The first day of the 11th TAGCOM: Toys and Hobbies Convention was a blast and Day 2 didn’t let us down.
Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, TAGCOM really does have a way of pumping adrenaline to all its attendees with rounds after rounds of performances, auctions, games and more.
The TAGCOM festivities continued where it left off from Day 1 with ‘K-HOORAY!’ a K-POP dedicated set of competitions which included singing and dancing contests.
The games started with a K-POP cosplay contest where contestants dressed up and performed to the tune of the most loved K-POP artists. This was followed by a K-POP singing competition where singers belted out to the music of the K-POP, and yes, if you’re wondering, it was in perfect Hangul!
Fans clubs of some prominent K-POP groups also happen to sponsor the event which let them raffle a couple of prices like albums and official posters.
More than 30 K-POP cover groups signed up and registered to compete in the K-POP Dance Cover Contest. The Megatrade Hall 3 was jam-packed with participants and K-POP enthusiasts who sang and danced to the beat of their favorite K-POP groups. Almost everyone in the audience had the dance steps and the words to the songs memorized by heart. There was also an instance when one of the contestant’s music was experiencing technical difficulties so the audience just sang at the top of their lungs to support their fellow K-POP fanatics.
In the end, Joebert Tudo was awarded the Best K-POP Cosplayer with his version of Kai from the K-POP group EXO, Fai Fajardo won the K-HOORAY! Singing Contest and a special PRESSLOVE award was given to the group ABR. The K-POP Dance Cover Contest held Exothrone as the 2nd runner up, Qwince as the 1st runner up and the group Array as the Champions.
TAGCOM proves that it adapts to what the Pop culture demands with these K-POP competitions and exhibitions. Congratulations to the winners and see you guys in the next event.
The Anime Cosplay Competition, perhaps the most anticipated event in TAGCOM, gathered cosplayers from all age and gender as they bring to life our favorite anime and comic book characters all in a complete package of stunning costumes and passionate performances.
Our very own Sammy was even invited to judge the competition. Sammy judged along with veteran cosplayers to determine which among the 23 contestants was the best duplicate of their comic book, cartoon or anime counterparts.
Bolen Lareza won the Best Female Cosplay category while Christian Umali won the Best Male Cosplay category. Both winners received goodies from sponsors as well as P4500 in cold cash.
A huge wave of nostalgia surged through the crowd when Voltes Team Philippines took the stage to perform a short skit directly taken from one of the episode of everyone’s beloved 80’s Japanese Anime Voltes V. This young group (having been just formed last year) wishes to promote unity among all fandoms a la volt-in style that was popularized by the same anime. Their performance in this year’s TAGCOM was also timely as the Voltes V is actually celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Booths and exhibitions were still open on the second day and despite the incredible sale amassed from the first day, second day booths showed no signs of stopping the fever with loads full of toys, collectibles, poster, t-shirts, comic books and a lot more to sell.
If you were unlucky enough to miss this year’s TAGCOM, you can also visit our Day 1 review by clicking here so you can check what you’ve missed.
And as the 11th TAGCOM Toys and Hobbies Convention concluded, we would like to thank the event organizers for warmly welcoming us and giving us the opportunity to cover this fantastic event. TAGCOM is truly a platform which proves that unity and respect can co-exist in a community regardless of how different our beliefs (or in this case, fandoms) are. Hope to see you all in the next gathering and make sure to like, follow and share YuneOh so you can keep posted on all upcoming events.
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