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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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5th International Gamefowl Festival 2018

The Most Exciting Gamefowl Festival of the Year. This event is supported bu International Gamefowl Breeders and Metro Manila Fancier Club.

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the 5th International Gamefowl Festival and Pigeon Pavilion will be held from January 12-14, 2018 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City

There will be game fowl auction, gamefowl shows, pigeon seminars , daily raffles and meet and greet nutrena Idols. There will be an entrance fees of Php 150 per head.

For more information about this event:

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Heirloom Family Dishes from Big Ben

 

Big Ben Kitchen restaurant used to be a family ancestral house constructed in the mid-1960’s and was renovated in the early 1980’s to accommodate the growing family.

Cavite especially the town of Imus is rich in history and its culinary heritage is world re-known.

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The specialty of Big Ben Kitchen is the home -made longganisa which favors are well balanced and not too heavy on the garlic.  The use of lean pork meat as the main ingredient. These tasty sausages are all-natural and contain no preservatives , nitrates or salitre.

The longgganisa recipe was made by the grandmother of Chef Gene way back in 1950 and had been a treasured family heirloom recipe. There were some minor improvements like more leaner meat, less preservatives and vacuum sealed packaging.

The restaurant had recently got accreditation from Department of Tourism, OTOP and is rated among the MUST visited restaurants in Imus, serving a good number of family and local heirloom dishes.

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Big Ben famous longganisa is best paired with sukang sasa made from Nipa/ Nypa  fruticans and seasoned with mined garlic and chopped chilies.

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Pancit Langlang – This was mentioned on chapter 25 of Dr. Jose Rizal’s novel El Filibusterismo, which mentioned students gathering in a famous panciteria in Binondo. This was also his favorite noodle dish whenever he would visit the town of Imus.

Although commonly served as regular dish and comfort food in the 19th and early 20th century around Manila and Tagalog areas. This dish is seldom serve in panciterias within Binondo and Chinatown area. Most of the accounts are from culinary historians or families which had kept this recipe for generations.

Based on how the group ate this noodle dish, We all agree that this is one of our favorite dishes. Chef Gene told us that it took hours to boil the soup base using bones from pork, chicken and beef. Topping the noodles with scrambled eggs. HIGHLY Recommended Dish. This dish can serve between 3 to 5 persons.

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Sinampalukang Manok – Chef Gene family heirloom dish uses natural tamarind extract unlike the powdered mixture which is commonly used by carinderias . The slow cooking method allows the natural taste to permeate into the chicken and the soup is not too sour. There are also kangkong ( Ipomea aquatica), chopped eggplants and string beans.

They are all sourced locally and are a welcome treat to those familiar with other sinampalukang manok dishes cooked with different ingredients.

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Halaan soup – Another highly recommended dish for those who wanted soup dish. The soup had malunggay leaves and young papaya fruit.

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Chicken adobo – During the late 16th up to the early 20th century. Cocks which died during the cockfight were never thrown away. They were slowly cooked into other dishes like chicken adobo or pakam in Baliwag , Bulacan.

But unlike the old version, Chef Gene had improved this traditional dish into a more healthier alternative.  He sourced organically grown chicken from nearby poultry farms within Cavite. Thus all are free range and thus organic.

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Pork Hamonado – This is another Highly Recommended dish, The pork is slowly cooked and bay leaves were added with pineapple which add a little sweetness.

Pineapple acts as natural tenderizer to the dish because of bromelain which is an enzyme extract . As a culinary ingredient, it may be used as a meat tenderizer.

The meat is tender and Is usually served on special occasions like Christmas, Baptism or special visitors.

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Pancit Macao – This is Chinese ( Macao/ Cantonese) influenced dish which is not commonly served even in Metro Manila panciterias. This is combination of local vermicelli noodles and thin wanton noodles with shrimps, chopped carrots, patola (  Luffa acutangula ) topped with fried minced garlic and spring onions. This is again one of my favorite dish.

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Menudo – This is not the Mexican or South American version of menudo. The main ingredients are pork meat, pork liver, chopped potatoes, chopped carrots and slowly cooked with spices like black pepper.

Some pork menudo recipes include slices of hot dogs ( red hotdogs), green peas, chopped black olives, garbanzos , red and green bell pepper, liver spread and others would add sun dried raisins too.

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Silvana ala Chef Gene with local chocolate bits ( sourced locally )  made from a layer of buttercream sandwiched between meringue wafers coated with cookie crumbs.

I must recommend this hearty dessert. Not overly sweet and ideal for pairing with hot chocolate or locally brewed coffee at Big Ben’s kitchen.

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Leche Flan ala Chef Gene – This leche flan is another wonderful treat. This is thick and Chef Gene uses organically grown chicken egg yolks with macapuno and cream toppings

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There is also a wall where one can write a message or greeting . Just bring a ball pen.

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Chef Gene Gutierrez will be participating at the WOFEX Food Expo from December 20 to 23 , 2017 from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay and Mr. Ige Ramos ( Culinary Historian and Chef ) together with Chef Gene will be having a cooking demonstration on December 23 saturday . They will be using Imus longganisa as main ingredient.

 

BIG BEN’S KITCHEN (Chef Gene Gutierrez)
385 Medicion 1st-D Imus, Cavite, Philippines
Email: gene.gutierrez888@yahoo.com / imus.longganisa@yahoo.com.ph
Telephone: +63 46 435 1967
Mobile: +63 915 137 1888 / +63 918 505 5886
Facebook: D’Famous Imus Longganisa

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/bigbenkitchen/

 

 

 

Highlights of the ASEANPEX 2017

ASEANPEX 2017 had about 400 exhibit frames of non-competing stamp collection . The exhibition is dubbed ASEANPEX 2017 which featured ASEAN member countries that were displayed at Hall #1 SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

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Highlights

The opening highlights includes a traditional bagobo and tiboli cultural dances by world reknown Bayanihan Dance Company and a ceremonial practice of blowing the conch shell dates back to the ancient times.

The opening started at about past 9:30 am with hundreds of PHLPOST employees, students, stamp collectors, international guests in attendance.

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After the brief ribbon cutting together with several ambassadors from Singapore H.E. Kok Li Peng, H.E. Thanatip Upatising of Thailand, H.E. Mr.  U Win Naing of Myanmar and India . There was another small cultural performance at the stage area.

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This year’s organizing committee includes PHLPOST, Post Shop, Philately and Museum Division, Business Lines Department with several government department having booths at the site.

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Mr. Dennis Dy Kho , Mr. Rodrigo Ong and Mr. Isidro Tan were among the local stamp collectors in attendance

The exhibition was sponsored by SM Investment CorporationFilmetricsMama Sita’s Foundation with the active support from Philippine Philatelic Federation, local stamp collecting clubs.

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Cultural show includes cultural performance by the world famous Bayanihan Dance Company, Meet and Greet with PHLPOST Living Legends, Talks and Activity on Philately, Stamp Launchings, ASEAN Cosplay among others.

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Filipino Olympians ( silver medalists) , Manny Pacquiao, Miss World 2013 Megan Young, Miss Universe 1969, 1973 and 2015 were among famous Filipino living legends that was featured in local Philippine stamps. It is quite rare of a living person to be featured in local stamps.

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Mr. Willard Cheng ( ABS-CBN channel 2 reporter and correspondent ) a stamp ambassador was also one of the invited guests during the occasion. Former president Fidel Valdez Ramos also went to the exhibition late afternoon of November 4 and shared his personal stories of his stamp collection.

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There were some stamp printer. one such booth is from The Netherlands. At some point especially in the late 1960’s and 1970’s, Some of the Philippine stamps were printed in that country.

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Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas also got a booth at the ASEANPEX 2017. This makes the coin and paper bill collectors happy since some of them were not able to purchase the POPE Francis commemorative online.

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We bought some limited commemorative stamp ( King Bhumibol Adulyadei cremation ) from Thai POST and we also took time buying some Elvis Presley Sheet from an international dealer selling them at Php 50.00 per sheet.

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We also queue in line for some limited commemorative stamps from PHLPOST. Just like the previous ASEANPEX 1996. There was no entrance fees and one can roam around with hall 1 of SMX Convention Center for the whole day and enjoy the event.

I saw Philip Reyes, Crispulo Verbo Arquero, Dennis Dy Kho, Isidro Tan, Reynaldo Ong de Jesus, Josefina Cura, Alfonso Cruz, YPS members among others.

What is commendable are the local stamp exhibits from serious stamp collectors who shared their collections of technical knowledge thru the years or decades of collecting.

 

 

 

 

 

ASEANPEX 2017 from November 4 to 6, 2017

The Philippine chairmanship on the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) will be hosting the ASEAN Invitational Philatelic Exhibit (ASEANPEx) 2017 on November 4 to 6, 2017, at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

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ASEANPEx is a showcase of stamps and other philatelic products from the 10 ASEAN countries featuring current issuance, as well as rare and collector’s item stamps. The last ASEANPEx held in the country was in 1996 at the SM Mega Trade Hall in Mandaluyong.

This year’s 3 day exhibit will be carrying the theme ‘Exploring the beauty and diversity of ASEAN culture and tradition”

ASEANPEX2017 will showcase a 200-frame display of rare and winning stamp collections from member countries; lectures on philately; and, interactive booths.

According to the local organizing committee, there will be no entrance fees.

 

There will also a commemorative stamps to be issued to highlight the event

The Philippine stamps has featured the Sampaguita (Jasminum sambac), the country’s National flower in the joint commemorative issue.

This strategic collaboration of the member countries postal administration was evident in the ASEAN POST logo displayed on each country’s commemorative stamps which symbolizes peace, friendship and solidarity in the ASEAN community

All stamps shall be released for sale, distribution and exchange by ASEAN member countries. The release of the stamps coincides with the Philippines chairmanship of the ASEAN this year.

PHLPost has printed 80,000 copies of the ASEAN 50th Anniversary stamp featuring the national flower Sampaguita to be sold at P12 each.

10 Interesting Things to Do at Toy Convention 2017

Toy Convention 2017 is also known as The Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention. This is the largest toy , pop culture and collectible event in the country and even in Southeast Asian region.

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Toy Convention is held at the iconic SMX Convention Center Hall 1 to 4 from June 30 to July 2, 2017

10 Interesting to Do at the Toy Convention 2017 :

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10.) Register with Collectors Hive – Collectors Hive is a site where collectors can register, trade and meet with fellow collectors. I have featured this online collecting site in my previous article post.

9.) Meet and Greet Celebrities – There are many pop icon , local celebrities and personalities which one can meet at the convention.

Ms. Carla Perez who portrayed Rita Repulsa  together with  Mr.Marcelle Fabie

Ms. Carla Perez  portrayed Rita Repulsa is a villain of a popular show in 1990’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers . She is a Filipino-American and portrayed the second Rita Repulsa. The first one was also portrayed by a Filipino-Japanese actress.

Ms. Liza Soberano is the next actress to portray the role of Darna , a fictional character created by Mars Ravelo.

8. ) Life -Sized statues – There are dozens and life- sized statues from THOR , Groot, Iron Man among others.

7.) FREEBIES- There are several freebies that are given during the convention.

6.) M.A.C Studios create model building , custom paint, dioramas, scale models.

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5.) Comics Sale – There are hundreds of comics , anime and manga items for sale. Some are limited condition.

4.) Toys and Action figures for Sale – A tour of the convention is incomplete without a visit to the commercial booth section. There are hundreds or even thousands of toys to choose from.

3.) Collectors Gallery – There is not shortage of collectible stuffs at the convention – There were over 50 glass stands with thousands of toys collection owned by hundreds of collectors representing different kinds of themes.

Voltron collection by Ms. Anna Gajudo

2.) Popular merchandise items like Darna t-shirts, bags , mugs and pillow bags are on sale.

1.) Meeting with people having same passion and collection. – I have met several collectors from Coca-Cola Collectors Club members and other collectors.

 

Note : Photos are in collaboration with Mr. J.P. Perena

Higher Education Expo from October 21 to 23, 2016 at SMX Convention Center

The First  Annual Exhibition for Universities, Colleges, Senior High Schools, Graduate & Vocational Schools, Creative Arts Institutes and other organizations for Tertiary Level Education Entrance to EXHED2016 is Free of Charge.

The event is organized by World Expos and Concepts Inc. (Worldexco), this exhibition will showcase dozens of universities, colleges and academic institutions, alongside sponsors and partners. ExHEd will also include a series of presentations, career talks and other activities to aid students as they make a choice for their future.

“We want to make it easier for students and their parents to collect information about different institutions for higher learning without them having to visit each and every campus which can be time-consuming and expensive” says Raquel Romero, President and General Manager of World Expos and Concepts. “This expo will serve as a gateway for them to gain more knowledge on the various opportunities that are available to students as the Philippines goes through the K to12 program,” she added.

ExHEd will also provide a venue for students to explore options for studying abroad. Representatives from academic institutions from countries such as Australia, Spain and Hungary will be present to share with the students and their parents the ins and outs of applying to universities overseas.

The Expo for Higher Education’s vision is to become a one-stop-shop of different academic institutions both local and overseas, as well as auxiliary services, event sponsors and partners.

The event will be held from October 21 to 23, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City .

For more information on sponsorship opportunities on how to exhibit at ExHEd2016 call (632) 855 8341-44 or Please try to visit www.expoforhighereducation.com

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