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Azrael Coladilla is a 31 year old blogger, an events organizer and promoter for pop culture, lifestyle, events, conventions and exhibits. He is also a photographer, web designer, musician, film maker, video blogger, pasta lover, writer, gadget fan, Star Wars baby, and has a favorite pet cat named "Pulot", "Mocha" and "Puteh" Born in Manila, and now living in Bacoor, Cavite for almost 4 years.

A big supporter for local artists and independent scene, and also a community leader for young individuals who are into the modern pop culture scene.

Blogging since 2001, and surfing the web for almost 15 years. A graduate of BS Mathematics, major in Computer Science and IT at Far Eastern University last year of 2007. Now into events organizing, events coverage, writing, video blogging, web master, concept developer, video live streaming, photographer, band manager, fish-dog-cat lover, sci fi and fantasy fan, comics and movie geek, tech and gadgets junkie, contest addict, and an online marketer.

the blog author behind Azrael's Merryland Blog

Blog : www.azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/popazrael
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/azraelcoladilla
Twitter: www.twitter.com/popazrael
Instagram: www.instagr.am/popazrael
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/popazrael
Tumblr: www.popazrael.tumblr.com
Multiply : www.popazrael.multiply.com
Flickr: www.flickr.com/popazrael
Google+ : www.gplus.to/azrael

Awards


1st Place Winner of the Buhay Coke Video blogging contest (2008)
Nominated Audience favorite nominee @ the Philippine Blog Awards 2007 (hindi ito award lol)
Most Influential Blogger for Luzon  (Philippine Blog Awards 2009)

TV Appearances Extra Extra (GMA)
MTV
Kids on Q (GMA NEWS TV)
The Beat (GMA NEWS TV)
Breakfast (UNTV)
Jack TV Peep Show
GNN News
UNTV
Tribe (Net 25)
Convergence (Net 25)
Unang Hirit (GMA)
Umagang Kay Ganda (ABS CBN)

Radio Guesting
97.1 (We Are Anime segment)
DZMM (collectibles christmas show guesting)
99.5 RT (Toycon guesting)
Magic 89.9 (Toycon guesting)



Events organizer/promoter/producer of

2008-2009 - some blog events and activities

2002-2009 Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention

April 4, 2009 - Alodia Gosiengfiao mini fans day at E-games Domination III

March 21, 2009 - Bloggers Party (hosted by Playboy Philippines)

2005 Komikon : 1st Filipino Komiks Convention

2006-2007 Manila Comics Creation Seminar and convention

2007 25th Anniversary of G.I, Joe @ Toy's R US

2008 OtakonEK : Anime and Pop culture convention @ Enchanted Kingdom

2008 Comics and Manga day @ Powerbooks Megamall

1999-2001 monthly anime film showings and seasonal campus tours

2000 AnimeXplosion : 1st Philippine Animation Convention ( event concept, cosplay catwalk)

2005 AnimeXplosion : 2nd Philippine Animation Convention (cosplay contest organizer)

2005 AnimeXplosion : Cosplay skit and drama play @ Shangri La Hotel

2004 Mu Online Battle Soccer Tournament and Mini Convention ( cosplay contest organizer)

2004-2005 New Worlds : Philippine Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention ( committee member)

2003 Star Wars Convention @ Alabang Town Center

2005 G2:Games and Gadget Show @ Megatrade Hall ( cosplay contest organizer)

1999 Az rock fest @ Oracafe bar



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New Interview

Azrael Coladilla - More Than Just A Blogger

 “Learning never stops, and blogging provide me this.”

It is a rare opportunity to have interviewed such one of the influential Filipino bloggers in today’s cloud. Now, the Online Ink brings you our personal conversations and chats with Mr. Azrael Coladilla.


Who is Azrael Coladilla?

Now consider as an active multimedia blogger and social media monster, Azrael finished BS Math and Computer Science in the Far Eastern University (an irony isn’t it?). He is the blogger behind the “Azrael’s Merryland” which reigns in 4th rank by the Google Pages while garnering over 2 million page reviews and a thousand of subscribers. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines awarded by Globe Telecom and The Philippine Blog Awards, he’s a full time blogger, event’s organizer, social media manager and digital marketing consultant. Also, he is the founder of The Manila Bloggers Network, a community of active bloggers in Manila and nearby cities.

How did Azrael’s Merryland started?
The blog debuted through Azrael’s friends and colleagues. At first he started to search a platform for website that would provide an easy access to online publishing. Since 1999, he does blogging in yahoo groups which already gather thousands of subscribers. And as his friends introduce him the “Blogger”, he finds it advantageous and at the same time fits his ideal platform for a website.

At that time, he shared to us how blogging helps to relieve his sentiments towards relationship. He tends to share his thoughts while engaging open conversations to his readers.

Is blogging his interest? What inspires him to do blogging?
It had been quite an interest at first but later on develops. Here, I can express my feelings and thoughts freely and at ease. Blogging also allowed me to discover skills such photography, recording and editing audio and videos and a lot more.

My readers are the deep rooted reason behind my blog. Actually, they’ve kept on asking more posts which drives me to do more. It had been a routine to check and post in my blog regularly while having weekly online chats with my friends and readers.

What does blogging did in his life?
You tend to know more the personality of a person through his blog. It’s like a journal of everyday activities that bloggers would like to share about. Though it could quite be considered as stalking, it somehow creates interests to other people’s way of life. I’ve already met a lot of bloggers in other countries, make friends with them and have chats on lots of stuff. It’s just like today’s Facebook age wherein you visit various accounts and profiles. Back then, we visit blogs.

Blogging let me discovered lots of skills. From photography, while enhancing my PR skills and most of all it makes me a responsible and liable writer for anything that I’ve post publicly. Some may consider blogging as just a hobby, that’s true at first. But later on you would discover that hobby could open up chances for a career. I have lots of friends that are previously engaged in food blogging now a restaurant owner, a fashion blogger turned to a fashion designer and lots of professional photographers. Learning never stops and blogging provide me this.

Given your numerous achievements in life, how would you define success?
Success is based on experience, learning and personal concept of dreams. You must have targeted goals to be pursued in order to succeed in life. I still can’t consider myself as a successful person but this definition truly reflects me.



Interviews


http://www.mb.com.ph/issues/2006/08/21/TECH2006082172293.html

Blog-O-Rama

Azrael’s Merryland

.:Annalyn S. Jusay (now blogging at www.annalyn.net)

This week we interview Azrael Coladilla, a graduating student of Far Eastern University who’s taking up Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Major in Computer Science. He describes himself as a freelance multimedia artist, convention and events organizer.

"I’m really hooked with the culture and arts, and my blog’s content is all about toys, comics, movies, events, music and technology." For more about him, check out his blog at www.azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com

Q. When did you start to blog? Did anybody influence you?

A. I started blogging last June 2003 and since then I became one of the active bloggers in the Philippines.A friend named Ariel Atienza of figuritivity.blogspot.com and Jaclyn Ting Lim of jactinglim.blogspot.com influenced me to blog, at first I was out of place when all of my friends blogged, I didn’t get the idea on why we should blog, until they guided me in making my own, then it already became my habit and hobby at the same time.

Q. Why do you blog? What do you like about this activity?

A. I blog because I want people to know that I exist. So that they will recognize me as an individual who is actively participating in different happenings. I can do lots of things to inform and entertain people who are in the Internet.

I like it a lot, especially when I post some personal events in my life, people can know me more by reading all of my post. Publishing my production notes and events diary, for my freelance work,. I boost up marketing and it helps my sideline job to expand. My blog is like a morning newspaper or magazine sometimes.

Q. What benefits do you derive from blogging?

A. It connects me to other people who knows me and people who are strangers to me but later on become my friends. Also I earned money from it too, and thanks to some online advertisers who truly believed that my blog is one big portal for everyone, a perfect ground for marketing and advertising.

Q. On the other hand, what do you dislike about it (blogging) if any?

A. When people crash by and start to bash you whenever you are caught off guard (offline) ,sometimes they do it on a regular basis, that’s why I changed my tagboard to myshoutbox.com, so that I can trace their IP address and block them or report them to their office boss for using their PC to bash me during office hours. It’s okay to have a personal comment in one post or have a natural reaction to one article, but bashing you and insulting your loved ones publicly is one different scenario for me.

Q. Do you still see yourself blogging five years from now? Please explain.

A. Yes, I can see that I may have my own domain and host for all my blog entries. Going indepedent from free web based blogging services. And readers will also increase.

Also having my own TV blog channel. Well it sounds so funny but blogging is here to stay and it is already a part of my life. Its already a time capsule, and my blog will remain here forever.

Q. How many blogs do you maintain? Would you recommend keeping multiple blogs?

A. Yes, I have lots of blogs, around 10 weblogs, all of them are active blogs, some of them are moderated by a group of bloggers. Others are personally built by me. But I maintain TransFormers Philippines (transformersph.blogspot.com), the live action movie is coming out next year. Next is the Philippine Toy Convention blog, (toycon.blogspot.com), the blog of our toy event and also all about the hobbyists and collectible toys, comics and anime.

It’s okay to have multiple blogs, it’s a way of dividing your audience and also the content. But if you have multiple blogs, make sure that you have a lot of time updating it and maintain it well, so that you won’t lose readership in the net.

Q. How do you choose which topics to post? What topics do you most often write about?

A. My topics are about me and the events happening around me. If a talk about movies, I will choose only the movies that I like, and later on make an entry of it or transform my blog into a movie theme. The topic is also about relationship with my life partner, Lace Llanora, she too has a blog ( suzakulace.blogspot.com) and together we sometimes post about what’s going on between us, the fun, the romance and sometimes the fight! hahahahaha.

Most favorite of the topics posted now is my video blog, it’s a new trend in the blogosphere. I tried one, and then later on people got entertained and also got informed about the latest update. Its like watching comedy news like John Stewart.

My favorite post for me is the production notes. People can see around on how I work and organize events and conventions. I can share to them my ideas and insights on the loops of being an event organizer.There they can see how hard it is and how I enjoy it. Readers can view behind-the-scenes of projects and sometimes the latest developments.

Now I am organizing the event for the 4th Annual Manila International Comic Creation Seminar on Oct 14-15 in Megamall. It’ a big production and putting it up on the web really increases the marketing.

Q. Your blogging habits...

A. Well, I post something that I like and upload photos, people love pictures and images, that’s why my blog is graphic intensive. I just share with them what I see by putting pictures. But blogging at night gives me more creative juice, and sometimes I can post 5 entries in one day, depends on the mood.

Q. Can you tell us more about your blog design and what platform you’re using? What makes you stick with Blogger?

A. I already got 4 blog designs when I started blogging and later on I composed my own design just to study all the html tags, but later on I scrapped it out after a long run and decided to download skins in the internet. The current design I used is a skin download and it stays for 2 years already.

I like Blogger, because they are user friendly and my entries and template are easy to maintain and manage. Also I don’t have any problems with bandwidth usage.

Q. In your own opinion, what are the qualities of a good blogger?

A. You should be responsible of what you have write in your blog, being original in all of the entries you posted and also giving credit to the photos and snippets of articles you used for your entry. Just be true to yourself and to the people who read it,so that you can gain more readers because they trusted you and they too rely on your articles sometimes for information.

Q. Can you tell us more about what kind of readers you have? What have been the feedbacks from your family and friends?

A. My readers are very open minded to everything I post. They are the people who supported me since I started blogging and now new readers emerged after googling their interest and then... bam!!!! found my blog. There are famous people who have read my blog, one of them is Neil Gaiman. It was a honor to see his email in my inbox, and later on I thanked him for the surprise letter and reading my blog. My family too, my mom,sisters, brother, cousins and aunts are my blog readers.

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YOU BLOG ADDICT @ Inquirer.net
Azrael's online playground
By INQ7.net

To all bloggers who are interested in being featured, just keep on sending those e-mail messages. You could be the next YOU Blog Addict.

When and why did you start blogging and who got you hooked?
I started my blog "Azrael's Merryland" in July 2003. At first I used the blog to post all my angst, rants, anger and sometimes about my ex-girlfriend who left me. Instead of narrating all my stories to every friend I have, I told them to browse my site and read it.. Merryland is a happy place where all my friends stay with me in one Merry place. Azrael's Merryland was given to me like a fan club of a group of girls back in the year 2000. So at the time I decided to use it for my personal blog site at www.azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com.
Now my blog has evolved and has become a pop culture newsmaker because I organize events such as conventions, and have been involved in lots of activities such as comics, anime, cosplay, indie bands, film making and geeky stuff,

that people are tagging me now as the Tim Yap of anime-comic-pop culture.(Sheesh!)
A female friend told me to go blogging. She found out that I write articles in my anime-comic-pop culture online magazine, Omake Omake News Philippines. But instead of making an online magazine site, I just made my personal online journal for the public. Also I was convinced by my friend Ariel Atienza who has his own blog "In Between Panels" and Jaclyn Ting Lim of "Jac Strips For You." Ariel Atienza is the man who guided and taught me how to blog.

What makes a blog better than a regular website? Did you try putting up your own site before you started blogging?
Having your own blog is cool. I already published more than 10 website online and my blog seems to be the most successful of all websites I created. I just loved to publish anything, especially when it comes to my life and adventure stories. At first I didn't plan to put up my personal website. I'm into e-commerce -- I made an online shop that ran for three years, but after the death of my online shop I decided to put up my own site just for fun, after I saw all my friends have their own blog sites. I have a lot of friends and I want them to be updated on the latest happenings in my life.

Would you say that blogging is very addictive? How many people have you convinced to also start blogging?
Yes, it is very addictive! It is habit-forming. And because of that, I keep updating my blog site, sometimes daily. People sometimes react negatively when they find out that I haven't updated my site. My readers are the only one who push me to do this. Now I update it regularly, when I go to parties, events, gigs, dates -- everything that happens in my life, I put it there on my blog.
I have already convinced five people to make their own blog, and because of that I can see their true colors when I read all their posts.

How has blogging made a difference in your life?
It made me a web celebrity! And I didn't expect that. After a year, I have more than 100 hits per day, and now I've reached 34,000 hits. I don't advertise my site, people just browsed it, because of their interest in my article, and then they bookmarked it and visited it again the next day. It really changed my life a lot! Whereas before I had a blog, my life was so private, now my life has become an open book internationally. People know what I like, what I do, who I kissed, where I go and my future (false) wives!
It also enabled a lot of business deals and oppourtunities, gigs and freelance job offers. Now a friend who runs WAA!Soft an indie game developer, has made a PC game, "Azrael Adventures in Merryland." And I like meeting new people. For example, I met three different people who read my blog at a one-day Filbars event in Glorietta. I was shocked when one of them said, "Hey! You are Azrael. I'm reading your blog and I've been following your career."

What blogging software do you use? What makes it better than other blogging services?
I use the blogging services of Blogger and they are the best. I can change my layout, host it on any web server, and it's easy to edit and manage. For my layout, I used the original template of Blogger and then I enhanced it using Flash, Dreamweaver and Frontpage for a better surfing experience.
-- Joey G. Alarilla, INQ7.net

Visit Azrael's blog at www.azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com.
Got a blog? Then drop us a line at joeyalarilla@gmail.com and we'll check out your site. You could be our next YOU Blog Addict.

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Toy Stories @ Philippine News, USA
MANILA — In these times when contemporary pop culture is rife with superheroes, intergalactic knights and wizards, it's no wonder toys and collectibles have become more than just playthings. Just ask the growing number of adolescents and adults aggressively invading the realm of toy collecting once tagged 'for kids.'

One of the five organizers of the annual Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention (ToyCon, www.toycon.blogspot.com), which celebrated its sixth year last June, Azrael Coladilla notes how the perception about toys have transcended the notion that they're just for kids. A collector since he was a kid, Azrael points to the deluge of adult fanatics who grace their yearly event. Families are actually the target market.
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This is why, Coladilla points out, there are numerous toy stores mushrooming across Manila. There are even those selling items online, especially since many foreigners go gaga over locally made models unavailable in their countries. For example, the Transformers toyline available in Jollibee kiddie meals was purchased by a foreigner for only P500.

Let's see that price skyrocket 10 or 15 years down the road, especially if that toyline is discontinued by the manufacturer, making it truly a rare and unique find.

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20 Q's with Azrael's Merrylandby Renzie Baluyot

  • How long have you been blogging?
    I've been blogging for 5 years already, I started blogging in June 2003. and Azrael's Merryland ( http://azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com ) is the first blog that I published.

    * How did you get into blogging?
    A friend comic artist, Ariel Atienza and Jaclyn Lim told me to try blogging and because that i love publishing stuff online like website, email newsletter for pop culture stuff. They taught me and showed me what is blogging and how to publish your own blog. for free!

    * Which blogs do you manage, and what are they all about?
    I manage many blogs, but I focus more on my main blog site, Azrael's Merryland ( http://azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com), this blog runs for personal stuff only and then it evolves into a news site into a pop culture news blog for everyone, I still discuss many personal items about me and the stuff I do, but all of it are content-friendly and entertaining. So I don't worry even that I post Out of topic stuff to my readers, but still they are amused and it get to know more about me.

    2nd blog I managed is Transformers Philippines blog ( http://www.transformersph.com ) mainly about Transformers animation and toys, and also it is a main website for our group Transformers Philippines - First, premiere and original Transformers fan group in the Philippines.

    3rd blog - The Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention blog ( http://www.toyconph.com/blog) were I post updates about our convention and also about toy news and events.

    4th blog is from my clients ^__^ won't post some details about it, because it has relation to one of my day job.

    * Follow up: which is your main blog among those?

    Azrael's Merryland, is my main blog site, because that I started with it from the beginning and I love the way it reflect more about me and the work I do.

    * What's your day job?
    I'm a webmaster for Glass House Graphics, Inc. an International Comic Art and Graphic Agency And Studio ( http://www.glasshousegraphics.com) sometimes I do marketing and events for the company.

    for other side jobs, I'm a freelance event organizer and also main organizer for the Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention, we do that every year so for me, theres a routine already every year that I need to work on for events.

    * Does your life revolve around blogging, or does blogging revolve around your life?
    Both, my life revolve around blogging, because my life turned me into something different when I started blogging and it changes me into this (points to my face) and also blogging revolve around my life, because all of the contents in my blog are from me, my interest, my knowledge, and mainly my LIFE.

    * What do you like doing when you're not blogging?
    Go to malls, eat in restaurants or hunt for the biggest hamburger or pasta. Play Nintendo Wii at home, play with my pet cats, reading comic books, listening to music, play guitar, hobby photography, and think of crazy concept and ideas and try to materialize it into something cool.

    * What's your PC or laptop of choice (for blogging) and why?
    I'm using a laptop, Compaq Presario C500, Intel Celeron M (Az reads laptop label )
    Its one of my good choice for using it for work and at home, I saw my friend, RG Guanzon, got the first early models of it years ago and I like its big screen, soft keypad, Altec Lansing speakers and speed. I like also the new models like with the duo core processor, but its pricey for me and can't afford. But I'm glad my loving parents gave money to me and told me to buy my own laptop, its a super gift last I got from them last year, right after I graduated college in F.E.U. ( I took BS MATH major in Com sci )

    * Know any great places with free wi-fi where you can just hang out and blog?
    Its a hobby for me now to check out wifi spots in malls and restaurants. and then I wrote some experience to it in my blog. The most comfortable wifi spot to me is in Starbucks, Podium, wow they got the speed!, and every Saturday morning from 8am-12nn, I stay there and surf the net while I wait my partner, Lace, to log out from work at 12nn. Starbucks in Podium is a great wifi spot. You can catch me there sometimes staying in the couch area up in the 2nd floor of the cafe. (they got electric plugs too! )

    Also Kape Isla is a great venue for wifi, we did the Jelly in Manila meet up once and I like the ambiance of the place. Also heard that Eastwood City has a free wifi too in some of their area.

    * Other than your own, which blogs do you usually check out?
    I check out blogs of my friends, and my vast network in multiply.com (that includes you Renzie! )

    I have a big list here and I visit them everyday, there's a widget in my igoogle and I receive their RSS feed updates. Most of the blogs I read are themovieblog.com, epicfu.com, toyrewind.com, komikero.com, drawwriteplay.com, suzakulace.blogspot.com and many more.

    most of the blogs I visit are more on the stuff I do for work and hobby, comics, animation, toys, tech, gadgets, and showbiz stuff hehhehe.

    * What is/are your favorite social networking site/s?
    Multiply.com is the best! Then I'm into Facebook.com and I concentrate more to it, because I just found a way that it gives benefit to me whenever I promote an event that I organize and its easy to invite people to come. Same goes to Multiply.com great site to promote my upcoming event 7th Philippine Toy Convention for June 14-15, 2008 in Megamall.

    I still use Friendster.com, but its already like an old book that already stored in my shelf.

    * What is/are your favorite social bookmarking sites?
    I don't use social bookmarking sites. But I try to make my own, like using the Link post in Multiply.com. I use that tool for bookmarking a site and share it to all. I have Stumble, but haven't got an idea how that thing works hehhe.

    * For you, what is/are the most effective way/s to drive traffic into your blog?
    To drive traffic and get lots of readership for your blog, first start sharing your blog to your friends, family and classmates. Then publish a content that interests you, write what you love and don't force yourself writing content that gives you an uncomfortable mood. Visit other blogs, and make friends with the bloggers, publish content that will make them visit again, create your own buzz and identity from your blog, that way you can label a certain blog genre and meet readers/bloggers that have the same interest and content with you.

    well, this is only what I observed when I did this when I started blogging and for me its effective

    * What effective link-building tactic worked best for you and your blogs?
    social networking sites is a great link building tactic, all of the people in socio-networking sites are spending a lot of time on the net, and it means that the traffic and target readers are in there. Go and join, then promote it there.

    * What is your favorite blog widget?
    the News feed widget, I used it one time and it display some news that I want to be posted in my sidebar, it looks good for your blog to see related news that is under your interest.

    * What is your favored way to monetize your blog?
    My way is that I use google adsense to monetize my blog, at first I thought that it wasn't effective but when my blog gain readership and traffic, I notice that my adsense earnings is firing up everyday. There are others like links advertisements, and banner ads, for me they work and easy to use, sometimes I get paid by making reviews and post their press releases in my blog, they are from clients who contacted me directly to publish it for them.

    * What advice can you give to a newbie blogger who's just starting out?
    For a newbie blogger, before you start blogging, you should think first if you have the guts and the responsibility to write and post a content that will be visible to hundreds of readers, if you are ready for that then you can now publish one. Some newbies are too shy in writing, especially to those who will reveal their selves in blog as the author. It happens only at the start, but when you gain readership be prepared for comments, reviews and critics from your readers, you will learn more about blogging from other blogs and bloggers too, just continue reading books, magazines, newspaper and blogs. It will give you ideas on how to write a blog post and have your own content, and warning - blogging is habit forming

    * What's the best blogging habit you can share with fellow bloggers?

    Video blogging!
    Thats a new content for your blogs, readers will be entertained or learn something when they see a blog post in video form. They can see the blogger talking to their readers in video and it will give you great interaction with fellow bloggers and readers

    * Do you think this country needs more bloggers? Why so?
    If a blog is all about Batibot. Then we need more bloggers for our country.
    I haven't seen a blog about Batibot, about Pong Pagong and kiko Matsing. But I will be happy if I saw a blogger creates a blog dedicated to people who grew up with Batibot. Well its an idea but I really like to see blogs that has all Pinoy material in their post.

    many thanks and credits to Mr. Renzit Baluyot for the 20 Q's

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Net Helps Expansion of TOYCONInquirer.net

They're colorful, made of molded plastic or die-cast metal and are put in equally colorful boxes. They could be tiny and or life-size. Some are covered in dust and some have never left their packaging boxes. Some are cheap and some are extremely expensive. Nonetheless, everyone loves them.

They are toys. And the Internet has helped in assembling enthusiasts and beginners alike virtually and in real life for a congregation of collectibles in a hobbyist's haven.

What better way to love toys than by having a big exhibit featuring them? This was most apparent in the last Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention at the SM Megamall where thousands of people, young and old, enthusiasts and casual collectors, came together to have a visual treat of the biggest exhibit of toys and collectibles in the country.

Azrael Coladilla, the organizer of Toycon, said the event has been expanding in the last few years. Even the spacious Megatrade Hall was not big enough for this year's Toycon. They're already thinking of moving the event somewhere bigger.

"We've had nearly 100 exhibitors this year compared to just 60 to 70 in the previous years," Coladilla said.

Coladilla attributed the increasing size of Toycon to the Internet where collectors find each other through newsgroups, specialty collection sites or through trading websites.
"Many started trading collectibles through their mobile phones but it was the Internet that really boosted the industry."

He also said the movie industry made collectibles even bigger, particularly movies based on comic book or cartoon characters.

This year's Toycon, as it is called, is perhaps the biggest one ever held by Collectibles Unlimited. The SM Megatrade Hall 2, the biggest space in Megamall, was packed to the walls. Aside from representative collector shops and hobby groups, there were a slew of individuals who put up their own kiosks either to show off their collections or trade these with other rare toys. One such collector's kiosk had racks of unopened boxes of limited edition Star Wars character busts, figurines, light sabers and vehicles. There were two kiosks with mostly McFarlane or Weta Workshop action figures.

Some shops also featured hardbound and magazine Marvel, DC and Vertigo comics, trinkets, custom-designed shirts and giveaway toys from fast food shops. There were dozens of resellers of Tamiya vehicle model kits, military action figures and mecha model kits of Voltes V, Gundam and Mazinger Z. One collector even brought in a custom-made living room table with a transparent top showing unopened boxes of two Voltron Vehicle Team toys.

Two days into ToyCon and there was no slowing down of people streaming into Megatrade Hall. In fact, the organizers had to control the entry of people to avoid overcrowding. The aisles were so packed that one would have had difficulty making his way through as people huddled. But then again, business was brisk; a representative kiosk of popular anime shop 2Rats was selling anime merchandise like hotcakes. Most of their sales came from the video copies of popular anime, which they were selling for half the price. There were also manga, Japanese comics with English translations. Not surprisingly, there were a few manga that were in Japanese.

"We have a few buyers who want the Japanese versions. Pinoy sila" was the answer of the sales lady, referring to the otakus who are so addicted to everything Japanese that they even learned the language.

It wasn't hard to miss the limited-edition busts and figurines of DC, Marvel and movie characters. Major favorites were 12-inch Superman figures, especially with the screening of "Superman Returns," as well as the Terminator/Terminatrix figures and the Alien Versus Predator figures.

Coladilla said anime is also a new staple in Toycon. Whereas anime events were frequent in the country for years, Toycon only started introducing anime cosplay recently and the number of participants was a surprise even to him.

"But that's why we included anime; it's also a genre of collectibles so it is just right to get them together with the other collectors," he said.

As for next year's Toycon, Coladilla promised that it would be bigger and better than this year. There are plans of moving out to a bigger area but that may not happen until after next year.

"We've been having Toycon in SM Megamall eversince it started and we're known for having it here. Regardless I'm sure the 6 th Toycon will be an even bigger event."
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Free comics, anyone? @ Inquirer.net
By Alex Villafania
INQUIRER.net
http://blogs.inquirer.net/hackenslash/2008/05/07/free-comics-anyone/#comment-40955

COMIC books still appeal to many people, collectors and non-collectors alike. And if there's one thing that everyone loves, it's freebies and what more can make a comic book fan happier than free comics?
At the Free Comic Book Day celebration at Comic Odyssey in Robinsons Galleria, comic book enthusiasts lined up just to grab copies of the comic books. The event, which is an annual activity for Comic Odyssey, is aimed at reinvigorating the comic book collection community.
In an interview, Azrael Coladilla, co-organizer of the Free Comic Book Day celebration at Comic Odyssey, said dozens of titles were available during the event, including DC and Marvel comics.
"Comic Odyssey had stocks that also needed to be disposed so those were also given away as part of Free Comic Book Day," he said.
Coladilla also said this was the first time their event was live-streamed through the Internet, enabling people abroad to watch.
Another highlight of the event was the presence of renowned Filipino comic book artists Gerry Alanguilan and Edgar Tadeo, who were there to sign autographs and create sketches of visitors. Alanguilan, in particular, was signing copies of Graphic Classics, which were given away to the first 200 people who attended the event. This issue of Graphic Classics features art and cover by Alanguilan.
Coladilla said the event will become a regular activity as long as there are comic book enthusiasts in the Philippines.

The blogger

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger of Azrael's Merryland. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is a full time blogger and photographer and freelance events organizer, social media specialist and marketing consultant. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves traveling, eating, watch movies, meet new people, photography and collects Transformers toys.

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