It’s that time of the year again when we celebrate the love and sacrifices of mothers, motherhood and maternal bands around the world. Each one of us have our own super wo-Mom, the one who carried us in her womb, gave birth to us after nine months, played with us, fought with us and raised us to be the best version of ourselves. Every year on the second Sunday of May, we honor and say thank you to our super wo-Mom whose unconditional love we can’t even fathom and whose strength is totally undeniable.
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Now on its third year and open to soon-to-weds as well as debutantes, Alphaland’s Tie the Knot: Wedding and Debut Fair 2019 will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19 at The City Club, Alphaland Makati Place. The 2-day event will highlight Alphaland’s most sought-after wedding destinations—Balesin Island, including the soon-to-open Balesin Marquee which can accommodate 600 persons, Alphaland Baguio Mountain Lodges, and The City Club in Makati.
Wedding and debut planning can get overwhelming, especially for those who aren’t used to throwing celebrations involving a range of event suppliers—from the venue to styling, planners and coordinators, to photography and videography. With this in mind, Alphaland is offering an all-in package where soon-to-weds and debutantes can get the essentials for their special day, exclusively offered at the fair. “This year, we have partnered with one of Balesin’s most in-demand stylists, Cesar Pascual, owner and stylist of Contemporary Florals. His Napa Valley concept will give The City Club that country yet romantic feel,” says The City Club General Manager Nic Belasco. Cesar Pascual has styled several intimate to grand weddings in the various beach wedding venues in Balesin Island.
Unlike other fairs where attendees tend to feel bombarded by exhibitors, Tie the Knot has curated trusted suppliers in the industry who are offering great deals at the fair. Attendees can meet and discuss their event in detail with each supplier they’re interested in, such as the acclaimed couturier Mary Anne Casanova, the first local designer who brought glow-in-the-dark gowns with fiber optic fabric to the Philippines, along with the country’s other top-of-the-line fashion designers; celebrity favorite Nice Print Photography; Chestknot Studios, Forevermine Wedding Films, and Black Tie Entertainment, trusted suppliers for many events held in Balesin; and Aegle Wellness Center, a health and wellness hub offering bespoke wellness programs and medi-spa services in The City Club and in Balesin.
The icing on the cake: attendees will also get a chance to win a 3-day/2-night stay in Balesin with a free engagement shoot by one of Balesin’s trusted photographers, Anne Naig.
of the much-awaited events this summer, Pinoy Otaku Festival is back this 2019!
Bringing the audience more interactive games and guests plus a bigger
venue. Red Cloud Interactive, Naruto Cosplayers PH and Robinsons
Novaliches bring you Pinoy Otaku Festival (POF) 2019: Asobu on
May 17-19, 2019 at the Trade Hall of Robinsons Novaliches in Quezon City.
venue, more interactive games – Pinoy Otaku Festival has been known for its
event which focuses on the true Pinoy Otaku identity and Filipino’s dedication
as manifested by the current trend in popular culture. It is a
celebration of Japanese pop culture and how Filipinos enrich it, by experience
our own culture as well through the latest popular culture as the event combine
cosplay, music and the Filipino’s heart of gold for helping people.
title theme of the event “ASOBU”
means “Let’s Play” and will focus
more on interactive experience for all attendee. It will also include the
traditional cosplay competition, karaoke, and Battle of the Bands.
Pinoy Otaku Festival 2019 Highlights
event focuses on giving highlights on the much-awaited on-stage games and the
much-awaited Otaku Choice Awards to be held on May 17. During
that day, nominees will gather and will be given awards for their dedication
from the different categories as voted by people thru the online nomination and
voting. Tom’s Workstation by Tomas Jefferson Hernandez is the official trophy provider
for OCA 2019.
event highlight includes POF 2019: Art Attack, Karaoke Battle Royale, Fantasm:
Inter-school, POF 2019: Battle of the Bands, Your Cosplay Sounds Familiar,
Cosplay Championship League, Otaku Bazaar and booths, Panel discussions, and
you are into interactive games then try joining and win cash and freebies
during Otaku Deal or No Deal, Anime Quiz, Otaku Singtunado, Otaku Singing Bee,
Name That Tune, and more.
year POF 2019 is bringing more interactive panel discussions across the 3-day
event. Topics are selected by the community from a voting process.
Topics this year include: (1) Sexual Harassment in Cosplay; (2) Status of
Esports in the Philippines; (3) How to win competitions; (4) Piracy and Anime
Fandom; (5) How to become a successful game streamer; and (6) What does it take
to be an Idol?
Tons of Special Guests
special guests from both Japan and Philippines: Yohgen, Gekitora, Hiro
Saeki, Kazuki, Gloco Gaming, Yu-En Cosplay plus
Filipino bands which are also into both Philippine and Japanese pop
cultures: FREETIX, Kanjiru, Neko Hunter Band,
Ariel Villasanta, the other half of
the comedy duo Ariel and Maverick with Maverick Relova. They pioneer the comedy
reality-show in Philippine TV and now has an upcoming movie entitled, “The
Untold Story of the Kings of Reality Shows”. He stars in Totoo TV,
Mommy Elvie’s Problematic Show (TV Series), and Pinoy Meets World (TV Series).
event will also highlight the world of idols as it rises here in the
Philippines: Aidoru Sozai, AOS49, CH4U, IVY!
Musume, JAPHDOLLS PH, Pepper Keibu, Poly V, Sophia
the Artist, Tanchikon, and Ureshii-san Tomodachi.
2019 hosts include Kiel from Choji PH, Tessa
Carbonell, Justin Villaseran, Geneva Cabading and Fatima
Event Tickets and Charity
price is set at Php 100 per day. If you will be attending for
3 days, then get the 3-DAY PASS at Php 300 (3 Days access to
the convention and includes participation in the raffles).
those who want to have more perks at the event, you can avail the 3-DAY
VIP ACCESS for Php 500 (3 days access to the convention only,
participation in Animazing Race, Premium Raffles, and many more).
Otaku Festival is partnering with House of Lightand Hands of God
Charity Works, by giving part of
the proceeds (ticket sales) to help support them in their various
activities. House of Light is a support group and help them create more
awareness regarding HIV/AIDS, and Hands of God Charity Works provides care for
less privileged children.
event is also brought to you with the help of various Otaku organizations as
follow: Team Oke Gakuen, El Chorizo Cosplay Group, The
Otaku Philippines, Z Warriors, Toushin – Ateneo, UP
AME, PNU NAMI, JDoramaEiga PH, and FurryPinas
Partners include Astig.ph, TechKuya, Wazzup
Pilipinas, Keepsakes., The Cosplay and Anime Café, OtakuPlay
PH, Game Seer, Reverie Wonderland, Ayaldev, Setsu
Ani, Sutil Si Isco, Zing – Edge Manila, Mauvish
Crimson, AniRadio PH,PopLife TV and Jherzoned
more information visit Pinoy Otaku Festival 2019: Asobu official website
at http://pof.narutocosplayers.com/. Use the official hashtag #POF2019 and #POFAsobu and check the
event’s official social media channels for more updates.
About Pinoy Otaku Festival
annual event of Naruto Cosplayers PH (NCPH) which promotes cosplay, anime, pop
culture, and more. Held annually every May. Celebrate Japanese Culture and how
Pinoys enrich it. Experience our own culture as well through the latest popular
culture as we combine cosplay, music and the Filipino’s heart of gold for
About Naruto Cosplayers PH
Cosplayers PH (NCPH) is one of the largest cosplay and Japanese culture based
organization in the Philippines with a background in events organizing and
cosplay for a cause/charity works. The organization was featured several times
in mainstream media and new media for its various activities. The organization
is founded on October 10, 2010 which is the birthday of the anime character
About Red Cloud Interactive
Cloud Interactive Marketing Service (or Red Cloud Interactive) began as an
informal freelance team in 2010 brought about by the need to organize events
usually related to cosplay and music. In 2018, the value of the portfolio
accumulated by the group leader to its formalization as a business managed by a
group of friends.
Samsung, on its 13‘” consecutive year of producing the world’s No.1 TV, has Introduced its QLED 8K TV in the Philippines. The QLED 8K TV gives consumer’s a brand new, never-before-seen experience of premium quality television screens. The product’s Philippine launch started with an exclusive event at The Fifth ballroom in Rockwell last April 25, 2019
The QLED 8K TV features a new Quantum Processor 8K, which can produce images in greater detail and depth, in 7.680 x 4,320 resolution. Available in super large sizes of 75-, 82-. and 98inch screens, with over 33 million pixels, the QLED 8K TV provides an experience that becomes fully immersive and pristine, as films and TV shows are meant to be seen.
“Over the past years, what we watch, when we watch, and how we watch has fundamentally changed.” said Lauro Guevara, head of product marketing for Samsung TV and Audio. “Today, more consumers are looking to enjoy their favorite content on larger and smarter screens, with minimal image noise, for a viewing experience that is almost true-to-Iife.”
The QLED 8K TV boasts of a remarkable AI Upscaling technology, which automatically converts lower-resolution content into 8K quality. Enabled by the Quantum Processor 8K, Al Upscaling analyzes the quality and resolution of any image whether it is in 4K, Full HD, HD, or even SD. or watched through a streaming service, HDMI, USB, or even mobile mirroring -and upscales the content to appear in 8K quality.
Aside from optimizing noise reduction, the AI Upscaling function restores the integrity of the smallest of details in a scene to provide greater texture, and sharpens edges of objects and texts for greater clarity. This feature, along with the highest levels of contrast with the Direct Full Array Technology, and dramatically-enhanced, deeper blacks and brighter whites, make the QLED 8K Samsung’s best TV, to date.
Bixby on TV, a highlight of the 2019 QLED lineup, is a clever feature that enables viewers to easily access films and shows thru voice command, which helps search for content based on previous viewing preferences.
The launch event also marked the entry of Samsung’s 2019 full TV lineup, featuring the new QLED 4K TVs that also have Al Upscaling capabilities. A wider selection of 2019 Soundbars, which includes new models that Samsung has developed with audio masters, Harman Kardon, were also featured.
Samsung Philippines president James Jung, in his opening speech, remarked on the historical relevance of the brand’s ground-breaking TV innovations. “This year is the 50’h anniversary of the moment that mankind took his first step on the moon and changed history forever. This year is also Samsung Electronics’ 50th anniversary of meaningful innovations. These milestones provide important context as we introduce a product that we believe will forever change the future of TV’s “he said of the QLED 8K TV
Play, learn and having fun are just some of the things that kids can expect from the first Robinsons Kidz Club Fair happening across the Robinsons Townville malls for the whole month of March. Robinsons Kidz Club is the membership club of the Robinsons Townville malls for kids 3 to 12 years old. Members get exclusive access to the various kiddie events of Robinsons Townville including the Robinsons Kidz Club Fair, and a free birthday gift each year.
The Robinsons Kidz Club Fair was a massive hit among kids at the Robinsons Townville Buhay Na Tubig. Various activities were prepared for Robinsons Kidz Club members wherein they learned the science of colors through interactive games and activities which include coloring activities, color wheel making and a special light & color science presentation. They also had fun putting their creativity into action by mixing and matching colorful beads during the friendship bracelet making activity.
“We believe that children best learn through fun and play that’s why we are continuously coming up with events and activities that will not only entertain children but would serve as a platform as well for our Robinsons Kidz Club members to learn,” says Joel Delfin, the AVP for the Robinsons Townville malls.
There are a lot of events in store for the Robinsons Kidz Club members this year continuing with the grand event this April 21 entitled ‘A Magical Easter’. Members can expect fun games and a whole lot of fun as they are invited to come in their cutest unicorn costumes. That’s a magical and one of a kind Easter celebration for the Robinsons Kidz Club members.
Sounds exciting? Register to Robinsons Kidz Club in the link below.
The Robinsons Townville malls is the chain of community malls of the Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc. in six locations in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija, Pulilan and Meycauayan in Bulacan, Fairview in Quezon City, BF Homes in Parañaque, and Buhay na Tubig in Imus. Several locations are already in the pipeline to aggressively increase its portfolio.
self-proclaimed, young-at-heart #TitaOfManila, I recently just started raising
a virtual pet through a Tamagotchi. Unfortunately, I accidentally left it at
home one hectic workday and when I returned to check it, my 6-year-old virtual
pet (one week in real time), was already gone.
days and although it was just a toy, I felt a sting of regret. Actually, too much
that I cannot start raising a new pet yet. I am a casual gamer by the way and failing
to raise a Tamagotchi to adulthood feels the same as being defeated in a game. All
your effort down the drain and it really hurts.
recover from the loss, I engulfed myself on a different game for the time
being. MOBA games are another favorite of mine aside from RPG’s and luckily,
there are a lot of games to choose from now. Also, as a #titagamer, I enjoy
watching online game streams and tutorials whenever a new game or hero (game character)
is out. I love watching younger people enjoy the games that I, too love.
Nimo TV, one of the country’s leading video
game streaming platform, is an excellent past time for students who love gaming
and learn new skills at the same time. It offers 8 – 12 MP quality live
streaming and can be accessed via mobile or PC make it easier for everyone to
start live streaming as a hobby and eventually make it a career.
Nimo TV’s unique ecosystem, which consists
of streamers, viewers, brand sponsors and celebrity players can help newcomers
discover different techniques in starting their channel. It has a chat feature
where streamers and viewers can communicate with one another and exchange tips
on how to win a game they play.
Games like Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds
(PUBG), Mobile Legends, Dota 2, Rules of Survival and Counter-Strike: Global
Offensive are some of the exciting content that streamers can play via the app.
Nimo TV’s presence in Southeast Asian
countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand will also help you increase
your fan base making it easier for every newbie to grow their channel and
interact more with other gamers.
Download the Nimo TV app at Apple app store
and Google Play store by clicking the link here https://nimotv.onelink.me/B6cW/25ba46b7 and start streaming
your way to the top.
About NiMO TV
Nimo TV is a leading global platform that allows millions of gamers from all around the world to play and broadcast their games to other like-minded players building a community of players, gamers, and fans that drive conversation, and allows peer-to-peer rewards and recognition. Utilizing a high-quality interactive technology, audiences can interact with streamers, and gain access to exclusive esports events and tournaments, along with unprecedented access to the top streamers from across the region.
We’ve gotten used to
watching shows using anthromorphic creatures as their main characters to drive
their story forward. Movies and shows like My Little Pony, Tom and Jerry, and
even Digimon have animal characters that one way or another exemplify our human
nature. But did you know that there’s a community of people that are fans of
this story telling device?
And they are called
So, what is a Furry then?
Furry is a hobby where the fans have an interest towards animal
characters with human characteristics. Such characters can be found in many
media such as movies, shows, games, literature, toys, cosplay, art, and many
more, for any ages.
Sometimes, “Furry” refers to the person
who is a fan of the furry hobby. It can also be used to refer to “animal
characters with human characteristics”.
Furry characters can be Mickey Mouse,
Bugs Bunny, Crash Bandicoot, and many characters from shows such as Zootopia,
The Lion King, Secret Life of Pets, How To Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda,
Who are into the hobby?
Furries come in all
shapes and sizes. And when it comes to who’s into the hobby, the furry
community has always been one of the more inclusive communities worldwide. That
also is true to the Philippines furry community.
In fact, the PH Furry
community has a whole slew of enthusiasts. Ranging from entrepreneurs, to
artists, designers, even engineers and academians are active furries. Age wise,
the Furry community is open to all ages, but majority of the members are around
18-24 years old.
While there’s a
collective global community of Furries, the Philippines’ Furry community sets
The local furry
community is more open to people knowing that they’re Furries and welcome those
who are familiar and not too familiar with the hobby. In fact, local Furries
don’t hide what they are in the Philippines and are more than happy to explain
their hobby to anyone who is interested or wants to know more about it.
This is also true in
how the local community treats its conventions. FurryPinas, the annual premiere
furry convention in the country has a more welcoming attitude than most furry
conventions elsewhere. The organizers take on a more Eastern and Western
attitude in the organization and aims to making the most amount of people happy
while sharing the love of furry to furry Hobbyist and non-hobbyist alike.
This difference in
stance makes FurryPinas a more observed furry convention within the region.
About FurryPinas 2019
On its 2nd year,
FurryPinas 2019 is the largest furry convention in Asia serving as
the official annual hub for the furry hobby in the Philippines.
convention aims to provide attendees a more active participation compared to
other cons. Providing a more welcoming avenue for those who want to understand
and know more about the hobby while providing a safe and happy space for
Furries to just have fun, socialize, and enjoy the hobby as a group.
FurryPinas is set to happen on June 8-9, 2019 at
the Bayanihan Center (Near SM Megamall). For more information about FurryPinas
2019 you can head to the FurryPinas 2019 site or fanpage you can also check
out the Facebook event page to get updated.
Adulting and summer heat lead me to attend in my “tao mode” on this year’s Ozine Fest. Casual, no costume or wig. I just wanted to fangirl and bond with my friends.
Arrived around after lunch, I was surprised to see the hallway of the 5th floor teeming with people: cosplayers and congoers alike. I mean, I never thought SM Megamall would allow cosplayers outside the halls anymore at all. Well, as a congoer, I was happy. Being greeted by Nana (Mobile Legends) upon alighting from the escalator, I knew my fangirl heart will be full that day. We (Kenneth and I) decided to check out more of the cosplayers outside first before entering the hall. And boy, was I delighted. Mobile Legends, Boku no Hero Academia… BAKUGOU oh my god. They were everywhere.
Event Review: Ozine Fest 2019 Day 2
With my fangilring purpose met from the very start, I thought, “This event will be a good one.”
Now for the event proper.
Ticket price, PhP230, is quite high for a one-hall event. Also, there’s not much going on. The place wasn’t that cramped though, unlike Toycon. Consequently so, the variety of shops was small. I wanted to buy All Might shirts but everything was cliche. I think we’ve roamed like 10x to only see the same merch and the same faces, literally bumping to that same Boku no Hero cosplayer who also seemed to be looking for just anything to buy. Almost all shops sell the same things: button pins, shirts, plushies, same old toys…and more button pins.
Food shops at least offered variety. But SM has food court too so… nothing special with that.
It’s not all disappointment though.
The part that I enjoyed the most is the Anime Karaoke Contest and band performances. Surprisingly but also maybe because I wasn’t cosplaying then so I got to use the time I usually allot to taking photos of my cosplay to actually watch the performances. One girl sang PEACE SIGN. And yes, you’re right. I sang my lungs out from mumbled lyrics in the verses to straight Nihongo in the chorus part. I love Boku no Hero Academia so much!! I hope she won! She really did a wonderful performance. I used to watch band performances too especially when my favorite anime songs are being played but this Ozine Fest 2019 was different, I watched a band perform because one of their members was cosplaying Bakugou Katsuki!! The band is AsianChickenFest and aside form drummer Bakugou, everyone performed with great passion too.
Overall, Ozine Fest 2019 is not that bad of an event for me but also something that isn’t that special. One should not regret not attending but going isn’t that regretful either. Plus, if I were cosplaying that day, I would be glad to be allowed to roam around in my cosplay. I hope they improve on the program next time. For the price of 230php, the attendees deserve something more than that.
Consciously or not, for once in our lives we’ve had this what we call “spirit animal”. It’s something or someone that almost precisely possesses the characteristics we claim to have may be at the moment or in general.
Compared to other Sanrio characters, gudetama, a personified egg with its plain, lame look and apparently advocating laziness, is far from being instantly adored, moreover be considered as one’s spirit animal. However, lately, its same plain, lame egg-self has become its unique cuteness and its on point hatred to doing anything which a lot can relate to, made gudetama a chosen spirit animal of many. Or should I say, spirit …egg?
Being a low-key collector for years now, I used to consider myself lucky whenever I spot a gudetama item at a thrift shop amidst the Rilakkuma or Hello Kitty invaded shelves. Since its appearance is not that child-friendly really, I can’t blame parents for choosing cuddly bears or cute cats as gifts for their children. While thanking them at the same time since, the lower the demand, the lower its price is too.
But honestly, for a collector like me, I am willing to spend more than I am spending today if it means more choices and more gudetama items will be available. Shopping online is useful but seeing gudetama in abundance on physical stores, has a different pinch in a collector’s heart.
Thankfully, from toy stores, clothing and even food stores, gudetama is slowly making its way to the PH market. Providing more items for its rising fanbase in the Philippines.
Below are a few where I have personally purchased a part of my collection:
3. Hodge Podge partner stores
Gudetama bottlecap accessories. This one at Gift Avenue Cafe in Gateway Mall, Ground Floor is a cute keychain but they also sell other accessories with gudetama design like necklaces (I have!!), bookmarks, ballpens, Hodge Podge original accessory —danglers, and a lot more.
Check out their other partner stores through the hashtag #buyhodgepodge
Kaomoji comes from two Japanese words kao （顔） which means “face” and moji (文字) which means text as in keyboard characters. Basically, kaomiji is the emoticon we use for texting —only cuter.
I used to wonder how these kaomoji’s are inserted to messages or Facebook status and whatnot, I thought, “Do these people type the characters one by one??” To that, I was really amazed and I also wanted to be able to use some.
In my love for anything Japan, I started studying its language —Nihongo, until I learned a few words relating to feelings and emotions. Along with that, I also learned how to read and write in Japanese which made me realize that through learning the language, you also learn their culture and from there I found out that kaomoji’s aren’t simply characters put together but are actually a cuter representation of an emotion almost as a synonym to it.
To simply put it, nowadays, keyboards have auto-correct and predictive functions, right? In Nihongo, there are three types of writing their words: Katakana, Hiragana, Kanji. Therefore, in a Japanese keyboard, it tends to give suggestions of a word in all those three writing styles whichever is available. And there are times that not only those three but also kaomoji’s are being suggested. It can also suggest simple sentences.
For example, the Japanese word for “cute” is 「かわいい」 or “kawaii” in Roman letters. when I type ”kawaii” using a Japanese keyboard, it gives out the suggestions,
かわいいです (“Kawaii desu.” sentence; translate: It is cute.)
4.ｶﾜ(・∀・)ｲｲ!! (Katakana: カワイイ plus kaomoji)
Below are more of my favorite kaomoji’s. Feel free to use them on your texts messages!
For a wider variety of kaomojis, ready-made(copy/paste) Kaomoji apps are available for download as well. You just have to choose which ones suits your preference best. Personally, I have tried a lot of apps but the copy and pasting is too much of a task for me. But the choices you have in apps are way larger and more varied.
Let’s exchange smiles, comment your favorite Kaomoji!