Macross creator Shoji Kawamori, signing autorgraphs during AsiaPOP Comicon in 2017

Universal Events & Entertainment (UEE), the organizers of the annual AsiaPOP Comicon Manila, has announced on Thursday that they are postponing this year’s event “to next year.”

APCC Manila 2019, which was scheduled for the first weekend of August at SMX Convention Center Manila in Pasay City, was supposed to be the fifth time the popular pop-culture event had been held.




Photo from AsiaPOP Comicon Manila / Facebook

APCC Manila has always prided itself in bringing exclusive international content to the region that no other convention brings, but, unfortunately, our various content and strategic partners have not been able to commit completely due to their organizational restructuring and multiple conflicting events happening during the couple weeks before and at the same time as the original APCC Manila 2019 dates,” UEE said in a statement on their Facebook page.

The organizer also explains that the delay in communication was intended to “secure the best of content for this year’s event”, but the dates of the event did not match with the schedule of their various partners.

The organizer also stresses that they do not want to sacrifice the quality of the event, noting that benchmarks had been set by the previous ones.

“… APCC fans expect the best from us that we promise to deliver in our next year’s event,” the organizer also added.


AsiaPOP Comicon Manila was first held in 2015, which hosted personalities in entertainment and pop-culture scene, including celebrities and comic authors. The event had been notable for organizing halls dedicated entertainment brands, like Netflix, Marvel and Disney.

In 2016, Hiroshi Kitadani, vocalist for the Japanese anisong band JAM Project, performed on the event’s main stage.

The following year, the event hosted Shoji Kawamori, creator of The Vision of Escaflone and Macross franchise, and Japanese singer Serena Kozuki performed on the event stage.