The debate goes on among con-goers and even cosplayers as to where would a cosplay convention will be better  held, and it seems that these two venues – SM Megamall Megatrade Halls and SMX Convention Center are the most popular.

Here’s a brief description for both venues according their official websites:

The SMX Convention Center is the largest private venue in the Philippines for trade events, industry conventions, corporate functions, and international exhibitions. Its building is located in Pasay City, right beside the Mall of Asia.

The SM Megatrade Hall is one of the first trade exhibits opened for convention shows and functions. It is located at the Summit, 5/F Mega B of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City. 

Both venues are managed by SMX Convention Specialist Corporation (SMX Corp.), a subsidiary of the SM Hotels and Conventions Corporation.

So let us begin the comparison.

The Events

For a start, let us see to which venue does con-organizers prefer having their event be held based on last year. Here’s a list of last year’s anime and cosplay conventions/events held in these venues:

Tamashii Con
by DLSU’s Nihon Kenkyu Kai

9 March | Megatrade Hall 3

Ozine Fest
by Otakuzine Anime Magazine

8-10 April | Megatrade Hall 2-3

3rd Metro Comicon
by Sketchpad Manila

7-8 May | Megatrade Hall 2

10th Phil. Toys, Hobbies & Collectibles Convention (ToyCon PH) |
by Collectibles Unlimited

18-19 Jun | Megatrade Hall 1,2,3

Hero Face Off 2
by Hero TV

4 September | Megatrade Hall 2

Otaku Expo
by Otakuzine Anime Magazine

3-4 September | Megatrade Hall 3

Best of Anime
by Primetrade Asia

17-18 September | Function Rms 4-5 , SMX Convention Center

Cosplay Mania ’11

1-2 October | Function Rms 3,4,5, SMX Convention Center

Asian Pop Expo
by Hobbiworx, Inc

9 October | Megatrade Hall 1 

Pinoy Otaku Encore
by Naruto Cosplayers of the Philippines 

26-27 November | Megatrade Hall 3

6th Christmas Toy Fair
by Collectibles Unlimited

16-18 December | Megatrade Hall 1

Ozine Fest: Anime Figure Special
by Otakuzine Anime Magazine

28-29 December  | Megatrade Hall 1

From the list, 11 out 13 of last year’s event were held at SM Megamall Megatrade Halls while 2 conventions –’s Cosplay Mania and Primetrade Asia’s Best of Anime were held at SMX Convention Center Function Rooms

Otakuzine, a local anime magazine published by PSICOM, held their events – Ozine Fest, Otaku Expo and Ozine Fest: Anime Figure Special at the Megatrade Halls.

Furthermore, ToyCon PH of Collectible Unlimited and Ozine Fest, two of the biggest conventions in terms of number of attendees last year were at Megatrade.

For this year, 2012, it’s already confirmed that Otaku Expo and ToyCon will again be held at the Megatrade Halls. Otaku Expo 2012 on January 21-22  [See post] while 11th Toycon will be at Megatrade 1,2,3 on June 16-17, 2012. [See post]

[Continued on Part 2]




  1. I’ve been to cosplay events held at both locations already and though mas sanay na ako sa SM Megamall (I attended 4 events in Megamall), I think SMX MOA would be a better venue because it’s bigger and less cramped, but it’s farther (at least from my place in QC).

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