PLDT Home powers Pokeverse – the Philippines’ first ever premier Pokémon-themed expo

Prepare for a one-of-a-kind journey created by fans for fans, in partnership with the country’s leading digital services provider

PLDT Home, the Philippines’ leading digital services provider, is powering the country’s first premier Pokémon-themed expo extravaganza happening from May 31 to June 2, 2024 at SM Megamall, Megatrade Hall, Mandaluyong City.

Created by Marites Allen and son Kirck Allen, Pokeverse headlines Veronica Taylor, the beloved original voice actress of Ash Ketchum, and Jason Paige, the original singer of the Pokémon theme song who would be hailed as "The Voice of a Generation." The iconic stars’ presence adds an extra layer of excitement to the much-anticipated event, alongside local celebrities Myrtle Sarrosa, Robi Domingo, and Tim Yap.

Pokeverse promises to be a memorable celebration for Pokémon enthusiasts of all ages, said Marites Allen, who especially took inspiration from the impact of the franchise on her children’s younger years.

While Pokeverse maintains no official affiliation with The Pokémon Company and its subsidiaries, this event is made possible through partnerships with licensed Pokémon distributors in the country. The roster includes leading hobby shops like Hobby Stadium and Arken, Pokémon collectors, exhibitors, and sponsors, such as Philippine Airlines, MINISO, SERENITEA, PLDT Home, Smart Communications, Inc.,The Manila Times, Business Insight, XOVOX Labs, DIY Bakery, Frigga Charmed Life, Kaloscope, and Ogawa.

A collaboration of passionate Pokémon fans, Pokeverse has commissioned the support of some of the most respected individuals in the community. Among them are Soon Aik Ng, an avid Pokémon enthusiast who shares a storied experience with the Pokémon franchise; Filip Monakil, a well-respected head judge for the Trading Card Game (TCG); Godfrey C. Murillo or "Pika Frey," a master collector and certified Pokémon Professor; and Joshua Doctolero, a Pokémon TCG Master and 2 National Champion.

Devan Kyle Timbol, who has voiced for several TCG Championships across Asia as a caster, will come in as an official caster to break down the major competitions during Pokeverse. He is a former Philippine national champion and another master collector.

Further studies online revealed that beyond video games, the Pokémon Trading Card Game has sold over 52.9 billion cards – solidifying its position as the bestselling trading card game of all time and surpassing even Yu-Gi-Oh! In addition, the Pokémon anime series has amassed a massive following, with over 2 billion viewers across 183 countries. The film adaptations have also been incredibly successful, selling more than 190 million tickets and grossing over $1.8 billion at the worldwide box office. In fact, the Pokémon franchise's reach has surpassed that of Harry Potter, Marvel, and Mario combined.

As the official broadband partner of Pokeverse, PLDT Home is powering up the internet on site for fans to enjoy a more immersive experience. For the entire weekend, event attendees can stay online and share every moment of the Pokémon magic on social media with lightning-fast internet speed.

Bringing the best digital experience to more Filipino families by providing a fast and reliable internet connectivity, PLDT Home is staging a booth at Pokeverse where attendees can get big discounts and deals plus a free Pokémon Funko Pop for every successful Fiber Plan application.

Customers switching to any applicable PLDT Home Fiber Plan will get either a 50% off on monthly service fee for 6 months or a free speedboost for 1 year, plus a free P500 Lazada Gift Card. On top of that, customers are guaranteed a free installation fee worth P3,600.

Meanwhile, applicants subscribing to PLDT Home Fiber Plan 1699 and up will get P100 off and a chance to win free internet for 1 year, P100,000 cash, or P1 Million.

Both promos are valid until July 31, 2024.

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