Otaku Encore Cosplay Idol Season 2 at Starmall Las Pinas

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arkadymac.com was on hand to cover Otaku Encore Cosplay Idol Season 2 at Starmall Las Pinas last Sunday, January 26, 2014.  It was one of two final legs for the the main event this year at Starland, Starmall Alabang, Pinoy Otakufest.  The event was dedicated to the memory of Sir Wilfredo Gruet Jr., a cosplayer who recently passed away.
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Helping us out in our coverage is the lovely Jillian, our guest coverage partner, an able photographer and cosplayer in her own right.  Well, we just had fun going around, mingling with the crowd, taking snapshots, joining in the contest, and for most of the time we were just goofing around, having fun like everyone else there.
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More than a hundred cosplayers besides the many enthusiasts were there to take part in the event, which featured games, booths, performances, special guests, and a karaoke contest to the delight of everyone.
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The highlight on course was the cosplay competition, which saw over 40 contestants vying for the top spots with huge prizes.  All the contestants gave their all in their performances, and also had to answer a few questions from the judges.  In the end, the winners were  Mico Villarca for Best Male, Ianah Otaku for Best Female, Icee Ticar for Best Chibi, Jay-ar Dela Cruz for Best Mecha/Armor and Cykah Malagad was named Cosplay Idol for this leg.
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Besides the competitor, it was also a delight to just go around and meet and take photos of the other cosplayers present at the event.  They had fun mingling with the crowd and having their photos taken.
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All in all a fun and exciting event in a rather new venue.  Congratulations to the organizers, NCPH, and their partners and sponsors.  All this however, is just a warm-up to the main event scheduled later this year, so we really look forward to more real soon.
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Thank you for dropping by, and do visit us again for more cosplay features here at arkadymac.com.
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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: arkadymac.com, 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.