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AsiaPOP Comicon Manila Coming Back Bigger this July on its Fourth Straight Year

 

The organizers of AsiaPOP Comicon Manila have announced that they will definitely be back even bigger this July for their fourth straight year in the country.  With impressive response from thousands of fans from all over the region during it’s first three editions, AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2018 will be back on July 27 to 29 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. 

Chinese New Year 2017 at Binondo

 

Already a yearly tradition for us, the arkadymac.com coverage team went to Binondo, Manila to welcome the Year of the Fire Rooster amid frenetic dragon and lion dances, bright lanterns, loud firecrackers, spectacular fireworks, and, more importantly, Chinese delicacies you’d only get to enjoy on that particular day. So Happy New Year, everyone! 恭喜發財,身體健康!祝大家一個新年快樂。希望你們有一個很好的二0一六!  Please join us in our adventures as we took part in the festivities with our friends at what is thought to be the oldest Chinatown in the world.

Chinese New Year 2016 at Binondo

 

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The arkadymac.com team went to Binondo, Manila to welcome the Year of the Fire Monkey amid frenetic dragon and lion dances, bright lanterns, loud firecrackers, spectacular fireworks, and, more importantly, Chinese delicacies you’d only get to enjoy on that particular day. So Happy New Year, everyone! 恭喜發財,身體健康!祝大家一個新年快樂。希望你們有一個很好的二0一六!  Please join us in the adventures as we took part in the festivities with our friends at what is thought to be the oldest Chinatown in the world.

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.

Chinese New Year 2015 at Binondo

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A happy Chinese new year to everyone as the arkadymac.com team welcomed the year of the wooden sheep in Binondo, Manila.  No cosplay events to cover here (although there were some random cosplayers there), but we just set out to enjoy the sights and sounds that Chinatown happily offered on this occasion.

Cosplay Mania ’14: Day 2

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arkadymac.com got to cover Cosplay Mania ’14: Day 2 as its media affiliate over the weekend.  Thousands upon thousands of people poured into the SMX to take part of this grand yearly spectacle, which is undoubtedly the biggest cosplay event of the year.  And being the most anticipated cosplay event of the year, Cosplay Mania draws in more and more attendees each year, coming from not only all over the Philippines, but also from all over the world, filling the SMX Convention Center at the SM Mall of Asia to capacity during the entire length of this exciting two-day event.

 

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In light of its successes in recent years, the Philippines’ premiere cosplay convention, Cosplay Mania, is taking another step forward to reach ‘world class’ status with Cosplay Mania Evolution!  Cosplay Mania Evolution promises to deliver even more thrills for fans of cosplay, anisong, anime, manga, and gaming in the Philippines and the rest of South East Asia.  Cosplay Mania Evolution has revitalized the Cosplay Tournament of Champions (TorCh), mixing in a new flavor that will certainly bring more depth and life to the competition! The TorCh Mentor system has been implemented, where each team will be assigned mentors to help them win the honor of representing the country in the Anime Festival Asia Regional Cosplay Championships, to be held in Singapore in December 2014.  Nine very competitive teams battled it out for the right to be crowned champion, but in the end, Team Kanor Cubes from the SM Manila leg won the honor with an exciting BTX performance that had the international judges nothing short of impressed.  Congratulations to the team of Louise and Brahms, and we wish them well preparing for the Anime Festival Asia Regional Cosplay Championships in Singapore.

 

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The event also features Meet-and-Greets with world-class cosplayers such as the all-time favorite KANAME☆ and Reika, along with international cosplayers Orochi X, Pinky, Vic and Jesuke. Cosplay Mania Evolution has even increased its stellar roster to include Japanese authority on cosplay Tatsumi Inui, and American cosplay superstar Vampy Bit Me.

 

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There were activities, games, and giveaways, the awesome music,  stellar cosplay performances all throughout the day, so everyone was sure to be busy enjoying themselves.  Prominent celebrity cosplayer Liui Aquino was there for autograph signings and appearances at the Cosmic Bytes Cosplay Shop booth and at the Otaku Asia booth for autograph signings, and the fans couldn’t get enough of him, with along line eagerly waiting for their turn to take a photo, a selfie, and share some words with their idol.  Liui told us that he was really overwhelmed and very grateful to the people who turned up to support him.

 

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An attraction I really liked was the Magic the Gathering Booth where attendees are invited to learn the game and play with their friends while being assisted by an experienced demo team.  As a player since 1994, it has been the first time they held an event of this scale in the Philippines, complete with a photobooth, displays, and rows upon rows of gaming tables.  I took part in it while in cosplay, and it was real fun seeing other cosplayers learn about it too.  After a game with the demo decks provided, participants even get to have a deck of 30 cards of a color of their choice.  I even got to chat with the demo team who said this event is truly one of a kind and I hope I get to see more of these in the future.

 

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Other interesting things we saw were the Doraemon mascots, the giant Pikachu that was irresistibly cute even to the coldest of hearts, and Mogu Mogu with its mascot breaking it down with the crowd to the latest dance hits.

 

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To end the event with a bang, Cosplay Mania Evolution featured the first ever JAM: Japanese Anime Music Concert in the Philippines, headlined by Aya Ikeda — the voice behind the theme songs of popular animes such as Heartcatch Precure!, Kindaichi Case Files and the online games “Finding Neverland Online” and “Harezora Monogatari.” She and other performers gave the attendees a night of amazing music to remember.

 

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On the second day of our coverage, we wanted to focus more on the thousands of cosplayers who came to take part in this grand spectacle.  The SMX was filled to capacity with cosplayers from all over the country, some taking the rare trip to Manila just to be part of Cosplay Mania.  We of course had a grand time taking pictures of friends, old and new, since opening to closing late at night.  After the JAM Concert,  Cosplay Mania ’14 finally ended, leaving much fun and memories for all those who attended.  They look forward to next year’s installment, one even bigger as it will cover Function Halls 1-5 on October 3-4, 2015.

 

 

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

 

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Cosplay Mania ’14: Day 1

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arkadymac.com got to cover Cosplay Mania ’14: Day 1 as a media affiliate over the weekend.  Thousands upon thousands of people poured into the SMX to take part of this grand yearly spectacle, which is undoubtedly the biggest cosplay event of the year.  And being the most anticipated cosplay event of the year, Cosplay Mania draws in more and more attendees each year, coming from not only all over the Philippines, but also from all over the world, filling the SMX Convention Center at the SM Mall of Asia to capacity during the entire length of this exciting two-day event.

 

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In light of its successes in recent years, the Philippines’ premiere cosplay convention, Cosplay Mania, is taking another step forward to reach ‘world class’ status with Cosplay Mania Evolution!  Cosplay Mania Evolution promises to deliver even more thrills for fans of cosplay, anisong, anime, manga, and gaming in the Philippines and the rest of South East Asia.  Cosplay Mania Evolution has revitalized the Cosplay Tournament of Champions (TorCh), mixing in a new flavor that will certainly bring more depth and life to the competition! The TorCh Mentor system has been implemented, where each team will be assigned mentors to help them win the honor of representing the country in the Anime Festival Asia Regional Cosplay Championships, to be held in Singapore in December 2014.

 

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The event also features Meet-and-Greets with world-class cosplayers such as the all-time favorite KANAME☆ and Reika, along with international cosplayers Orochi X, Pinky, Vic and Jesuke. Cosplay Mania Evolution has even increased its stellar roster to include Japanese authority on cosplay Tatsumi Inui, and American cosplay superstar Vampy Bit Me.

 

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The convention once again featured its signature events the Cosplay Solo Showdown, where Cykah was name Grand Champion, cosplaying as Wo Kung.  Stephanie Sumbre won the Hybrid Category and the Magic the Gathering Cosplay Award while Serreniethy Fionah won for the best Cosplayer 13 and under.

 

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There were activities, games, and giveaways, the awesome music,  stellar cosplay performances all throughout the day, so everyone was sure to be busy enjoying themselves.  Prominent celebrity cosplayer Liui Aquino was there for autograph signings and appearances at the Cosmic Bytes Cosplay Shop booth and at the Otaku Asia booth for autograph signings, and the fans couldn’t get enough of him, with along line eagerly waiting for their turn to take a photo, a selfie, and share some words with their idol.  Liui told us that he was really overwhelmed and very grateful to the people who turned up to support him.

 

 

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To end the event with a bang, Cosplay Mania Evolution featured the first ever JAM: Japanese Anime Music Concert in the Philippines, headlined by Aya Ikeda — the voice behind the theme songs of popular animes such as Heartcatch Precure!, Kindaichi Case Files and the online games “Finding Neverland Online” and “Harezora Monogatari”, and Loverin Tamburin — the band behind the opening theme for the anime Disgaea and the ending theme for Natsuhiro Drops.  They along with performances by Reika and Kaname gave the attendees a night of amazing music to remember.

 

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Sorry for the very quick recap of Day 1 as we need to go cover Day 2 right now.  The photos are all unedited, so please bear with us as we will be updating this article with better edited photos as soon as we can.

 

We hope to see you there for Day 2.  Thank you for dropping by, and please visit us again for more cosplay features here at arkadymac.com.

 

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Cosplay Mania ’14: Day 0

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We were there for Cosplay Mania ’14: Day 0, the ingress for the event.  Ingress is that often-frantic time when exhibitors and organizers are busy getting ready for the main event, as bringing supplies, materials,props, merchandise, and setting up booths and the stage can be quite the challenge.  It offers us a sneak peek into the process of making of the biggest cosplay event of the year.

 

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Function rooms 4 and 5 of the SMX Convention Center was bustling with activity as  exhibitors alike get ready setting their respective booths up and as the organizers prepare the stage and other attractions of the event.  Noticeable is the grand stage where the program will take place and where the international guests and performers will be making their appearances.  They were readying their giant Cosplay Mania ’14 tarps as well.

 

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Some booths were already set up and running,like this online game booth for Phantasy Star and DC Universe Online.

 

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The booth for the Embassy of Japan, one of my annual favorites along with the Animax booth.

 

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Then there’s the Cosmic Bytes booth, where you can get your cosplay needs from the latest wigs,costumes, accessories and contact lenses at the most agreeable prices.  Make sure to drop by as Liui Aquino is slated to make a special appearance that one shouldn’t miss.

 

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Also make sure to drop by the PID Clothing booth, where you can get the latest anime-inspired hoodies with the most creative designs.  Better drop by as early as you can as their stocks run out very quickly.

 

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arkadymac.com is excited as we will be a media partner for Cosplay Mania ’14, definitely the biggest cosplay event of the year, and you can be sure that we’ll be there to bring you the highlights of what truly is a spectacle.  Being the most anticipated cosplay event of the year, Cosplay Mania draws in thousands of attendees each year, coming from not only all over the Philippines, but also from all over the world, filling the SMX Convention Center at the SM Mall of Asia to capacity during the entire length of this exciting two-day event.

 

In light of its successes in recent years, the Philippines’ premiere cosplay convention, Cosplay Mania, is taking another step forward to reach ‘world class’ status with Cosplay Mania Evolution!  Cosplay Mania Evolution promises to deliver even more thrills for fans of cosplay, anisong, anime, manga, and gaming in the Philippines and the rest of South East Asia.  Cosplay Mania Evolution has revitalized the Cosplay Tournament of Champions (TorCh), mixing in a new flavor that will certainly bring more depth and life to the competition! The TorCh Mentor system has been implemented, where each team will be assigned mentors to help them win the honor of representing the country in the Anime Festival Asia Regional Cosplay Championships, to be held in Singapore in December 2014.

 

The event also features Meet-and-Greets with world-class cosplayers such as the all-time favorite KANAME☆ and Reika, along with international cosplayers Orochi X, Pinky, Vic and Jesuke. Cosplay Mania Evolution has even increased its stellar roster to include Japanese authority on cosplay Tatsumi Inui, and American cosplay superstar Vampy Bit Me.

 

 

The convention will once again feature its signature events the Cosplay Solo Showdown — where cosplayers get to strut their stuff on the catwalk; and the Cosplay Team Battle — where friends can band together and show the world that they are the team to beat.

 

To end the event with a bang, Cosplay Mania Evolution will feature the first ever JAM: Japanese Anime Music Concert in the Philippines, headlined by Aya Ikeda — the voice behind the theme songs of popular animes such as Heartcatch Precure!, Kindaichi Case Files and the online games “Finding Neverland Online” and “Harezora Monogatari”, and Loverin Tamburin — the band behind the opening theme for the anime Disgaea and the ending theme for Natsuhiro Drops.

 

 

Audiences, both old and new, will surely enjoy the activities, games, and giveaways, the awesome music, and the stellar cosplay performances — so join the Evolution! Tickets are still available at all SM Ticket outlets nationwide, or online via http://smtickets.com

About Cosplay Mania Evolution

Cosplay Mania is the Philippine’s premiere event for cosplay and cosplaying enthusiasts. As Cosplay continues to rise as a creative hobby for the young and old, the event continues to draw bigger crowds, with more than 25,000 attendees for last year’s two-day event. Now in its 7th year, Cosplay Mania celebrates the more than 10 years of Philippine cosplay history since the hobby’s humble local beginnings way back in the year 2000.

About Cosplay.PH

Established in 2006, Cosplay.Ph is the premiere website and online community for Cosplay afficionados in the Philippines. Based in Makati City, the company has spearheaded some of the biggest cosplay events in the country, such as competitions, conventions and workshops. Known among anime, gaming, toy, comic book and collectible groups, Cosplay.Ph has grown into an authority on Cosplay events and conventions, and has provided avenues for hobbyists to come together, interact and share their passion to the world.

 

We hope to see you there.  Thank you for dropping by, and please visit us again for more cosplay features here at arkadymac.com.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Event: Cosplay Mania ’14, the Biggest Cosplay Event of the Year

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arkadymac.com is excited as we will be a media partner for Cosplay Mania ’14, definitely the biggest cosplay event of the year, and you can be sure that we’ll be there to bring you the highlights of what truly is a spectacle.  Being the most anticipated cosplay event of the year, Cosplay Mania draws in thousands of attendees each year, coming from not only all over the Philippines, but also from all over the world, filling the SMX Convention Center at the SM Mall of Asia to capacity during the entire length of this exciting two-day event.

 

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In light of its successes in recent years, the Philippines’ premiere cosplay convention, Cosplay Mania, is taking another step forward to reach ‘world class’ status with Cosplay Mania Evolution!  Cosplay Mania Evolution promises to deliver even more thrills for fans of cosplay, anisong, anime, manga, and gaming in the Philippines and the rest of South East Asia.  Cosplay Mania Evolution has revitalized the Cosplay Tournament of Champions (TorCh), mixing in a new flavor that will certainly bring more depth and life to the competition! The TorCh Mentor system has been implemented, where each team will be assigned mentors to help them win the honor of representing the country in the Anime Festival Asia Regional Cosplay Championships, to be held in Singapore in December 2014.

 

The event also features Meet-and-Greets with world-class cosplayers such as the all-time favorite KANAME☆ and Reika, along with international cosplayers Orochi X, Pinky, Vic and Jesuke. Cosplay Mania Evolution has even increased its stellar roster to include Japanese authority on cosplay Tatsumi Inui, and American cosplay superstar Vampy Bit Me.

 

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The convention will once again feature its signature events the Cosplay Solo Showdown — where cosplayers get to strut their stuff on the catwalk; and the Cosplay Team Battle — where friends can band together and show the world that they are the team to beat.

 

To end the event with a bang, Cosplay Mania Evolution will feature the first ever JAM: Japanese Anime Music Concert in the Philippines, headlined by Aya Ikeda — the voice behind the theme songs of popular animes such as Heartcatch Precure!, Kindaichi Case Files and the online games “Finding Neverland Online” and “Harezora Monogatari”, and Loverin Tamburin — the band behind the opening theme for the anime Disgaea and the ending theme for Natsuhiro Drops.

 

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Audiences, both old and new, will surely enjoy the activities, games, and giveaways, the awesome music, and the stellar cosplay performances — so join the Evolution! Tickets are still available at all SM Ticket outlets nationwide, or online via http://smtickets.com

About Cosplay Mania Evolution

Cosplay Mania is the Philippine’s premiere event for cosplay and cosplaying enthusiasts. As Cosplay continues to rise as a creative hobby for the young and old, the event continues to draw bigger crowds, with more than 25,000 attendees for last year’s two-day event. Now in its 7th year, Cosplay Mania celebrates the more than 10 years of Philippine cosplay history since the hobby’s humble local beginnings way back in the year 2000.

About Cosplay.PH

Established in 2006, Cosplay.Ph is the premiere website and online community for Cosplay afficionados in the Philippines. Based in Makati City, the company has spearheaded some of the biggest cosplay events in the country, such as competitions, conventions and workshops. Known among anime, gaming, toy, comic book and collectible groups, Cosplay.Ph has grown into an authority on Cosplay events and conventions, and has provided avenues for hobbyists to come together, interact and share their passion to the world.

 

We hope to see you there.  Thank you for dropping by, and please visit us again for more cosplay features here at arkadymac.com.

 

 

Chinoy Hao Bang Cosplay Coverage

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Gong Xi Fa Cai in Mandarin and Gong Hey Fat Choy in Cantonese!  Xtian Mack’s Cosplay and Anime Cafe welcomes the Year of the Water Snake with a big bang with our special coverage of Chinoy Hao Bang 2013 at SM by the Bay at the SM Mall of Asia. Touted as the biggest Chinese New Year Celebration in Manila, Chinoy TV and Filipino-Chinese businesses, schools and organizations brought the best of Chinese culture in a spectacular display for everyone in attendance to see and experience.

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The exhibition grounds were filled with booths from participating clubs, organizations and businesses wanting to wish everyone luck and prosperity, bringing  games, prizes and giveaways to all those present.  Early in the day there was a Chinese lantern-making contest with participants and their creations reflecting the Year of the Snake in their designs. The program proper started with a cultural show that saw amazing performances from talented Filipino-Chinese students in beautiful, colorful costumes.  They wowed the crowd in singing, dancing and acrobatics.

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There was also a cosplay competition for Chinese-themed characters. The cosplayers performed on stage to the delight of the crowd.  There was then a delightful dragon dance performance as it turned evening, providing a festive mood up to the end of the program. To cap it off, a wonderful fireworks display was set off and it was beautiful as it was by the bay, the lights reflecting and illuminating off the waters of historic Manila Bay.

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All in all, it was an amazing event that set a great start for the Chinese New Year.

 

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It was quite rare to have a cosplay event with a Chinese theme attached to it, yet there were brave souls with lots of imagination who rose to the challenge.

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And of course, there are those cosplayers like me who just wanted to cosplay and wish everyone well in the Year of the Water Snake.

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Catch us again next time.

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