The Best of Anime ( BOA) 2013 Highlights

2nd Floor , Function Hall F- SMX Convention Center, Pasay City -Philippines

entrance to the Best of Anime 2013 convention

Prime Trade Asia president Ms. Irene Lloren , together with Mr. Joe Inoue and Japan Foundation representatives

Sewashi Nobi and Doraemon

¬†Doraemon was awarded the¬† Japan Cartoonists Association award¬† for excellence in 1973. Doraemon was awarded the first¬† Shogakukan Manga Award for children’s manga in 1982¬† and the first Osamu Tezuka Culture award in 1997 . In March 2008 Japan’s Foreign Ministry , appointed Doraemon as the nation’s first “anime ambassador.”The Foreign Ministry action confirms that Doraemon has come to be considered a Japanese cultural icon.

Doraemon postage stamps issued by Japan Post

Doraemon is a popular character that , the Japan Post ( Anime Heroes) issued several postage stamps.  The latest set was released on June 4th, 2013. A sheet of ten 80 yen stamps is  Y800 yen ($8 USD).

Doremon notebooks

In 2002, the anime character was acclaimed as an “Asian Hero” in a special feature survey conducted by Time Asia Magazine.

Mr. Ace Irenea -first in line

Anime lovers, collectors, cosplayers, pop culture lovers among others troop to the convention center .


Throngs of crowd began their arrival at the convention center hours before its opening.

group picture

The Best of Anime(BOA) 2013  feature popular Japanese acts  the pop group STARMARIE and singer-songwriter Mr. Joe Inoue  to delight cosplay fans. Performing on Sept. 14 is STARMARIE, composed of Takamori Shino, Kishita Nozo- mi and Aoki Shior. The group is famous for intense dance tune lyrics with fairy tale and fantasy themes. Fans of the Lolita pop group are lovingly called Marists. STARMARIE recently released its second album, Fantasy World 2. Joe, who rose to fame with the song Closer, performs on Sept. 15. Growing up in a musi- cal environment has helped Joe establish his basics in music and with that, he started to create his own materials on a multi-track recorder. He is also a member of J-MELO, a television program by NHK that is being aired in 180 countries. Joe started his new project called TENGUBOY.

Fuji film cameras on display

Fuji Film and YKL group of company is a proud sponsor of the event.

camera mascots

There were two camera mascots walking around the convention center providing photo opportunities to the visitors and guests .

Fuji Film / YKL Photo Company

Eiwa Manga Booth

Eiwa Manga is  online store based in Manila with two people at the helm:  Ms. Jo, in Manila, takes care of having orders delivered and doing meet-ups (in Manila, of course); and Rizza, based in Zamboanga, handles most of responding to inquiries and maintaining the site .

The store focuses more in online selling rather than having a physical store .  Most of the items are sourced from Japan, USA and Taiwan.

Contact information: 0927-366-4349 (GLOBE) 0932-878-0991 (SUN)


hodge podge booth

Ms. Gel Rodriguez ( 0917-525-2435)

The Hodge Podge booth¬† had a discount sale Everything’s 20%¬† at the Best of Anime convention.¬† Bottle cap accessories and it gives you the freedom to choose how you want your accessories to be. All supplies are imported from the US to assure our customers good quality in each Hodge Podge item . Bottle cap collectors is now enjoying a re-birth .

different kinds of bottle caps, they are used for bracelets, necklaces,mobile phone accessories , book marks, key chain holders, ID holders, pins

Established on March 2012, Hodge Podge is founded by two individuals who share the same passion for unique and kawaii goodies. They also accepts customized finish and bulk orders.


Japan Foundation booth

Japan Foundation gave interesting advertisement postcards, FREE calligraphy inscriptions and brochure. The booth also serves as a mini-library of books for those who want to read anime and Japanese magazines.

Makati Office: 12/F Pacific Star Building, Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati City 1226

Japan Foundation:


Visit Japan Booth


This booth is selling their Pocky at BUY 1 Take 1 promo with different kinds of flavors from chocolate, strawberry, banana -chocolate , milk chocolate

Pocky is a kind of biscuit .  It’s a stick-shaped biscuit, traditionally covered in chocolate. But these days there are many different kinds of Pocky. It is quite popular in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong , Korea and many Asian countries.


Mogu-mogu drink

Packed with beautifying nutrients, it’s a refreshing way to stay young and fit, even when you’re on the go!

Mogu Mogu Juice Drink with Nata De Coco Bits  ( coconut jelly) is manufactured by Sapanan a company based in Bangkok, Thailand. It is perhaps their most exported product since it also sold in the rest of Asia, Middle East, Europe and US. Mogu Mogu was first produced in 2003 but in the Philippines, it was launched in 2010.

The company had a sample of their latest product during the event. It seems that almost everybody likes the Mogu-Mogu drinks. My first encounter with this drink was way back in 2011 . When we bought them in a grocery store .


Mount Fuji Rice

The event is partnered by Primetime Asia,¬† Japan Information and Culture Center, Japan Foundation, Anime Alliance and Game Developers Association of the Philippines, sponsored by De La Salle ‚ÄĒ College of St. Benilde

Doujin No Mise booth, Wheatgrass C.A.N International, Cherry Credits, Bankee Trading, Inc., Ti- mezone, Sugarfree & Blue, YKL Fujifilm, Animation International (Doraemon), Mogu Mogu Manila, Mt. Fuji Rice, Voiceiyuu and The Brain Audio-Visual.

Prime Trade Asia:


Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club under the auspices of the Philippine Philatelic Federation and in cooperation with Philippine Postal Corporation , City of Manila on the occasion of its 15th anniversary held a stamp exhibition and competition¬† from December 2 to 17 , 2010 .

NBN channel 4 media guesting by the author last November 29, 2010 . The author was interviewed by Ms. Veronica¬† ” Nikki” Baluyot- Jimenez

The opening ceremonies took place at around past 10 :00 am with several distinguished guest of honors which included Mr. Alfredo Gabot Р( Chairman of the Board -Philpost Corporation ) ,  Atty. Antonio Z. De Guzman Р(Postmaster General -CESO 1 )  , Mrs. Elenita San Diego Р(Postage and Philatelic Department ) , Mrs. Elizabeth Tungol Р(Finance Department  ), Atty. Tetangco -personal representative of Mayor Alfredo Lim, Mr. Hans Becker from Luxemburg and International Philippine Philatelic Society correspondent  , Mr. Pio Rodriguez ,   Mr. Robert Tan -President ( Philippine Philatelic Federation) and  members of other philatelic organizations .

L-R Mr. Han Becker, Mrs. Elizabeth Tungol, Atty. Antonio De Guzman, Mrs. Josefina T. Cura, Mr. Robert Tan

Back : Mrs. Elenita San Diego , Mr. Lawrence Chan, Mrs. Elsie Loyola

The theme for this anniversary was “Appreciation and Enjoyment of Stamp Collecting.” This¬† exhibit is considered the much anticipated event of the year among Philatelists.

Chairman  Alfredo Gabot in his welcome address

Other partners included YKL Photo Company for the much needed documentation process , media partners like Studio 23, NBN channel 4, Buy and Sell Newspaper , Commuter Express, PINAS Sikat Newspaper,UNTV channel 37 , Philippine Star ,  Sonshine Radio and Television Channel 39 , Tulay fortnightly digest ,  Philpost media among others.

trophies , medals and token gifts for the winners and  guests of honor

Local politician which supported the event included the office of Mayor Alfredo S. Lim , Vice-Mayor Francisco ” Isko ” Moreno Domagoso , Congressman Trisha Bonoan- David( 4th district )¬† , Councilor Mrs.¬† Jocelyn Quintos ( 4th district ) , Councilor Don Juan Bagatsing ( 4th district) Minority Floor leader , Councilor Ms.¬† Maria Sheila ” Honey ” Lacuna – Pangan (4th district) Majority Floor leader , Barangay Chairman¬† 403 zone 41 – Ms. Sonia L. Luyahan, Kagawad Don Pasetes among others.

Philatelic clubs like Filipino – Chinese Philatelic Society , Cebu Philatelic Society, Naga Philatelic Society , International Philippine Philatelic Society , Quezon Philatelic Society which allowed their members to actively participate in the event.

The planning stage for the exhibition started early on the first quarter of the year, but lack of philatelic exhibition frames and other minor problems  prompted the board to postpone the event for the last quarter of the year.

Mr. Emmanuel Encarnacion winner of GOLD for his exhibit  received the trophy

Organizing a stamp exhibit is not that easy , with few resources available,  a handful of volunteers, few sponsors ,  mounting an exhibit is a big task.

Mr. John Co received the vermiel trophy for his stamp exhibit entitled ” Sinophila – Footprints of Overseas Chinese”

Series of queries arouse , Like can we invite stamp collectors with adequate philatelic materials good enough for exhibition ? Do we have the budget for the event ? Where can we get support ? Will the media cover this event?¬† Is the security enough? Judging criteria ?¬† Will the the public come to the event ? Who will document the event?¬† those are some of the problems foreseen by some of the board members of the Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club and Philippine Philatelic Federation.

Ms. Alyssah Xeniah C. Alcala an avid collector of stamps from Quezon¬† received the vermiel award ” Youth Category ” for her stamp exhibit entitled ” Queen Elizabeth II “

Foreseeing the first problem , this anonymous person came to the rescue  . This person had already  took the bitter pills in painstaking  conceptualizing and to a big extent, funding  the metal frames intended for this event.

After all, without the frames , all the stamps collections from private collectors across the country cannot be exhibited properly.

L-R group picture with Mr.Pio Rodriguez ( Chairman- Judging Committee FILPEX 2010) , Mr. Robert Tan ( President РPhilippine Philatelic Federation ) , Mr. Hans  Becker and Atty. Antonio Z. De Guzman ( Postmaster General)

What was envisioned as a simple stamp exhibit became a reality  ,  The start of the mounting of stamps in the philatelic  board started 3rd week of November while judging took place on November 27 , 2010.

The original opening  date of the exhibit was further move to December 2, 2010 after some minor set backs.

Ms. Alyssah Xeniah C. Alcala¬† posed for a souvenir photo at her exhibit ” Queen Elizabeth II ”

Some of the excited participants came early ,  Special mention to the family of  Ms. Alyssah Xeniah C. Alcala, Mr. Abet Alcala who came all the way from Quezon province .

Mr. Allan Vergara winner of silver medal for his exhibit entitled ” Apocryphal Zoology” posed for a souvenir shot

The winners of the stamp competition was also announced during the event , eliciting admiration from the huge crowd which composed of collectors, students , Philpost employees and passersby .

Mr. Gerson Danseco from Quezon Philatelic Society received¬† a medal for his exhibit entitled¬† Dog’s – Man’s Best Friend which won a silver-bronze .

Ms. Penafrancia Ruiz of Naga Philatelic Society received several medals for her exhibits . She had entered 4 exhibits all of which won silver-bronzes

After the announcement of all the winners , as a token of gratitude to their unwavering support for the event  framed PNOY stamps each were given to Chairman Alfredo Gabot and Atty. Tetangco .

Atty. Tetangco (personal representative of Mayor Alfredo S. Lim)  received a  token framed PNOY stamps from Mr. Robert Tan , Chairman Gabot, Atty. Antonio De Guzman

Chairman Alfredo Gabot received a framed PNOY stamps from Mr. Robert Tan as a token of gratitude

A lunch buffet meal was served to the selected guests at the conference room courtesy of Mr. Robert Tan , where a book authored by Mrs. Mina Gabor ( Philippine Stamps ) was given by the Postmaster General Atty. Antonio Z. De Guzman .

Mr. Emmanuel Encarnacion posed in his winning exhibit entitled¬† ” Philippine Telegraph ” . His exhibit is said to be worth millions of pesos

Group of students and teachers went on a field trip at the post office  during the exhibit opening

Ms. Eyesha Endar a correspondence from PNAS Sikat Newspaper interviewed Mr. Robert Tan

Ms. Zara Siera of Naga Philatelic Society won a bronze medal¬† for her exhibit ” Trees”

Several days later on December 6, 2010,  Hon. Secretary Herminio B.  Coloma Jr. (Presidential  Communication Office  ) went to the Philpost and was met by Mrs. Elenita San Diego, Mrs. Josefina T. Cura , Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus, Mr. Robert Tan and warmly received by Postmaster General Atty. Antonio Z. De Guzman .

The author would like to thank all the people who help in making this event a huge success ! Until next time.

Here are the WINNERS:

A. Traditional Philately

Exhibit Title                                            Exhibitor                                         Award

1. Philippine Telegraphs             Mr. Emmanuel   Encarnacion       Р  Gold

2. Postal System Under the Japanese  Occupation   Mr. Rey Ong De Jesus  РLarge Vermiel

3. USPI¬† 1898 to 1908¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Mr. Rey Ong De Jesus¬†¬† –¬† Large Vermiel

4. USPI Special Delivery 1901 to¬† 1941¬†¬†¬† Mr. Dojie Lutera¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬†¬† ¬† –¬†¬† Large Vermiel

5. Philippine Railway Mail Service 1900 to 1978     Mr. Dojie Lutera   РVermiel

B. Thematic Philately

1. Philatelic Terms¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Mr. Rey Ong De Jesus –¬† ¬†¬† Vermiel

2. Sinophila – Footprints of Overseas Chinese¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Mr. John Co¬†¬† –¬†¬† Vermiel

3. Apocryphal Zoology                                 Mr. Allan Vergara           Р   Silver

4. Water Birds                                                   Ms. Paulina Calinawan    Р   Silver

5. An Affair to Remember                            Mr. Dionisio Taeza         Р  Silver- Bronze

6. Yes, They are Stamps                        Msgr. Ramon Tiama          Р      Silver- Bronze

7. Welcome to the World Babe¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Ms. Maria Lourdes Watiwat –¬† Silver- Bronze

8. Flowers¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Ms. Paulina Calinawan¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† –¬†¬† Silver – Bronze

9. Joy to the World                                  Ms. Penafrancia Ruiz            Р   Silver РBronze

10. Dogs- Man’s Best Friend¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Mr. Gerson Danseco¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† – ¬†¬†¬† Silver – Bronze

11. Democracy Lost, Democracy Restored¬† Ms. Penafrancia Ruiz¬†¬† –¬† Silver Bronze

12. Christianization of Bicolandia           Ms. Penafrancia Ruiz    Р   Silver- Bronze

13. Trees                                                           Ms. Ma. Zarah C. Sierra    -Silver- Bronze

14. Dogs                                                            Ms.  Penafrancia Ruiz        РSilver РBronze

15. Music Genre¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬† Mr. Stanley Siu¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† –¬† Silver- Bronze

16. Philippine Constitution¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Ms. Zeida Aurora B. Garfin¬† –¬† Bronze

17. Memoirs of PMA¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Ms. Maria¬† Lourdes Watiwat¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† –¬† Bronze

C. Youth Philately

1.¬† Queen Elizabeth II ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Ms. Alyssah Xeniah C. Alcala ¬† ¬†¬† ¬† –¬† Vermiel

2.¬† Transportation on Land, Sea, Air¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Ms. Jally D. Marquez ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† –¬† Silver- Bronze

3. Philatelic Forays Across the Curriculum Ms. Colie Marie D. Marquez  РSilver- Bronze

D. Guest Exhibitors

1. Spanish -Philippines Pre-Philatelic Period          Mr. Robert Tan

2. China -Pre- Philatelic Period                                    Mr. Robert Tan

3.  Maximaphilately ( Maximum cards)                   Mr. Hans Becker

4. Philippines 1935 to 1970                                          Mr. Hans Becker

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