16th Graphic Expo @ SMX, Mall OF Asia

The 16th Graphic Expo 2011 is a three day event held at the SMX Convention Center, Mall Of Asia or otherwise known as MOA. Happened last June 16-18, 2011, the expo featured body painting photo sessions; a cosplay parade; workshops about photography, video editing, adobe; live bands performing onstage; an art exhibit; etc. Organized by Fiera de Manila, Inc., it’s also the 2nd photo-video expo. Booths of different big name printing companies and photography/video accessories were seen, showing off how powerful their products are.


Aside from these graphic booths, there’s also the music part – handled by independent company Indiepinoy and Lazer Music, which I think comes hand in hand with the event even though it seems quite odd having them in a graphic convention. You see, most musically inclined people are also into arts, photography, video and graphics, and vice versa. It’s a chain, they’re connected with one another, so having these groups in the event is a sure fire blast.


OT. Thanks to Myphone for providing Indiepinoy that big LCD tv, To X2M for the free cd of their album woohoo! To Lazer Music for lending me their very nice Samick Greg Bennett acoustic guitar when I did a last minute jam.



First day of the event was a body painting photoshoot, featuring a pretty model who was half-naked and taking shots from these lense men. Performing onstage that evening was the group Ten to Midnight (X2M) who also launched their album here. I got to jam with them again onstage, impromptu as always hehe and it was fun playing with these talented guys. Providing the gears was Lazer Music.

Second day featured the cosplayers from Anizone. Performance by the group Sigwada Experiment, which by the way is one of my many bands hehe. We did two sets.


The last day was a workshop about different aspects of photography. At the same time there’s a body paint photo shoot happening at the other end of the venue. Didn’t catch the whole workshop but learned a lot from the speakers. Performers on that evening were alternative band Ink Driven and a solo acoustic set by Rain Mayo. Could have joined in with them onstage for a jam, since I’ve done sessions with both, but opted to watched them play instead. Besides, I’ve performed for the past two days of the event and having one on the last leg might be too much I think.

There was also the Beatlemania exhibit by these hardcore Beatle aficionados/artists which I would say was one of the highlights.

All in all, the three day convention was a success. Kudos to everyone. 🙂

Anizone Cosplay event

AniZone Cosplayers At SMX, Mall Of Asia

The cosplay during the Graphic Expo at SMX, Mall Of Asia was so cool. Cosplayers from Anizone, which is a community of Anime enthusiasts, did a great job, showing off their fabulous costumes representing different characters from Marvel heroes to Japanese animated characters. The details were very good and well-prepared.


I’m not familiar with some of the characters though, but I was floored when I saw an Iron Man character – the costume took about two months of preparation, and even Optimus Prime who according to the player in an interview with the host, took him to do the Autobot leader costume for a year and would take two hours in wearing it. I just wish he did a little more time on the details so he can transform and roll out! hehe, ala Japanese cosplayers who are able to do both. The one who did a Mystique impression was also good, she’s almost barenaked, only covered with body paint. The cute little girl did a Sailor Moon and another kid donned a Gundam character if I’m not mistaken. There’s also one who played a Naruto character, a Tekken character, and others.



art event The Beatles

Come Together..The Beatlemania 2nd Reunion Exhibit

Filipino hardcore Beatle aficionados/artists gather at the 16th Graphic Expo SMX, Mall of Asia for the 2nd reunion exhibit of their art works inspired by the greatest band of all time, The Beatles. The group has been an inspiration to many of today’s famous musicians and has been very influential to the pop culture in all parts of the world.


The exhibit depicts the soulful images of John, Paul, George and Ringo and their songs in prints and canvas. Memorabilias like pins, old song books, posters are being displayed as well. I even got to see a ticket of their show held in Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, Philippines back in July ’66, and guess how much it costs? 30 pesos!! And that’s at ringside!! I have fifty bucks here and if only I can travel back time, I could have seen them perform live and would still have a 20 buck change \m/.

Met some of the artists at the exhibit like Rei Ayaton through Nat, and felt like “I’m not worthy!” – ala Wayne Campbell gesture. Sir Rei’s works are fantastic! You should see his compiled books, a biography of the Fab Four. It’s like a hard bound comic, complete with well-detailed illustrations. I was in complete awe when I saw it. And according to him, he still have other books which he didn’t bring.


These are amazing art works displayed by all the great artists. Filipino art at its finest.


The event also concides Sir Paul McCartney’s birthday which makes it extra special. So here’s a toast to Sir Paul! To the Fab Four! And to everyone!