Geeks invade the Tent at Solaire as ManiPopCon opens this November

It is said that we are currently living in the golden age of the geeks and the once niche interests and hobbies are now mainstream.  The Manila Pop Culture Convention, or ManiPopCon, will host different geekdoms under one convention. Producers Marco Aventajado and Freddie Tan are hoping that conventioneers can geek out for two days […]

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It is said that we are currently living in the golden age of the geeks and the once niche interests and hobbies are now mainstream. 

The Manila Pop Culture Convention, or ManiPopCon, will host different geekdoms under one convention. Producers Marco Aventajado and Freddie Tan are hoping that conventioneers can geek out for two days in the 2,400-square meter Tent at Solaire Resort and Casino on November 16 and 17. 

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The convention will have tabletop games, collectible card games, Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), miniature wargames, geek sundries, toys, Funko Pops, adult collectibles, comic books, science fiction, eSports, VR games, midway games, cosplay, mascots, tabletop 70’s and 80’s displays and memorabilia, and celebrities you didn’t know were geeks. 

ManiPopCon is divided into sectors. Laro will be the center of all the games. Highlighting this 680-seat sector are the Magic: The Gathering (MTG) National tournament, Gold Rush 2019 presented by Ludus Distributors and the Epic Dungeons and Dragons event, the Conclave 2019 presented by the Greasy Snitches. 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, not to mention dozens of tabletop games including the Filipino classic, Game of the Generals. There will also be side events for MTG and D&D. 

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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 congregating 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. 

Big Boy Toys will be front and center for the toys and adult collectibles with a convention exclusive 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 70’s and 80’s displays and memorabilia will be. You will find nostalgia, maybe not from your own childhood but from what your parents told you about growing up. 

Table top games are an excellent alternative to gadgets - Geeks invade the Tent at Solaire as ManiPopCon opens this November

“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 added.

On top of all the fun activities during the convention, there will be also 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 by the 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 10 years old get in for free. For more information, check out @ManiPopCon on Facebook and Instagram. 

ManiPopCon is co-presented by Solaire, Cignal, and Ludus. Media partners are ABS-CBN, Myx, Sky, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Warner Brothers TV, Fandom, Tabletop Philippines, Variable Play, and Quit Stalling.

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