About

The Site

JPOP Manila was formerly magnetic-rose.net, a site that was and still is dedicated to all things J-pop for Philippine fans — manga, anime, music, gaming, cosplay, toys, and BL.

The Affiliations

JPOP Manila is a regular contributor Singapore-based J-contents blogs SO Japan (formerly AFA Channel) and AFA Station.

JPOP Manila is an Official Affiliate of Anime Festival Asia since 2009.

JPOP Manila is an Official Affiliate of the Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention since 2009.

JPOP Manila is an Official Affiliate Cosplay Mania since 2008.

The Accolades

As magnetic-rose.net, JPOP Manila was voted Best Blog at the 2013 Otaku Choice Awards organized by Pinoy Otaku Festival.

As magnetic-rose.net,  JPOP Manila was a Finalist for the Culture and Arts Category – National Level of the Philippine Blog Awards 2011.

As magnetic-rose.net, JPOP Manila was the Philippine Blog Awards 2009 Winner for the Culture and Arts Category – National Level, as well as a Finalist for the Reader’s Choice Award.

As magnetic-rose.net, JPOP Manila won the Animax Asia Last Exile Review Contest held in October 2011.

As magnetic-rose.net, JPOP Manila has been granted a Special Citation by the organizers of the 2011 Akegarasu Haya Prize Essay Competition for a piece done on raising bilingual children.

As magnetic-rose.net, JPOP Manila won the Animax Asia and Hong Kong Tourism Board’s Halloween Treats Blogging Competition for 2010.

As magnetic-rose.net, JPOP Manila won the South East Asia-wide MTV Asia Blogging Competition 2009 for Games and Gadgets .

The Owner and Publisher

Rochelle started blogging on LiveJournal in November 2001 to distract herself from the loneliness and isolation of college life in Tokyo.

Rochelle moved to Singapore in May 2016 to join SOZO, the organizers of Anime Festival Asia — the biggest Japanese pop culture convention circuit in South East Asia.

Rochelle has a Level 2 Japanese Language Proficiency Certificate and can swear in Hokkien.