judges for the event will also be her fellow chibi cosplayers and all of them are also impressive (May 24).
  • Cosplay Idol Season 2 Finals, the culmination of the search for the next cosplayer which has both the talent and the cosplay excellence (May 24).
  • Otaku Choice Awards, the first ever awards for the community (May 24).
  • Asia Music Festival Karaoke and Bandslam, a collection of singers and bands who will bring you Japanese songs and also some local melodies as well (May 24-25).
  • Fantasm Cosplay Lives, the first cosplay competition which aims to recognize “realism” in their cosplay characters.  This competition will be judged by judges who are focused on one criteria which incudes difficulty, realism, engagement and costume (May 25).
  • Cosplay Checkers where you can see cosplaye rs used as checkers pieces playing on an 8×8 board (May 25).
  • Guest and Special Performances.  Catch the performances of bands like Ikuzo Iwa, Happy Ending, Hiyas, Strange Orange, School Milk for a Dime and Kung Fu Day.  Also, capture Raindrop, V’s Project, Kryzia Camille Santiago, Seiza, Tarlac Asian Dancers and performers from Anime Cosplay Empire.

 

Hero TV will be having a free dubbers’ workshop for everyone on May 24 entitled, “HERO Dub It Out.  The Filipino audience and fans will also for the first time know in person dubbers of their favorite Hero TV shows as they present them on stage with voice samples as well.

 

Fantasm will be a gathering of organizations as well and aims to unite the community under a cause of helping one another and the society.  Among the partner organizations are Anime Corner Group Pilipinas, nime United Council, Aishiteru Anime, Anime Cosplay Empire,  Antipolo Cosplayers, Anime Cosplay Colors PH, Anima Infinity, Extreme Generation Otaku Alliance, Heroes Are Us PH, Original Tarlac Cosplayers Unlimited, Otaku Zutto, Otaku Tayo, PATTS Otaku Alliance, Philippine Gaming Cosplayers, Subsonic Forge, and UP Manila-OMAKE.

 

Event partners includes: Spin Manila Bus TV, Hero TV, Cherry Credits, Dragon Nest, Avatar Star, The Philippine Events. Mozilla Firefox, Rocx Tees, Great Toys Online, Cubizone Philippines, Age of Kung-Fu, Mogu-Mogu, O-MIse, Comics Sale Central, Wakfu, I Wear Contact Lenses, Para Kordon, Project Wangun, YJC, Adarna House, Glue N’ Stitch and Punk Sinatra.

 

Media partners includes:  SGCafe.com, Inquirer.net, WhenInManila.cm, Otaku Asia Anime Magazine, GFC Magazine, Dee Jocson Photography, iCozplay Events Management, L5R Productions, The Great Events Plus, Bazaaristas Event Management, Deremoe, Anime PH, Cosplay and Anime Café, Anime Pilipinas, Reimaru Files, Otakista, GreekSilverHero Photography, Pitik Photography, Blue Pirates Production, Cosplay Network Philippines, Pinoy JMusic Media, Otakucosplayph.com, Ranneveryday ツ, That Hikikomori Guy, Ayaldev Creatives and The Products Blog.

 

For more information about Pinoy Otaku Festival 2014: FANTASM you can check on the following:

 

Those who want to sponsor or have a booth can just contact the event team and look for Mr. David D’Angelo at 0909-624-1531 or 0906-769-7436.

 

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About Naruto Cosplayers PH

 

Naruto Cosplayers PH (NCPH) is one of the largest cosplay and Japanese culture based organization in the Philippines with background in events organizing and cosplay for a cause/charity works.  The organization was featured several times in mainstream media and new media for its various activities.  The organization is founded on October 10, 2010 which is the birthday of the anime character Uzumaki Naruto.

Marble Wonderland: The Biggest Fashion/Cosplay Event of the Year

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Marble Wonderland promised to be the biggest fashion and cosplay event of the year, and after the spotlights were turned off for the final set, it achieved just that.  Marble Wonderland was a spectacle of Kawaii fashion and cosplay at its finest.  Everything fell into place and it just left everyone in awe.

 

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Movie Stars Café at SM Mall of Asia was a fitting setting for this unique experience as it gave the feel of a red-carpet affair with a glamorous backdrop.  That Friday evening, January 17, 2014, marked a colorful celebration of Japanese pop culture and fashion as Marble Wonderland graced Philippine shores after very successful runs in Japan, Singapore and Indonesia, with the aim of spreading Kawaii culture and fashion all across Asia and the rest of the world.

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The Kawaii or “cute” culture in Japan has taken a life of its own, becoming an essential part in the lives of Japanese and it also had a profound influence on Japanese fashion, also spreading to other parts of the world.  Asia Way, the creators and organizers of Marble Wonderland, has always sought to provide entertainment and experiences to showcase the emerging and dynamic Kawaii culture in Japan through fashion shows and dance performances.  The director and visionary behind the production, Junya Yamada, had been hard at work to make sure that Marble Wonderland would be a show Manila won’t soon forget.

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There was an overwhelming air of excitement as the event opened with a scintillating performance by Japanese dance sensations Niina (217) and Miume.  Their unique, frenetic choreography along with infectious energy left the audience in awe from start to finish.

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Alodia Gosiengfiao then made her appearance in a grand kimono to the delight of the crowd. As host and main performer, she was a class act and have kept the audience excited all throughout the show.

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Rhianna Floresca hosted the event alongside Alodia.  She was bright and bubbly as host and was thrilling and engaging.

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Guest celebrity cosplayers Myrtle, Sarrosa, Kristell Lim, Jia Gold Bustamante and Michelle Echavez performed a special live cosplay show, electrifying the crowd with their performance, leaving them clamoring for more.

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Then there was the search for Alodia’s Sisters, a competition for aspiring young women who wish to spread Kawaii culture in the Philippines and beyond.  Many talented ladies performed, each showing their grace, charm and energy fitting of being a representative of Kawaii culture. In the end, Rachelle Redecio was chosen to be Alodia’s Sister, winning 50,000 pesos.

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Cosplayer Mina Kim was chosen as a runner-up thanks to her exciting performance and huge appeal to the crowd.  She and Kahreen Evangelista and Lou Angeline Buenaventura Ulanday received 10,000 pesos as their reward.

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The final scene saw all of the performers on stage, waving and thanking the audience for coming, and the audience in turn clapped almost endlessly in appreciation to the great spectacle they have just witnessed, as it indeed was a feast to the senses.  The ecstatic reception was a clear sign that Marble Wonderland had been a success, and that it indeed was THE cosplay and fashion event of the year.

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We then congratulate Asia Way for a splendid job bringing Marble Wonderland to Manila, and sincerely ask them to come again.  We also would like to congratulate Movie Stars Café for holding this amazing event, providing a great venue and impressing everyone with their courteous and professional staff.

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Many thanks to Cosplay Network Philippines for being such a great part of this event and making it an event the cosplay community will be talking about for a long time.  We wish you more success in bringing such extraordinary events in the future.

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Marble Wonderland: Kawaii Fashion Comes to Manila

 

 

The best and latest in Kawaii Fashion will be invading Manila as Asia Kawaii Way presents Marble Wonderland, a celebration of Japanese pop culture and fashion, this Friday, January 17, 2014, 6:00pm at Movie Stars Café, SM Mall of Asia.

 

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Promising to be the biggest fashion and cosplay event of the year, it will be a night of glamour and excitement as Japanese Kawaii culture and lifestyle take center stage, led by none other than the world’s leading cosplayer, our very own Alodia Gosiengfiao, with special performances by Japanese dance sensations, Kamen Liar 217 and Miumi.

 

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Asia Kawaii Way, organizers of the event, have already held this successful series of Kawaii Fashion shows in Japan, Singapore and Indonesia, and now they start the year off here in the Philippines for the first time to showcase and introduce their particular brand of fashion to a wider audience.  They will be exhibiting their line and collections of Kawaii-inspired clothing at the event.  These then will be made available to Filipinos online through www.hallohallomall.com.

 

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The event will also feature our website’s particular interest, live cosplay shows of anime, something we are really looking forward to.  There is also a competition and launch for “Alodia’s Sisters,” the newest Filipino idol girl group.  A fundraising campaign for Yolanda victims will also be held in partnership with the Girl Meets Girl project, creators of the Charity Pinkie Ring.

 

With all this and more in store this Friday, Marble Wonderland will definitely be a unique experience that should not be missed.  Tickets are now on sale and may be purchased at www.hallohallomall.com and at the Movie Star Cafe website at http://moviestarscafe.com.  There are only a limited number of spots so it’s best to get them early.  Tickets are priced P777, which includes a packed meal, unlimited sodas and juices and Kawaii souvenirs, then at Php333 without the packed meals. Children below 9 years old are free of charge but exclusive of food and souvenirs.

 

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Cosplay Network Philippines will be supporting this event, and arkadymac.com will also be working with them to bring you a great coverage of the event.  Hope to see you there.