TORCH 5: Tournament of Champions 5 at SM North EDSA


The road to Cosplay Mania ’14 continues with the very competitive TORCH 5: Tournament of Champions 5 at SM North EDSA organized by  With a program filled with attractions and surprises, cosplayers and onlookers alike had an enjoyable time at this free admission event.   Bringing us the action for this event are our cosplay models Keileen and Aimee and Nicole, with the help of our friend Carina as Esmeralda, featured in our cover.




There were lots of fun things lined up that late August afternoon, starting off with the cosplay parade which saw the cosplayers going around the mall, inviting the mall goers to come see the event.  Then there were on-stage games like Facepalm the Music where contestants get to guess popular tunes, and there was the eating contest sponsored by Yoshinoya, which was particularly popular with the cosplayers.  In between were song numbers from special performers.






The event featured two cosplay contests, first of which was the Cyberzone Cosplay Grand Prix Competition sponsored by SM Malls, with nice prizes up for grabs.  Over twenty competitors battled it out on stage with impressive costumes and performances.  In the end, our friend Izaiah Luke Buelos cosplaying Galaxy Rumble of League of Legends was named Grand Prize Winner, with Louise Betita winning second place.






After the Cyberzone Cosplay Grand Prix, it was time for TORCH.  The Cosplay Tournament of Champions (TORCH) is a cosplay costume and talent competition that aims to create an energetic and competitive arena for Cosplay on a truly national level by holding cosplay contests in target venues in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.  TORCH Cos Playoffs will be held in key SM Supermalls all over the country to determine the best cosplayers of each region. Winners from the Cos Playoffs get a chance to compete in the TORCH Finals that will take place on Sunday, October 5, 2014 in Cosplay Mania ’14.  Great teams battled it out on stage, but in the end, Fate Stay Night-themed Team Eight won the leg and will be going to Cosplay Mania 14 for the grand championships.




Lots of cosplayers attended the event as the north is home to many of them although there were just as many attendees from other parts of the country who came just to take part in the contests and festivities.  And of course the cosplayers enjoyed the event by mixing it up with the crowd.  They posed happily with avid and curious, as well as had their shots taken by photographers.













This is of course just a taste of what is to come at the main event at Cosplay Mania ’14.  And of course we at arkadymac will be covering every event we can possibly go to up until October, so we hope to catch you at a TORCH event real soon.










The event also marked Kaloy’s 2nd year of cosplaying.  He is our Public Relations officer and unofficial poster boy.  Some of the team was there to wish him well on this special day.


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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.