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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.

Cosplay Mania ’16: Day 1

 

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Already on its ninth spectacular year, the biggest cosplay event in the country just can’t be stopped as it opened to much fanfare October 1 at the SMX Convention Center.  Cosplay Mania has become an institution in the Philippines which has stepped up its offerings to its devoted followers in record numbers year after year.  Cosplay Mania ’16 has promised to be the biggest ever, further raising the bar on how cosplay events are done in the country as it launched the Cosplay Mania Event Series and partnering with Sozo to bring I Love Anisong to the Philippines for the first time in history.

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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.

Best of Anime / BOA 2015: Day 0 with STARMARIE Fanmeet and Ingress

 

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Best of Anime/BOA 2015 happens this weekend, and with arkadymac.com as an official media partner, we were there to give our readers a sneak peek into what to expect for this much-anticipated yearly event for fans of Japanese pop culture everywhere.

STARMARIE Asian Tour 2015 Fantastic in Manila

 

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It was a great weekend as a fan with Japanese fantasy idol group Starmarie arriving in Manila for the Philippine leg of their Asian tour.  They had a quick performance at Movie Stars Cafe Friday night shortly upon arrival, then a resounding and well-received performance at the Music Hall of SM Mall of Asia at Hero Faceoff 2015.  The stage was then set for their live concert at Movie Stars Cafe, named as STARMARIE Asian Tour 2015 Fantastic in Manila, and arkadymac.com is glad to be a media partner for the event to bring you the highlights of this much-awaited event.

Hero Faceoff 2015

 

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It was an exciting and competitive weekend for Philippine cosplay as Hero Faceoff 2015 showcased some of the best cosplayers from all over the country across different categories at the Music Hall of SM Mall of Asia. The stakes were high as not only the biggest cash prizes were up for grabs: the coveted invitation for the World Cosplay Summit to represent the country in Nagoya, Japan was waiting for the best team to perform in front of a huge crowd gathered that day.  The arkadymac.com team was of course there to bring you all the action and highlights for the event.

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.

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