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CSM Publishing releases promising Pinoy Manga

MA-I Books

CSM Publishing successfully launched Ma-i during the recently concluded Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) at the SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia.  The launch of the new pinoy manga/komiks culminated with “Araw ng Ma-i” (Day of Ma-i) on Sunday, September 20 as cosplayers from Naruto Cosplayers PH (NCPH) portrayed the various characters of the comics.  CSM and NCPH entered into a partnership to promote this new pinoy manga.

Araw_ng_Ma-i_comics_manga (13)Lakan (David D’Angelo Jr.) and Luta (Helen Cleodara D’Angelo) impressed the creators of Ma-i because according to them they were indeed very similar with the characters even their age.  Dara even admitted that like Luta she also likes to eat while Jr’s body features is very similar to Lakan.

Arya Chelabian and Faye Villanueva exchanged discussion with Lakan and Luta as they were the ones initially presented.  Later in the day other characters were introduced including Aman (Benjie Casi), Makaka (Jan Christian Cascaro), Apo Guinoo (Ferrari Lacson), Kal’lila (David D’Angelo) and Tiktik (Fatima Jongco).  The group performed an impromptu skit which coincided with Ma-i.

“Nabasa nyo na ba ang komiks?” (Have you read the comics?) Arya asked after the skit but the fact is since the comics was not yet released the skit was just based on the character profile given to the group.

Here are the rest of the cast of Ma-i comics cosplay:

Araw_ng_Ma-iInitial Book Review of Ma-i

We have read the initial 5 books of Ma-i and we are very impressed with the story line, the drawing and the character development.  So far Book 4: Ang Alitaptap is the best which would probably put you into an emotional state due to the turn of events.

Ma-i is very different from other Pinoy Komiks since it’s storyline is not the traditional superhero style or school scene which dominates most of the comics we see at conventions.  Thus, this would be something we should consider reading since it will also make us explore our own country.

About MA-I

MA-I is about a fictional world called MA-I, where harmony among the land and its mystical creatures had been marred by a dark being named Ka’lila, and a young boy named Lakan, together with his friends, must take on the quest to defeat this darkness which is larger than themselves.

The initial release has five books (chapters) entitled “1 – Si Lakan,” “2 – Palaboy,” “3 – Si Malakas at Si Maganda,” “4- Ang Alitaptap,” and “5 – Aman at Makaka,” focusing on the main characters in the series and their initial forays into the epic struggle between good and evil. Each book also features a trivia page about the Filipino culture and items (such as crafts and weapons) common during the Philippine pre-colonial era.

Each book contains more than 50 pages and will be sold for less than P100. The whole series is planned to have 60 books when completed.

Genre: Shounen (young boys), Action, Fantasy, Comedy

About the authors of Ma-i:

Arya Chelabian grew up learning valuable lessons from local folklore and novels as well as Eastern (manga) and Western comics. He is a graduate of Industrial Engineering at Mapua Institute of Technology where he spent his vacant time at the fire exit with friends, playing Hunter and Legend of the Five Rings, and sharing stories written by both famous and unknown authors. His love for values found in the Bible and the beauty of the Filipino ethnic culture drove him to write this story. He believes that stories can influence the next generation with important life lessons the way stories of old have influenced him. He is an engineer by profession.

Faye Villanueva has been creating stories and drawing since she was a toddler. Her influences are classic and Christian novels, Japanese and Western comics. She attended intensive story writing workshops (mostly for film) during her college and working years (as a Communications graduate and practitioner). For the past decade, she has contributed her designs and illustrations to various published books in the Philippines. She now desires to bridge the gap between otakus (manga and anime fans) and God. Follow her at Instagram @spatialchild.


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Animax Carnival Philippines 2015 Set To Immerse Filipino Fans in Japanese Culture!

PHILIPPINES, MAY 2015 – Animax, Asia’s first channel specializing in Japanese animation, will be bringing its annual flagship event back to the Philippines! Viewers and fans will be treated to two days of fun-filled anime-themed activities at Animax Carnival Philippines 2015, to be held at Hall 4 SMX Convention Center, Pasay City on 30 and 31 May 2015, 11am to 8pm. Continue reading →

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Animax Carnival 2015

One of the most prestiguous anime and cosplay event in Asia is returning to the Philippines, Animax Carnival 2015.  The event will be at Hall 4, SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia Pasay City on May 30-31.  Animax Carnival will let you experience not only cosplay but playing Japanese traditional games under a full bloom Sakura Tree.  Isn’t that exciting?


There are lots of things to look forward to at Animax Carnival 2015 including screenings of the latest anime movies and series plus Cosplay Icon and model, Alodia Gosiengfiao will also be present at the event and will have a performance.

I’ll be there on both days and I’ve also prepared a special performance so make sure to drop by!

We will also be seeing individual cosplayers who will compete for the prize of P10,000 – P8,000 – P5,000 plus Animax freebies and goodie bags.  Individual competitors are selected from those who had passed their registration form and requirements last May 22, 2015.  Cosplayers will be from the following Anime titles:

  • Naruto Shippuden
  • Fairy Tail
  • Bleach
  • Hunter X Hunter
  • Parasyte -the maxim-
  • VALVRAVE The Liberator
  • The Seven Deadly Sins
  • Space Dandy
  • The World God Only Knows Mushibugyo
  • Wizard Barristers

Meanwhile, there will also be a group cosplay competition.  Winner of the group cosplay will win P20K, P16K, and P12K respectively plus Animax freebies and goodie bags.  Group cosplays are chosen from any title broadcast on ANIMAX.

What to expect?  Well, here are some highlights of Animax Carnival 2015:

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You can get your tickets at any SM Tickets outlets and at .  For more info please read this official Press Release.

Are you going to the event?  What are you looking forward to?  Share us your plans and thoughts on this event.

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NCPH at Tokyo EDM Invasion 2014

NCPH at Tokyo EDM Invasion 2014



NCPH was there to take part, cover and party at Tokyo EDM Invasion 2014, the biggest rave party of the year as the best from Tokyo and Manila come together in a spectacle of music, art, and dance last August 2  at the SMX Convention Center. Organized and produced by Red Alert Live and Nijiiro,  it was conceptualized as a party like no other with a distinct and dynamic Japanese feel and guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on Manila’s events scene.





The organizers wanted Filipinos to have a one-of-a-kind experience of what it is like in Tokyo’s dynamic, ultra-modern club scene  as they fly in their best DJs and performers straight from Japan.  Teaming up with them are Manila’s club scene best, laying down the welcome as they had the crowd grooving on their feet and pumping their fists to their best rhythms and vibes with their frenetic sets.  Rocking SMX Convention Center Hall One were Ace Ramos, Deuce Manila, The Zombettes, Curse & Bless, and VIP Events Manila DJ Ais Mark Nicosia.






The Invasion part of the program started off with renowned Taiko drummer, Makoto Yamamoto, performing for the first time to a Philippine audience.  He gave a strong, emphatic performance on the traditional Japanese drums.  He was followed by the hard-rocking sets of Japan’s best DJs, Ayumi with Tsubee and Daijiro and kept the audience moving and shaking.  Renowned choreographers/dancers, Kai-zen Crew, had performances incorporating ninjitsu techniques in their dance moves, much to the delight of the attendees.  VJs Tsubasa and Dynamo added a unique visual experience through their performances.










Having the honor of delivering the finale for Tokyo EDM Invasion  was DJ Dantz, Japan’s number one DJ.   His skills and showmanship sent the amazing night into its climax.  At its conclusion, he and the other performers had delivered an exciting fusion of traditional Japanese culture and Japan’s modern club scene.




Easily the biggest, most exciting club/dance/party event of the year, the organizers and the performers were visibly pleased with the overwhelming support and turnout and promised that Tokyo EDM Invasion will be coming back next year. Our thanks and congratulations to them as Tokyo EDM Invasion 2014 had just delivered the best Japanese clubbing experience ever.









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Sneak Peak at Best of Anime (BOA) 2014

Sneak Peak at Best of Anime (BOA) 2014

Best of Anime 2014 will once again be a sure success since it is combining the right ingredient that people and anime-lovers wanted to see in a convention. This year the event would a bit more expensive but there would be more things to expect and tons of guests to see. BOA 2014 will be on September 20-21, 2014 at Function Room 3 and 4, SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia Complex.

Last year we have an awesome time covering the event and also having our very own booth at the event.  We also manage to meet Joe Inoe and gave him his very own Otaku shirt.


Here is our coverage of BOA 2013: [ DAY 1DAY 2 | Jiaki Darkness and Yuki Godbless ]

A ticket for this year’s event is peg at P300 for one day and if you avail of the two-day pass it will only be at P500. Remember that the venue is SMX so we would like to remind you that guards are more strict in this area and you better avail a ticket that loiter around outside. Take the lesson last April.


If you want to buy in advance the ticket for BOA 2014, you can CLICK THIS BOA 2014 TICKET RESERVATION FORM and you can also choose any of the methods below:

  • Personal Purchase = Visit their office in Makati and buy your tickets there.
  • VIA Bank and Carrier = Fill up the Reservation Form and send it to their email, Deposit your payment in the Bank, Send them the deposit slip and your tickets will be mailed.
  • Express Lane = Send us the Reservation Form via Email, Deposit your payment at the Bank and send the scanned copy to us and you may pick up your Ticket on the Day of the Event.


Kaika (updated July 23, 2014).  She is the person behind The Cosplay Chronicles.

Onnies. Among the top 30 cosplayers in with more than 160,000 Facebook fans. She is a Thailand-based, Chienese cosplayer known for her impressive cosplay and crossdresses.

Joe Inoe. He already became a guest for BOA 2013 and he is coming back to once again entertain everyone. Joe Inoe is a Japanese-American singer who was well known for his rendition of “Closer”, which had been used for the fourth opening of Naruto Chippuden. He also had other songs for other animes. He will be performing on September 21.


Visual Kei Band. BOA 2014 will once again showcase a Visual Kei Band although the name of the band is not yet announced. I would not be surprised it it will once again be Uchusentai Noiz since their comeback last May was not enough. Noiz had made tons of new Filipino songs and it would be great to have them in BOA this year.


BOA is coming up with 3 categories for their Cosplay Competition: Chibi, Cloth and Mecha/Armor. This categorization will be something which will bring fairness to those who are wearing cloth costumes, so that they can have chance to win the competition. It is also an all-star competition meaning you can cosplay any character from any genre and be it Japanese or Western.

Prizes includes cash prize of P5,000 for Mecha/Armor, P3,000 for cloth and P2,000 for Chibi. Prizes will also include freebies, a plaque of recognition and special feature on BOA’s media partners. Take note as well that Chibi for BOA 2014 will cover cosplayers ages 2-7 years old.

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BOA 2014 will be the venue for the first ever Inter-School Cosplay Competition. This is a cosplay competition which was held at various schools with the help of in-school organizations. The finals will be held during BOA.

If you are an artist you can join the BOA Quockdraw Competition which is being run online. Just check out for the theme, create the artwork and then submit them online.

Besides the above competition there will also be a Battle of the Bands. Photo Competition, and BOA Superstar (Karaoke Competition), You can download and view the mechanics for the competition at THIS LINK.


If you are looking for all sorts of specialized merchandise then BOA 2014 is an ideal place for you. Toys, accessories and items that are totally dedicated to anime will be present in this convention. Besides that, we are sure that there will be fun booths at the event which includes activities and gaming. You will rather be inside the event to experience the fun that be left out outside of the venue.

For more updates on BOA 2014 link up to the following:

  • Facebook:
  • Twitter: @BestofAnime_BOA
  • Official Hashtag: #BOA2014

See you at BOA 2014!

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Win tickets and be part of Tokyo EDM Invasion 2014

Win tickets and be part of Tokyo EDM Invasion 2014

Naruto Cosplayers PH (NCPH) is an official media partner to the upcoming Tokyo EDM Invasion 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia on August 2, 2014. The event will be the first ever Japan-themed party in the Philippines and will be from 8:00pm to 4:00am. Ages 18 and above are invited to take part and be part of history.

This will be the first ever event of this kind where people can enjoy an authentic Japan style nightclub party and also be in costume without being awkward. Tickets also comes with free drinks and even an unlimited drink plus food. Check out this cool track from one of the guest Japanese DJs for the event.

What the heck is EDM? Well, Electronic dance music (also known as EDM, dance music, club music, or simply dance) is a set of percussive electronic music genres produced primarily for dance-based entertainment environments, such as nightclubs. For this event, this one is what you will typically be experiencing in Japan.

For those who want to avail tickets be sure to check out the NAKAMA PACKAGES since they will give you lots of discounts.  Check this link for Tokyo EDM Invasion 2014 tickets.

For those who want to know why this event is one event you surely won’t miss check out an article posted by our partner blog, Otakuplay, “Tokyo EDM Invasion hits Manila, don’t be left out.”

Now here is our gift for everyone, TWO (2) PEOPLE will WIN THREE (3) TICKETS EACH to the Tokyo EDM Invasion 2014 (worth P2,850) . These 2 winners can bring their Nakama to this exciting event. All you have to do is accumulate points by doing the tasks below, the more points means the greater chances of winning.

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You can also check out and join another giveaway at Ranneveryday for Tokyo EDM Invasion 2014.

Good luck and enjoy. Check out this Tokyo EDM Invasion 2014 video.


WANT MORE TICKETS?  This video is key for your chance to win more free tickets!

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