2 conventions, 2 festivals bring Hollywood stars to Manila

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Karen Kunawicz

Karen Kunawicz

A special ‘Fan Girl’ guide to a happening weekend

Some weekends, we’re twiddling our thumbs looking for things to do. And then there are welcome anomalies like this weekend, which has four big events to excite every fan boy and fan girl. Ready, get set, take your pick!

Event No. 1 There’s the APCC 2016 (Asia Pop Comic Con Manila) at SMX with headliners Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max, X-Men), Joe Dempsie (Game Of Thrones, Skins), Claire Holt (Vampire Diaries), Millie Bobbie Brown (Stranger Things), Simone Legno (Tokidoki) and Whilce Portacio (Image Comics).

Hollywood celebrities (from left) Claire Holt, Joe Dempsie , Millie Bobbie Brown and Nicholas Hoult will meet their fans at Asia Pop Comic Con Manila

Hollywood celebrities (from left) Claire Holt, Joe Dempsie , Millie Bobbie Brown and Nicholas Hoult will meet their fans at Asia Pop Comic Con Manila

The convention, the second of its kind in Manila opened Friday and will run until August 28.


For more information on tickets, other guests and schedules, log on to www.asiapopcomicon.com/manila/.

Event No. 2 There’s the first-ever History Con at the World Trade Center, which started Thursday and runs until tomorrow.

Headliners include: Giorgio A. Tsoukalos from Ancient Aliens, Brandi Passante and Jarrod Schulz from Storage Wars, Damon Runyan from Gangland Undercover, Justin Mott from Photo Face Off and Marc Nelson, KC Montero and Joey Mead from Celebrity Car Wars.

 Brandi Passante and Jarrod Schulz of ‘Storage Wars,’ Damon Runyan of ‘Gangland Undercover’ and Justin Mott of ‘Photo Face Off’ will geek out with Filipinos at the first-ever History Con

Brandi Passante and Jarrod Schulz of ‘Storage Wars,’ Damon Runyan of ‘Gangland Undercover’ and Justin Mott of ‘Photo Face Off’ will geek out with Filipinos at the first-ever History Con

The event also holds VR demos, a History Bee competition, a cosplay competition, a treasure hunt and a rally of cars and bikes at the four-day convention.

For more information, visit www.historyasia.com/shows/history-con-2016.

Event No. 3 The 10th International Silent Film Festival is ongoing at Cinema 2 of Shangri-La Mall in Mandaluyong City.
Silent films from the United States, Germany, Austria, Japan, France, Spain, Italy, the Philippines and the UK will be screened and musical accompaniment will be provided by Tago Jazz Collective, Oh Flamingo, Ely Buendia, Makiling Ensemble, Brass Pas Pas Pas Pas, Ding Dong Fiel Chamber Ensemble & Miguel Angel Lobato, Felipe A. Latonio Jr., Basti Artadi, Up Dharma Down.

Authors (from left) Paula McLain, Adam Johnson and Anna Todd will gather wordsmiths and bookworms at The Philippine Readers and Writers Festival

Authors (from left) Paula McLain, Adam Johnson and Anna Todd will gather wordsmiths and bookworms at The Philippine Readers and Writers Festival

Event No. 4 The Philippine Readers and Writers Festival 2016 is currently taking place at Raffles Makati. Guests include Pulitzer award-winner Adam Johnson (The Orphan Master’s Son, Fortune Smiles), author Anna Todd (After) and Paula McLain (Paris Wife, Circling the Sun). Admission is free.
Visit www.readersandwritersfestival.com for the complete schedule.

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