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PokeCon PH 2023: Bringing Pokémon Fans Together

It was a delightful celebration for all the wonderful things that have made Pokémon a world-wide phenomenon as the first-ever PokéCon PH was held last May 13, 2023 at Upperbox, Promenade Mall, Greenhills. With lots of games, attractions, booths, contests and special guests in store for attendees, PokéCon 2023 was a fun and memorable event for the Pokémon community.

Upcoming Event: PokeCon PH 2023

Pokemon fans from all over are in for a delightful adventure as the first-ever PokeCon PH will be bringing Pokemaniacs together this coming May 13, 2023 at Upperbox, Promenade Mall, Greenhills. With lots of games, attractions, booths, contests and special guests in store for attendees, PokeCon 2023 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting community events of the summer.

AniCon at Upperbox Events Place

It was a fun and enjoyable weekend for fans of anything and everything anime as the very first AniCon brought the many fandoms together. Presented by UNBOX Greenhills in partnership with Ozine Fest, AniCon was a free and open-to-the-public event which featured lots of anime merchandise, auctions, an Artist Alley, Anime Singing Contest, a Cosplay Competition and so much more.

arkadymac.com has long been a media partner for Ozine Fest events, so we were thrilled to do coverage once again with our Correspondents Lia and Sabthulu and photographer Jake as we bring you the highlights from this event at Greenhills Promenade.

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.

Great Toys at Great Prices only at GreatToysOnline



We never really outgrow our love and fascination for toys, and we are glad the people at GreatToysOnline are always ready to satisfy our cravings.  Established in 2001 by fellow collectors, GreatToysOnline has gone on to be one of the leading Philippines online toys and sports superstores, delivering quality original and genuine US and Japan toys to their fellow enthusiasts.  We are then excited to announce that arkadymac.com will be partnering with GreatToysOnline in showcasing the best and  latest in toys this season with help from our photographer and cosplay model Mitch.


COD 2013: Christmas on Display Opening at Greenhills



Last night I was fortunate enough to be part of the Christmas Season kickoff program at the Greenhills Shopping Center. My friends and I helped in entertaining 300 street children and students from different parts of San Juan, with lots of games, prizes and attractions, the grandest of which was front row seats to the first night of the C.O.D., Christmas on Display moving mannequin show.  This sent me into a fit of nostalgia again as I still remember watching this Christmas spectacle as a child with my parents.




Whenever Christmas approached, my parents would take me to COD Department Store along Avenida, then later on Cubao, the original locations of the display before it was adopted by Greenhills Shopping Mall.  There was something about the synchronized lights and music and dancing figures that had people watch on in awe, myself included, of course.  It was always free to watch: one just needed to have a place ready at a distance to watch it from.  The show ran for several minutes and had shows several times a night.




This year’s display featured an “Oriental Christmas” theme, with a good number of mannequins of soldiers, horses, even a dragon.  The sets and backgrounds were also well crafted and brilliantly lighted, adding to the delight of the spectacle.   It ran for several minutes and was warmly appreciated by the crowd.






Jaime Rivera was there to share a few Christmas songs to set up the mood.  Also, Alex Rosario, owner of C.O.D. and the one who had the concept of the well-beloved Christmas display, was there to give a short talk about it.  On his wheelchair he described how it has become a passion for him that has been shared to his family and through the Filipino people has become a tradition for many decades since 1957.  He said that the display had weathered many calamities and many challenges, which is why he was happy to still see it running and bringing happiness to young and old alike.




For those of my generation and the ones before me, the COD show is as much a Christmas tradition as puto bumbong and bibingka in an era without Imax (or SM for that matter).  I had wondered how today’s children though about it.  I looked beside me and saw the amazed faces of the street children and students invited to watch it and I realized that, perhaps, enjoying the decades-old COD Christmas show was indeed special and universal.




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