VTuber NewsDrop's Guide to CONQuest Festival 2023

As we get ready for CONQuest Festival 2023 (presented by Globe), we are also getting ready to meet VTubers! Here's our guide to everything VTubers at the Sky Islands.

It will be a busy weekend for us as we will be covering CONQuest Festival 2023 happening on the weekend of June 2 to 4 at the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City. The said event will cover not only the whole SMX Convention Center, but also Seashell Lane, National University MOA Campus, and the Mall of Asia Main Atrium.

While there are lots of activities in store for this festival, we are here to share with you our guide in making your CONQuest 2023 experience much better.

While this guide is specifically for VTuber fans who will be participating in the event, most of the suggestions are provided for the general public. Toggle the first two segments below for the basics.

All data are subject to change without prior notice. In case of data conflict, please follow the data posted at the official CONQuest website.

Before the Event

Make sure you have your tickets purchased and ready. At this point, Saturday and Sunday Passes are already sold out. Three-day and Premium Passes are selling out fast, but Friday passes are still up for grabs.

  • Each ticket purchased online will be exchanged to wristbands. On May 31 and June 1, you can exchange your tickets at the 1st Floor Lobby of SMX Manila. Afterwards, exchange your tickets at either Microtel or Mall of Asia Atrium.

Plan your finances. Budget is an important key to take note of. You can allocate your budget to your physical wallet or e-wallet—just don't put everything in one. Merchants accept GCash (or even Maya through QRPh), but if that fails, having cash on hand is indeed quite handy.

Decide how you can get to the Festival the fastest. Prepare a plan based on your budget or distance, whichever is the most relevant. Update: The Floor Plan is now released!

  • For those coming from far away: Make sure you have a hotel room/Airbnb set because rooms are getting occupied for the weekend—it gets more costly as the days pass by.
  • Those who live near the venue can plan out an easier route as early as now, considering the usual traffic situation from your starting point.

Check the weather. We are expecting rainy weather during CONQuest weekend, so prepare your umbrella or raincoat as it can get wet.

Read the FAQ. All of it. The CONQuest website has tons of questions answered, including MeetZone and Shoto's paid Meet and Greet. Once you've read the FAQ and your question is still unanswered, their Discord server is one click away.

Be in your best, comfortable attire. This is the first time we will see a major event happen at multiple areas, so wear anything comfortable. Make sure your shoes fit well, have a spare t-shirt or two, bring an extra towel if you must.

Also take care of your health and hygiene. You'll still need that face mask, fragrance and deodorant as you'll be roaming around with lots of people.

Carry just the important items. You are set to roam around, so pack light. Make sure you have your organized set of items. Here's a set of examples:

  • Photographers: Extra set of fully charged batteries for your camera
  • Cosplayers: Hand-carry bag which you will carry once you're dressed up (because chances are you'll leave the rest of your luggage behind, either at the baggage counter or your hotel room). Prepare coscards as well, as you will be most likely to hand one over instead of spending time jotting your social media details down.
  • Art/Photo Lovers: A clear file where you will store the prints you've bought. A4-sized prints are common but be ready for bigger-sized prints.
  • Gifts: You are allowed to bring gifts, but there are specific types of gifts which will be accepted. This is listed in the FAQs of the CONQuest website.
  • Merch-buyers: Portable tote bag which can fit all those merch you bought from the exhibitors and artists.

Plan your schedule. As early as now, CONQuest has posted its event schedule on its website, helping you make the most out of the day.

  • As with any other event, do expect some adjustments in time—so if you're coming from SMX Manila, give yourself at least 15-20 minutes to run to the next area and rest to prepare yourself for the next activity.

During the Event

If you will be exchanging your tickets during the event weekend, please go to Microtel or the Mall of Asia Atrium first before going to SMX. CONQuest's goal is to address the common concern of guests queueing up at the venue. 

Stay nice and be considerate—always. Ask permission to others whenever you want capture photos/videos or get a hold of stuff.

  • People cosplaying did not give you instant permission to do anything malicious or salacious.
  • You are expected to fall in line for so long. You'll never know who'll you land into, so keep in mind to stay calm and collected at all times. Anger and frustration won't get you anywhere.
  • If you are not confident asking your question to a guest, seek help from a staff member and ask them if the question is ok to be asked publicly. Do this before the start of the session if possible.

Floor Plan

VTuber and Fan Artist Booths at CONQuest 2023's QuestMarket

QuestMarket will have more than 100 merchants on board. Some of them are VTuber-related (as of July 1, 2023—subject to change):

VTuber Participant Booths

Booth # Name
B 03 FAAC / Kitsui Akira / Doremii (CBNL)
B 04 Puff / Nakeekat
E 03 Sofia Ebby (Sana Owl)
F 04 Minuhana / Minuhana
I 07 ACG Collective (SylMayu and Saysay, etc.)
K 08 Stardust Bunnies (Lunaly Hoshi, etc.)
N 04 Project Solaria
O 02 PH VTuber Collective
O 07 PPNO Tubers

VTuber Participant Booths

Booth Artists Catalogue
A2 PatiPafu x Dettsu x Rosso Mimi Rosso Mimi
B3, B4, B9, B10 Chibaneelle Art Circle Doremii / FAAC
B5, B6, B11, B12 Nandemo Creative x Heya Moonchild
x RA Alliance x Yukihiru
Nandemo Creative
D4 Haze x EMultiply EMultiply
E2, E6 ArTrash Tsukiikaze / Emi
E3 Sana Owl Sofia Ebby
E7 Chloe Senzai at Maka and Miku Shrine Vividbit
E8 Studio Nanimo Zhepf
F4 Frannie & Minu Frannie
G3 Flat Bunny Prints Flat Bunny Prints
G4 Lolilatte PH x Kappakai Takotempuras / Artamiest / Liz
H5 WildRats SnailRoyal
I5 Lunchbox Circle Bulbaasaur
I7 ACG Collective SylMayu
J5 The Sunny Project PH Richa
K4 Camiiie x Redemsi Camiiie
K8 Knicknacks PH x Lunaly hoshi Lunaly Hoshi
L1, L5 Deep Thoughts BRWLVS
L8 Tamakin Hobbies x Kitenshii Kitenshii (PVC_Parfait)
M3 yuenri x nmrzmr studio Lace
M4 StickySyrup Co. Cloudrabbit
M5 DYUMINT X Harudachi Dyumint (Nijisanji EN, Shoto)
M6 Kiyasuriin x Priichan x Mziegfield Priichan
N2 Pixitato Artworks Shei / Vhenyfire
N4 Project Solaria Project Solaria / Iwi / Shaxhi
O2 PHVtuber Collective Angy Catto / Pinyapple Pie /
Shichide / Shiori_p0n /
Nathalie Miko
O4 Otaku Omocha Daisuki Night Parade
O7 PPNOTubers Yin
P2 Arashi Atelier Dwei
P3 Studio Kunwari Kihori
P7 Takopiie Holy (with Yoafuu)
P8 Just Broke Co. Vhicey
R2 Gummy Studio Aethenus
R7 Arzenpai Arzenpai

Stage Activities

One of the highlights of this year's festival include Stage Activities, in which guest VTubers Bao the Whale, Shoto and Demenishki will participate on Day 2. In addition, a community panel featuring Mayamaya Magindara (of Balangay Live) will be presented.

VTuber Schedule / Venue
Bao the Whale (Stage Segment) Saturday, June 3 · 10:30am to 11:00am
Creator Stage, SMX Manila
Shoto (Stage Segment) Saturday, June 3 · 11:00am to 11:30am
Creator Stage, SMX Manila
Mayamaya Magindara (Philippine Monsters:
From Past Tales to Pop Culture)
Saturday, June 3 · 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Creator Stage, SMX Manila
Demenishki (Valorant Showmatch + Q&A) Saturday, June 3 · 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Creator Stage, SMX Manila

VTuber Meet-and-Greet Sessions

Hosted by CONQuest

Sky Island tourists can meet and greet Bao the Whale and Shoto* at the MeetZone:

VTuber Schedule / Venue
Shoto (Free Meet) Saturday, June 2 · 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Conrad Hotel, Forbes 1 & 2 · MeetZone A
Bao the Whale (Scamily Paid Meet) Saturday, June 2 · 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Conrad Hotel, Forbes 3 · MeetZone B
Bao the Whale (+ Tuonto Free Meet) Sunday, June 4 · 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Conrad Hotel, Forbes 1 & 2 · MeetZone A

* As per FAQ: "You will be interacting 1:1 with Shoto’s VTuber model on a live video call inside the Meet & Greet venue."

Hosted by Gank

Gank will also have its series of Meet-and-Greets featuring local VTuber talents at the QuestMarket Area. Each meet-and-greet require you to acquire or purchase a pass through the Gank website.

VTuber Schedule
KiraKiraKat Friday, June 2, 2023 · 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Xyrine Scarlet (Exosia Project) Saturday, June 3, 2023 · 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Dasu Saturday, June 3, 2023 · 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Maddie Saturday, June 3, 2023 · 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Pinyapple Pie Saturday, June 3, 2023 · 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Queen Kaoru Amano Sunday, June 4, 2023 · 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Melona Rumiya Sunday, June 4, 2023 · 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Kitsui Akira / Kiichan Sunday, June 4, 2023 · 4:00pm to 6:00pm

7Seas Horizon (Hosted by Pizza Hut Gaming, Day 1)

Good Knight (Indie Game)

Philippine VTubing's favorite game is back on site as Good Knight will be part of CONQuest's Indie Game Zone (Booth 39).

Watch the Music Night on June 2 and 3!

June 2: All Friday Pass holders will have access to the Music Night at the Creator Stage inside SMX Manila from 7:45pm onwards, featuring James Landino and Ian of Hyper Potions at no additional cost (free).

June 3: Purchase your tickets to Saturday's Music Night for just P2,500. Featured artists are South Korean indie-pop band The Rose, OPM bands Carousel Casualties, Autotelic, and Oh Flamingo!, and local hitmakers Timmy Albert, Lesha, and James Reid.

Reminder: Those who have paid for Saturday's Music Night add-on on or before May 22, 2023 at 7:00pm are eligible for a refund or another Music Night add-on for a friend who have bought their Saturday Pass.

CONQuest Festival 2023 is presented by Globe. VTuber NewsDrop will be at the event for its major coverage, which will have recaps on Twitter Spaces set for 6:00pm on June 3 and 4.

If you'd like to add anything to this guide, please send us a message on Twitter.

Photos from CONQuest 2022 via AcadArena