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Friday, June 30, 2006

TransFormers Live action movie
teaser trailer

after I saw it in the web, I immediateley uploaded it in my account.

it was one super cool teaser trailer!!!
a unknown TransFormers robot knock out our lander rover in Mars,
so thats the reason why it is inactive.

the teaser said, it was the only warning we have that we didn't know.


Super Birthday Party for Super Azrael

oh yeah!!! I almost forgot that tomorrow July 1, will be my natal day

sorry to everyone that i forgot to post a schedule for my online bday party..
but as promise..every bday will always be an online party.

so check out your yahoo messengers and stay online til midnight.
i think from 11pm-12midnight, it will be the craziest online bday party you will ever see!!!

with webcams and voice conference.

for those who dont have voice or speakers in their pc...its can still jam us and chat

those who want to join.
send me a private email to
so that I will add you during the party in Yahoo Messenger
An online invite will be received to each YM online users. under my list and newbies of my list

I dont know yet where and when will be my REAL party..
but from the depths of the eternal bottomless stench, someone is organizing a party for me
hmmmm? ??!!

(thanks to my sister Joisu for sending a bday greeting, with a Superman bday pic.
image from : )

Thursday, June 29, 2006

The 5th Philippine Toys, Hobbies, and
Collectibles Convention 2006

Event Coverage
June 17-18, 2006 - Hundreds of people lined up outside the SM Megatrade Hall 2 in a queue snaking all the way from the entrance of the convention hall to the 3rd floor of Megamall Building B. There were strangely garbed characters in full armor or elegant costumes, enthusiastic hobbyists and shoppers who’d waited all year to spend what they saved for this event, curious onlookers and of course, the kids and young at heart who were pulled in by the huge Superman display right at the entrance. Could this be the first day of one of the biggest events of the year?

A resounding YES to that. The 5th Philippine Toys, Hobbies, and Collectibles Convention 2006 was underway and looked to be bigger than anybody had ever expected. With more than 80 exhibitors and various groups participating this year, the event is the biggest collectibles and hobbies event in the Philippines so far. Organized annually by the Collectibles Unlimited Association, this much-anticipated event outdoes itself every year in terms of scale and attendance. This year was no different with almost 11,000 people filling the venue to capacity for both days of the event, toppling last year’s record attendance of about 6,000. Every year, more and more exhibitors, sponsors, cosplayers, performers and patrons participate in the event.

The SM Megatrade Hall 2, being one of the biggest venues for such conventions, still couldn’t hold all the excited patrons of this event prompting some participants to air the need to get a bigger venue next year. The line extended down two floors below the event and tickets allocated for two days ran out after day one and had to be reproduced for day two. "We under estimated the crowd again, and now we need bigger venue next year, because the hobbyists and the audience of Toycon is growing” said Vic Yap, one of the members of Collectibles Unlimited Association.

A sea of toy sellers and buyers sent waves of energy around the crowded spaces, yet despite the jam-packed venue no one seemed to mind. It was a veritable cornucopia of all things wonderful, valuable and collectible. Just imagine hunting and finding rare toys, comics, movies, artwork and other memorabilia, combined with all sorts of exciting online games, sexy cosplayers, booth babes, comic artists, celebrities, and independent rock bands all under one roof. The event was eye-candy in live action.

The event formally opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by actors and celebrity voice talents, Ricci Chan and Joseph Bitangcol, of Hero TV’s Voltes V: Evolution.

This Year’s Theme: Superman Returns

This year’s Toy Convention theme was the Superhero, celebrating the mythology and wonderment of these larger than life characters. And at the center of this all was a celebration of the return of the biggest superhero of all, Superman. A walk-in exhibit of the movie, Superman Returns greeted the attendees, satisfying them at once after they had successfully entered and battled it out in the long queue. Warner Bros. displayed various movie production photos and played all episodes of director Bryan Singer’s production video journal. Toycon goers enjoyed having their photo taken behind the huge Superman setup.

Comic artists also exhibited Superman-related artworks. Among the artists were Leinil Yu and Gerry Alanguilan. Both artists exhibited their comics cover artworks of DC Comic’s Superman Birthright. Other international comic artists like Carlo Pagulayan, Edwin David, Gilbert Monsanto and Ryan Orosco also contributed their own Superman artworks mirroring their own art styles. Roland Mechael conceptual artists of Superman PS2 game and independent artists like Adrian Arcega, Emmanuel Xerx Javier, also shared their works

Pinoy Toy Kolektors, a local online toy collecting community also participated by sharing and featuring their most valuable Superman collectibles - from toys, action figures, and merchandise.

Non-stop Band Performances

Music was non-stop during the event. The Battle of the Tribute Band contest provided a good venue for budding musicians to showcase their sounds. In between the competitors were huge bands in the indie music scene. Among them were Reklamo, the Late Isabel, Fuse Boxx, Hubris, Musings of a Cigarette Smoking man, and the country’s premiere pop acapella group, the Akafellas. Japanese cover bands like Neotaku, Do ‘Ahou, Rotshreck, Etherial Anthem, and Mini Musume Philippines, brought live anime and Japanese music to the audience. The Ducklings, first placer on the Battle of the Tribute Band, dedicated their original composition to all underdog anime characters like Sakuragi of Slam Dunk, Naruto, and Rock Lee. "Support for Filipino music and art is one of the event’s highlight, showcasing the Filipino’s finest in the artform of music, comics, and crafts. This year was a great fusion of hobbies, music, and visual art. Every year, the Toy Convention unites the country’s best artists in one big event” says Azrael Coladilla, one of the event’s organizers.

Customized Action Figure Contest

This year, more entries were received for the Customized Action Figure Contest. Bigger, and more detailed figures were submitted, judged, and showcased at the 5th Toycon. The mecha and diorama category had the most number and impressive entries due to their generously proportioned scale and detail. A six-armed X-Men Sentinel won 1st place in the large-scale Action Figure Customized category.

More than action figures, die-cast cars were also included as entries to this contest. One of the crowd’s favorites was a model of a local taxi cab and a diecast Combi Batmobile.
Collectibles Unlimited Association member and organizer, Lou Garcia said, "The Diorama category is better arranged and set up each year, and now the toy hobbyist and collectors are getting serious in customizing their own toys and figures”.

Cosplay Competition

Cosplay, or the art of "costume play” is one of the event’s highlights each year. A swarm of colorful wings, costumes, and wigs moved around the Megatrade Hall for two days. Patrons and on-lookers had their photos taken with the cosplayers while they went agog over some cosplayers’ guts and creativity. A catwalk was provided to satisfy casual photographers and the awaiting audience’s curiousity on the cosplayers’s costumes and hot outfits. The Philippines’ finest cosplayers never fail to attend this activity every year. First timers had their taste of what it’s like to be a cosplayer. The Toy Convention is one of the many events that inspire and give venue to these cosplayers. "Every year the impact of the cosplay event really begins here, and this time the costumes are a lot better than in previous years. From costumed mecha, to famous movie fantasy and sci-fi characters to some of the best superhero costume designs, the cosplay is really a crowd pleaser and a truly memorable experience for all,” exclaims Cholo Mallillin, of Collectibles Unlimited.

Winners were Dracula Demon of Castlevania, May of Guilty Gear, Sailor Chibimoon, Angel Sanctuary group, Naruto group, Magical Knight Rayearth group.

City Pinoy Superhero

Filipinos are creative when it comes to conceptualizing art, this contest gave a chance to the artists to create and make their own local superheroes representing any city in the Philippines. If Superman patrols Metropolis, Batman is the guardian of Gotham City, and Spiderman swings to the rescue on the streets of New York, the 5th Toycon, artists contestant showed that there are other superheroes guarding their very own cities. Basyo Willigart, Superhero of Cavite City by Emmanuel Cassallas, won 1st place for the Create your own Pinoy City Superhero. Other winners were, Red Bandana - Guardian of Pasay City by Van Cleef Emnacen and Diego D’ ultimo Barbero - Superhero of Meycauyan City by Danielle Cinaban. The superhero art contest was judged by the Artists’ Den, actor-toy collector Ding Dong Dantes, and his partner Karylle.

Comic Convention frontside

During the 5th Toy Convention, local and best artists in the Philippines gathered and displayed their artworks at the Superman Memorabilia. Artists who were present included Carlo Pagulayan, Wilson Tortosa, Ryan Orosco, and Leinil Yu. Gerry Alanguilan of Komikero Publishing, whose works include the inking of Superman: Birthright and Silent Dragon, released his new comic entitled "ELMER”. Art and comic group Artists’ Den showcased their indie comics and Lyndon Gregorio launched his new book titled Beerkada: Off Campus. "This year, a special tribute and posthumous award was given to Alfredo Alcala, one of the early Filipino master illustrators who attained success in the U.S. as a comic book artist,” Albert Lee Gan said, one of the organizers. "We should really give recognition to these artists, because they are Filipinos who leave a legacy and give singular honor to our country and also to the comic and art industry”.

The Legacy of Alcala exhibit was the 2nd exhibit here in Manila and many Filipinos were surprised to know that Alfredo Alcala Sr. is widely known in the States. Now, his name spreads among the new crop of artists who are inspired after seeing Alcala’s works. And do you know that Alfredo Alcala Sr. created the infamous character, Boba Fett of the Star Wars Original trilogy? Alfredo Alcala Jr, son of Alcala Sr. explains that their dad created it first in a comic strip newspaper before the Empire Strikes Back movie was even released.

Science Fiction Convention backside

Even the Imperial Empire did not miss the event, members of the Star Wars Philippines was there in full costume. Fully armored Storm Troopers and Darth Vader went up on stage alongside the Jedi knights, and even a talking C-3PO droid which is the first such full costume in the Philippines. The amazed crowd watched as it talked and cheered as one of the finest costumed members of Star Wars Philippines.

Art Asylum

The Toy Convention had an international impact on the attendees as well as Digger Mesch, founder of the US toy manufacturing company Art Asylum together with chief artist Yuri Timg and Chris Lee of Hongkong-based Tackli Toys conducted a talent search for artists and sculptors for their new company called Full On Entertaiment. Inside the FUDGE magazine booth, Digger personally handpicked a local crop of fortunate artists to join his internationally-renowned team. On Day 2, Digger Mesch, Yuri Timg and Mike Tang joined the Pinoy Toy Kolektors, a local toy club of collectors in a panel forum discussion and talked about collecting toys as a hobby. While Digger and the others discussed future plans on their new company, he released a teaser mold and art concept of a new Marvel Comics toy line modeled and crafted by their company.

Anime and Online Games

Anime and online games are one of the features of the 5th Toy Convention. Hero TV, our local cable anime channel was there featuring their latest anime shows and introducing their latest anime voice dubbers to the audience. Displayed near their booth is the life-size figures of Naruto, Mirmo de Pon, and the complete Voltes V team pilot members. Hero TV gave away a brand new Red Fox PC to the lucky raffle winner.

Online Games of Legend of Mir 2, Ran Online of E-games, teamed up in support for the 5th Toy Convention. Live gaming and contest was held in their activity booths. Level Up Games conducted a stage game for gamers and it was called "Zeni or Bayong”.

At the Games Masters Magazine booth, it was a battle head to head video game tournament of TEKKEN 5, the most highest number wins will rule the tournament, Blitz, the winner for day 2 has a total of 120 consecutive wins.

Toys Are With Us

Maxi Collector, Comic Alley, Sideshow, Dollhauz, and Fully Booked displayed and also sold lots of toys and sculptures. A glass display was used for 2 days at the event and it was filled with toys, from Lord of the Rings to Star Wars, to DC and Marvel to Pullip Dolls and Anime Figures of Naruto and Dragon Ball Z. High-end statues and beautifully crafted action figures served as eye candy for toy collectors and hobbyists. While for other newbies, this display gave them a quick idea on what’s new and hot in the toy market, and also how pricey some of the items can be.

TransFormers Philippine (TFPH) hosted their annual TransFormers Speed Up contest on stage, and this year they gave away TransFormers toys like the new toy, Primus and limited items to lucky winners of the contest. "We bring Transformers to the Filipino fans young and older audience who's 'young at heart'. TFPH is not about a group, we are friends promoting the "barkada" and camaderie of what is Transformers Fans Philippines." Mark Cerbo said, founder of TransFormers Philippines.

More Toys Ahead

It was another successful year for the annual Toycon on its 5th year. But the work continues to make next year an even bigger and better event. "It was definitely a huge success, but then again we are only as good as our last event. There definitely will be more improvement in terms of the way we stage this event and better things in store for 2007," says Vic Yap. "There will be other similar events like this during the year, and in particular, we want to bring the Toycon to Cebu, maybe during the Sinulog Festival of 2007.” That is definitely something to look forward to down south during the start of next year.

Collectibles Unlimited’s Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2006 was super-powered by SM Megatrade Hall, Globelines , HERO TV , The Legend of MIR 2, SM Megamall, Fully Booked, Fudge Magazine, GLOBE, E-Games, Level-Up, Maxi Collector, Comic Alley, WACOM, Psicom, Bankee, BPI and Citibank Credit Cards, Warner Brothers Pictures, and media sponsors, Manila Bulletin, K-Zone, Games Master and RAVE magazine, Buy and Sell, Magic 89.9 and NU 107.

Check out the official website at for more info and details on the next event.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Daily Planet Philippines

this newspaper of Daily Planet is printed infront of the Inquirer's LIBRE free tabloid, and it is only available in the MRT train stations. I was surprised to see this and it was funny that I asked the guards of the station if they still have a copy, but its already impossible to have one coz its already5pm, the tabloids runs only and ran out in the morning.

thanks to the Mirinda store center in MRT Pasay Taft station, they gave their copy to me and I promised that I will buy their drink on my next MRT ride. cool collectible !!!

click the image to maximize and read the text

SUPERMAN sighted in MANILA !!!!

according to movie viewers of the Superman Returns movie, they heard and saw in some scenes in the movie - TV news reporting Superman was sighted in MANILA at 10:55. geezzz..that was one big exposure to Manila !!!!

also i heard in a mailing list that Superman Returns earned 9 million only in the Mall of Asia, IMAX Philippines seat reservation.

just a toy reminder to everyone that the first ever TOYS R US in Manila will be opening this Friday, June 30... hehheheh... every toy lovers and collectors will be storming the opening day, i heard that there will be toy exclusives sold there. and poor money and I got a whole day class this friday.

DVD of Superman commercial playing in loop mode inside the video store of Odyssey in Gateway Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao. I went there inside and ask the attendant if theres any video of that available, but they say it is not for sale and for promo used only.
Im glad that the guard allowed to video the promo vid. and mind you..theres no audio behind that glass hahahahahhaha.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Superman Returns IMAX scheds!!!

holy mother of Kal El !!!! I must get one before it ends on July 4 !!!!

argh!!! this is what happens whenever I didnt read the daily newspaper

and....hay.....the Red Carpet premiere.....

Mr. Adrian Arcega cosplaying as Superman during toycon 2006
eheehhe..nice aids !!!!!

not from the land of misfits.
Superman Mego dolls available for sale at Vtoyz Hobbyshop in Greenhills, blue lane, shoppesville.

Superman everyday

holy krypto's pooh pooh! I saw this Superman Standee in front of my school in FEU, Miriam Webster store put that up and lookie what I did hehheehhe

from the land of misfits.... check out the sidewalk poster of Superman Returns.
for only P20 you can take home Brandon Routh and post it in your wall. I just talked to the poster seller and she said that the poster came from Hong Kong, and I asked if there are still any other designs and they said that the most sold out poster is the TEASER poster Superman logo poster.

ehhehehe.I bought one poster...and now I went to the local frame maker, and they told me that framing a 30 X 40 poster will cost me only P500, having a glass frame and wood frame. no borders.

i haven't got this magazine ...but my sister bought one back issue (fantastic four issue) and then at the toycon she got a FREE SUPERMAN Returns poster.....
that I haven't seen at home!!!! I was thinking that It might be damaged at home with all those stuffs in my house- warehouse.

gotta go home and must save that poster!!!!!

Warner Bro's Philippines contribution to our event at the Toycon 2006. thats my sister posing with the humonhous movie ad. also the exhibit features all episode of Brian Singer's production video and Superman Returns Production Photos, very official from Warner Bros. and I heard some of it were lost and stolen after the day of event. how sad !

Erning!!!! the good boy from VTOYZ hobby shop who told me about our RED CARPET tickets!
and thanks to Vic Yap for sharing the used tickets as for my souvenir...

argh!!!!! I didn't win the advance screening for tonight!

Superman Returns day

inside a FX ride
The Superman logo sticker,.... I was planning to steal it, but I decided not to.
hehehehe..bad kaya yun..

the movie opens tomorrow June 28, 2006. and Im still having problems what time will I watch it, and I just found out that I have a meeting the whole afternoon for a new gig and Lace my lady is sick and Im not sure If we will watch the Kryptonian movie tomorrow.

Everything here in Manila is Superman !!

from TV, billboards and even my classmates scream SUPERMAN!

here are the stuff of Supes here in Manila

Superman Returns KFC toy.
Lace completed this Chuckie Meal toy freebie and now it sits in her table at home, still intact in plastic. I was wondering if she will sell it next toycon hahhaha

Superman Returns KFC Bucket Meal.
we got the tumblers after we dine in last toycon.
and hmm...the big bucket might appear soon during my bday hahhahaha

711 Superman Returns promo.
I went crazy after i saw this and now Im a regular 711 customer, buy any Slurpie or Pepsi drinks and get a scratch card and win a Sony PSP, sticker and Superman Watches.

and damn !!!!! no watch??? no PSP????? I always win an 8 0z. Slurpie that 711 has no stock of it.. arghh!!! boo !! boo!!!!

SUPERMAN IMAX !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

great kryptonite!!!!!
i dont have tickets !!!!!!!!!

wishing to watch Superman tomorrow on its first screening at the opening day.

New Worlds 4 : A Broken Time Machine,
The Fourth Philippine Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention

New Worlds Alliance, Fully Booked and Level Up! present:

New Worlds 4: A Broken Time Machine, The Fourth Philippine Science
Fiction and Fantasy Convention

July 16, 2006

The Rockwell Tent, Power Plant Mall

Celebrate the pleasures and adventures of science fiction and fantasy fandom with over 20 local enthusiast groups! Join us in New Worlds Alliance's fourth campaign in bringing this celebration to life!

For more info, visit us at or email us at

1st Philippine Graphic/Fiction Awards

FULLY BOOKED in cooperation with award-winning author NEIL GAIMAN are pleased to present UNMASKED: The First Philippine Graphic Fiction Awards Night, on July 15, Saturday at the Rockwell Tent. Gates open at 10AM with an exhibition of the short listed entries. The winners of the prose fiction and comics categories will be announced at 7PM, with the grand prize of P100,000 for the first place winners.

Come in your original mask and the most creative masks will win exciting prizes!

Brought to you by Chikka Asia, Bidshot, NU 107, Philippine Daily Inquirer Super and 2BU, Meg Magazine, Hero TV, MTV Philippines, Rockwell Tent and Astoria Plaza.

Mark your calendars --- July 15, SOME DREAMS WILL COME TRUE.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

sunny days
sweeping the clouds away
on my way to where the air is sweet
can you tell me how to get
how to get to sesame street

the power of the sun!!!

(inserts the music hallellujah)

it was a busy saturday for us and a massive flash typhoon came here in Cavite delaying our departure going to Megamall and Greenhills. It was like a tornado covering the entire area, it was scary when everything become dark, rains and wind came by short circuting every house in the village.

Lace and her friend Mariel enjoyed the photo paparazzi stunt I did for them, and see everything is sunny and cloudy after the flash typhoon.

after my meeting in Greenhills, I finally got the toycon pics from RG and Fart, also Henry the Sephiroth avatar handle of the cosplay community came as after my invitation. too bad, Mark didn't showed up maybe because the flash typhoon blows him back to his TransFormers World.

Breastfeeding center in Megamall. (i saw this center near the skating rink and it was the brightest idea that they put it in the mall. I was wondering now if adults can breast feed too? di ba Lace? )**kidding**

after that it was a night out in SM Foodcourt, rarely I been hanging out with the people staying there, people from DA, anime, cosplay and jrock stay there every saturday holding some weekend meet up with friends and also meeting up with new people.
for example Lace met this girl cosplayer carrying a stuffed toy.

inside Vtoyz Hobbyshop in Blue Lane, Greenhills Shoppesville
thats the Toycon main branch

and speaking of stuffed toys, we were walking in the mall with RG, Henry and Fart. carrying Fart's big COW stuffed toy, while Henry carries the black colored Mokona doll.
Lace enjoyed the day out wearing her harajuku jpop outfit that she bought the day before with Mariel.

While me was happy to accomplished my mission that day.
and holy still crying about that premiere of Superman Returns.

This coming saturday will be the party to all toycon marshalls!

and oppps...also my birthday... and Lace's crazy bday party that Im still puzzled what it is.

il post soon schedules of the AZRAEL's ONLINE BDAY PARTY whoohooh
just make sure to set up those webcams and voice devices.

while browsing and blogging, I saw Gerry's reply to Lace's philosophical questions to Gerry's comic book "ELMER"

this entry is from

Lace Llanora sent over a question (via Az) with regards to Elmer: Why do the chickens talk?

That's actually a very nice question, something I would like to write about here. There are two answers to this question, one from the point of view of me as the writer/artist of the comic book, and another within the context of the story.

The decision to do a comic book with talking chickens really came from me doing endless "What If?"s about anything and everything. What if cats were really aliens sent here to observe humans? What if the TV programs and movies are the real world and the world we're living in is really just one big movie? What if nobody died but continued to age and age and age? What if chickens could talk? It's just one of those things.

But I've always been fascinated by chickens and I have lots of fun watching them peck and crow and act jittery and paraoid when disturbed. They seem to have a perpetually angry look in their eyes that it makes me wonder what goes on in their tiny little minds. What if they could suddenly feel and think and talk just like humans? The idea in itself is a bit funny, but I wanted to approach it seriously, and see where it would take me.

In the context of the comic book itself, the reason why chickens can talk won't really be addressed. I don't want to explain how it happened, be it divine intervention or a sudden leap in evolution, chicken warriors from fowl planet or acts of the devil. To do so would add a fantastic element to the story that would disrupt the kind of story I want to tell, which is a straight drama.

The story begins with the chickens already evolved and intelligent and are already part of normal society. That's pretty much what I tried to establish in issue #1. Issue #2 would flashback to the beginning, with the sudden evolution of the chickens and how they and the world coped with it.

we are note 1

i really want to post my production notes about my gig....but it is very confidential so that's why I will give only hints about this new project that i will face in the future.

hoping that it will end not like Philippine Hobbyist Magazine aka PHM (I baptize it with a short name) more news....especially its grand teaser in JULY 2006. heheheheh..

back to zero and Im glad that the big boss up in the heavens gave me this another chance.

Superman Returns premiere all gone!!

I was surprised last saturday to find out that we got tickets for the premiere of Superman Returns, all of us toycon organizera are busy in our own works and also hibernating after the event, Then a trusty ol' friend told me that tickets were delivered in our main branch, to my surprise, all of us were unavailable and busy that day.

crap!!! it was the chance of a superman lifetime!
then this trusty ol' friend got 5 tickets for the premiere and he said that he got a hard time where will he contact me..

oh golly gosh!!!!

Superman Returns Premiere slipped from my hands!!!!
i will wear everything Superman if I can have another chance to watch it an advance.

this is my 3rd time to lose a Superman Returns Premiere.

and now! tnx to my ol' friend for giving a ticket premiere as a souvenir.


Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. 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 the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, Philippine Bloggers Network, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. Azrael's Merryland Blog is included in a list of top 50 Blogs in the Philippines , ranked 65th in Top 100 Blogs that Matter , 49 must read lifestyle blog in the Philippines. and rank 40th in 100 Top Philippine Blogs by Feedspot.
He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collect Transformers toys.
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