Collecticon 2014- Top 5 Reasons to Visit

SM Megamall – Megatrade Hall # 3 , Mandalyong City , Philippines

 SM Mega Trade Hall # 3

Collecticon 2014 in partnership with SM Megamall , its sponsors and media partners had once again staged its event at Mega Trade Hall # 3 .¬† The event used to be held at the Robinson’s Place Midtown– Ermita in Manila for several years , until a change of schedule to give way to a moon cake event prompted¬† the organizers¬† to look for an alternative venue .

 1/4 scale model of spider man

There is an entrance fee of Php 100 for the general public , A raffle stub will be given and a chance to win a spider man figurine to be raffled-off at the end of the 2- day  event.  We decided not to enter our raffle stubs just to give some chances to others ,   It is our own small way to help the show.

Here are the Top 5 Reasons to Visit :

Mr. Ronald Tan is a comic artist

5.) Comic and Book Artist Meet and Greet

There are over 2 dozen comic artists and illustrators that were present during the event. I saw some friends like Mr. Henry ” Pogi ” Chua and Mr. Dennis Kho during the convention.¬† We also took some time in strolling around the exhibit , commercial booth , stage and food area.

“Search for Weng Weng” comic

Mr. Henry Chua bought some comics and had a chance to let Mr. Ronald Tan signed an autograph .  Mr. Henry is a also a blogger , a comic book, toy , poster and stamp collector.  He bought a couple of comic books, some posters,  batmobile , a coke van and toy figurine at the site. While it took me some time in choosing a couple of hot wheels die- cast toy  .

BIG J Sausages

Mr. Henry treated me  at the Big J sausage booth . They have Ilocos longganisa , Boston Franks and combo meal package.

4.) Retro Toys

One reason to visit the event to to find some retro or vintage toy for SALE. A lot of them are already considered as Collector’s Item .¬† There are also some booth selling toy spare parts.

3.) Meet and Greet Doraemon

We were able to see some anime characters like Doraemon and his friends Nobita Nobi performed during the exhibition. There are the usual ” Bring ME” contest which entice participants of the show to bring a 1 peso coin, a new generation Php 1,000 bill , a poster .

Doreamon booth

Some of the lucky winners get a chance to win some Doraemon stuff toys, posters and among other items.

There is also the usual on-the spot auction , K pop sing and dance , cosplay and forum style question and answer , gundam toy kit assemble contest, photo booth and on-the spot raffles.

2.) Toy Collections and Exhibits

Transformer Pinoy Collectors

Transformer Pinoy Collectors is a group of Filipino toy collectors that specialize their collection to Transformers.


The Simpsons characters on display

The Simpson is a popular television char cater created by Mr. Matthew AbramMattGroening . Since its debut on December 17, 1989, the show has broadcast over 550 episode   and its 25th season began on September 30, 2013. The Simpsons is the longest -running  American sitcom, the longest-running American animated program, and in 2009 it surpassed Gunsmoke  as the longest-running American scripted prime-time television series.

Revenge of the Toys – The Simpson’s collection

The Simpson’s figurine toy collection is owned by Mr. Benz / Bjie

1.) Superman vs Batman

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is an upcoming American superhero film featuring the DC Comics characters Superman and Batman. At least there are some sort of a teaser .

Note: I am expecting that there will be more improvements in the upcoming Collecticon 2015 . There is not much publicity going around ,  traditional and even in the social media . If it was not for my friends joining the commercial exhibits , cosplays and exhibits , I would be totally clueless  .  The upside is that with fewer people bumping and shoving around , It made us easier to buy toys and merchandise items that we like.  It was like a leisurely walk in the park . I would still prefer the old venue , there are more cosplayers and more people attending . I am  pretty sure that commercial stall tenants have reported brisk sales at the old site .


Henry Chua – featured collector

Mr. Henry¬† Chua was an officer of the Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club from 2002 to 2004. He started collecting stamps at an early age , He used to manage a¬† bookstore in the province of Pampanga.

picture courtesy of : Mr. Henry Chua

He was one time an associate editor¬† from 1994 to 2004 of Peoples’ Journal Group of company¬† ( People’s Tonight) – a popular national tabloid¬† written in¬† English .

Old photograph – Rizal’s execution

Personal collections included books, old photographs,music, old movies, first day covers, Philippine stamps , Japanese stamps, Thailand stamps, United Kingdom, Australia, Hongkong, Taiwan, China , United States , popular  Japanese anime characters like Doreamon, Conan, Astroboy, Gundam, Hello Kitty among others.

stamp albums in a book shelve

He is also an active blogger , according to him ” It is like in the field of journalism ” you need to be updated with a lot of things. His blog site was nominated at one time as “Best¬† personal blog site”¬† !!!.

collection of stamps, Marilyn Monroe, painting  framed and hung on one side of his room

His wife’s¬† hobby included caring for over half a dozen Rugrats cats- this breed is almost similar with Persian cats with shorter hair. 2 large aquarium with different colored cichlids , a bengal cat¬† and¬† chow-chow dogs…

If these were not enough, their garden boast of several  Vanda Miss Joaquim orchid, Aglaonema and Euphorbias .

Interested persons who wanted to trade or buy stamps are required to have an appointment with Mr. Chua in Quezon City

For those who are interested in his blog and wanted to trade.

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