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AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2017 Press Conference

 

Giving everyone a glimpse of the many exciting things in store for fans of pop culture this weekend, AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2017 held its press conference at the C Lounge of Conrad Hotel at the Mall of Asia Complex.  Presented to the media were stunning American cosplayer Haiden Hazard, our very own outstanding cosplayer Jin Joson, exceptional visual artist Quiccs, American comic book writer, artist and teacher Carl Potts, revered Filipino comic book artist Whilce Portacio, and creative director and co-founder of tokidoki, Simone Legno.  All of them were thrilled to meet fans and enthusiasts from all over this weekend.

AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016 Day 3

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The biggest pop culture event in Asia had landed in Manila and was unstoppable on its third straight day as AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016 welcomed thousands of attendees from all over the world.   Spanning the entire SMX Convention Center at the Mall of Asia Complex, the scale that APCC 2016  was on was mindblowing, and on its second straight year it had an impressive lineup of guests and unique attractions from around the world for attendees to enjoy, bringing the latest and hottest trends, activities, and attractions pop culture had to offer. For a glimpse of an exciting Day 1, click here, and for our coverage of Day 2, click here.

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AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016: Day 2

 

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The biggest pop culture event in Asia had landed in Manila and was going strong on its second straight day as AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016 welcomed thousands of attendees from all over the world.   Spanning the entire SMX Convention Center at the Mall of Asia Complex, the scale that APCC 2016  was on was mindblowing, and on its second straight year it had an impressive lineup of guests and unique attractions from around the world for attendees to enjoy, bringing the latest and hottest trends, activities, and attractions pop culture had to offer. For a glimpse of an exciting Day 1, click here.

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AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016: Day 1

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The long wait was over but the excitement had just begun as AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016 finally opened its doors to the public for the first time last Friday.  Spanning the entire SMX Convention Center at the Mall of Asia Complex, APCC 2016 will definitely be the biggest pop culture event the country has seen, with an impressive lineup of guests and unique attractions from around the world for attendees to enjoy.

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AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016 Press Conference Kicks Off Pop Culture-Filled Weekend

 

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Extraordinary artists gathered from all over the world got to show what exciting things are in store for fans of pop culture this weekend as AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016 held its press conference at the luxurious 5-star Hilton Conrad Hotel at the Mall of Asia Complex.  Presented to the media were APCC’s special guests, world-renowned cosplayer Alodia Gosiengfiao, comic book veterans Whilce Portacio, Ken Lashley, and Mike Zeck, along with exceptional artists Jason Palmer and Shinichiro Kitai from DEVILROBOTS, all thrilled to meet fans and enthusiasts from all over this weekend.

Wargods Recognized as Most Innovative Online Gaming Cafe at Best Choice Awards 2016

 

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Innovation has always been the hallmark of any successful enterprise, and Wargods Pro Gaming Arena has shown that it has what it takes to be a leader in the industry as it claimed the title of Most Innovative Online Gaming Cafe at Best Choice Awards 2016 at the Eastwood Richmonde Hotel in Libis.  Mac Ryan Lai, COO of Wargods, was also awarded as Best Choice Achiever for Accomplishment and Success in Inovative Online Gaming Industry.

Vampy, Jeremy Shada, Make Out Monday, Allison Harvard, J Ryu at APCC Presscon

 

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Excitement for upcoming event AsiaPop Comic Con Manila 2015 reached fever-pitch as amazing international guests made smashing appearances one after another for the media at the press conference Tuesday afternoon.  Held at the plush Salon de Ning of The Peninsula Manila, Vampy, Jeremy Shada, Make Out Monday, Allison Harvard, and J Ryu surprised everyone by already being in Manila to help promote the event. arkadymac.com is an official media partner for APCC Manila 2015, and we are glad to bring you the highlights of the event.

Kami’s 18th Birthday Cosplay Party

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We were fortunate to be part of an important day of a friend last week as Kami, a a young but talented photographer in her own right, celebrated her 18th birthday party.  For those in the Philippines, the debut is a young lady’s coming of age party, where she is presented to family and friend who have been a part of their young lives.   With debuts often being a formal suit-and-gown type of affair, Kami chose hers to be unique, one with a cosplay there surrounded by the cosplayers and photographers who have made a profound influence in her life.

 

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Held at the lavish poolside of Mandarin Oriental in Makati, Kami’s 18th Birthday Cosplay Party started in the afternoon with everyone getting ready, donning their cosplays for the evening festivities.  Guest trickled in throughout the subsequent hours until everyone was gathered and formally welcomed.  After a splendid dinner the program began.

 

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Of course, a debut wouldn’t be complete without the eighteen roses and candles.   The event hosts had their  own little twist into it with the 18 dances.   Friends and family danced the night with Kami, who was utterly enchanting in her Elsa cosplay.  Watching her dance with everyone was a delightful sight with the beautiful view of the moon and the lighted poolside.  After the dance, the debutante had a 5-minute break to freshen up and getting ready for the for the next part of the program.

 

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Next was the 18 treasures. Friends from the cosplay community, family members, high school friends and chosen guests came up the stage and waited their turn to say what their gift to Kami was.  All the gifts are connected to Kami’s hobbies and interests. Some gave her makeup kits because they want to see her more of a lady as she would rather be seen in hoodies. Some gave gifts connected to anime and photography. She was indeed touched by the sincerity of the loving people around her.

 

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Finally came the most emotional part of the program, the 18 candles. The most memorable part of the program was that Kami’s best friends were there.   It made her really tearful to hear them say their best wishes to Kami.  Strangely enough, I was invited to be part of it even though I was not a pretty lady.  I had the chance to tell her what a wonderful person she was, always kind, caring and friendly, and that she had made a significant impact in people’s lives with her smile.  I then invited everyone to sing the birthday song for her, with the song loud and clear that everyone really wished her the happiness she was feeling that moment.

 

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There were other events like the cosplay catwalk, dance showdown, a photobooth, selfies, Kami’s cake-cutting, more selfies, then photoshoots with everyone.  It was indeed a magical night filled with fun, tears, and much happiness.  It was an event many won’t soon forget as Kami gets ready to face new challenges in life while knowing she has this many people supporting and wishing her well all the way.

 

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We would like to thank Kami for inviting us to this splendid affair.  We really are happy for you.  Many thanks as well to the cosplayers and photographers who were there.  The event was really magical with all the cosplayers around that it was dubbed KamiCon.

 

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Many thanks to our coverage partner and features writer Jillian Rose for covering the event, writing the article and taking photos for this coverage.  Many thanks as well to Alphard Penetrante of Snapshot Fantasy for sharing his photos of the event with us.

 

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