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    Manila Transitio: Remembering The Manila We Lost

    Of all the commemorations being celebrated every February, perhaps the most overlooked is one that commemorates the Battle of Manila of 1945. Which is quite unfortunate considering how this sad and bloody chapter in the history of Manila transformed the city and the country on a macro perspective, causing destruction to so many cultural treasures in the city and death to more than 100,000 souls. On one hand, the horror of this event may have been a factor as to why many choose to, understandably, forget what happened. On the other hand, this preference to forget is seen as the cause as to why Manila today has lost its soul in…

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    International Bazaar: A Global Christmas Shopping Experience

    The Christmas season is a time for shopping madness as shopping malls and venues get filled up more than usual, causing unbearable traffic in the process, and bazaars being held at almost every corner of the metropolis. But the thing with bazaars is that they can be all too much of the same thing, offering the same offerings with not much variety and exciting new finds to look forward to. With that said, there are a few bazaars to look forward to each year, one of them is the subject of this entry today, the International Bazaar that is held every November or so at the PICC Forum.

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    Komikon 2015: Showcasing The Komiks

    As preparations for APEC 2015 are in full gear, something else was happening in the metropolis that was flocked by Filipino pop culture addicts and local comic aficionados alike. I am talking about Komikon 2015, the most prominent annual event dedicated to Philippine comics (AKA komiks) industry. And the Urban Roamer was there to check it out!

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    A Taste of Comic Con Madness: AsiaPop Comicon Manila 2015

    As a self-confessed “moderate” geek, I often found myself being amazed by the spectacle of comic conventions or comic cons, especially the famous San Diego Comic Con in the US. Seeing so much of today’s pop culture phenomena under one roof was a sight I’ve been at least intrigued to see. Thankfully, we in this part of the world got at least a bit of a taste of what a full blown comic con is like with the first ever AsiaPop Comicon Manila that was held over the weekend at the World Trade Center Metro Manila  convention center. For this historic event, the Urban Roamer could not afford to miss…

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