Cebu, the Queen City of the South, has a thriving community of hobbyists – from Anime, Cosplay, Art and even Board Games. A friendly community where creativity, passion and fun is enjoyed by fellow hobbyists.
The city is a host for a variety of hobby events which gathers hundreds – if not thousands – of guests coming not only from the Province of Cebu but also from places as far as Dumaguete, Iloilo, and even Manila! Events like the ones present today are not just for the locals but also for the tourists.
Unfortunately, events – regarded as mass gatherings – are suspended due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. As part of the Tourism Industry, the events industry is badly hit with quarantine restrictions and health concerns.
While we have to determine the financial impact of the Pandemic in the country’s Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions industry (or MICE), there is already a call for the said industry to be prioritized in the Tourism Recovery Plan of the Department of Tourism.
keepsakes. has invited organizers and representatives of major hobby events in Cebu for this roundtable discussion. We will ask them their plans moving forward.
We have with us Griffith Salomon of Cebu Cosplayers Guild and Bon Odori Cebu, Max Maquiling of Unity Productions and Cebu Esports United, Jomar Joshua of Otakufest, Joshua Varela of Toys and Figures convention (TOFICON) and Jolu Escaño of ARCHcon Cebu in a roundtable discussion to see what the future brings for Cebu’s local hobby events.
Watch the Live Discussion on Facebook
Let’s meet each other on May 31, 2020, 6:00pm Manila Time (GMT+8) on facebook.com/keepsakesbyjay and facebook.com/exlinkevents. Participate in the discussion and interact with Cebu’s favorite events as we plan to tread through the pandemic. Meet you soon!