Last March 16, StickerconMNL2019 was held at Bayanihan Center, Pasig. Instead of last year’s JYC Hall B, this year’s event took up both Hall A and B, with over 200 exhibitors, double the number from its inaugural year. Suffice to say, the event was packed with sticker enthusiasts throughout the day.
With over 200 exhibitors, there was definitely something for everyone. Artists sold creations that were anything from fandom-inspired pieces, to uniquely Pinoy designs, to LGBTQ+ themed stickers – in all the sticker finishes you can dream of. In hand with the recent surge of ’90s revival in pop culture, there were also a lot of 90s to early 2000s anime, consoles, and reference stickers.
Aside from the booths, StickerconMNL2019 also held games and raffles. The games varied from easy question and answer segments, to Bring Me, and even a sticker cutting challenge. The Rebel Legion: Bagong Pag-Asa Base and FightSaber Philippines were also present to help raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
It was a wholesome event for all ages, a great way to meet fellow fans, and connect with artists. However, ventilation and space can definitely be improved on. There was some underutilized space near the entrance (that people started to sit down on later in the afternoon). The rows of booths behind this had enough space for two rows of people to pass through. The booths were positioned face to face, meaning if people were looking at booths in front of each other, then there was barely any room to pass in that row. If you stayed long enough, you’d find it hard to breathe.
That said, as a sticker afficionado, it was amazing to attend a whole event held just for stickers. StickerconMNL is a fantastic way to support local artists, express your love for fandoms, and drain your wallet.
We can’t wait for next year! Thank you to StickerConMNL2019 and Fandom Feels PH for letting us cover the event.
Kitty!Cap and Buckitty stickers in the banner are by Chris Bayani @cpbayani.art || Event photos by Patricia & Jerica