Cosplay Documentary Taping

IMG_5066 is honored being given the opportunity to cover the making of an upcoming documentary on cosplaying in  the Philippines.  Although most details cannot be divulged yet at the time of this post, Director Maila Gumila has told us that it aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of cosplaying as a performance art, as a hobby, an as a cultural phenomenon.




Xtian Mack, Creative Director of, was invited to an interview about his insights into the year’s worth of experience of cosplaying, covering events, blogging, and photography.  He even agreed to be interviewed without his mask for this one, since he thinks it’ll be found out sooner or later anyway.  His loyal fans (all two of them) are definitely excited to see him without the mask.  So that’s certainly something to look forward to.  And while there, Xtian Mack was granted the privilege of covering the filming and take some behind-the-scenes photos for the website.




Also invited were several other cosplayers from diverse backgrounds and whose characters represented different genres.  Several of them were also interviewed about their experiences in cosplaying and how they’ve come to love it.  All of them had video clips taken of in their cosplays and showing off their best moves.




While the airing of the documentary hasn’t been announced to us yet, Director Maila Gumila   assures us that it will be a serious, in-depth and meaningful program about the reality of cosplaying in the Philippines that shares the experiences of real cosplayers who share this passion.  Ma’am Maila has been truly generous with us on the set and I have come to admire her intensity, passion and sincere interest in bringing the truth about cosplaying to a wider audience.






We would like to thank Director Maila Gumila and the rest of her professional, skilled and courteous ataff and Ma’am Bessie for inviting us.  I am personally very excited to see this one and look forward to sharing this documentary with everyone the moment it comes out.




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Xtian Mack

Xtian Mack

Xtian Mack took up AB English Studies, Major in Creative Writing at UP Diliman. Currently works for a medical transcription company. He is the Creative Director of The Cosplay Cafe:, doing photography, writing, and reporting for the website. His line of photography specializes in cosplay event coverage, having covered 300 events in a span of 3 years. Loves cute and furry things.