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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Toycon PH plug in @ MEGA EXPO 2005

Collectibles Unlimited will be at the Mega Christmas Expo 2005, and will be presenting the Philippine Toy, Hobbies, and Collectibles Convention plug in's in preparation for the upcoming 5th Toycon next year.

Mega Expo will be on Dec 9-11, 2005 @ SM Megamall, Megatradehall 2

There will be activities and programs on friday and sunday, organized and themed "Toycon PH hour" by our group. New programs will be launched and a teaser of what will come up for the 5th Toycon Philippines.

pls. check the following schedule of the event

take note: the video game challenge is not yet finalize.

Fan Film Showing : enjoy and watch these fan made films, local and foreign.

Comic Art and Drawing lecture by Guhit Pinoy

Cosplay talk by RG Guanzon and a cosplay partner

Collectibles 101 talk by the TransFormers Philippines

Cosplay Show : costume play afficionados showing their best dress/costume art


Friday, October 07, 2005



Ask graphic artists Jamie Bautista and Elbert Or, creators of the hit comic series Cast, what would give them a really big kick this Halloween and you'll most likely get this response: Creating a 24-page comic book in 24 straight hours.

Believe it or not, these young, fearless artists are psyching themselves up for more than 24 sleepless hours as they take on the 1st Philippine 24-Hour Comic Book Challenge, which will take place on October 28 to 29, 2005, at Coco Aroma, White Beach, Puerto Galera.

Inspired by the 24 Hour Comics Day of Scott McCloud, a leading comic book theoretician in the United States, the 1st Philippine 24-Hour Comic Book Challenge will fuse creative visual storytelling with indigenous Philippine martial arts and folklore to give Pinoy audiences a different kind of visual experience. During this event, Bautista and Or will capture different fighting poses and techniques inspired by kali and arnis, the Philippines's own martial arts, and will attempt to create compelling stories that will capture the grace, the strength, and the valor of Filipino warriors.

It won't be their first time to touch on themes of Philippine history, culture, and heritage. The graphic anthology Siglo: Freedom, which won the 2004 National Book Award for Comic Book, and on which Bautista and Or collaborated with renowned writers and comic book artists Gerry Alanguilan, Dean Francis Alfar, Nikki Alfar, Arnold Arre, Jason Banico, Marco Dimaano, Andrew Drilon, Honoel Ibardolaza, Lan Medina, Vin Simbulan and Carlo Vergara, captured stories of life, love, and the struggle for emancipation set in each decade of the 20th century.

The 1st Philippine 24-Hour Comic Book Challenge, however, is even more demanding than the pair's previous projects because it requires them to produce credible work on an aspect of Philippine heritage which has not been sufficiently documented in the past.

Paul Zialcita, an arnis practitioner and a musician who has been advocating the integration of Philippine indigenous martial arts and folklore into mainstream media, hopes that this first attempt to create kali -and arnis-inspired art will pave the way for more creative collaborations. He lends his percussive power to the 1st Philippine 24-Hour Comic Book Challenge by marking the hours with a Kali Drum, a large instrument made of a recycled garbage can and cowhide that is played using arnis strikes.

Aside from Zialcita, more local and foreign martial arts enthusiasts, visual artists, and comic book fans will join Bautista and Or on the shores of White Beach, Puerto Galera to learn and to demonstrate new fighting techniques, to create their own versions of martial arts-inspired art, or simply to enjoy Puerto Galera's emerald-green waters.

Interested to join in the fun but not quite confident with your artistic or fighting skills? Don't worry: Bautista and Or will kick off the 1st Philippine 24-Hour Comic Book Challenge with a FREE comic book workshop. Meanwhile, Zialcita's team of local warriors will be patrolling White Beach's shores, all game to teach novices a thing or two about responsible stick-fighting.

The 1st Philippine 24-Hour Comic Book Challenge is made possible by the collaboration of Likha Communications Consulting, Nautilus Comics, Digipost, and Coco Aroma. Email Niña Terol of Likha Communications Consulting at , or call (0917) 644 45 66, for details.

Friday, August 26, 2005

We sell indie cds, band Merchandise etc..

The Shop is called "The Bukswagen Experiments" (your indie music store) and we are supporting local independent musicians by carrying independently produced cds, band/artist merchandise, rock and reggae accessories and alternative literature.

Here is a list of the indie / band merchandise that we are currently carrying in our shop.

We sell t-shirts from:

Mojofly *
Shuffle Union
Plane Divides the Sky
Hemp Republic
(designs; rockista reloaded and weblink),
(sizes are available for both for male and female)
*(for females only)

Imago (limited edition cd plus 1 free poster for 1st 20 buyers) .
Bridge cd (the recently 2nd album- with free poster)

Currently we sell the cds of the following Artists/Groups/Bands;
Chrome Eight
The Brew
Enemy of the Enemy
Skies of Ember
The Slavedrum
Agaw Agimat

Bayang Barrios
Datu's Tribe
End of Contracts (electronica)
Johnny Allegre Affinity (jazz)
Plane divides the Sky
Sheila and the Insects
Silent Sanctuary
Surfernando (Markus Adoro's - former e-heads guitarist's latest project)
Valley of Chrome
Hemp Republic
Island necklaces from Brownbeat's bassist Fern and Wormhle merchandise from Enemy of the Enemy's vox Clint.

Even the cds from the personnal collection of broadcast journalist Jay Taruc is available at the shop.

Likewise, cds and merchandise from Terno records, Monopond Records, Documentagon records, Railroad records (Laguna), Protestant records (Iligan/Cagayan de Oro) and Poi (of Iloilo) will also be available soon.

Plus Shuffle Union, PilipinaSka (Compilation cd), The Late Isabel, Chubibo, Pinikpikan, Salindiwa, Daydream Cycle and Rivermaya had just confirmed to bring their CDs and band merchndise.

We are also supporting the local and independent comics / magazine publishers such as...
Nardong Tae
Cresci Prophecies
Armor Troopers
Gun Point
Modus 3
Sapak sa Buwan
The small shop is currently located at the 2nd floor Circle C Mall, Congressional Avenue Quezon city, Metro Manila (the mall is owned by the Cinderella group of companies and its just right beside Cherry Food-O-Rama supermarket, and right above Robinson's Supermarket).

Aside from having an S.M. or shop-in-the-mall. We also have sort of roving stall. We place our goods in a 1972 Kombi van and go to big gigs in the metropolis with our merchandise. With this venture we, together with other local alternative/indie merchandize will be exposed to a bigger but more specialized market.

P.S. With our recent venture into local independent cd/merchandise consignment ( or what we call "The
Indie Lab") we are slowly evolving into small music shop that carries independent cds and merchandize from local artists/bands/groups. With your support and participation no doubt it would greatly help both of us in propmoting the local filipino music scene.

The Bukswagon Experiments
mobile # 09192194514

The Department of Trade and Industry and CITEM in cooperation with the Cultural Center of the Philippines, British Council Manila, Asian Institute for Management, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts will be holding the First Philippine Creative Industry Forum billed as NURTURING THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY IN THE PHILIPPINES at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) September 7-9, 2005

As an emerging and dynamic sector of the Philippine economy, the creative industry which includes publishing, printing and literature; music and the performing arts; visual arts; crafts, design and architecture;
audiovisual and new media; cultural heritage; and cultural activities, needs to be recognized and supported.

The Forum aims to develop greater awareness and understanding of the creative industry and its contribution to the Philippine economy, and to formulate strategies on how the government, business and
private sectors can work together to help develop and promote the creative industry in the Philippines.

Aside from the main forum, there will also be small round table discussions, interactions, performances, exhibition, and social gatherings to afford the participants to network and establish linkages.

We would like to invite everyone who are part of the creative industry to participate in the Forum. As an important stockholder in the arts and culture sector, you and your organization’s participation will be crucial to the success of the project.

All interested parties, please fill up the Reply Form below. As the slots are limited, your early response will be greatly appreciated. For further information, please contact the CCP Outreach and Exchange Division at telefax # 8323674 and tel.# 8330267. Email address:;

The First Philippine Creative Industry Forum
September 7-9, 2005
Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater)
Cultural Center of the Philippines


Fax no. (632) 832-3674

______ YES, I/We are interested to attend the forum. Please reserve
______ (no. of pax) slot/s and send us all information details.

______ NO, I/We cannot attend the forum at this time.

FROM : ______________________________________________
Print Name & Signature

Affiliation / Profession __________________________
Business address _______________________________
Contact Nos. ___________________________________
tel. __________________ cellphone ________________
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Registration Fees

P 2,000 – Regular rate for Metro Manila participants

P 1,800 – For early birds (those who will confirm on or before August 26)

P 1,500 – For group reservations (those who will reserve 5 slots or more)

P 1,000 – For regional participants (outside NCR) and for students

NOTE: Registration Fee includes the Forum Kit
and lunch for three (3) days – September 7-9, 2005

Monday, August 15, 2005

It's Syeri's birthday week too! So we hope you could all come and celebrate this important week with her.

Friday, August 12, 2005

My classmate and friend from grade school, Reno Maniquis is coming up with the sixth issue of his classic work, MASKARADO. It will be out in Comic Quest Megamall sometime next week for only Php 60 (tentatively priced at that). Reputed to be the penultimate chapter of the present storyarc, it's worth checking out! Why don't y'all grab TABLOID Issue 3 while you're at it. It's free! So what have you got to lose? Out of this world works by Dodo Dayao, Bong Leal, Jonas Diego and Ariel Atienza is featured in that issue.

Beerkada creator, Lyndon Gregorio will be having an autograph signing session tomorrow (but his books will also be available for perusal and sale till Friday) at Gloria Jeans Coffee in Shopwise Araneta Center, Cubao from 1-6 pm. I think there will be a book reading session from his latest offering, Go-Beerkada. If you haven't the foggiest idea what that entails then go attend. Free caricatures for a minimum amount of sales from either Shopwise or GJ Coffee.

They made a big splash in last year's UP Ame Convention, check Istrong Repablik's debut work now available at Comic Quest, Megamall.

Another indie that come highly recommended is Jon Zamar's mini comics, Minsan Ako'y Nanaginip: Digmaang Salinlahi which is now available in Comic Quest Megamall and SM North branch. Production for the third issue is currently being done, and the creators hope that issue would also be made available this month.

Initial Burst Studios is proud to offer you the best of the best, featuring the 4th Runner Up Awardee in the recent art contest that Neil Gaiman himself judged, Nelz Yumul with his Embracers; Atan "I-draw-directly-in-the-computer-using-Flash" Talas' SilentDestiny: The Hunted and some mind blowing features by the ever humble, Melchman.

Also up for grabs is a CD Rom-sized full color comic book, SilentDestiny: King of Fon. Also illustrated by Melchman.

Both books are written by Erwin Robledo.

We know you're all waiting for this. More details to follow in the coming days and weeks ahead.