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Looking back at TOYCON 2016: Day 2&3


With TOYCON 2017 opening tomorrow (June 30), let’s look back at scenes from Days 2 & 3 last year.

TOYCON 2016: Day 1 Hodor!

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arkadymac.com is excited to be a media partner for the biggest pop culture event of the year, TOYCON 2016 + POPLIFE FANXPERIENCE.  Promising an even greater experience with renowned personalities from here and all over the world plus new and engaging attractions for pop culture fans of all ages, this year’s event promises to be on a scale like no other, and it has taken place June 10 to 12, 2016.  We are glad to be bringing you the action from SMX Convention Center Halls 1-4

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Our correspondent Kyle was there to help us out with the coverage as she enjoyed the sights and sounds of this massive event.  Presenting scenes from the opening day of TOYCON 2016 + POPLIFE FANXPERIENCE:

Upcoming Event: TOYCON 2016 + POPLIFE FANXPERIENCE

 

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arkadymac.com is excited to be a media partner for this year’s biggest pop culture event, TOYCON 2016 + POPLIFE FANXPERIENCE.  Promising an even greater experience with renowned personalities from here and all over the world plus new and engaging attractions for pop culture fans of all ages, this year’s event promises to be on a scale like no other, and it will happen June 10 to 12, 2016 at SMX Convention Center Halls 1-4 as we invite you for a weekend of fun and enjoyment.

Kawaii Philippines’ Winter Wonderland Year End Party

 

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Our friends from the Kawaii PH community got to celebrate the holidays together in style at their Winter Wonderland Year End Party just recently.  With many exciting events which include a successful book launching earlier this year, 2015 has been a great year for Kawaii lovers and enthusiasts, and they have decided to close it off properly with a fun year-end party with everyone.

Mineski – MPGL Season VI Cosplay Competition

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The Mineski Cosplay Competition was held on November 30, 2014 at 4th Floor Annex, SM North EDSA. Its only category is strictly gaming so this narrows down the number of those who can participate, and as it turned out there were just under 15 who joined.

 

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Ms. Alodia Gosengfiao made an appearance and entertained the crowd with a contest of “game-related pickup lines”. After the contest, the crowd lined to up to have a meet-and-greet/photo-op with Alodia.
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Another contest was “Strike a pose for Iceyz”.

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During spaces between programs, DJs were there to drop the beat and keep the people thumpin’.
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The Sponsors’ Booths were still there such as PC Magazine, SteelSeries, Gigabyte, Viewsonic, PLDT, among others. NVIDIA’s Virtual Reality Oculus Rift Rig was specially popular (and so was Ms. Gliter).
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I was lucky enough to win a goodie bag (shirt, mug, auto umbrella) from Gigabyte by voting for a gaming rig the day before.

The panel of judges:
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The prizes for the winners are 10k, 5k, 3k (will confirm if correct).

Photos from the Contest Proper:

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Since Deathbringer Aren requested a video instead of photos:



3rd Place Ashley Misaki as Shyvana from League of Legends
2nd Place Christian Umali as War Machine
1st Place Cykah as Sun Wukong
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The rest of the photos are below. Click any image to view and start the slideshow:

8th TAGCOM (Toys and Games Convention) 2014 Day 2

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The summer cosplay season starts of in earnest with the 8th  Toys and Games Convention, TAGCOM , 2014.  Held at the Megatrade Center of SM Megamall,  it was a showcase of all the newest and best in toys, collectibles, models, figures, hobbies, and games for the season.  The event featured contests, exhibits, booths and a program with a variety of attractions that kept things interesting all throughout the day.

 

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We were there for the cosplays, of course.  Those on summer vacation were just itching for the chance to meet their friends and cosplay for an eager audience, and TAGCOM has given them this opportunity.

 

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The 5th level of SM Megamall was filled with cosplayers making an impression to the crowd. It was also a chance fro friends to meet up, catch up on each other’s lives and have fun cosplaying.

 

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We of course got to see our wonderful friends and cosplay models Queenie, Deric, Yanna, and Ashley as they were having fun having their pictures taken with the crowd and with photographers present at the event.

 

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 I apologize for the delay.  I will be updating this post soon with more details and more photos so please stay tuned.

 

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

 

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8th TAGCOM (Toys and Games Convention) 2014 Day 1

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The summer cosplay season starts of in earnest with the 8th  Toys and Games Convention, TAGCOM , 2014.  Held at the Megatrade Center of SM Megamall,  it was a showcase of all the newest and best in toys, collectibles, models, figures, hobbies, and games for the season.  The event featured contests, exhibits, booths and a program with a variety of attractions that kept things interesting all throughout the day.

 

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We were there for the cosplays, of course.  Those on summer vacation were just itching for the chance to meet their friends and cosplay for an eager audience, and TAGCOM has given them this opportunity.

 

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The 5th level of SM Megamall was filled with cosplayers making an impression to the crowd. It was also a chance fro friends to meet up, catch up on each other’s lives and have fun cosplaying.

 

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We of course got to see our wonderful friends and cosplay models, Mina Kim, Queenie, Deric, Mikki, and Carina as they were having fun having their pictures taken with the crowd and with photographers present at the event.

 

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The places to shoot were once again limited so it was a bi difficult at times.  The guards can be bothersome at times but I noticed that they were showing maximum restraint that day.  Still wondering if it will continue on Day 2.

 

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The photos here are unedited because I may not have time as I will be covering Day 2 and we will just upload better ones soon.  If you have your picture here, feel free to grab them.  Catch you all there again as we cover Day 2, which promises to be a more hectic time for us.

 

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

 

 

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Cosplay Mania 2013, Day 2

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Day 2 of Cosplay Mania ’13 was nothing short of a phenomenon, being the most-attended events in memory.  I had been looking forward to Cosplay Mania ’13 for the longest time because it was the first event I cosplayed in, so attending would mark my first year of cosplaying.  The past year has been quite a ride and I have been to many cosplay events, big and small, and each time I cannot help look back to the first time I wore a mask and a cloak. Today I was back at SMX where it all began and I remember the day when I saw all these amazing people in costumes ranging from the simple to the elaborate. The great photos for Day 2 were taken by our lead photographer Bryan.

 

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There was a great assortment of people whose creativity overflowed in colors, shapes and textures, as if I was in the world of anime and games that I have longed to be in.  I was a part of this world where there were people who, just like me, longed to recreate this world, even if it was only for a short time.  Cosplay Mania ’13 promised to be the biggest cp event of the year, and from the looks of it, it was, spanning 3 convention halls of the SMX.  Around 40,000 people bought tickets and the place was overflowing with cosplayers, enthusiasts, otaku, photographers, the curious, and everything in between.

 

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I finally got to bring my little arkadymac.com family together Cosplay Mania ’13: Kaloy, our Public Relations Officer and poster boy; Stephanie, our correspondent and official Genki Girl; Mao-chan, sessionist photographer and editor, and Bryan, our lead photographer.  Nicole, our premier model was also there to celebrate with us, as well as many other cosplayers, photographers and supporters who have believed in what arkadymac.com stood for: a place where people can go to see and share their love of cosplay.  Special thanks to those who have helped me out during this event, all my cosplay friends who have been with me since the very start, my Nakama Cosplay Group, and to those of you who have supported this blog, you have my gratitude.  Thank you.

 

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Cosplay Mania 2013, Day 1

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I had been looking forward to Cosplay Mania ’13 for the longest time because it was the first event I cosplayed in, so attending would mark my first year of cosplaying.  The past year has been quite a ride and I have been to many cosplay events, big and small, and each time I cannot help look back to the first time I wore a mask and a cloak. Today I was back at SMX where it all began and I remember the day when I saw all these amazing people in costumes ranging from the simple to the elaborate.

 

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There was a great assortment of people whose creativity overflowed in colors, shapes and textures, as if I was in the world of anime and games that I have longed to be in.  I was a part of this world where there were people who, just like me, longed to recreate this world, even if it was only for a short time.  Cosplay Mania ’13 promised to be the biggest cp event of the year, and from the looks of it, it was, spanning 3 convention halls of the SMX.  Around 40,000 people bought tickets and the place was overflowing with cosplayers, enthusiasts, otaku, photographers, the curious, and everything in between.

 

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Inside the halls were an assortment of booths and attractions that cater to all sorts of interests.  The program was going on in the background and had games, features, and special international guests, like renowned cplayers Reika, Kaname and Goldy to name a few.

 

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Outside the halls were costrippers, or those who enjoyed cosplaying and mixing it up with the crowd.  Visitors were constantly amazed at the sheer variety of the cosers, which reflected the various fandoms or realms of anime, manga, games, movies, comics, and pop culture.

 

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There was something for everyone at Cosplay Mania ’13, and for me it was the start of another page in my journey to the world of cosplaying.

 

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Special thanks to those who have helped me out during this event, all my cosplay friends who have been with me since the very start, my Nakama Cosplay Group, and to those who took photos for me and of me, and to those of you who have supported this blog, you have my gratitude.  Thank you.

 

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Please watch out for our coverage of Day 2.

 

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Toycon 2013, Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention Coverage (Recap)

 
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Day 1

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As if covering two events this week alone wasn’t already enough, it was already time to cover ToyCon 2013, the most anticipated pop culture event of the season.  “Good grief,” was all I could mutter as I’ll need more than luck and determination to cover this three-day event.   Luckily, the rest of the staff of arkadymac.com will be on hand to help me out in the coming days.
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And we are at the Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2013, or TOYCON 2013,  at SM Megatrade Halls 1, 2 and 3, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.  Running from June 14-16, the event promises lots of games, surprises, celebrities, booths, and freebies for everyone.  There’s something for everyone as the event is filled with all things fun and interesting about pop culture, from games, toys, hobbies, collectibles, movies and TV, anime and manga, comics and music.
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Although there are already a lot of attractions at the site, there was no particular cosplay event for the day, so there were not a lot of cospayers around. But still we wish to commend the effort of those who took the time  to make the event a little more colorful and a little more intersting through their cosplays.

 

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Well, ToyCon is just warming up. More attractions and events tomorrow, so please stay tuned for our coverage, okay? Thank you, and please drop by again.  Many thanks to Markie/Kaiji for being my assistant photographer.
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Day 2

 

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And just like that we’re back at SM Megamall for Day 2 of the Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2013, or TOYCON 2013, which is one of the biggest and most-awaited pop culture events in the country.      During its 3-day run from June 14-16, the ToyCon promises lots of games, surprises, celebrities, booths, and freebies for everyone.  There’s something for everyone as the event is filled with all things fun and interesting about pop culture, from games, toys, hobbies, collectibles, movies and TV, anime and manga, comics and music.

 

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It was such a grand event, and Cosplay celebrity Alodia Gosengfiao was there to make the event event more memorable.

 

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The main event of the second day is the individual cosplay competition held in the afternoon.  There were a lot of cosplayers who signed up for the competition, and they got to go on stage to perform in front of a large, receptive audience.  Also, there were lots of costrippers in around the venue, and we are more than happy to have taken photos of them as they display their delightful costumes to the crowd.

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Thank goodness for costrippers as they saved my day.  Thank you to those who posed for us. Even though there were so many people at the event, it looked like many still got to have fun.

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Do visit us again for our Day 3 Coverage as we’ll be going out full force.  Thank you for your support.

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 Day 3

 

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Cosplay correspondents Nyanbu and Obito-kun and lead photographer Brymac at the set of  ToyCon and Hero Face Off 2013, the biggest events of the season.

 

The senior staff of Xtian Mack’s Cosplay and Anime Cafe went out in full force last Sunday to bring you our special coverage of Day 3 of the Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2013, or ToyCon 2013, and the Hero Face Off Cosplay Cosplay Competition, the the biggest and most-awaited pop culture events in the country.   During its 3-day run from June 14-16, the ToyCon had lots of games, surprises, celebrities, booths, and freebies for everyone.  There’s something for everyone as the event is filled with all things fun and interesting about pop culture, from games, toys, hobbies, collectibles, movies and TV, anime and manga, comics and music.

 

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Nyanbu and Sean as Konohamaru posing for the cameras.

 

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 Conventions are the best places to find fantastic cosplays, like this one of Chun Li from the Street Fighter series.

 

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This lovely Kagura cosplayer poses with Obito and Nyanbu.

 

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 Nyanbu and Obito-kun fit right in with these fun-loving Naruto cosplayers.

 

 

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 We caught up with this pretty lady for an amazing photoshoot at the carpark as night fell.

 

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One of our next-to-mandatory anime special effects shots with our cosplay friends.

 

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 And we thought cute little  maids can’t get any better.

 

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The stunning Alodia Gosengfiao never fails to enthrall the crowd.

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Rock Band ChicoSci whips the audience into a frenzy at Hero Face Off.

 

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Our friend Ken as Orochi from SNK’s King of Fighters series.

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 Conventions are events where cosplayers get to goof off after doing a long day of cosplaying work  Well, okay. They goof off while working too.  

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Our friend, Sir Dave, as Master Pogi from Dragon Ball, enjoys interacting with the crowd.

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Conventions are where cosplayers get to meet old friends and meet new ones.

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And starting with this event we will be choosing someone as Cosplayer of the Day, an award handed out to the cosplayer who catches our fancy. Criteria are: 1. epicness, 2. nostalgic value or equivalent, and 3. sheer awesomeness.  These vague criteria are compounded by an even more dubious scoring system involving three judges: Nyanbu, Obito-kun and photogrpaher Brymac.

And our winner for Cosplayer of the Day is this fabulous Emporio Ivankov from One Piece, 2 votes against one, so that’s Nyanbu and Brymac’s “Yeah” versus Obito-kun “What the … is that?” Those who watch one Piece will certainly appreciate this zany okama and the effort alone of cosplaying him/her/it is grounds alone for a decisive win.  For his wonderful effort, this cosplayer will receive a lovely item from arkadymac.com during the next time we see him.

 

 

Thank you for visiting, and we hope you’ll visit us again soon for more great coverages of the hottest cosplay events in the metro.

 

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