Due to some personal matters, I wasn’t able to attend the the inaugural ToyCon + PopLife FanXperience event last year. Thus, when given the opportunity to cover this year’s iteration, I excitedly made trek to the SMX Convention Center at the Mall of Asia, despite an aching ankle.
And I got a nice treat in exchange for the pain.
A Parade of Celebrities
While the Philippine Toys, Hobbies, and Collectibles Convention does have celebrity guests every year, this is only the second time that they take centerstage in the event. That is thanks to ToyCon’s partnership with Pop Life Entertainment, bringing in FanXperience.
Dubbed the “Ultimate FanXperience”, the pop culture collaboration showcased exclusive show merchandise, exhibitions, and, of course, celebrity guests.
For this second installment of FanXperience, the event had an impressive lineup of guests. During Day 2, which served as ToyCon + op Life FanXperience 2017’s grand opening, present during the ribbon cutting ceremony were:
Stefan Kapicic (Deadpool’s Colossus)
Karen Fukuhara (Katan from Suicide Squad)
Kevin McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean’s Joshamee Gibbs)
Lindsay McKeon’ (Supernatural’s Tessa the Reaper)
Cas Anvar (The voice of Altair in the Assassin’s Creed: Revelations game)
Charlie Bewley (Dmitri from Twilight)
Aside from their appearance during the opening ceremonies, the guests also participated in the Meet and Greet event held at at the upper floor of the Convention Center.
Aside from the international guests, there were also a bevy of local pop culture celebrities present. Among them were YouTube personality and former DJ Sir Rex Kantatero and popular Sentai/Power Rangers cosplayer Chris Cantada.
Popular cosplayer Chris Cantada
I unexpectedly bumped into Cantada and his troops of Spidermen while they were rehearsing for their skit later in the evening and he happily posed for some quick shots.
But what was arguably one of the highlights of the event for for local comic book geeks (and showbiz fans) was the appearance of the latest actress to inherit local superheroine Darna’s magical stone: Liza Soberano. Soberano is set to portray the iconic Mars Ravelo character in a new Darna movie to be directed by Erik Matti.
To celebrate her appearance in the event, ToyCon and ABS-CBN, Soberano’s home network, launched a contest on Facebook for the chance of having a Meet and Greet session with her. I joined the contest just for fun and amusingly ended up being one of the fifteen. winners. Due to time constraints, the Meet and Greet event ended up being a quick photo op. But I did get this great pic with her.
The much awaited Pinoy pop culture convention for all ages is finally happening on June 30 to July 2, 2017 at SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. After the success launch event in Uptown Mall BGC last weekend, Toycon Philippines celebrates its 16th year anniversary of pop culture, toys, comics, geek stuff, fangirling/fandomness, and the ultimate catch phrase combined “FanXperience” which means those who will witness the three day craziness are very lucky ones because not only they moved to a larger space (second time), Philippine Toycon is partnered with Pop Life Entertainment. If you are the chosen one, you’ll get a chance to meet and greet some International celebrities and personalities, inspired by their live talks plus you’ll also get an opportunity to unveil world class exhibits and score hard to find exclusives.
During the press launch, they announce the list of International celebrities that Filipino fans will get a chance to meet them upclose:
Carla Perez – Rita Repulsa in the Power Rangers 90s TV Series
Charlie Bewley – The Vampire Dmitri, from the Twilight movie franchise
Lindsay Mckeon – Tessa the Reaper from the hit TV series, Supernatural
Karen Fukuhara – Katana of the Suicide Squad
Stefan Capicic – Colossus in the Deadpool Movie
Cas Anvar – the voice of Altair in Assassins Creed:Revelations
Kevin McNally – Joshamee Gibbs in all 5 Pirate of the Caribbean movies
I’m sure you all love to visit the biggest exhibits that this year’s highlights:
Japan’s top toy brand, Kotobukiya, displays its latest line of Marvel, Star Wars and DC figurines along with the launch of the Frame Arms Girl Anime and merchandise.
Warner Brothers features its movie exhibit of its upcoming line of hit movies, IT, Ninjago, Justice League and the original movie prop doll of the horror cult classic, Annabelle.
Mars Ravelo’s Superheroes are featured in their classic art and comic form courtesy of the Mars Ravelo Estate and ABS CBN Licensing.
The TOYCON Toy Club Gallery – The biggest toy collectors’ exhibit ever assembled under one roof featuring top toy brands, Kotobukiya, Enesco, Bandai, Hero Cross, Hasbro, Mattel, Hot Toys and Lego. This exhibit makes ToyCon one of the most photographed events in the country.
Artists Alley and custom artwork – fans meet their favorite local and international guest artists for custom sketches, signing and art critiquing.
The biggest dealer floor of around 240 merchants of various pop-culture merchandise, comics, accessories, cosplay merchandise, toys and collectibles
Other event highlights include:
The grand finals of the World Cosplay Summit Philippine Championship and our very own TOYCON Cosplay Competition
The awarding of the very first Pinoy Pop Culture Awards
Musical performances by British electronic duo, Addictive TV and top local bands
ToyClicks toy photography competition and the Toy Customization contest
WHAT NEW FOR THIS YEAR’S CONVENTION?
Pop Life Entertainment brings your ideas to life in the Creator Stage! All digital content creators and online celebrity aspirants can make their mark on the digital stage by creating their own content right at the Pop Life Creator Stage at the 2nd level of the SMX Convention Center. Share your genius and get a chance to be part of a global leader in multi-channel networks, Pro Am Studio! Enjoy a brand new set of toys in a whole new playground as the TOYCON POP LIFE FANXPERIENCE happens on June 30 to July 2, 2017 SMX Convention Center Manila Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City The event is organized by the Asian Comics, Toys & Hobbies Collective Inc. and Pop Life Entertainment
and co-presented by GLOBE. With sponsors MaxiCollector, Arigatoys, the Gaming Library, Warner Brothers Pictures, Bankee, Toy Empire, Ano Toys, Great Toys Online, Hygienix, Bully Boys Collectibles, Big Boys Toystore, Hubbyte, Kramer Toy Warden, Devant, Mogu-Mogu, and Bruder Toys.
With media partners, ABS-CBN, History Channel, Psicom, Manilascape, PBNet and Retro 105.9 DCG FM.
Everything about ToyconPH is posted on their official website – www.toyconph.com
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If you are trying to eliminate the jiggle around your waistline, tea may be a smart addition to our diet and abs workout program according to researches. Although drinking tea may not make belly fats magically dissolve immediately, believe me, it may help enhance the results.
Since the beginning of this summer season, I also started working out to at least reduce my belly fats, and I’m serious this time, really.
And since I am very eager to dispose my excess fats, I have been researching for ways on how to eliminate that jiggle around my waistline. And, based on my research, I found out that other than red wine before bed time, tea is also one of the best ways to aid in your weight lost program and I think it’s effective.
However, my biggest problem is that I am not really used into drinking tea as I am a coffee addict, and I am not sure if I would love the taste of tea. I really thought that switching into tea would be a big challenge for me, but when I tried, I found out it’s not and I actually enjoyed it.
From doing my abs work out in the morning, limiting my carbs and sugar intake, walking for at least 40 minutes a day to drinking a glass of red wine at night, I still want to add tea to my diet to maximize my daily weight loss program.
Knowing that I am hesitant to drink tea, a friend of mine from Japan recommended Karel Capek’s tea for my weight loss program since it has a wide variety of classic and flavored black teas to offer. She shipped a few flavors of the said tea all the way from Japan to Philippines so I could try a few flavors, hoping that I would love its taste, and bingo! She got me!
I was quite surprised that Karel Capek’s tea has really got the perfect tea blends for me. I tried all the flavors that my friend sent me – the Royal Apple, Cream Girls Tea, White Peach Tea and the 2017 Year’s Tea. I tried all of them, and with or without sugar and milk, I just love it! It has the rich and smooth flavor of tea that I would definitely enjoy.
What is even more surprising is when my 8-year old daughter, who is also a picky eater like me, tried my tea and she enjoyed its taste. In fact, she loves it and now she keeps on asking me to buy more. She loved the Cream Girls Tea the most since she loves strawberries.
I am grateful that I can now make my unica hija to drink tea without further ado. We could now both enjoy drinking tea while getting all the nutrients and benefits that it can provide to our health. Thanks to my very good friend for recommending Karel Capek.
Meanwhile, if you would ask the effect of tea for my weight loss, I feel like it’s indeed an effective way to reduce belly fats since I can really feel it. I am starting to lose some weight and my belly fat is starting to get smaller and smaller. So, cheers to a fitter and healthier new me!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR Aizelle joe is a full time working mom doing freelance writing jobs as her part time. The adage – “work hard, play harder” really applies to her as she loves to enjoy life to the fullest. She enjoys exploring new things such as new dining experience and traveling.