MANILA, Philippines – For the first time ever, Manila plays host to Asia’s biggest pop culture gathering. Bursting onto the Comic Con scene is the inaugural AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2015 (APCC Manila) which looks to bring together the very best in movies, television, entertainment, comics, toys, collectibles, gaming, cosplay for one mega event in the Philippines this coming September.
The 4-day event will take place from 17-20 September 2015 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila. APCC Manila will be the ultimate fan experiential event as well as providing a platform for industry professionals on the first day of the show.
Pop culture fans can expect to immerse themselves in a content-rich experience across the spectrum of toys and collectibles, comics, games, cosplay and animation including appearances by film and television celebrities, entertainment performances, exclusive screenings, panel sessions, product launches, competitions and fun activities not just for the geeks and fans but also for the entire family.
With the huge pool of creative talent across Asia, APCC Manila together with a major publisher, looks set to discover the next big thing.
Budding artists and talents in the creative industry, get your portfolio ready! “We are excited to deliver a fresh and awesome edition of a comic con to Southeast Asia with the objective of being THE ultimate convention that will cater to the growing interest of pop culture in the region.” explained Rita Magnus, Head of Events, Universal Events and Entertainment.
“As the host country, the Philippines has a large pop culture community and we want to take advantage of the untapped potential by setting the stage for industry players to expand their exposure as a brand, introduce product breakthroughs and releases, and reach out to their fans, while also serving as a launch pad for budding artists and creative talents”, she continued.
Taking the experience a notch higher, APCC Manila is proud to partner with the Cosplay Authority Global Challenge (The CAGE), the world’s biggest and first–of-its-kind cosplay competition. The CAGE aims to promote the spirit and craftsmanship of cosplay through costume and prop-making workshops as well as provide a platform for cosplay enthusiasts and fans to compete on an international level. The grand champion of the Open category will be determined by an impressive panel of expert judges from various areas of cosplay and will receive a record-breaking payout of up to USD$10,000.
“Cosplay allows the fans to express their love for their favorite characters and creates an essential and fun atmosphere to any comic con. There is synergy in partnering with The CAGE and APCC is the perfect venue to launch the biggest cosplay event which will be one of the key highlights”, says Rita Magnus, Head of Events, Universal Events and Entertainment.
“With this, we are expecting to attract the best cosplay talents around the world to battle on an international level. Not forgetting the younger audience, The CAGE will also have a Kids category and this is a fun bonding activity for families. In sum, it will be exciting to see how The CAGE will put the cosplay talents to the test and unleash the creativity and imagination of the fans”, she added.