I’ve mentioned in my previous rant post that I’ve decided to attend a couple of events that I find interesting locally. Upon searching the webs, I manage to find two that I feel fit on the criteria I put on myself on. This post will talk about these said events and what I thought about them as of this posting.

Furry Pinas 2018

Furry is one of those genres that you wouldn’t expect to find here in the country. Yes, I do know they exist, but you wouldn’t expect them to be something of a mainstream event like Cosplay or Anime.

I do remember small conventions are furry centric, but a deal of them are related to the “bronies” community. AKA, the people who are fans of the My Little Pony show, which seems to be the starting point for any fan to become attracted to the Furry business.

Anyhoo, I manage to pick this event up from a Reddit post which the user is also surprised to see it. Apparently, one of the users commented on the entry that the organisers were already organising such events in the past. This event is an attempt of them in getting the attention it needs for the genre. I like the touch they do in pairing the furry with gaming. An odd choice and I don’t see anything that you can put two and two together. My outside peering in perspective in the genre is something of a sexual fetish. Gaming is not something I would associate furries with. But if you want to attract attention and get the ire of the conservative public, pairing it with something wholesome is a right idea.

Their scheme reminded me a lot of Rampage, to which its attraction is more on the freebies it has on the tickets. Ticket starts at 250 pesos and goes up to 3000 pesos for the “ultimate” package. The latter’s main is the “privileges” like having dinner with their guest and one-on-one meet and greet and photoshoot. Adding also the usual thanks and salutations in their website and event itself. It’s tempting to me, but I am not a fan of furries to warrant such elite purchase. Nevertheless, it is unique, and I want to experience what this genre has to offer.

The event will happen on May 19-20, 2017 at the SMX Convention centre at Pasay, City Philippines. Tickets are on sale at the SM Ticket outlets, physical and online.

Yaoi Expo 2018

The celebration of all things boy-love, Yaoi Expo, as you could guess by the name is about men or boys falling in love with each other. It is one of those favourite genres in the otaku sphere but doesn’t get much of mainstream traction because of homophobia.

But it didn’t stop people from organising such events.  I attended one such event decades ago by a group called Lights Out. Then there’s an occasional event held by the team of Magnetic Rose (aka JPOP Manila) in the past years. Those events were often hush-hush, and it caters a lot to the academic aspects of the genre. It makes sense because they want to educate people to respect the style. Then again, people still make fun of Boku no Pico as the butt of all the yaoi jokes, so there’s that.

From what I can gather about this event. It is aimed to put doujin artist at front and centre. There’s a plethora of artist showcasing their works. It also featured an Ikkemen cafe, or a butler cafe but more of displaying good-looking men than handsome men wearing butler uniform. There are guests, composed famous artists from the genre that I never heard. There’s also a panel discussion that I as of this posting has not announced the topics to be discussed. It’s basically like the usual Yaoi convention I attended a year ago but in a more prominent venue. Since I haven’t visited one in decades, this would be an ideal time for me to check the scene out after ten years. Also, who knows, I may get another chance to buy myself some shota doujins or games to boot.

If you are interested, this event is slated for March 17, 2018, at the Bayanihan Center in Manila. But it is actually in Pasig and tickets are sold out. I’m hoping to get on-site tickets at the event. Hoping.

P.S: So that you know, I’m not attending these events as media. I’m more in covering the event as a congoer and focus on the experience and the people rather than be burdened by the specifics.