I used to be a geek. I was (and still am) a fan of Pokemon and Harry Potter, collecting all the books, movies, cards, and games. In 2003, I became an X-Men fan when I joined a trivia contest hosted by Globe via text. I remember saving my allowance to buy comics every month and spending my spare time on the Uncanny X-Men website to learn as much as I can about the characters.
I don’t know why my interest fizzled. I can still identify spells, Pokemons, and mutants, but I guess life got in the way and I focused my attention elsewhere. But like the Phoenix that resides deep inside Jean Grey, my inner geek was recently unleashed when I found my old stash of comics. Like a kid in a candy store, I squealed when I saw my dusty copy of The Dark Phoenix Saga, my comics featuring Nightcrawler, Emma Frost, and Mystique, and the old comics I bought from God knows where.
Luckily, I found my comics right around TOYCON so it was the perfect time to reenter my fandom and maybe even grow my collection.
TOYCON has been around for 16 years and is Asia’s biggest and longest-running convention for collectibles, toys, anime, comics, cosplay, and gaming. I’ve never been so it’s exciting to go and see everything with fresh eyes!
Of course, the highlight of TOYCON was seeing all the toys. Check out some of my favorites: There were even larger-than-life versions of toys:
TOYCON invited a group of celebrities to attend the convention and this year, they had Carla Perez from Power Rangers, Kevin McNally from Pirates of the Carribean, Lindsey McKeon from Supernatural, Charlie Bewley from Twilight, Karen Fukuhara from Suicide Squad, Cas Anvar from Assasin’s Creed: Revelations, and Stefan Kapicic from Deadpool. Liza Soberano, who will play Darna in an upcoming reboot, was also there.
One of my favorite booths was ABS-CBN’s, where they held a retrospective of Mars Ravelo’s Darna in time for the upcoming film. There were statues of Ravelo characters and other memorabilia. I wonder where I can get these? I love supporting local and would love to read more Filipino comics.
And because my dormant geek has been awakened, I couldn’t resist buying comics. I bought The Art of Spider-Man and The Robin Archives, which has the first issue he appeared in solo!
In the Philippines, one of the biggest supporters of pop culture is Globe. Through its partnerships with Netflix, HOOQ, and Cartoon Network, we get to access shows like Stranger Things, Riverdale, Supergirl, Gotham, The Flash, and Adventure Time.
Globe was present during TOYCON with booths where guests can learn more about its products and services. With Globe at Home, customers can enjoy speeds of up to 5Mbps, 10Mbps, or 50Mbps. Customers get six months of free access to Netflix and Disney Channel apps, and two months of free access to HOOQ. Customers may also avail of GoWATCH, a service that allots a separate data allocation dedicated for videos. Globe customers may avail of GoWATCH29 for 2GB of video streaming data for as low as P29, valid for one day as an add-on to any GoSURF promo starting with GoSURF50.
This article is in partnership with Globe. For more information on the new Globe at Home plans, visit the website at https://shop.globe.com.ph/broadband, call the Globe hotline at 730-1010, or visit any Globe Store.