Anime Fair and Out of the Box Pop Convention at Ayala Malls Manila Bay

Making its mark on the cosplay and hobby community with its successful initial run November last year, Anime Fair was back even bigger than before as part of the Out of the Box Pop Convention last January 13-15, 2023 at Ayala Malls Manila Bay. The event got to open another exciting year for the community, with many attractions, games, contests, and entertainment, including crowd favorites such as Anime Singing Contest and the Cosplay Competition. Thousands of cosplayers and anime enthusiasts once again got to enjoy the fun, lively and festive mood and the amazing locations at Ayala Malls Manila Bay.

Anime Fair was presented by Ozine Events, the organizer of popular anime and cosplay events like Ozine Fest and Otaku Expo, and hosted by Ayala Malls Manila Bay as part of the Out of the Box Pop Convention. Anime Fair returns this year as a three-day celebration of all things that are fun about fandoms, anime and cosplay, and it got to featured cosplay competitions, anime singing contests, games, raffles, giveaways, contests, auctions, and much more.

And a popular mainstay of Ozine Events are the sheer number and variety of booths and exhibitors where attendees got to browse and have their fill of all the merch they simply want to have, like figures, toys, artwork, cosplay goods, accessories, and so many more, Alongside Anime Fair, there was also the Sticky Expo Pop-up which offered stickers and other works of art that stick.

Ayala Malls Manila Bay was an amazing venue for Anime Fair since the first one back in November, hosting this major anime and cosplay event that was free and open to the public. Ayala Malls Manila Bay was stylish and very expansive, with many generously open spaces for cosplayers and attendees alike. Ayala Malls Manila Bay was very welcoming and generous as it opened Japan Town, one of their country-specific shopping sections, and the Sun Garden to the cosplayers for many great photoshoots that are truly memorable.

Wanting to provide engaging entertainment for everyone, Anime Fair had an exciting program lined up for all three days, and one of the crowd’s favorites is the Anime Singing Competition, where some of the best singers in the community got to show their skills on stage in front of a huge and appreciative audience, with the winners taking home some very nice prizes.

Anime Fair also presented very exciting and very engaging Cosplay Competitions that saw many talented cosplayers, impressing the judges and the audience with very skillful and very entertaining performances over the two days of the event. The winners who prevailed got tremendous admiration from their peers and great prizes for them to take home.’s Correspondents Celine, DK and Lia got to serve as the judges for the competition, a difficult task as there have been so many incredible performances from the contestants.

And of course, was there for our beloved community of cosplayers, who got to enjoy the event and the wonderful venue that Ayala Malls Manila Bay offered. They had memorable photoshoots at the many stylish locations, had their photos taken by mallgoers and fellow cosplayers, and had fun in the company of people with the same fandoms. They have said that they would want to have another cosplay event at Ayala Malls Manila Bay, which has treated the community very well.

Once again, we are thankful to Ozine Events and Ayala Malls Mani Bay for bringing Anime Fair to life and providing another exciting, fun and memorable event to the community. Congratulations on a successful event, and we are already looking forward to the next one. is proud to have been the media partner for Anime Fair. Many thanks to our Photographers Keileen and Mat for helping out in our coverage, as well as our Correspondents Celine, DK and Lia for serving us judges for the event.

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Xtian Mack

Xtian Mack took up AB English Studies, Major in Creative Writing at UP Diliman. Currently works for a medical transcription company. He is the Founder of, doing photography, writing, and reporting for the website. He has covered over 300 cosplay, anime, gaming, and pop culture events in the last five years. Loves cute and furry things.

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