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UNBOX Con 2023: Celebrating Hobbies and a Whole Lot More
Coming back for another exciting edition for those who can’t get enough of toys, sneakers, cards, cosplay and tech, UNBOX Con 2023 became the hub of many hobby communities last May 20 to 21 2023, at the SMX Convention Center Manila. With well over 200 merchants and exhibitors of collectibles, international and local guests and YouTubers, exclusive releases, auctions, giveaways, raffles, and performances, UNBOX Con 2023 was definitely one of the biggest hobby conventions of the year.
Upcoming Event: UNBOX Con 2023
Coming back for another edition this year for those who can’t get enough of toys, sneakers, cards, cosplay and tech, UNBOX Con 2023 will be happening this coming May 20-21 2023, at the SMX Convention Center Manila. With over 200 merchants and exhibitors of collectibles, international and local guests and YouTubers, exclusive releases, auctions, giveaways, raffles, and performances, UNBOX Con 2023 will definitely be the hub for hobbyists and enthusiasts from all over the world.
Cos Festival 2022: Cosplay Fun for Everyone
There were lots of fun and surprises for everyone as the very first Cos Festival made a roaring debut at Greenhills Promenade last weekend. Presented by UNBOX Greenhills in partnership with Ozine Fest and Hobby Hive Café, Cos Festival was a free and open-to-the-public event which featured a Cosplay Parade, shops, a café, artwork, auctions, anime toys, raffles, giveaways and more, much to the delight of the many cosplayers, pop culture enthusiasts and even casual visitors alike.
Aniporium Grand Launch: Live your Anime Fantasy
The anime and hobby community had much to be ecstatic about as fans from all around the metro and beyond got to live our their anime fantasy last May 27 with the Grand Launch of Aniporium by Avalon Oath, Your Anime Company at 928, Antonio Arnaiz Ave., San Lorenzo, Makati City. The store opened to much fanfare as guests and customers were welcomed through the doors to enjoy an afternoon of shared love for all things anime.
arkadymac.com has been invited to cover the event, and we had our Correspondent and Cosplay Model Keileen and Photographer Jake bring us the highlights of Aniporium’s Grand Launch.
Collecticon 2012 Toy Fair and Cosplay Coverage
(Note: This is re-posted since it’s only now I got to upload the pics. Sorry.)
Though not technically a cosplay event, I decided to cover Collecticon 2012 anyway since it still promised to be an interesting event showcasing hobbyists and collectors and toys and nostalgia and all these seemingly bizarre aspects of pop culture coming together into one crazy mash-up at Robinsons Place Manila. Well over 3,000 people attended the event.
What is it with toys and big boys (and girls)? For some it’s the admiration of cultural icons like movie and comic book heroes. For some it’s nostalgia, while for some they just find them cute. Toys appeal to our inner child and whatever our age, we continue to have a fondness for them.
Collecticon 2012 Event Coverage
Already on its 5th year, Collecticon was an event organized by Hobbiworx Inc. and Pinoytoykolektors.com held at Robinsons Place Manila last Oct. 6 & 7, 2011. It was a two-day event conceptualized to be a collectors’ ultimate experience, bringing together hobbyists, enthusiasts, collectors, and merchants towards better understanding and exposure of these kinds of activities to the public.
Placed throughout the entire 1500 sq.m. of open activity space at the Midtown Atrium, more than 60 booths with a bewildering number and variety of merchandise were on display. Items on sale include toys, figures, model kits, cosplay props, comic books, CDs, Gundam, and lots of anime/cartoon-themed goods.
To get the mall-goers interested about Collecticon, activities were held throughout the afternoon, such as the Collectors Display and Exhibit, Toy Auctions, Customizers Clinic & Workshop, Trivia Contests, Life Size Displays, Photo Contests and the Superhero Costripper of the Day.
I get the impression that the afternoon program was not as organized as it should be. The few staff that were running the show were often seen to be left to their own devices on how to go about the program. Well, they managed to generate some interest anyway through the auctions and the mini-contests like the bring-me and impromptu dance contests. Many mall-goers did become curious and participated in the more casual activities and more importantly bought some merchandise from the stalls. Hooray for capitalism.
So all in all, I would say that despite a modest and cautious effort from the the organizers of Collecticon, the event was still as success in that it managed to generate public interest in their hobbies and giving them a peek at how fascinating these hobbies can be. All in all, a fun and festive event for everyone involved.
Collecticon 2012 Cosplay Coverage
For some strange reason I had the feeling I shouldn’t expect much from this particular event. When I got there around 10am, the place was busy enough with people, but I got the feeling that it was more focused on the stalls and the sales. The program that came later in the afternoon for the event otherwise went well but was not too exciting.
There was an event called the Superhero Costripper of the Day that just degenerated into a free-for-all, whatever-happens-happens cosplay show-off where a still sizable number of cosplayers participating. Not a lot of heavyweight veteran cosplayers at this event though. I would suppose they were already tired from Cosplay Mania ’12 the week before, or they were unaware of the event, or were aware of the event but ignored it altogether thinking the cosplay won’t be that much of a factor in this event. Well, with these prospects, I thought that it would be a great opportunity for me to grab some cosplay time and earn myself some experience.
So I, Xtian Mack, made my second cosplay attendance and even made my competitive debut by joining the Superhero Costripper of the Day Contest, which strangely didn’t involve superheroes or stripping. Go figure. Anyway, I had a great time. I even met my first cosplay friends there. I was pretty sure a hundred people asked to take pictures of me and pictures with me. I was overjoyed. Moms and kids and even the elderly took pictures with me with everything from old phones, digicams, tablets and what have you. For just my second cosplay appearance, I really had a great time being crazy. Not a hobby most of my friends would agree of or be supportive of, but a rewarding hobby for me nonetheless.