June 28, 2022

TOYCON PH 2022 In MegaMall

For long-time TOYCON fans, it’s no secret that Voltes V holds a special place in this convention’s heart. This iconic robot has never missed a spot among the collage of colorful characters on our poster since the very start, and on special milestone years it has even become the central symbol of our show, with the huge Voltes V statue in 2016 when we first moved the convention to the SMX in Pasay, the fleet of Voltes V ships gracing our 2017 merchandise, and TOYCON’s launch of the Tamashii Nations Super Electromagnetic Machine VOLTES V, Bandai Spirits DLX Soul of Chogokin in 2020. 

It’s been too long since the community of pop culture fans and collectors have come together since the pandemic struck. For many, this long drought without any gathering to celebrate our common love for all things creative, innovative and collectible has gone on way too long. And so with the effects of CoVid winding down, we just cannot wait to see you all, our fans and loyal community, finally come home. 




And this year, our 19th year of putting on an onsite convention, Voltes V takes center stage again as part of a promise made by our event partner, Quiccs, back in 2019 to launch his trademark TEQ-63 in unmistakable Voltes V style only at TOYCON! And this year, in partnership with TOEI Co. Ltd. Telesuccess, we’re all set to finally launch it! At the heart of the Voltes V story is a tale of a family divided, of struggles suffered and surpassed, but ultimately a reunion of love. Which is really what TOYCON is about too, isn’t it?  It is a yearly reunion, and for this year, a homecoming, as we return to the place where it all started.

BACK TO BASICS

TOYCON was started as a gathering of people of like minds, and this year as it has been every year, it is a collaboration of many to put together the biggest pop culture event in the country and in South East Asia. It is an alliance, which this year, goes back to its roots, as we put on a TOYCON which feels familiar but still is the cutting-edge show it has been which other shows have imitated but never duplicated. 

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

Our event highlights this year will include:

The biggest Voltes V Licensing and merchandise exhibit in collaboration with Telesuccess Productions Inc.

Surprise Celebrity appearances (to be announced soon!)  

Funko Funatics Philippines release of exclusives and celebrity signings

Top toy studios and designers from the region on exhibit 

TOYCON Creator’s Alley – co-organized by the Bulletpunk Network where the top Filipino toy creators meet the up and coming young upstart creators

Artist Alley – co-organized by Komiket with some of the Philippines top comic book artist/s assembled for signing and sketching

The TOYCON Collectors Gallery c/o the Philippine Toy Groups Association

Toy Art and Toy Customizing competition

ToyClick and Cosclick Photography contest

The TOYCON Cosplay Competition and the World Cosplay Summit

Collectors and Customizers Panel discussions  

The Pinoy Pop Culture Icon Awards

And the Biggest collectibles retail floor of more than 250 booths


WHAT NEW FOR THIS YEAR’S CONVENTION?

Online selling seminars, live auctions and livestreams brought to us by Lazada

VIP access, NFT workshops and Bulletpunk BitWars art brought to us by Smart Signature

Come home to a very familiar, yet still a whole new playground as the TOYCON PH 2022 happens on July 8 to 10, 2022 at Megatrade Halls, 5/F of the SM Megamall Building B. The event is organized by VLAC Event Management Inc and co-presented by Lazada and Smart Signature.

Sponsored by Telesuccess Productions, MaxiCollector, Great Toys Online, Legendary Beasts Studios, EC Collectibles, Filbars, Toy Empire, Bully Boy Collectibles, and DHL.

In cooperation with

Vans, Yori, Funko Funatic Philippines, Warner Brothers, and The Linden Suites 

With media partners, ABS-CBN, 106.7 Energy FM and FPS PH.

And event partners Anime Alliance, Ex-Link Events, Komiket, PICOF,  and the Philippine Toy Group Association. 

For details contact: 

ToyconPh@gmail.com 

toyconmarketing@gmail.com

For event details go to: www.toyconph.com or Like ToyConPh on Facebook and Twitter

Tickets are available online at SMTickets.com and the TOYCON 2022 store on Lazada.     


June 27, 2022

Every Product Under P100 at Ikea Philippines

I've been wanting to visit Ikea Philippines the first day they opened, unfortunately we do not frequent Pasay area so it took this long to see what this biggest Ikea store in the world has to offer. 

Our trip to Ikea was actually unplanned. I, along with John, Gladys and Che, had plenty of time to burn as we were waiting for Fitness First MOA's Event for International Day of Yoga so we walked from the gym to Conrad. 

What can I say? The place is huge! It is the size of the Versailles Palace, in France, with five floors! The area is divided into nine sections: Living Room, Living Room Storage, Workspaces, Dining, Kitchen, Bathroom Furniture, Bedroom, Wardrobes and Storage, and Children's.

Things to remember on your first visit:

1.  Wear your comfiest shoes.

2.  Visit with a full stomach or bring a bottle of water and snacks because their cafe is jampacked we were not able to try their food.

3.  Go straight to the section you're most interested because you’ll likely get lost in there for hours like we did. 

4,  If you are looking for P100 and below items go straight on the third floor  in "Every Product Under P100" area. In this section you'll find  hangers, plates, reusable bags, food containers, and more. This is the section we truly enjoyed on our first visit.

5.  Bring your own eco bag or boxes. You need to wrap/pack your purchases. 

6.  Park near Ikea or Conrad so you won't have a hard time transporting your bought items.



Address: MOA Square, Mall of Asia Complex Zone 10 CBP-IA, 

Marina Way, Pasay, 1300 Metro Manila

Operating Hours: Open ⋅10AM - Closes 10PM

Health & safety: Mask required · Staff wear masks · Staff get temperature checks · Staff required to disinfect surfaces between visits · More details

Phone: (02) 8888 4532

June 23, 2022

Mango Tree Goes Local as they Celebrate 12 Years in the Business of Good Food

The Mango Tree brand entered the Philippine in 2010 with Mango Tree Bistro and Mango Tree restaurant. And recently with the new Mango Tree Cafe concept as a more casual dining option. Today, there are 9 restaurants under Mango Tree’s belt in the country.

To celebrate its 12th year in the Philippines, Mango Tree partnered with local farmers as a way to support locally grown produce and promote sustainability.

With a global presence of over 50 restaurants across Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, Mango Tree has delighted diners worldwide with its unique take on Thai culinary traditions. The very first Mango Tree opened over 25 years ago in Thailand and was named and inspired by a solitary 100-year old ma-muang (‘mango tree’) that still grows in an old house in Bangkok’s Suriwong district to this day.

A passion for Thai cuisine, carefully curated designs, and a penchant for constant innovation have become the DNA of a brand that has branched out into various concepts without losing its identity. With an increasing interest in sustainability and environmentally friendly practices, consumers have shifted their behavior to supporting locally made products. Mango Tree strives to create extraordinary meals from the simplest of ingredients, and in adopting a farm-to-table concept, crops will be directly sourced from local farms as much as possible—making local produce more accessible and enjoyed by our customers.

During the pandemic, The Quezon City government launched the Joy of Urban Farming project which was created to mitigate hunger and encourage livelihood in agriculture. This initiative also aims to further promote the importance of urban farming and empower the livelihood of urban dwellers by producing fresh and healthy vegetable crops. One of the farms under this project is the New Greenland Farm.

Situated in Barangay Bagong Silangan in Quezon City, New Greenland Farm started out as a 2-hectare area and has expanded to over 10-hectares of cultivated land with the support of local communities and the local government which envisions transforming over 30 hectares of unused land into agricultural gardens to address food security for all citizens. These farms are expected to produce over 756 metric tons of vegetables including eggplant, string beans, pechay, mustasa, squash, kamote tops, spinach, okra, and many more seasonal crops every year.

Mango Tree’s executive Thai chefs flew in from Thailand to visit New Greenland Farm and curated a special menu using freshly harvested crops and local produce. This menu highlights the versatility and adaptability of local healthy vegetables such as chayote (‘sayote’), Malabar spinach (‘alugbati’), jute leaves (‘saluyot’), and more.



Appetizer

Sweet Potato Crab Cakes
Salads

Som Tum Chayote
Malabar Spinach Salad
Spicy Chayote Salad with Minced Pork
Soup

Sour and Spicy Southern Shrimp and Farm Fresh Vegetables
Mains

Stir-fried Beef with Curry Paste and Chili Leaves
Wok-fried Pork Belly and Taro with Garlic Chili
Stir-fried Jute Leaves with Pork and Shrimp
Desserts

Sweet Potato Fritters with Pandan Custard
Thai Mochi



Mango Tree group currently has 9 stores nationwide including Mango Tree and Mango Tree Cafe.

7th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig (09175349145)
Upper Ground Floor, Shops at The Boulevard, City of Dreams, Parañaque (09177023023)
Level 3, Trinoma Mall, Quezon City (09178902166)
Level 2, Greenbelt 3, Makati City (09175242273)
Ground Level, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Parañaque (09176782783)
Upper Ground, Sunset Terraces, SM City Baguio, Baguio City (09171153131)
Ground Level, Promenade Mall, Greenhills, San Juan City (09177003163)
2nd Floor, The Mega Atrium, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City (09171500035)
2nd Level, City Center, SM North EDSA, Quezon City (09177021021)