A few weeks ago, I had attended an event but as way to relieve my stress from work. I have been researching online at the time when I came across TOYCON PH 2011.
TOYCON PH (Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention), which was on their 10th year, is a huge gathering of toy collectors, as well as cosplayers and anime fans in the country. And since it was held on June 18-19, a weekend, I’ve decided to attend and to take a look on how does an event looks like, and why is it usually filled with attendees.
It was raining hard on a Sunday Afternoon, but luckily, I’ve arrived at the SM Megamall thru MRT to prevent the heavy traffic. When I entered the Megatrade Hall, a huge amount of people suddenly appeared in front of me.
It was filled with people who are interested in toys, comics and any rare collectibles that are being sold at the vendor’s floor. It’s kinda like a mall having a 70% discount sale!
Others were taking a pictures of toys and figures being displayed by collectors and exhibitors at the gallery exhibit. Nearby were life-size statues of Superman, Spiderman and other notable characters. While walking, I usually see some cosplayers being photographed by spectators. I was able to take a shot of some them!
And Lastly, at the Megatrade Hall 3, there was a black curtain. It is where the live filming of the feature film COSPLAY NATION was held. Inside the hall was filled with spectators, who’s kept shouting and rejoicing over their favourite cosplayers, including Alodia Gosiengfiao.
PROs and CONs
I assume that TOYCON PH is one of biggest events for collectors, cosplayers and anime fans, but one thing that bothers me is why did they organize such a big event on a small, cramped space like Megatrade Hall?
Just like what happened on Ozine Fest 2011 (organized by Otakuzine Magazine) last April, the organizers of TOYCON PH may have miscalculated how many people will attend the event.
By coincidence, heavy rains caused by tropical depression “Egay” forced some people not to go to the event.
At least the organizers always advise the attendees to take care of their belongings.
My advise to the TOYCON PH organizers is to at least consider other venue options to ensure that more people would attend the event.
Surely, TOYCON PH will be more bigger and better over the next few years.
P.S.: The only thing that bothers me is that i don’t have a picture of myself, alongside a cosplayer! *facepalm*
And lastly, I cannot forget that guy who speaks in English with a wrong grammar. I don’t really understand what he is saying, but I usually hear the word “NEXUS.” Is he the one trolling ZEN Otaku Honbu, HEROtv, and other anime forums?!
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