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Toy Convention Poplife FanXperience 2018

Toy Convention 2018 which is dubbed as the country’s premier toy and pop culture event . It is also Asia’s longest-running culture convention for toys, collectibles, and various pop culture fandoms, announced the latest line up of guests for this year’s highly-anticipated event.

There are between 50,000 to 70,000 expected attendees in this year’ convention. There are a lot of pop culture icons to grace the event.

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Two Power Rangers, a Peter Pan Fire Lord, a lycan (ie. werewolf), and a legendary comic book creator are coming to TOYCON POPLIFE FanXperience 2018 on June 8-10, 2018 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

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Leading the list is comic book industry Hall of Famer Neal Adams, whose reinvention of Batman’s look to the blue-and-gray color scheme highlights his work and influence during the 1960s and 1970s, aside from creating Batman villains Ra’s al Ghul and Man-Bat, and revitalized other titles such as Green Lantern, Green Arrow, and X-Men.
Filipino-American actor Dante Basco will get to meet his kababayan fans. He played Peter Pan’s sidekick Rufio in the 1991 movie Hook alongside Robin Williams, and is the voice actor for the fire-bender Zuko in Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender, Jake Long in Disney’s American Dragon: Jake Long cartoon series, as well as various video game characters.

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Two actors from the Power Rangers franchise will share the TOYCON 2018 stage. Jason David Frank played the Green Ranger and the White Ranger in the 1993-1996 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series and its other iterations over the years. Michael Copon’s breakout role was playing the Blue Ranger in last year’s Power Rangers: Time Force movie, but he was also known for his roles in the TV series One Tree Hill.
American actress, fashion model and beauty queen, Kelly Hu will join Toycon, he’s popularly known to play as Sorceress Cassandra in The Scorpion King movie, then Kelly played a villain in X-men 2 movie as Lady Deathstrike, the mutant with adamantium finger claws. She did voice roles for characters in Phineas and Ferb, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Green Lantern:Emerald Knight. On TV she played as Pearl on CW series The Vampire Diaries and also in Arrow tv series as China White.

According to Cholo Mallillin, Event Marketing Head for TOYCON PH, this year’s event aims to give Filipino pop culture fans a playground experience with a community that shares their common interests.

“What we want to give TOYCON fans every year is a sense of belonging to various fan communities. We bring in guests and experiences that bring fans back to why they collect toys, cosplay, read comics, or rewatch their favorite TV series or movies in the first place,” Mallillin said.
Mallillin added that more guests and attractions will be announced in the coming days and even on the opening day itself.

Sikat Ka Toy

Among the other attractions in TOYCON 2018 is “Sikat Ka Toy!”, the Philippine’s first ever toy design contest. Artists and toy aficionados can submit their designs by June 2 for a chance to receive more than Php 30,000 worth of prizes and the opportunity to have their winning toy design produced for limited sale. Toy designs for the Sikat Ka Toy! contest can be emailed to toyconph@gmail.com by June 2, 2018, and contest mechanics are on toyconph.com.

Toy Exclusives

Other attractions for this year include toy exclusives from the popular Funko toy line, as well as toy exhibits and launches from global designers, Anatoy from South Korea, Coarse from the USA, Deewy from China, Playhouse from Thailand, and Hidden Fortress Manila featuring the works of premier Pinoy toy designer Quiccs Maiquez.

Highlights:
The biggest gathering of Toys, comics and merch exhibitors in the country
The biggest toy display by the Philippines Toy Group Association
International celebrities and guest from PopLife FANX
International toy designers from Philippines, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand and USA
Toy exhibit by XM Studios, Sideshow, Prime One and Hot Toys
Visual art exhibit by Toym Imao
Arts and Comics artist Alley
Filipino Comics Legends Exhibit
ABS CBN Display
Cosplay K.O.
Solar, Jack TV and MTV display
Sinag Animation Presentation
TMC mini cinema showing Tokyo Ghoul, Fist of Fury and The Wailing
TRESE Toy Launch
The Creator Stage featuring online creators and celebrity
Gaming Stage
Sound Arena Stage featuring: KISSBEE, HYOLYN and APL DE AP
Warner Bros. presents Teen Titans and The Meg
Action figure and toy customization contest
Sikat Ka Toy! Philippine toy design competition
Toycon Exclusive – TEQ63 Manila Killa by Quiccs
Toycon Exclusive – Toycon Minifig by Pinoy LUG
Pinoy Pop Culture Icon Award
AND MANY MORE…….

TOYCON 2018 + POPLIFE FANX is sponsored by Maxi Collector, Legendary Beast Studio, XM, Filbars, Great Toys Online, and Gaming Library.

Supported by Kramer Toy Warden, Warner Bros, Tagalized Movie Channel, Sinag Animation Studios, Anotoys Collectibles, Hubbyte Toys and Collectibles, Dreamworks Dreamplay, City of Dreams Manila, Shopback, Halimaw Studios, Big Boys Toy Store, KidsCompany, Bandai, Gundam Build Divers, Devant, Tamashii Nations, Good Smile Company, Jinio, Comic Odyssey, DC Superheroes Cafe, Food Panda, Bruder, Xend and Oishi O Wow.

Media Partner with ABS CBN, Expat Philippines, WheninManila.com, Manila Bulletin, MTV Philippines, Jack TV, PSICOM Publishing, Retro 105.9, Clickthecity.com and the Philippine Bloggers Network.

Event Partner with TEQ63, Anima Alliance, Philippine Toy Groups Association and Ex-Link Events

TOYCON POPLIFE FanXperience 2018 regular day passes and FanX VIP Experience passes are available in all SM Ticket outlets or through www.toyconph.com.

 

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6th Anniversary PHOS Show

Philippine Hamster Owner Society in partnership with Star Mall , Mandaluyong, Manila Bulletin, Juan Love Pet presents a two-day hamster and pet exposition from June 16 and 17, 2018 at Star  Mall, Mandaluyong City.

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It is open to the public with free public lecture and competition like hamster show, hamster race, pound for pound, diy bin set -up, worming eating , raffles and giveaways.

Highlights of the Selyo ng Pamana Exhibition

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Philippine Philatelic Federation stamp club members opens the Stamp Exhibition in celebration of National Heritage Month held at the lobby of the historic Manila Central Post Office Building in Liwasang Bonifacio

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Photo shows (Left to Right) Rey Ong, President of the Philippine Philatelic Federation (PPF), Joel L. Otarra, PHLPost Postmaster General and CEO.  Rico S. Pableo, Jr., Executive Director, National Commission for Culture and the Arts and Dr. Jaime C, Laya, President and CEO, Philtrust Bank and  known cultural heritage proponent during the formal opening ceremony. 

The ceremony started with two ribbon cutting ceremony past 3:00 pm at the main lobby of the Philippine Postal Corporation in Manila. The exhibit runs until May 28 Monday . The PHLPOST main lobby operates from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm monday to friday and 8:00 am to 12:00 noon on saturday.

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There is also a live band from Manila Cityhall and representatives from National Museum, NCCA, Mama Sita Foundation, SM Foundation among others.

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This is open to the general public and there will be FREE guided tour of the stamp exhibition , operations and the PHLPOST post shop will be open this coming Saturday ( May 22)  from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon to serve stamp, postcard collectors who are expected to come and buy recent issues.

There are also plans to have a Philatelic Museum and Resource center at the left wing side of the main building. Symbolic donation of stamps from 1946 to early 2000’s was donated by Mr. Alfredo Roxas. A late afternoon snack was also catered by Bongolan’s catering services.

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L-R Mr. Robert Tan ( former Philippine Philatelic Federation president and Mr. Jaime Laya former IA, NCCA and Central Bank official) during the opening

Those interested with the FREE guided tour , Please register at this FB link , the event is hosted by Royal Postal Heritage Tour– This is an FB event page which is an NGO group created by stamp and postcard collectors to provide FREE information about stamp collecting and tour within post office.

 

Aquafiesta 2018 at Robinson’s Magnolia

Aquafiesta 2018 is back again from May 21 to 25 at Robinson’s Mangnolia

There will be Planted tank competition, flower horn competition, guppy competition, betta competition among others.

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BRING HOME A SHELOOK SUPER RED AROWANA BY PETCITY and CROSSBACK AROWANA BY CEBU AROWANA IMPORTS FOR ONLY A 100 PESOS!

Online selling and tickets will be available at the venue!!!!!! Try to visit

Matchbox Die Cast Cars found at the attic

It was a cloudy and rainy day, when i decided to go to our attic and open a few untouched boxes that were stalked together gathering dust.

There were die cast toy cars , books ,school supplies and fashion accessories which are left untouched over several years or even decades!

While opening few boxes, I saw a plastic Matchbox carry case opened to reveal memories and nostalgia over these die-cast toy cars.

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It was like unboxing of some sort which revealed some stories.  There were 27 die-cast cars – 21 were by matchbox manufactured between 1968 to 1972 and another 3 matchbox made between 1979 to 1984 from Macau, China.

Top- Volkswagen ( Matchbox circa 1972 ) Below -Volkswagen ( Marjortte circa 1970)

There is 1 Marjorette made from France ( Volkswagen) and 2 die cast cars by Playart made in Hong Kong . The doors of Volkswagen ( matchbox ) can opened.

Story

The matchbox die-cast cars haul was initially owned by my cousin, who probably have played with these die-cast cars when he was 3 or 5 years-old. The toys would have been kept over the years at their apartment unit somewhere in Nagtahan until i got a chance to play with some of the toys while spending my summer vacation. ( that was in the late 1980’s to early 1990’s).

iconic London double decker bus 

If i remembered it correctly, the matchbox die cast cars collection were probably far more, some of which might got lost over the years. They kept on moving to several apartment units from Nagtahan, Santa Mesa, San Miguel, Sampaloc and Quiapo over the the period of four decades ! I only got a chance to play with the die cast cars a couple of time since i prefer the plastic toy soldiers and animals.

I think the matchbox plastic container was among among the old pieces that were left in our house. Around 2008 when my aunt decided to moved-out of their Sampaloc apartment. One of the reason was termite infestation and periodic leaking of roofs which cause water seepage which destroyed a lot of medical books, encyclopedias, dress and even toys!

1969 (RW) Field Car

They moved into a smaller apartment unit somewhere in Quiapo and then they bought a house and lot somewhere in Marikina. Eventually some desk made from hardwood and some untouched boxes where left in our house ( given away).

Personal Favorites

My personal favorite would be the two volkswagen, double decker bus and the three matchbox car made in 1979 and two corvette.

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My cousin is already a successful anesthesiologist and practicing somewhere in the United States.

The toys may not be that expensive in today’s market value. All of the items are in worn- out condition. It was the nostalgia and reminiscing of our shared childhood when hand me down toys are kept and treasured.

 

 

 

 

 

A Visit to Gantsilyo Guru in Pasig

Gantsilyo Guru started as a hobby by the owner Ms. Trey.  She picked up her first crochet  hook when she was still at 3rd year high school home economics class.

She eventually started online yarn and supplies shop around 2015 and eventually setting up her own shop after a year or so in business.

My mother , an aunt and sister know how to crochet , Unfortunately i never pick-up the hobby , which will require long hours of crocheting and pattern weaving . I first learned the art of crochet when i was in first year high school in which it was part of the T.H.E. ( Technology , Home Economics and Livelihood Education) some of my classmates made small dress and bonnets , but after about 3 weeks, I only managed to finished a small pouch bag.  ( Not really my cup of tea)

I was invited by a friend to accompany him to buy some yarn at the supply store. We decided to just walk from SM Megamall to Shaw boulevard in Pasig . It was raining heavy and we manage to arrive around past 4:00pm at the shop.

I was impress with the large amount of yarn, supplies and books , some of which are directly imported from Japan by the owner.

We were also met by the owner/ proprietor when we visited her craft store, glad to share some of her skills and i took time venting out some of my personal life struggles. The area is well-lighted and products are clearly labeled.

The store also offers some basic lesson about crochet , try to visit their fb page .

Photo credit: Mr. Philip Reyes

Address: Unit 306, Emerald Place, 604 Shaw Boulevard , Barangay Kapitolyo , Pasig City 

Operation : Wednesday to Sunday – 10:00 am to 6:00pm

Landline +63 (2) 935-9049 

Website:   http://www.gantsilyo.com/