Collecticon 2010


Event: Collecticon 2010
Date: October 2-3, 2010
Venue :Robinsons Midtown Mall, Ermita , Manila
Time: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Admission is FREE


Collectors Display & Exhibit
Life Size Display
Toy Auctions
Customizers Clinic & Workshop
New Statues Unveiling
Trivia Contests – lots of prizes from our sponors
Photo Contest – Prizes and Trophy for the winners
Meet, Greet and Photo Ops
K-Pop Dancing Contest – Cash Prizes for the top 3 groups
Costripper of The Day – we are giving away 2 Nokia Cellphones

“ My Toys” Photo Contest Rules

a) Entries must be printed. Please do not submit images on CD or via email.
b) Enter up to ( 5 per category ) 8×10 or 8×12 enlargements.
c) Your name, address and daytime, contact number should be written clearly at the back of the photo.
d) Submission of entries. You can drop off your entries in a brown envelope at the event proper:
on Saturday Oct. 3, cut off time is 12 noon Sunday
e) The judges will choose the winning picture based on the following qualities: impact,(25%) lighting (25%), composition(25%), creativity (25%) total of 100 points..
f) 2 categories. Edited and non edited. Please mark your submitted entries at the back.
g) Subject any form of toys, figures, cars, statues and robots.


9th Toy Convention 2010

“The 9th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2010 “ to be held at the SM Megatrade Hall 2 and 3, Megamall, Mandaluyong City this June 19 & 20, 2010, from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM

The event is expected to attract over 10,000 people from toy collectors, students, exhibitors, retailers, memorabilia collectors from different parts of the country and the world.

There are daily raffles , auction , toys and memorabilia displays, lectures , cos players , comic launching , special invited  guests and much more !

From :

Collecticon 2009 tales

This was one of the conventions in which toy, anime, comics, cd’s, coke and other stuffs would not totally missed.

a toy dealer

However, compared to the 8th Toy Convention held last June 13 to 14, 2009  in SM Megamall, There were fewer freebies and (toy collection) exhibits.


There was only one vintage curio trader within the vicinity. According to some people who visited the event, This was just a smaller version of the convention. Cosplay players were all over the place!!!! They serve as a mascot for the event. Some even went to the 3rd and fourth level of the mall.

crowd at the Collecticon 2009

There was no entrance fee, which means more people and collectors alike can go to the event. Compared to the Toy Convention, There were far more tourists like Japanese, Chinese, Koreans, Iranian, Americans, Indians , Brazilians and Europeans were seen buying toys and curio stuffs.   The place is accessible to commuters and near university belt area (meaning, even more students can go!!!)

comics on sale!!!!

Despite of the 2 storms that hit the country and the on going recession, the traders were having a brisk sale!!!!

toy auction

There is also a live auction. Unlike regular auction, starting bid may start as low as 1 peso and some toys may reach a few hundreds or even a few thousand.

spot the bomb contest

There was a promotional booth were people were given a piece of paper in order to” spot the bomb”. They had to spot the 10 bombs in the drawing and if they spotted them correctly they are given instant gifts and a stub for a chance to win some toys.

an array of coca-cola merchandises (  license  and private issues)

One stall (perhaps the only one) that caught my fancy sells a lot of curio and vintage stuffs. coca-cola bottles both opened and unopened, old car plates from the United States, plaques, reproduction photos, coins, pins and other stuffs. The owner is a member of the Bayanihan, Bank Note Society of the Philippines and had a regular commercial outlet in Tomas Morato, Bulacan and Cubao.

anime  and cartoon dvd

There is also a trader which sells anime cd’s, basketball cards, baseball cards, movie cards, phone cards, celebrity cards among others.

The basketball trading cards were very popular in the 1970’s to mid-1990’s.

Philippines provincial coca-cola bottles limited edition

Colorful hair dyeing colors are the must buy for the day.  The free hair styling and dyeing sessions was an –in thing for the kids!!!!  The owner told me that even cosplay players and television celebrities bought a lot of the hair colors.

Kewpie dolls

There is also a store that sells the popular Kewpie dolls.  The Kewpie dolls first appeared in a Ladies Home Journal in 1909. Rose O’Neill had become America’s highest paid female illustrator.

In 1911, a sculptor named Joseph Kallus was chosen for the job, He was a young art student from Pratt Art Institute . Mr. Kallus was the one who have the talent to turn Ms. Rosie O’ Neil illustrations into a doll.  Kallus sculpted the very first Kewpie Doll model in bisque, soon followed by celluloid dolls, Ms. O’Neill took a voyage to Germany to contract with a doll manufacturer to begin producing Kewpie Dolls for the public.

The fat, roly-poly babies were meant to depict the alter ego of the Roman myth of cupid. According to O’Neill, cupid is guilty of getting people into trouble. Kewpie, by contrast, exists to help people get out of trouble! From a modern psychological viewpoint, one can certainly conjecture that Rose O’Neill had good reason to long for a friendly little being with the power to heal a troubled heart.

The toys became an instant hit among the American people, the trend of collecting the dolls soon spread across Europe and other parts of the world.

The toys reach the peak of popularity in the mid 1960’s and 1970’s. Some Kewpie dolls were made of porcelain and command higher prices.

For bargain hunters like second hand matchboxes toys- there is a stall that sell them at a bargain prices – price ranges from Php 20 pesos and above. People from all walks of life were swarming around the booth just to buy some toy cars. Who said Ukay-ukay is just confined to clothes and home furniture???

crowd buying second hand die cast toys

Serious toy collectors wanted toys to be in pristine condition (mint) that included the original boxes and their contents unopened.

I hope that more vintage collectors, sponsors and media tie-ups would be given a chance to participate in the event. Whether just a lecture series or a commercial booth.

Until the next collecticon 2010.

2nd Collecticon 2009

Hobbiworx Inc. and  in cooperation with Robinson’s Midtown Mall present the biggest convention and gathering of various collectors from all over the country and the world. There is also the daily lectures and freebies !!!!

Date: October 10 to 11, 2009

Robinsons Midtown Mall Atrium
Ermita, Manila
10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Admission is FREE !!!

There will be  toys , anime, comics, old vintage stuffs from coins, stamps, books, antiques and collectible experience with 1, 500 sq.m. of open activity space. There are  more than 60 commercial booth spaces . The organizers expect more than the usual number of people attending the event, since the gathering will be held inside a  mall that is within the tourist and university belt  area.

According to one of the organizers,  the commercial space was sold -out in a matter of 3 days !

There are also other events in which collectors can participate :

– Anicon 2009 – Oct. 11, 2009 SM Megatrade Hall

– Komikon 2009 – Oct. 18, 2009 SM Megatrade Hall 1

– Cosplay Fusion 2 – Oct. 2009 Rockwell Power Plant Mall




30th Manila International Book Fair

Poster of the 30th MIBF

Date: September 16 to 20, 2009
Venue:Exhibit Halls 1 – 4, SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia , Pasay City

Considered as one of the longest running book fairs not only in the Philippines but also in Asia .  MIBF is also considered one of the most accessible venues for showcasing published works.  Several giants in the book retail industry like National Bookstore, Goodwill  Bookstore, Joining or expanding your presence at the MIBF can open your business to an audience of different generations, backgrounds and cultures. Reach out to this ever-growing crowd, dialogue with your customers and engage in a forum with your peers in the publishing industry.

The organizer of the event is Primetrade Asia, Incorporated with partner organizations like Asian Catholic Communicators, Inc, Book Development Association of the Philippines, Philippines Book sellers Association and Publishers’ Representatives Organization of the Philippines.

Here is a short trivia on book collectors and lover of books:
Bibliophilia is the love of books. Accordingly a bibliophile loves books, but especially “for qualities of format.” A bookworm loves books for their content, or otherwise loves reading in general. The practice of loving or collecting books is dubbed bibliophilism, and the adjective form of the term is bibliophilic. Also, a Bibliophile refers to a person who collects books.

Here is the website link of Manila International Book Fair

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