Five things to do at this year’s History Con

Photos by Tin Sartorio

No matter how much you hated school, you have to admit that learning is actually pretty fun. Whether it’s learning about your fave celebrities or looking into the history iconic objects, you can always pick up an interesting thing or two outside of the classroom.

Well, get your thinking caps ready because History Con is back in Manila. The convention is taking place at the World Trade Center in Pasay until Sunday, August 13. If you’re still clueless about what’s going down at History Con, here are a few things to get you started:

Ready, aim, fire: The Veteran’s Bank educational booth provides a walk through Philippine history.

 1. Check out the talks by History Channel personalities

If you’re a fan of the History Channel’s shows, you’re in for a treat. All our faves are back, and History Con’s brought a couple of new ones this year too. Catch Corey Harrison of Pawn Stars, Jaime Dempsey of Ride N’ Seek, and John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin of Tiny House Nation, among many others. They’re joined by “Mission Impossible” freestyle basketball dunker Jordan Kilganon, and the man who ate 50 hotdogs in 12 minutes, competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi.

2. Splurge on vintage stuff

History Con’s got endless vintage booths that sell everything from memorabilia like vintage Coke merch, old Pale Pilsen bottles, to vinyl records from waaaay back (in good condition too!) and super cute Ninoy-and-Cory frames, and a whole lot more. Don’t forget your reusable shopping bags.

3. Go crazy at the lifestyle bazaar

This year’s History Con also shares the World Trade Center with the FYI Home & Living Fair (you only need one pass for both). They’ve got shirts, doggie beds, crystals, accessories, repurposed lamps, and even discounted airline tickets from SkyJet that are exclusive to the event.

These vintage Coke items and Lego recreations of your fave History Channel shows are just some of the things you can find at this year’s History Con.

4. Get pampered and go on a food trip

The FYI Home & Living Fair also has a couple of booths where you can get a haircut and unwind, and a whole section dedicated to food for when you get hungry from all that shopping. Because what’s a lifestyle bazaar without stuffing yourself?

5. Ogle all the cool stuff on show

If you’re on a tight budget, have a look at all the cool stuff on exhibit at History Con. There’s an educational booth from Veteran’s Bank that details all the harrowing things our country has been through, a Filipino-made solar-powered electric vehicle, Lego sets that recreate your fave History Channel shows, and even a version of the famous car KITT from Knight Rider. There are a lot of things going on at every corner, so something’s bound to catch your eye about every five seconds.

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