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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.

Kawaii in Manila 2: The First Philippine Kawaii Convention



A  pleasantly unique experience awaited us at Kawaii in Manila 2: The First Philippine Kawaii Convention over the weekend at Whitespace Manila in Makati City.  Kawaii is now considered a global phenomenon because of its great influence in art, fashion, beauty, food and various consumer products in Japan and spreading allover the world, and kawaii has for quite a time been celebrated in many different forms in the Philippines.  Kawaii in Manila 2 is the celebration of that fascination and passion for all things light and cute, and over a thousand people gathered at Whitespace  to take part in this fascinating affair.





arkadymac is an official media partner for  Kawaii in Manila 2, and covering this event for us is our Cosplay Model Ai Chi, who was enjoying herself with the sights and sounds that Kawaii in Manila 2 had to offer.  Oh, and tastes too, as there were  free ice cream and cotton candy for attendees.   Inside the venue was the Kawaii Bazaar were the most adorable and enticing items, trinkets, accessories, and clothing could be found, a veritable treasure trove to the discerning kawaii fan.  There was also the Kawaii art exhibit where attendees can browse and appreciate work done by amazing artists who have taken the essence of kawaii to heart.









Kawaii in Manila 2 is a day-long convention dedicated to promoting the interest and appreciation for kawaii culture through various kawaii-related programs and activities. Then there was the Kawaii Workshop that has been the mainstay of the event, teaching working with polymer clay and lettering to eager workshoppers.




The program started in earnest by noon, led by bubbly kawaii hosts Kat ad Mikee.  With some introductions, the first feature was the Live Art exhibition by Rian Gonzales, who impressed the audience with her great talent.






After a while there was the Kawaii Fashion show where renownded Kawaii fashion designers in the country got to showcase their fascinating collections as models took to the runway with ensembles nothing short of works of art, featuring Dolly Kaye, Dorotee Sweetlips, Forestale and La Princesse Dolle, all of them welcomed by an appreciative crowd.









More surprise features and attractions awaited the crowd like the Ikemen Guy and Kawaii Girl contests, Harajuku fashion show by which featured Kawaii Candy Lover Ashley Dy, LucyPop fashion show and other performances from special guests. Near the end was the Changing the World with Kawaii talk by Kawaii PH founders Kaila and Anne Kate, who were overwhelmed with the great turnout and support despite the many challenges they faced in bringing Kawaii in Manila 2 to life.




All throughout the day, Kawaii was everywhere, with attendees sporting their best Kawaii looks and poses.  Among them is our Cosplay Model and Reviews Writer, Yanna.  We were glad to see familiar faces and friends and were more than happy to take shots of them.















With attendance three times more than what they expected and with many booths and sponsors participating,  Kawaii in Manila 2 is a huge success, and we commend the efforts of the organizers for being able to bring kawaii to more people and much excitement to those who have been dressing and living kawaii for the longest time.  We look forward to more such events from Kawaii PH, hopefully soon.

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


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Upcoming Event: Kawaii in Manila 2, The First Philippine Kawaii Convention

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Our readers who have long since enjoyed anime and cosplay have long known about kawaii, the cuteness inherent in the many aspects of Japanese popular culture.  However, only a few may probably know that kawaii has already taken a life of its own and has, for many years, become a unique experience and a lifestyle adopted by people all over the world.  And with the coming of Kawaii in Manila 2, The First Philippine Kawaii Convention, the kawaii lifestyle in the Philippines will be taking another leap forward and take Filipinos by storm.  Kawaii in Manila is the first-ever Kawaii convention in the Philippines, coming this September 6, 2014 at White Space Makati, a day-long convention dedicated to promoting the interest and appreciation for the kawaii culture through various kawaii-related programs and activities.  arkadymac.com is an official media partner, so expect us to give you a great coverage of the event.


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The meaning of Kawaii has gone beyond its original sense. It is no longer just a word that means “cute,” “pretty” or “adorable” in Japanese. Kawaii is now considered a global phenomenon because of its great influence in art, fashion, beauty, food and various consumer products. It is not just an appreciation for all things cute and fun but also a way of looking at the world in a happy and positive light. Kawaii is a culture enjoyed by Japanophiles (Japanese culture enthusiasts) from all over the world, including the Philippines.


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In 2013, the ultimate kawaii experience was brought to the Philippines through “Kawaii  in Manila” – a kawaii lifestyle workshop filled with a variety of kawaii-related activities.  Following the success of the workshop, the Kawaii PH team decided to take the ultimate kawaii experience to a whole new level by staging the first ever Kawaii convention in September 6, 2014 – Kawaii in Manila 2.  Kawaii in Manila 2 is a day-long convention dedicated to promoting the interest and appreciation for the kawaii culture through various kawaii-related programs and activities. Kawaii in Manila 2 aims to unite people who share a common interest in Japanese culture, animation, fashion, and everything in between. In addition to providing an avenue where kawaii enthusiasts and Japanophiles can get together, Kawaii in Manila 2 can also be a great opportunity for Japanese-themed and kawaii-related brands to be introduced and to conduct business.


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Kawaii in Manila 2 will take you to a magical portal where you can experience cuteness through Philippine fair x Japanese matsuri themed shows, contests, workshops, and activities. Come join us in munching on sweet Pocky treats, playing dress up, and kawaii-fying the normal. Let’s all show how wonderful a kawaii world can be!  It aims to be the frontrunner in bringing the best kawaii experience in the Philippines by producing the first kawaii convention with the supervision and support from Japan, to promote the interest in kawaii culture and unite and build a network of kawaii culture enthusiasts,and bring not only the Kawaii but also the Cool Japan experience through various entertaining and engaging activities that will help event goers appreciate the Japanese culture more.



Whitespace Manila – 2314 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City

Doors open at 11:00 AM

Earlybird tickets at 150.00 Php

Door tickets at 170.00 Php

For more information: www.convention.kawaii.ph

Visit our Social Media Sites:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/kawaii.in.manila & www.facebook.com/kawaii.in.ph

Instagram: @kawaii_ph

Twitter: @kawaii_ph

Tumblr: www. kawaii-ph.tumblr.com

Official website: www.kawaii.ph



How to Get tickets:

Pre-order tickets are sold at P150.00 per person. Door tickets are sold at P170.00 per person. You can avail your ticket on the day of the event or you can purchase your tickets in advance by depositing your payment (P150.00 each) to our PNB or BDO account. We recommend that you purchase the discounted tickets in advance to avoid having to wait in line at the ticket booth. Deadline for pre-order tickets payment will be on September 4, 2014.

PNB Account: Anne Kate Therese O. Pinero
Account No.: 573 016 0000 15
Account Type: Savings Account
PNB – Eastwood City
BDO Account: Anne Kate Therese O Pinero
Account No.: 007 9400 423 32
Account Type: Savings Account
For full information please visit http://convention.kawaii.ph/buy-tickets/
Produced by Japonisme International Co.
Official Print Partner/Presenter: Chalk Magazine
Media Partners: HERO TV, When In Manila, Otaku Asia Anime Magazine
Supported by: Tokyo Fashion, Japan Lover Me

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