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Saturday, November 24, 2007

AME Gakuensai anime event Photo Coverage

Another big bang of Anime, Manga and Cosplay at the AME GAKUENSAI
comic artist in costumes! People with bunny and cat ears, mysterious costume beings, fan art, doujinshis and japanese pop culture. All of these can be found at the event of University of the Philippines - Anime and Manga Enthusiasts, is the first ever recognized collegiate anime organization in the Philippines and the AME event is one big anime school fair.

read more and check out the 2 photo event coverage album

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Funny fight scene of Ultraman, Wild Force Power Ranger and Spider-Dan of kiko Machine band

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Neil Gaiman in Manila 2007 update 4

Hello everyone!
time for a short update and Im here googling some scoop on what happened this afternoon at the subic event. I'll be posting hyper links to blogs and also a photo of Neil Gaiman doing a speech in Subic courtesy by bloggers.
photo from :

This is the only photo available in the net, and visit the link for more photos and blog updates

Pinoy Gaimania posted a recording of the talk and Q&A , and recorded by Charles Tan
you can check the audio download links at Transcripts and Recordings from Neil’s Subic Appearances

and also a price list of the compilation of winners of the 1st Philippine Graphic Fiction Contest. you can check the price list at this link -
“Expeditions” available at the Ad Congress

and Walang Pahinga Livejournal gave a public report about
Ad Congress - Neil Gaiman Talk and Book Signing, click the link to read the full report

as for a short text update awhile ago.
I just got a news that Neil Gaiman won't be available for an appearance this Saturday night.

and for another news.

I might air the event tomorrow live in the net via video streaming.
Fullybooked told me that there is a Wifi connection in their store, but we will see if the connection can reach the ground event and stage area. i don't have that HSDPA wireless connection, so I might try to take advantage of the free wifi. it it is available -we will be lucky to stream the whole event in video.

I'll post another blog update for the Live Video Streaming page and link.

also the ground event this sunday has no roof, so we like to suggest that you bring your own umbrella or rain coat, the only coverage area is the stage.

we will also be taking photos of the event in full force. Event coverage boys like RG Guanzon, Mark Cerbo and me will coverage it in video and also in photo.

see you all this sunday afternoon.

and btw, the event will end at 7PM

Filipino artist Ariel Padilla, illustrator of Tomo: I Was an Eighth-Grade Ninja has Won the Bronze Moonbeam Award

Originally posted at the Glass House Graphics News Bulletin

Glass House Graphics Artists Ariel Padilla comic artist for TOMO : I was an Eight-Grade Ninja just won the Bronze Award for Comics/Graphic Novel Category at the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards

Hana’s arrival in America places her in the two worlds of attending school by day and battling as a ninja at night. Although young, she begins to learn about the great role she will play in this first book of the manga-style Tomo series written by Andrew Simmons and Rob Corley with illustration by Ariel Padilla. Visit Zondervan website here for the comics

Zondervan Press Release

Three Zonderkidz Titles Win Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., October 18, 2007 - Winners for the first annual Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards were announced this week, and three titles from Zonderkidz, the children’s division of Zondervan, were selected from among 862 entries submitted by authors and publishers in 45 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces, and seven countries.

The following Zonderkidz titles are winners:

* Gold Moonbeam Award : The Jesus Storybook Bible (Sally Llyod-Jones, illustrated by Jago) in the religion/spirituality category

* Silver Moonbeam Award : I Will Rejoice (Karma Wilson, illustrated by Amy june Bates) in religion/spirituality category

* Bronze Moonbeam Award : I Was an Eight-Grade Ninja (Andrew Simmons and Rob Corley, illustrated by Ariel Padilla; part of Zonderkidz’s series using Manga art as seen at in the Comic/Graphic Novel scategory.

Read more »

Friday, November 23, 2007

Neil Gaiman in Manila 2007 update 4

By Ansbert Joaquin
Central Luzon Desk
Last updated 10:11pm (Mla time) 11/23/2007

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT ZONE, Philippines -- Science fiction novelist Neil Gaiman lauded the potential of young Filipino artists and writers and admitted he likes Philippine folklore, even as he urged them to bring such literary gems to the world as "the trend today is moving towards global acceptance."

"It is really fantastic," he said of the local folklore. "The first time I came across it about a couple of years ago, I said to myself: 'Why did I not know about this before?"

Gaiman, writer and creator of the DC Comics series “Sandman,” also gave nearly 4,000 delegates to the 20th Philippine Advertising Congress here the same message that he gave the Chinese delegation to the science fiction summit in Chengdu, China earlier this year: He dared them to dream.

Gaiman's Sandman won 12 Eisner comic industry awards and a World Fantasy award for best short story, the first comic ever to receive a literary award.

He stressed the importance of imagination in creative processes, comparing it to a mirror which can show the world in different angles.

"It can also hide, distort and banish things," he said.

He said people should "see things, (often) taken for granted, with new eyes."

As to his experience, Gaiman said he will never get enough of his fascination to bringing characters in his dreams to life.

"Before there were chairs, poems, and fields, they were imagined," Gaiman said as he belied the notion that imagination is special, magical and is only for the blessed.

"At 21 years old, I started dreaming that I could write," he said. "I just pushed for it and now I'm a writer."


// He's BACKK!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Neil Gaiman in Manila 2007 update 3

OK everyone.. this will be or might be my last update for the event, I just got an info from Fullybooked about the event this sunday, and lets just hope that the typhoon wont give more problems to Neil Gaiman's arrival here in Manila and to the event.

for a fast news!
read this cool article in

Marvelous maiden voyage

By Ruel S. De Vera

Last updated 06:57pm (Mla time) 11/20/2007

MANILA, Philippines―There is a fine tradition of realistic fiction in Filipino literature,” Neil Gaiman explains. “We wanted to encourage unrealistic fiction.” Those words, appearing in “The Sandman” author’s Foreword, exemplify the dark heart, and considerable soul of “Expeditions: The Philippine Graphic/Fiction Awards Vol. 1―Comics” (Fully Booked, 2007, 110 pages) and “Expeditions: The Philippine Graphic Fiction Awards Vol. 1―Prose” (Fully Booked, 2007, 190 pages). And any reader will recall that Gaiman had no idea what awaited him in the Philippines: “What I knew of the Philippines could have been written on the wing of a small butterfly.”

Boasting a terrific cover by “New Avengers” artist Leinil Francis Yu and helped by a healthy heaping of horror, these books shine with potent talents.

from :
Now Im starting to fire up! and excited for tomorrow night!

According to Fullybooked Neil Gaiman already signed the books that will be sold at the event and he will be tired for sure at the Ad Congress, but they say that for sure Neil Gaiman will be there this Sunday's event and will award the winner of the contest and also host the event.

And if ...
if... Neil Gaiman arrive early tomorrow in Manila and seems not to feel tired, he may come there at the Fullybooked Bonicafio High Street branch at Saturday night to do signings and for a surprise appearance.
But as they say...all is not sure for Saturday.
but all engines go for Sunday.

see you all there!!!

Typhoon Mina is coming

Video above is a news live update from ANC

The Typhoon Mina is here tomorrow and it seems that it gain a lot strength outside our land and will release a tremendous rain in all over the Southern Luzon, and we will be experiencing a lot of rain tomorrow and Im worried about the events Im going to attend tomorrow the whole day til evening.

The government is now preparing and all people around the area are gearing up for a heavy down pour tomorrow. Its best to stay home and prepare for the worst typhoon hit!

the news are flooded with the typhoon news and all are doing their best just to give a good news and prepare for the coming bad weather. I wish that it wont have more rain, because its kinda scary travelling back at night time under a heavy rain. Also the traffic here is unpredictable. sometimes it get us lucky going back home.. and oh.. i forgot to mention the flood too.

I'll research later if the coastal is in high tide, because its a big trouble near Cavite if the tide is high and the flood is a big problem once again.

few days ago the typhoon was spotted and it has a speed of 75 and now the typhoon is near it gain strength to 175 up to 200. the weather news just informed us that the weakening of the question, and all we need is a great luck.

Many people living near the creek refuses to evacuate as it says in the radio news, the local government are doing their best to move people to safety, but sad to hear that they refuse to leave and brace themselves at the typhoon day.

today, the cloud is getting darker and gloomy, suddenly our area becomes wind less and i can now feel the pressure of the weather. this is a big one!

more updates tonight and will blog more if we experience a heavy rain.
just stay safe everyone!

Transformers toys number 1 for boys wish list

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BOYS Top 10 Toy Wish list

1. Transformers

2. Video Games

3. Nintendo Wii

4. Cars (generic)

5. Spider-Man

6. LEGOs

7. Thomas the Tank Engine

8. Xbox 360

9. Elmo

10. Remote Controlled Vehicles

According to Reuters' Barbie rules girls' wish-lists but boys go high-tech

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Barbie has held onto her crown as queen of girls' holiday wish lists for the fifth year but boys are going more high-tech, according to a poll of must-have toys.

The poll of 7,982 U.S. consumers by the company BIGresearch showed Barbie remained the most sought after toy for girls, with the rival Bratz dolls in second place, generic dolls in third place followed by Dora the Explorer and Disney Princess.

But for boys there was a bit of a shake-up in the annual list with last year's favorite, TMX Elmo, losing out to Transformers, the autobots made popular by the movie of the same name.

Transformers are now making a big hit and even that Christmas is coming, toy shelves of all toy store in Manila are now beginning to restock. Just like yesterday, Tons of Barricade and Bumble Bee pop outs last Wednesday and fans went to their nearest toy store just to grab some and complete their collection. I really believe that the Transformers toy will be the number 1 top wish list for boys and adults, One from the local toy store attendant said "Mommies are now looking and asking for Transformers toys for their kids, and now they ask where to find more of the Leader Class and Voyager class toys."

Transfomers toys attract boys because of its hi-tech design and it is one of the most treasured toy of all time. As an adult during I write these, Transformers are still one of my child hood wish list and now I fully understand today why these transforming vehicles to robots are one best seller and make kids go hyper everytime they see a robot.

Having 2 toys for a price of one is a great deal for parents. And kids can play the toy either in robot form or in their vehicle alternate mode. But these toys are not suitable for a very young age like 6 yrs old below, because projectile weapons are harmful to them, but for a responsible buyer and a parent, it will be better to take out the projectile and keep it away from them. Even me I used to remove the projectile weapons and keep it in my box, because sometimes people like to play my toys and unaware of the projectile thing popping out from their weapons.

"Christmas for me is early, just bought lots of new Transformers toys and other toy lines." Mark Cerbo, Transformers Philippines founder told me that last night.

What about you ?
What's your top 10 toy wish list ?



I just read the news and wrote that for the TFPH blog site, for my wish list here goes (*gasp!)

1. Sentinel - Marvel Legends Build a figure
2. Onslaught - Marvel Legends Build a figure
3. Iron Hide - Voyager Class
4. Black Out - Voyager Class
5. Megatron - Voyager Class
6. Witchblade - Legendary Comic Book Heroes
7. Any movie props, replica item
8. Cobra Hiss tank driver
9. USB radio tuner dongle ( not yet invented i guess)
10. wireless webcam
11. just add - new cellphone with wifi capability

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Anime art contest - Win a brand new Wacom tablet at the AME GAKUENSAI Convention

Win a Wacom Tablet in Anime-Manga way

Glass House Graphics, Studio Sakka and WACOM


Anime art contest @ Anime-Manga Enthusiasts Gakuensai Event

1. Artworks should be an original Anime-Manga character pin up of your

2. Artworks should be in full digital color.

3. Artworks are required to be submitted at the event on November 24, 2007 at the Glass House Graphics booth in AME GAKUENSAI before 4pm.

entry should be printed on the size of 11x17 or A3 paper size.

Register and Log in at the Glass House Graphics forum
and then paste a softcopy of your artworks at this thread

artworks will be judged by David Campiti online at the forums (Friday)
so be sure to upload your entry and paste a link of it at the contest thread

1 Winner will take home a Wacom Tablet

send your inquiries or questions to /

Glass House Graphics website ->

event info at

For 11X17 and A3 printing service
1. Fax N Parcel, SM Megamall (11x17, A3)
2. Netopia (A3 glossy photo paper)
3. Alva (Espana near UST)
4. Copymatrix
5. UP Shopping Center
6. Pixographics, SM Megamall

Tips in printing
1. For best quality in printing your entry, use a high resolution format
in printing your file

Tips in uploading your entry at the GHG Forums
1. upload your file in any online photo hosting service (photobucket, imageshack etc.)

2. do not upload high resolution images. Resize your image to 800 or 1024 pixels

3. Register at the forum to get your account
a go to
b and click Show us your art and portfolio
c and look for the contest thread "GHG-WACOM Anime art contest - Win a brand new Wacom tablet"
d and click Post a Reply

Animahenasyon 2007 opens tonight

for Schedules and Programming

The Animation Council of the Philippines just finished making the shortlist of entries of their annual competition for original content animated shorts and the screening of entries will begin this Thursday in Robinson’s Galeria Cinema. I just got a chat last night with Grace Dimaranan of Top Peg animation studio and President of the Animation Council, she just shared to us that there were more than 150 entries for the contest and 80% of it made it to the finals and having their own category such as music videos, shorts, clay, stop motion, 3D, 2D and etc.

The competition is big and all of them are good, in a professional level, these animators who joined the contest are independent, amateurs, small studio and student animators. Grace also mentioned that all studio and members of the council will have an exhibition called “Dugtungan”. Each studio will make an animated story and leads them without a script or storyboard, the main reference that they will use is a certain shape illustration from were they can start and also end. And later on they will connect all those animated pieces into one story. This will show the different style and approach of each studio on putting together a story without coordinating with each other.

This activity is one of the major project of the council for the original content, and also they are on provincial school tour in promoting animation and getting talents as well.

read the PR of the event at

Hero TV Forum Original Content : Anime Sa Ating Panahon

I was surprised that someone used my short article in my own observation about the evolution and history of anime in the Philippines, which was that I composed for a friend in CSB for her haiku entry.

Im copying down all the article and paste it here, for future reference and the forum might be lock down soon and available for registered forumers.

my blog post about the history of anime in the Philippines
can be found in that link

I've been involved in the promotion of anime and yes its a big time involvement.
i can be dubbed as an otaku.
but coming from that age, i learned a lot from it and me had evolved into something else that went back to love what we have own. - our local art.

those years are terrible for me, and if i can blog it here it might resurrect people and other bad days that i want to forget completely, and it involves of ideas and concept , which was been used up, stolen from me and seems like it happened again in a different case in an early year..which is i will wont mention it anymore here. will bury that for sure.

the only basis in my article about the history of anime here is only from my experience.
thanks to Ultimate Coordinator for crediting me and using my article as reference.

the article below is Originally posted at

Anime Sa Ating Panahon
Evolution and History of Anime and Otaku Culture in the Modern Philippines.

Yesterday, as I logged into the HERO TV Forum for the afternoon, I nibbled on a stick of Pocky I bought from the neighborhood convenience store. Browsing the sub-forums, I picked up interesting tidbits with the latest stuff about the anime I follow – that Mobile Suit Gundam 00 would have a second season next October, and that Eureka 7 was now showing on everyone’s favorite Tagalog anime cable channel.


or in

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Komikon 2007 video coverage by Komiks News Now Philippines

here's a video coverage of Komikon 2007.
just uploaded here for Komiks News Now, but i haven't post it there yet

music by :
title : wicked evil blonde

check out the event waltkthrough and Randy Valiente interview about his book

i was planning to inteview all artists, but i just can't avoid the noise of the sound system.

No power!

it sucks! we have no electrical power at home and it seems that the main power line exploded. Now we wait for the Meralco to fix it. and now im cramming lots of work and bombarded by emails, im in a cafe in Galeria using free wifi for a moment and because that there are lots of users connected to the free wifi, the network rejects and didnt supply me a lot of bandwidth for an internet acccess, so i just used some juice of a nearby hotel and then it got cut off for an hour and then decided to buy airborne net card again just to fix and do some jobs before going home. i went here just for na errand from a family member and it sucks to use the net in a limited time.

i just hope that the power is back when we get home, im waiting for Lace here in cafe..
oh geeez... bad day !!!!


minutes after this post. they say that the power is back! yey!
now me and lace will celebrate and eat out in Mcdo.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Email from Mr. Neil Gaiman

I'm thinking of an idea of sending an email to Neil Gaiman few weeks ago, but after Komikon just got the energy to write an email for him telling him how people are so excited about his return here. Funny thing is that, people at the Komikon asks me whats the news about the event and how was Neil Gaiman doing..

below is a great message not just for me..but for everyone!


from : Neil Gaiman
to : Azrael Coladilla ,
date : Nov 18, 2007 4:05 PM
subject : Re: hello again! from the philippines

Looking forward to seeing you again!

If I hadn't have loved it last time, I wouldn't be coming back!



ohhhhh di ba !!!?!!!! see you all this weekend !

Book of Dreams: The 2nd Philippine Graphic Fiction Awards event

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Book of Dreams : The 2nd Philippine Graphic/Fiction Awards

Neil Gaiman and Fullybooked

Book of Dreams : The 2nd Philippine Graphic/Fiction Awards
and the Exclusive book launching of Expeditions, the compiled winning entries of the 1st Philippine Graphic/Fiction Awards

November 25, 2007
Fullybooked, Highstreet

I want the biggest burger !


According to an article from Mainichi, McDonald’s Japan will soon be adding the Mega Egg and Mega Tomato to it’s ultra-successful line of really big burgers.
Read more at New Mega Burgers in Japan

I remember during my youngling days that whenever me and my family eat in a restaurant I always demand to the waiter to offer me the biggest burger that they have and that time there were no Wendy's or Burger King. I got the thrill of searching the biggest burger in town, so whenever we go to malls, all malls in Manila, I always order burgers in restaurants. Maybe my mom will be happy to read this blog post hehhehee because she knows how and why I'm so crazy about burgers (and pasta too!).

for me at that time, that was the late 80's a restaurant somewhere inside Landmark had offered me the biggest burger and I was happy to see it and got a problem on how will I eat that. and yes, its a fine dining restaurant and they treated the burger in some special arrangement. After that, I stop eating burgers and went crazy on wearing shorts and no pants in the rest of my high school days hahhaa. I'll post another story about that.

today, burgers are popping everywhere, eating in Wendy's or Burger king makes me happy now, and also in Taters, Brothers Burger, Jollibee, Mcdo etc.. But some fast food seems to change their burgers, the Big Mac turns small ahahaha. but I can't blame them for that, but still happy to eat it. But I prefer the quarter pounder with lots of cheese.

the article above from Japan Probe seems to attract my eyes and now on the mission to get that and eat their biggest burger.. Wish I can go to Japan just to try that, but if there's anyone coming from Japan ehheheh, buy me one!

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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