The Golden Age of Geeks is Here and ManiPopCon is Here to Prove it
by Inside Manila Team, November 15, 2019 11:45am
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We are currently living in the golden age of the geeks; the once niche interests and hobbies are now mainstream. And Manila Pop Culture Convention, or ManiPopCon, is here to prove it.
ManiPopCon will host different geekdoms under the 2,400-square meter Tent at Solaire Resort and Casino on November 16 and 17.
The convention will have tabletop games, official merchandise and collectibles, comic books, cosplays, retro memorabilia, celebrities, and more. ManiPopCon is divided into sectors for every geek and non-geek's convenience.
Laro will be the center of all the games. Highlighting this 680-seat sector is Gold Rush 2019 and the Conclave 2019.
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Gold Rush 2019 aims to have more than 500 participants while The Conclave will have 100 and 200-player Epic Adventures. There will also be tournaments and demos of Warhammer 40,000, Transformers TCG and KeyForge. Tabletop games including the Filipino classic, Game of the Generals are also up for playing.
Concourse de Geek will have ManiPopCon event partners and sponsors’ booths as well as purveyors of toys and VR games. Cignal’s booth will be where the eSports geeks will be assembling with tournaments for Mobile Legends, Tekken 7, and DOTA VR for in-game prizes and gear. ABS-CBN will be bringing the Ravelo Komiks Universe heroes so guests can line up for selfies with Darna, Lastikman, and Captain Barbell.
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Big Boy Toys will be front and center for the toys and adult collectibles with an exclusive convention collaboration between artists Quiccs x Markdwin as well as special deals for ManiPopCon attendees. Mox Gen Merch will have a good selection of current and nostalgic toys that even the most discerning geek would be happy to get a great find.
Artist Alley will be the place to go-to for the adult collectibles, comic and science fiction, and other geek sundries. Up-and-coming vinyl toy artists Milo San Luis and Creon will be on hand to exhibit their newest drops and ManiPopCon exclusives, for autograph signing as well.
Berlin Manalaysay will be debuting his continuation of the Combatron final saga as well as the expansion of the Combatron tabletop game. Tablay, a Filipino sci-fi novel by Katrina Olan, which brings together the edge of futuristic mecha and the mysticism of Philippine folklore, will also be featured.
RetroCon will be where the ’70s and '80s displays and memorabilia will be. You will find nostalgia, maybe not from your childhood, but from what your parents told you about growing up.
“While ManiPopCon is mainly an event for geeks by geeks, we have made it very family-friendly. This event was something I have always wanted to do because I want to expose my kids to these enjoyable activities and make them see that there are so many fun things to do away from their gadgets. I grew up playing board games such as Monopoly, Game of Life, and Game of the Generals. I have such fond memories and picked up a lot of life lessons, I want my kids to experience that too,” Aventajado, one of the event organizers expressed.
On top of all the fun activities, there will be an after-party called “ManiPopCon After Dark." At 10:30pm on Saturday, Latin-inspired restaurant, Waterside will be featuring premier stand-up comic Mike Unson, disco music by DJ Boyet Sison, and spoken word artists of Collaboratory Ph. Tickets for ManiPopCon After Dark is Php 500 with a drink and will be available at the Waterside.
ManiPopCon is on November 16 and 17 at the Solaire Tent, Solaire Resort and Casino, Pasay City. Doors open at 10:00 am. Tickets are available at the entrance or through www.ticketworld.com.ph. Php 400 for adults, Php 250 for teens (student ID required). Kids below ten years old get in for free.
For more information, check out @ManiPopCon on Facebook and Instagram.