Newport Plaza , Newport Mall – Pasay City – Philippines
Newport Plaza, Newport Mall
Thousands of people from all walks of life troop to the main plaza within Newport Mall in Pasay City. Some of participants came as far from Bicol , Pangasinan , Cebu and Davao .
life size statutes of action hero and villains were on display on the ground floor
life size statue of Predator
This life-sized statute of the Predator, A science fiction / horror film shown in 1987 is a crowd drawer , soliciting OH and AH’s . I must say that base on the number of people taking picture . This is also the ” Most Photogenic ” .
LED staircase advertise the upcoming events
Mr. Joseph De Leon is a superman follower since he was a kid. He started to impersonate Superman since November 2012 and he also collects toys , comics and other related items .
storm trooper from star wars
There was the parade of storm troopers by Philippine 501 , The 501st Legion is a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans. While it is not sponsored by Lucasfilm Ltd., it is Lucasfilm’s preferred Imperial costuming group. Star Wars, its characters, costumes, and all associated items are the intellectual property of Lucas film.
Aside from appearances in toy convention and cosplay events . The group also donates all proceeds to helping those who cannot help themselves, They prioritized children’s charity projects.
Mr. Lyndon Gregorio with his recently published book VOCAbolero
Mr. Lyndon Gregorio-comic artist-writer for Beerkada is a well-known comic book illustrator and had published his latest work VOCAbolero – I have bought a copy of his recent book and have it autographed during the event.
Mr. Micheal Jacinto ” Cholo” F. Manilin together with Ms. Kyla
Before the formal press conference started , There was a short program led by emcee Mr. Cholo Manilin which gave away interesting ballers to the people who can answer the trivia correctly . His first question ” What is the name of Superman’s pet dog ? ” Answer : Krypto – answered by Ms. Kyla
Mr. Manilin together with Ms. Claire
The second question : ” What is the name of the Biological Mother of Superman ? ” Answer : ” Lara ” answered by Ms. Claire
Mr. Cholo Manilin together with Mr. Joseph De Leon
His third trivia question ” Name at least 5 Superman Actors in Film ” Answer : Kirk Alyn , George Reeves, Christopher Reeve , Brandon Routh, Henry Cavill – answered by Superman impersonator – Mr. Joseph De Leon- He won a limited collector’s edition Philippine Batman comics.
Superman figurines and Bugs Bunny in a superman costume
angry birds head gear
Micheal Jordan figurines 1/6
Standing tall at almost 13 inches as it is based on Micheal Jordan’s official height of 6’6’’, this limited edition model is from the toy maker’s “Real Masterpiece” collection – a range of accurately depicted, lifelike figurines that focuses on some of the most recognizable faces in the world. According to the exhibitor of the Micheal Jordan’s figurines , These are limited edition series with 2,000 pieces manufactured . 400 pieces on 1/26, 400 on 1/27, 120 on 1/28, 120 on 1/29, 120 on 1/30, 120 on 1/31, 300 on 2/1, 300 on 2/2, 120 om 3/2). The price point is almost a steal as these collectibles are a great investment and will skyrocket in value because of demand and scarcity. They’re already going for triple or quadruple price in Ebay and other on-line stores ! About a thousand people lined up for the release on the first day in Hong Kong alone .
There are between 30 to 50 Micheal Jordan figurine collectors in the Philippines !
organizers of the Toy Convention 2013
Hero channel – marketing executive Mr. Albert Patrick Laroco and Mr. Cholo Manllillin
Hero TV or sometimes called HERO , the first and only multi-genre all-Filipino dubbed anime channel in the Philippines. It was founded around 2005 under the Creatives Program Incorporated, a subsidiary of ABS- CBN channel 2. Its programming is composed primarily of Tagalog-dubbed anime aimed at young audiences.
Anime Face-OFF: TOYCON 2013 in partnership with HERO TV the event will be the venue for the Ultimate Hero Face-off Cosplay Battle competition, Now on its 4th year celebrates Filipino creativity through costume playing , The TWO local winners qualifies to participate in the World Cosplay Summit in Japan.
For those interested in joining , Please visit these sites:
Mr. Mark Cerezo
Mr. Mark Cerezo loves toys and anime – according to him , He would use recycled plastics, rubber and other items from the leftovers of shoe factories in Marikina . He also had a group called ” Pinoy Malikhain ” which gives FREE puppet shows to indigent communities in Marikina and other areas. He is also called ” Rubber Artist” of Marikina City and he had been in many part of the world because of his unique cosplay character costumes ! He was featured in a commercial of a well -known energy drink which salutes Filipino Modern Heroes .
Media Coverage: I must say that Toy Mania at Newport Mall was well attended by media personalities from Kapamilya, Kapatid , Kapuso , Hero TV and I have seen a lot of bloggers which came in full force to support the event.
Mr. Mark Zambrano of GMA channel 7 together with Ms. Lizette Ilaga- Talent and Press Relations Manager ( Anime Alliance)
The event is co-presented by Collectibles Unlimited , Hero TV, SM Megatrade Halls, sponsored by Maxi Collector , Toy Kingdom, Toy Empire, Warner Brothers Pictures and DC Comics. With special thanks to Big Boys Toy Store, Greta Toys, Revoltech, Nickelodeon , Comic Odyssey , Comicxhub, Buhawi Studio, CIIT, Oreo, Loctite, Mozilla and Resorts World – Manila.
Media Partners: ABS-CBN channel 2, 99.5 Play FM and supported by Anime Alliance , One Sixth Republic and Komikon .
Note :I would like to ” Thank”the organizers of the event . All photos are taken by the author.