History Con: From pickers to astronauts

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Who knew history could be so, well, epic? From Aug. 10-13, stars of popular History Channel and History Channel Asia shows will descend on the Philippines for History Con 2017, to be held at the World Trade Center.

HistoryCon-ManilaSpecial guests making a return to the country include Corey Harrison from Pawn Stars, Jaime Dempsey from Ride N’ Seek and Justin Mott from Photo Face-off.  “Horny” Mike Henry from Counting Cars, Danielle Colby from The Pickers,  Ryu Lim from Forged In Fire, and Phoemela Baranda of Celebrity Car Wars joins them as well. Popular international celebrities from FYI’s hit shows John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin of Tiny House Nation, and Adam Liaw of Destination Flavour will also join the line up. They will all be present to make talks and presentations throughout the event.

As for other stars to watch, professional freestyle basketball dunker Jordan Kilganon, will attempt to make a 50-inch vertical jump. Takeru Kobayashi, one of the world’s most extraordinary professional competitive eaters, once  broke the world record for eating 50 hotdogs in just 12 minutes. Both will attempt to break new records in Manila.

Other special guests include Barry E. Wilmore (Captain, U.S. Navy), a veteran of two spaceflights who has accumulated a total of 178 days in space as a NASA Astronaut, and Dr. Ambeth R. Ocampo, award-winning and distinguished public historian whose research covers the Philippines in the 19th Century. Both honorable guests will be conducting exclusive talks respectively at the mega convention.

Other activities include a home and living fair by FYI, a lifestyle channel; medieval and battleground re-enactment, an antique bazaar, and automobile and motorbike exhibitions and competitions, plus other exhibitions, and even a Cosplay contest (give it a shot by entering the event in accurate period costume). — Joseph L. Garcia