Japanese Execs Meet Filipino IT Luminaries

Filipino businessman Chester Chi led a Japanese trade delegation to Manila this week. I met up with them at the Philamlife Tower Club yesterday afternoon, where Chester introduced his guests to Filipino IT luminaries. Read on for a peek into an international business meeting involving moe, cosplayers, and TCG booster packs.

Janette Toral

The Digital Filipino author Janette Toral presents the state of Philippine e-commerce. TransCosmos‘ Kenji Sato checks out the numbers on screen.

Joey and Chester

Asian Gaming Journalists Association founder Joey Alarilla (left) discusses the Philippine gaming and otaku boom. Chester approves.

Jerry Polence

In the foreground are, from left to right, Broccoli’s Takayuki Shimoyama, WebMoney’s Masaru Onogi, and GCrest’s Kiyoshi Nagasawa. That’s Filipina cosplay idol Jerry Polence sitting in the back with a bunch of C-level Philippine gaming execs.

Important Matters

These are the important matters on the table before me. Looking at cute anime girls all afternoon is a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it.

Level Up’s Jake San Diego hopes to release Freestyle Full Press within the month, Ragnarok Online 2 by next year, and Gunz probably never. e-Games‘ Steve Tsao will be at the H3 2006 anime convention, with his company filling more floor space than the organizers themselves. ABS-CBN’s Caloy Alejandro should fix the RSS over at the Tantra blog; the guy’s just been busy.

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2 Comments on “Japanese Execs Meet Filipino IT Luminaries”
  1. Hey Mike. Great to see you there. It has been quite awhile. All the best! I like your new blog look. Very refreshing!

  2. Mike Abundo says:

    Yup, I find it refreshing as well. Great to see you too, Janette. 🙂

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