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A 3-day adventure for hobby enthusiasts! Your quick guide to CONQuest Festival 2023

The much-awaited "everything convention" is bigger and better this June 2-4, 2023, now with multiple venues in Pasay City.

By: Nicole S. Castro on May 30, 2023 at 11:00 PHT

Get set, fellow hobby enthusiasts. The much-awaited "everything convention" CONQuest Festival is bigger and better this June 2-4, 2023, now with multiple venues in Pasay City, Metro Manila!

But wait, what exactly is CONQuest? Here is your short but sweet guide to this multi-themed experience that brings people of different interests together.

Con-goers wearing the CONQuest 2022 wristbands | PHOTO COURTESY: CONQuest official

What is CONQuest?

CONQuest is a multi-themed convention for people with various hobbies, namely, gaming, music, cosplay, food, and technology. With the exponential growth of these communities in recent years, CONQuest 2023 is gearing up to be bigger and bolder than any of its predecessors.

This year, they have expanded the venue from last year’s SMX Convention Center to include the adjacent Seashell Lane, Conrad Manila, SM Mall of Asia (MOA), and National University MOA (NU MOA).

What to look forward to at CONQuest?

This 3-day event will feature over 70 local and international guests celebrating gaming, tech, music, pop culture, and everything in between. Some of CONQuest 2023’s most prominent guests include live streamers Valkyrae, Pokimane, and Sykkuno, South Korean indie-rock band The Rose, and Filipino singer-actor James Reid. Other notable internet personalities include Fuslie, Michael Reeves and LilyPichu, and anime content creators JoeyTheAnimeMan and Akidearest. Click here for the full schedule and guest roster.

Exciting Activities

With a bigger-than-ever-before roster, there will be something fun for both veteran and newbie attendees alike. Loyal CONQuest con-goers will be happy to see familiar segments such as the Alliance Games Finals, celebrity show matches, and cosplay events. In addition, newbie attendees will also be attracted to the Music Night featuring different artists as well as the festival's first food street. Check out the list of activities here.

Bigger, Wider and Spacious Locations

This year's CONQuest is bigger than ever - literally! Spanning five different locations across the SMX area.

This includes the main SMX Convention Center building, the famous cruise ship-shaped Conrad Manila hotel, the famous Seashell Lane ("Food Street"), the main mall of Mall of Asia, and the MOA campus of the National University (NU). Various events and activities will be held in these locations for a wider and more spacious conquest party mania!

View the full event map here:

Enormous Guest Line-up

Almost tripled! CONQuest has introduced a lot of guests for this year's event that will hype-up and grace the guest booths, stage panels, discussions, meet & greet, and special activities across three days.

These include local and international cosplayers, voice actors, gamers, streamers, artists, graphic artists, and more! Each of them will bring out their unique game to all of their fans and don't forget their exclusive merchandise that will only be exclusive to CONQuest congoers!

Food is Life

Never get hungry! The Food Market is here to satisfy your con-needs. CONQuest has partnered with The Mercato Centrale Group to bring you the best food at the event from fast-food chains like Jollibee, Pizza Hut, Sbarro up to the snack-grabbing Potato Corner, Tender Juicy and more.

What to bring?

Well, we cannot end this quick guide without telling you our own checklist to make your best CONQuest experience ever!

  • Backpack

  • Water

  • Ticket / Passes

  • Cosplay Kits

  • Make-up

  • ID

  • Spare clothes

  • Money

  • Powerbank

  • Handkerchief

  • Camera

  • but take note that there are things not allowed to be carried inside the event premises! Click here for the event FAQs.

About AcadArena

CONQuest is brought to you by e-sports company AcadArena, a Filipino tech startup founded in February 2019. The company gained international prominence when it launched itself as Southeast Asia’s first e-sports scholarship fund of its kind. It is also the official Philippine collegiate licensee for Riot Games titles as well as the premier partner of Globe Telecom for campus gaming.


Ready to conquer the fun of multiple worlds at CONQuest? Get your tickets at

Doors open at 10:00 am for all three days. Click here for the event FAQs.

Experience a world-class convention like no other only at CONQuest!

Click here for the full schedule and guest roster.

Source: CONQuest 2023 official press release and media kit, CONQuest 2023 official website




Nicole is based in the Philippines and works as a full-time Japanese Translator/Interpreter in the tech industry. She is a JLPT N2 passer who watches anime to "study" for N1. She has a long career history on LinkedIn (with primary focus on media and translation), but her anime watchlist is much, much longer.

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