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Upcoming Event: Daydreams 3: Final Spectacle

 

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The Daydreams 3 Project Finale – Introducing the Production Cast

As the slated date for the highly-anticipated event draws near, both the cosplay and photography communities are already expressing high expectations for the output of this grand project as exemplified during its past two installments (Daydreams 1 and Daydreams 2: Encore of Fantasies, respectively).

Daydreams 2: Encore of Fantasies Cosplay Photoshoot

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The culmination of many weeks of careful planning after the resounding success of The Daydreams Project last June at Fernbrook Gardens in Alabang, the organizers have set out to outdo themselves with a sequel, Daydreams 2: Encore of Fantasies Cosplay Photoshoot.  Promising to be an experience of an even grander scale, the organizers have chosen sophisticated Versailles Palace in Alabang as the new venue for the most anticipated cosplay photoshoot of the year.  arkadymac.com is happy to have been given exclusive rights to cover the event and bring you the highlights from this affair.

 

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With James Paolo Angeles as head organizer, and with photographers Eric DC and Alphard Penetrante as assistant organizers, The Daydreams 2:  Encore of Fantasies Project Special Cosplay Shoot was conceptualized as an event aimed to provide a photography and cosplay experience like no other where cosplayers and photographers get to create and contribute to something truly unique and memorable.  Careful and considerable planning, resources and effort were put into the process of building Daydreams 2.

 

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It would feature a brand-new cast of cosplayers, each carefully chosen by the organizers for their excellent caliber of cosplays with “royalty” being the overarching theme for this shoot, set in a majestic location south of the metro, one even grander than the one used for the first installment.  All of these would be caught, captured and rendered by a skilled and experienced cast of veteran photographers and videographers who have already made a mark and have have etched their names in the local and international cosplay scene.

 

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After many weeks of careful and deliberate planning, Daydreams 2 was underway one (initially) sunny weekend as participants from as far as Bulacan gathered at designated meeting places down south in Alabang.  Not everyone knew each other beforehand, but everyone eventually got  along as they all share the same passions and were eager to be working together for the day.

 

 

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Everyone got excited as they finally caught a glimpse of the elegant facade of Versailles Palace, a recently opened venue that features sophisticated French architecture and interiors, reminiscent of the world-renowned Palace of Versailles in France   Everyone was led to the preparation room where we met up with some of the other participants.  Introductions, pleasantries, small talk and laughter filled the hall as the participants established new friendships and affirmed old ones as time was set aside to get to know each other better and to prepare for the afternoon of shoots that lay ahead.

 

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Versailles Palace was indeed a location worthy of praise as everything just exuded that royal atmosphere which was the theme for Daydreams 2, and set against a tranquil backdrop of nature.  Indeed the prospects were high as the group of photographers readied their equipment and mentally prepared themselves for the ordeal ahead.  The cosplayers in the meanwhile were already hard at work dressing up as their chosen characters.  Most people are oblivious to the pains and difficulty of cosplaying, like the process of putting on makeup, putting on a wig, painting their bodies, and wearing bulky costumes.  It is with silent admiration that we as photographers respect their dedication to their craft.  They were meticulous in their attention to detail as they wanted to be at their best in this very rare opportunity at such a splendid venue in front of some of the most adept cosplay photographers around.

 

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When 1pm came, everyone proceeded to begin with the photoshoot.  Everyone had designated groups: pairs or teams of cosplayers and photographers that would rotate by the turn of the hour so as to be efficient and orderly.  Everyone went straight to work as they wandered around the many amazing locations Versailles Palace had to offer and had their shots taken.  The clubhouse had a grand ballroom, which boasted of a high
ceiling, a giant crystal chandelier, and large glass windows for that royal effect.  Outside were manicured gardens, a courtyard and a large pool.

 

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It just happened to be warm that time, causing both cosplayers and photographers much discomfort.  Nevertheless the prospect of great shots far outweighed any difficulty. It fortunately became a bit colder and cloudier later on in the afternoon and the shoots went on without much of a hitch.  The venue was rented by the organizers for the entire afternoon but time was still of the essence as there were quite a number of cosplayers and time had to be allotted to shoot all of them.  A hint of tension was in the air as evening approached, but there were still opportunities for everyone to goof off, share a joke or two, take selfies, or take silly stolen shots of each other.  The organizers did say it should also be a fun experience for all involved, and it definitely was as everyone was friendly and responsive of each other.

 

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As sunset reminded the participants that even good things must come to an end, everyone gathered at the ballroom to take their last shots and have the group photo.  Everyone appeared worn out from an entire afternoon of hard work but it was obvious that they were pleased and giddy from the experience and that it was all worth it.  The organizer, James Paolo Angeles, addressed and thanked everyone for their paticipation and for making Daydreams 2 a reality, and he was keen on having more future installments of Daydreams.  Everyone was treated to a delightful dinner and everyone had a healthy appetite from a whole day of work and fun.  After packing up and dressing down and putting away all their equipment, everyone said their goodbyes, glad to have met new friends and shared wonderful memories.  All that’s left is to wait for the masters to post their photos in the coming days, so do watch out for them.

 

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Many thanks for the organizers for inviting us to cover this very special event, particularly James Paolo Angeles,  Eric DC and Alphard Penetrante who conceptualized Daydreams from the very beginning.  Many thanks as well to the wonderful cosplayers who took part in this successful project:   Aya Ninna, Leny Ming, Reika Amakura, James Paolo Angeles, Mitchelle Doblada, Angel Ayanami, Ann Salas, Shin Meggumi, Lyn Gutierrez, Atashii Rainie Micz Tan, Elie Ai, Mina Kim, Anjelica Vanessa Nechi, Azeleia Petrova Salvatore and Chi Galindo, as well as the  and photographers  and videographers capturing everything:  Bernard Garbo, Aileen Omana, Kira Hokuten, Jeff Ricalde, Joel Aragones, Erving Go, Je Morerz, JM Cruz, Francis Legarda, and Elijah Alcantara, with the special assistance brought to you by Jonathan Guarin.

 

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Looking forward to Daydreams 3!

 

For our coverage of the first Daydreams Project Special Cosplay Shoot, click here.

 

Thank you for dropping by, and please visit us again for more features here at arkadymac.com.

 

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Upcoming Event: The Daydreams 2 Project Special Cosplay Shoot

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With the resounding success of their initial undertaking last June at Fernbrook Gardens in Alabang, the organizers of The Daydreams Project Special Cosplay Shoot have already begun work on the next installment, one that hopes to be of an even grander scale.  Indeed, Daydreams 2 is currently underway and it will definitely be one of the most anticipated cosplay photoshoots of the year.

 

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With James Paolo Angeles as head organizer, and with photographers Eric DC and Alphard Penetrante as assistant organizers,  The Daydreams 2 Project Special Cosplay Shoot is conceptualized as an event aimed to provide a photography  and cosplay experience like no other where cosplayers and photographers get to create and contribute to something truly unique and memorable.

 

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Daydreams 2 will be featuring a brand-new cast of cosplayers, each carefully chosen by the organizers for their excellent caliber of cosplays.  With “royalty” being the overarching theme for this shoot, everyone can only expect the best imagery as it will be set in a majestic location south of the metro, one even grander than the one used for the first installment.  All of these will be caught, captured and rendered by a skilled and experienced cast of  veteran photographers and videographers who have already made a mark and have have etched their names in the local and international cosplay scene.

 

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With an exclusive cast meticulously handpicked just for this one endeavor at a spectacular venue of a scale unheard of before, The Daydreams 2 Project Special Cosplay Shoot is definitely coming this November and it will be an experience like no other, so please watch out for it soon as arkadymac.com will be bringing exclusive coverage of this event.

 

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For our coverage of the first Daydreams Project Special Cosplay Shoot, click here.

 

Thank you for dropping by, and please visit us again for more features here at arkadymac.com.

 

 

 

The Daydreams Project: Special Cosplay Shoot at Fernbrook Gardens

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arkadymac.com is glad to have had exclusive coverage of The Daydreams Project, a special cosplay photo shoot at scenic Fernbrook Gardens last weekend.  Organized by James Paolo Angeles, Eric DC and Alphard Penetrante, this small event aimed to provide a photography  and cosplay experience like no other where cosplayers and photographers get to contribute to something truly unique and memorable.

 

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The result of many weeks of careful and deliberate planning, The Daydreams Project all came together one auspicious Sunday morning, as folks from as far as Bulacan gathered at designated meeting places down south in Alabang.  Not everyone knew each other beforehand, but everyone got to get along right off the bat as they all looked forward to this moment for weeks on end.

 

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The excitement got intense as we finally caught sight of the tops of Fernbook’s famed mini-basilica and classical dome, with some in the group wondering if we just happened to stumble into a different country or dimension.  We were led to our preparation rooms where we met up with some of the other participants.  Introductions, pleasantries, small talk and laughter filled the hall as the participants established new friendships and affirmed old ones as time was set aside to get to know each other better and to prepare for the afternoon of shoots that lay ahead.

 

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The photographers were given a tour around the venue so that they can have a better perspective of the places where they can get the best shots of their models.  We were led through the lush, manicured outdoor gardens of Byzantine, through the elaborately designed golden doors and delicately embellished gold-leaf-plated pillars of Victorian, through the Buckingham Palace-inspired Colonial ballroom and meeting room, all around the central lobby with a spectacular mermaid fountain in the middle of everything.

 

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It was indeed a location worthy of praise as everything just exuded that perfect fairy tale atmosphere set against a tranquil backdrop of nature.  Indeed the prospects were high as the group of photographers readied their equipment and mentally prepared themselves for the ordeal ahead.

 

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The cosplayers in the meanwhile were already hard at work dressing up as their chosen characters.  Most people are oblivious to the pains and difficulty of cosplaying, like the process of putting on makeup, putting on a wig, painting their bodies, and wearing bulky costumes.  It is with silent admiration that we as photographers respect their dedication to their craft.  They were meticulous in their attention to detail as they wanted to be at their best in this very rare opportunity at such a splendid venue in front of some of the most adept cosplay photographers around.

 

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When 1pm came, everyone trooped to the central hall to formally start the photoshoot.  Everyone had designated groups: pairs or teams of cosplayers and photographers that would rotate by the turn of the hour so as to be efficient and orderly.  Everyone went straight to work as they wandered around the many amazing locations Fernbrooks had to offer and had their shots taken.

 

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It also happened to be warm and humid that time, causing both cosplayers and photographers much discomfort.  Nevertheless the prospect of great shots far outweighed any difficulty.  It also rained for quite a while but the indoor locations were more than sufficient to house everyone and the shoots went on without much of a hitch.

 

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The venue was rented by the organizers for the entire afternoon but time was still of the essence as there were quite a number of cosplayers and time had to be allotted to shoot all of them in that large area.  A hint of tension was in the air, but there were still opportunities for everyone to goof off, share a joke or two, take selfies, or take silly stolen shots of each other.  The organizers did say it should also be a fun experience for all involved, and it definitely was as everyone was friendly and responsive of each other.

 

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As sunset reminded the participants that even good things must come to a end, everyone gathered by the central hall to take their last shots and have the group photo.  Everyone appeared worn out from an entire afternoon of hard work but it is obvious that they were pleased and giddy from the experience and that it was all worth it.  The organizer, James Paolo Angeles, addressed and thanked everyone for their paticipation and for making this dream shoot a reality, and he was keen on having future installments of Daydreams.  After packing up and dressing down and putting away all their equipment, everyone said their goodbyes, glad to have met new friends and shared wonderful memories.  All that’s left is to wait for the masters to post their photos in the coming days, so do watch out for them.

 

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Many thanks for the organizers for inviting us to cover this very special event, particularly James Paolo Angeles,  Eric DC and Alphard Penetrante who conceptualized Daydreams from the very beginning.  Many thanks as well to the intrepid cosplayers and photographers who took part in this successful project:  Trowa Akabane, Bernard Garbo, Justine Rells, Mitchelle Jeung Doblada, Joel Aragones, Roselyn Gutierrez, Jenny Buaron, Aileen Omana, Freya Akabane, Dale Perias, Anjelica Vanessa Nechi, Rin Mizuki Nakagi, Angel Sayoc, Alphard Penetrante, Christopher Prince Mortell, Je Morerz, Vaynard Darkhearth, Leo Tagulao, Kira Hokuten, Angel Ayanami, Erving Go,Marren Chayne Morales, Mimi Mon, Eric DC, Aya Ninna, Elie Ai, and Rhianna Floresca.  Hope to see more of you guys soon.

 

 

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Pinoy Otaku Festival 2014 Fantasm Day 2

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arkadymac.com is an official media partner for Pinoy Otaku Festival 2014: Fantasm last weekend at Starland Themepark, 4th Level, Starmall Alabang.  Lots of fun, excitement and surprises were in store for everyone as the organizers have promised an experience unlike any other.  We’re now bringing you the highlights for Day 2 of this event.

 

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Helping us with today’s coverage are our Features Writer and partner Jillian Rose and our Cosplay Model Aerielle Pauline.  They most certainly had fun going around the theme park and taking photos with everyone.

 

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Pinoy Otaku Festival 2014: Fantasm was dubbed as the “First Ever Live Action Role Play Event with Cosplay for a Cause,”  as the event had free admission.  All that was asked of guests was to just bring one notebook plus an additional school item like a ball pen, pencil, crayons, etc., upon entering the venue.  The school supplies would later be given to our less privileged brothers and sisters this coming school year.  Britannia from the anime series Code Geass was brought to life through cosplay, the castle setting and also mass participation from those within the venue.  Also, the event was also the biggest gathering of otaku-related organizations in the country with groups from Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Bulacan, Tarlac and Bicol joining in.

 

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There were great booths  like RiiRiichan’s OMise Shop where they offered Anime Dimension Cards, an amazing app for mobile devices where you can have 3D images of your favorite anime and Vocaloid characters on your phone.  Do contact RiiRiichan’s OMise Shop at https://www.facebook.com/ADC.OMISE for your very own cards.

 

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Throughout the day, the event was kept exciting by the performances of great bands and dance groups.  Highlights of the event included the continuation of the Asia Music Festival Karaoke and Bandslam, a collection of singers and bands who performed Japanese songs and also some local melodies to the delight of the audience.  There was also the Cosplay Checkers game where cosplayers were used as checkers pieces playing on an 8×8 board.  The main event was the Fantasm Cosplay Lives, the first cosplay competition which aimed to recognize “realism” in cosplayers and their characters.  This competition was presided by judges each focused on one criteria which includes difficulty, realism, engagement and costume.

 

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Event partners included Spin Manila Bus TV, Hero TV, Cherry Credits, Dragon Nest, Avatar Star, The Philippine Events. Mozilla Firefox, Rocx Tees, Great Toys Online, Cubizone Philippines, Age of Kung-Fu, Mogu-Mogu, O-MIse, Comics Sale Central, Wakfu, I Wear Contact Lenses, Para Kordon, Project Wangun, YJC, Adarna House, Glue N’ Stitch and Punk Sinatra.

 

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Other media partners included  SGCafe.com, Inquirer.net, WhenInManila.com, Otaku Asia Anime Magazine, GFC Magazine, Dee Jocson Photography, iCozplay Events Management, L5R Productions, The Great Events Plus, Bazaaristas Event Management, Deremoe, Anime PH, Anime Pilipinas, Reimaru Files, Otakista, GreekSilverHero Photography, Pitik Photography, Blue Pirates Production, Cosplay Network Philippines, Pinoy JMusic Media, Otakucosplayph.com, Ranneveryday ツ, That Hikikomori Guy, Ayaldev Creatives and The Products Blog.

 

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All in all it was a fun and exciting day for everyone as there were lots of events happening at any given time.  With lots of guests and participants attending the affair, Fantasm was definitely a success.   We hope that there would be more similar event in the future where cosplayers are given a lot of freedom and given a whole new different experience.  Everyone who participated got to help to as boxes upon boxes of school supplies were collected to be donated this coming school year.

 

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Thank you for dropping by, and please visit us again for more fun cosplay features here at arkadymac.com.

 

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Pinoy Otaku Festival 2014 Fantasm Day 1

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arkadymac.com is an official media partner for Pinoy Otaku Festival 2014: Fantasm last weekend at Starland Themepark, 4th Level, Starmall Alabang.  Lots of fun, excitement and surprises were in store for everyone as the organizers have promised an experience unlike any other.

 

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Pinoy Otaku Festival 2014: Fantasm was dubbed as the “First Ever Live Action Role Play Event with Cosplay for a Cause,”  as the event had free admission.  All that was asked of guests was to just bring one notebook plus an additional school item like a ball pen, pencil, crayons, etc., upon entering the venue.  The school supplies would later be given to our less privileged brothers and sisters this coming school year.  Britannia from the anime series Code Geass was brought to life through cosplay, the castle setting and also mass participation from those within the venue.  Also, the event was also the biggest gathering of otaku-related organizations in the country with groups from Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Bulacan, Tarlac and Bicol joining in.

 

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There were great booths  like RiiRiichan’s OMise Shop where they offered Anime Dimension Cards, an amazing app for mobile devices where you can have 3D images of your favorite anime and Vocaloid characters on your phone.  Do contact RiiRiichan’s OMise Shop at https://www.facebook.com/ADC.OMISE for your very own cards.

 

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Throughout the day, the event was kept exciting by the performances of bands like Ikuzo Iwa, Happy Ending, Hiyas, Strange Orange, School Milk for a Dime and Kung Fu Day.  Raindrop, V’s Project, Kryzia Camille Santiago, Seiza, Tarlac Asian Dancers and performers from Anime Cosplay Empire also had numbers to the delight of the audience.

 

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Highlights of the event include the 1st Bolen Lareza Cosplay Competition, the very first separate competition for chibi cosplayers named after one of the best chibi cosplayers in the Philippines, Bolen Lareza.  Judges for the event will also be her fellow chibi cosplayers and all of them are also impressive, the panel consisting of prominent chibi cosplayers Ashley Misaki, Izaiah Luke Buelos and Belldandy Chii.  For our coverage and lots of photos of that event, click here:  1st Bolen Lareza Chibi Cosplay Competition

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There was also the Asia Music Festival Karaoke and Bandslam, a collection of singers and bands who brought energy to the event with Japanese songs and also some local melodies as well.

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Then there was the Cosplay Idol Season 2 Finals, the culmination of the search for the cosplayer with both the talent and the drive for cosplay excellence.  Courtesy of our friends at AnimePh Project, the winners were Izaiah Luke Buelos as  Champion Cykah Malagad for 2nd place  and Ian Quinto for 3rd place.

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And last was the Otaku Choice Awards, the first ever awards for the community, recognizing the favorites of the fans of popular Japanese culture in the country.

 

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Event partners included Spin Manila Bus TV, Hero TV, Cherry Credits, Dragon Nest, Avatar Star, The Philippine Events. Mozilla Firefox, Rocx Tees, Great Toys Online, Cubizone Philippines, Age of Kung-Fu, Mogu-Mogu, O-MIse, Comics Sale Central, Wakfu, I Wear Contact Lenses, Para Kordon, Project Wangun, YJC, Adarna House, Glue N’ Stitch and Punk Sinatra.

 

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Other media partners included  SGCafe.com, Inquirer.net, WhenInManila.com, Otaku Asia Anime Magazine, GFC Magazine, Dee Jocson Photography, iCozplay Events Management, L5R Productions, The Great Events Plus, Bazaaristas Event Management, Deremoe, Anime PH, Anime Pilipinas, Reimaru Files, Otakista, GreekSilverHero Photography, Pitik Photography, Blue Pirates Production, Cosplay Network Philippines, Pinoy JMusic Media, Otakucosplayph.com, Ranneveryday ツ, That Hikikomori Guy, Ayaldev Creatives and The Products Blog.

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All in all it was a fun and exciting day for everyone as there were lots of events happening at any given time.  With lots of guests and participants attending the affair, Day 1 of Fantasm was definitely a success.  Stay tuned for our coverage of Day 2 coming real soon.

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Thank you for dropping by, and please visit us again for more fun cosplay features here at arkadymac.com.

 

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1st Bolen Lareza Chibi Cosplay Competition

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We’re proud and happy to be the media partners for the 1st Bolen Lareza Chibi Cosplay Competition held at Starmall Alabang last weekend.  Named after Bolen Lareza, a successful and prominent cosplayer, the event presented very young cosplayers competing while having fun with family and friends.  It is our pleasure to be bringing you this special coverage of the event.

 

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Chibi, a Japanese word or term for small, also is a certain category for cosplayers who are really young, usually those 12 years old and below.  A good number of chibis participated in the competition and all were able to showcase their talents in front of an eager and enthusiastic crowd.

 

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Held within the first day of the Pinoy Otaku Festival 2014: FANTASM event, the event was an enjoyable one with lots of participants and spectators.  The contestants were judged by a panel consisting of prominent chibi cosplayers:  Bolen herself, Ashley Misaki, Izaiah Luke Buelos and Belldandy Chii.

 

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Courtesy of our friends at AnimePh Project, here is the list of winners of the 1st Bolen Lareza Chibi Cosplay Competition:

Champion (Mecha Category): Alizey Rodil as War Machine
Runner Up (Mecha Category): Icee Ticar as Gundam Unicorn Banshee
Champion (Cloth Category):Louise Rielle as Elsa
Runner Up (Cloth Category): John Veinard Quintana as Horohoro

JUDGES PICK
Belldandy Grimarez: Kurt Andrew Morido as Kid Icarus Uprising
Bolen Lareza: Meredy Carlos as Mikasa Ackerman
Ashley Misaki: Sophia Calilung as Chun Li
Ashley Misaki: Xiay Evelyn Cruz as Sorcerer (Dragonnest)
Izaiah Luke: Natalia Chanelle as Sasha Braus

SPECIAL AWARDS
Don Robert Torio’s Pick: Ulquiorra Dizon as Lucifer (Angel Sanctuary)
NCPH Pick: Akira Joanne as Gundam God Burning

 

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It was a great competition, with the chibi cosplayers judged by their peers on stage but all were good friends afterwards, playing around, chasing each other, just being kids.  When you’ve been to enough cosplay events and conventions, it’s still always a delight seeing children having fun while cosplaying.

 

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Many thanks to the organizers and sponsors behind this event.  Congratulations as well for putting up a  successful contest and we eagerly look forward to the next one.

 

Thank you for dropping by, and please visit us again for more fun cosplay features here at arkadymac.com.

 

 

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Pinoy Otaku Festival 2014: FANTASM Primer

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PINOY OTAKU FESTIVAL 2014: FANTASM, First Ever Live Action Role Play Event with Cosplay for a Cause

 

arkadymac.com is an official media partner for Pinoy Otaku Festival 2014: FANTASM this weekend at Starmall Alabang.  Lots of fun, excitement and surprises await you as the organizers have promised an experience unlike any other.

 

“All Hail Britannia!”  The famous line from the anime Code Geas will come into life as Naruto Cosplayers PH (NCPH) and Red Cloud Interactive officially launched the final countdown to the first ever live action role-play event with cosplay for a cause in the Philippines.  The initial launching was at Sci-Fi Café at Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas.  The venue of the launch was very symbolic since Sci-Fi Café is the only restaurant of its kind in a country where you can enjoy being a toy collector, a cosplayer, and most importantly have a great and unique experience which is the same thing Fantasm wants to bring to every conger.

 

#Fantasm will be on May 24-25 at Starland Themepar, 4th Level, Starmall Alabang.  Britannia from the anime Code Geas will be brought to life through cosplay, the castle setting and also mass participation as everyone will be issues a Britannian ID.  You will be identified as Elevents, Honorary Britannian, Britannian or Britannian Royalty.  Also, the event is becoming the biggest gathering of Otaku related organizations in the country with groups from Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Bulacan, Tarlac and Bicol joining in.

 

The event is FREE ADMISSION just bring one notebook plus an additional school supply like ballpen, pencil, etc. upon entering the venue.  You will be given a designated Britannian ID afterwards.

 

If you want to be a Britannian Royalty all you have to do is avail a VIP KIT for P350.  The pass comes with 2-day access to the event, 1-day access to either the pool with swimming or the rides, 1 free Mogu-Mogu drink, unlimited baggage, front seat reservation, free registration to one competition and a limited edition Britannian Royalty ID.

 

“We aim to bring a new kind of event.  Although this is experimental we hope that everyone will have a unique experience and cosplayers will be treated as their characters,” says Lie Pagtalunan, President of NCPH.

 

Event highlights includes:

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  • 1st Bolen Lareza Cosplay Competition, the very first separate competition for Chibi Cosplayers named after one of the best chibi cosplayer in the Philippines, Bolen Lareza.  Judges for the event will also be her fellow chibi cosplayers and all of them are also impressive (May 24).
  • Cosplay Idol Season 2 Finals, the culmination of the search for the next cosplayer which has both the talent and the cosplay excellence (May 24).
  • Otaku Choice Awards, the first ever awards for the community (May 24).
  • Asia Music Festival Karaoke and Bandslam, a collection of singers and bands who will bring you Japanese songs and also some local melodies as well (May 24-25).
  • Fantasm Cosplay Lives, the first cosplay competition which aims to recognize “realism” in their cosplay characters.  This competition will be judged by judges who are focused on one criteria which incudes difficulty, realism, engagement and costume (May 25).
  • Cosplay Checkers where you can see cosplaye rs used as checkers pieces playing on an 8×8 board (May 25).
  • Guest and Special Performances.  Catch the performances of bands like Ikuzo Iwa, Happy Ending, Hiyas, Strange Orange, School Milk for a Dime and Kung Fu Day.  Also, capture Raindrop, V’s Project, Kryzia Camille Santiago, Seiza, Tarlac Asian Dancers and performers from Anime Cosplay Empire.

 

Hero TV will be having a free dubbers’ workshop for everyone on May 24 entitled, “HERO Dub It Out.  The Filipino audience and fans will also for the first time know in person dubbers of their favorite Hero TV shows as they present them on stage with voice samples as well.

 

Fantasm will be a gathering of organizations as well and aims to unite the community under a cause of helping one another and the society.  Among the partner organizations are Anime Corner Group Pilipinas, nime United Council, Aishiteru Anime, Anime Cosplay Empire,  Antipolo Cosplayers, Anime Cosplay Colors PH, Anima Infinity, Extreme Generation Otaku Alliance, Heroes Are Us PH, Original Tarlac Cosplayers Unlimited, Otaku Zutto, Otaku Tayo, PATTS Otaku Alliance, Philippine Gaming Cosplayers, Subsonic Forge, and UP Manila-OMAKE.

 

Event partners includes: Spin Manila Bus TV, Hero TV, Cherry Credits, Dragon Nest, Avatar Star, The Philippine Events. Mozilla Firefox, Rocx Tees, Great Toys Online, Cubizone Philippines, Age of Kung-Fu, Mogu-Mogu, O-MIse, Comics Sale Central, Wakfu, I Wear Contact Lenses, Para Kordon, Project Wangun, YJC, Adarna House, Glue N’ Stitch and Punk Sinatra.

 

Media partners includes:  SGCafe.com, Inquirer.net, WhenInManila.cm, Otaku Asia Anime Magazine, GFC Magazine, Dee Jocson Photography, iCozplay Events Management, L5R Productions, The Great Events Plus, Bazaaristas Event Management, Deremoe, Anime PH, Cosplay and Anime Café, Anime Pilipinas, Reimaru Files, Otakista, GreekSilverHero Photography, Pitik Photography, Blue Pirates Production, Cosplay Network Philippines, Pinoy JMusic Media, Otakucosplayph.com, Ranneveryday ツ, That Hikikomori Guy, Ayaldev Creatives and The Products Blog.

 

For more information about Pinoy Otaku Festival 2014: FANTASM you can check on the following:

 

Those who want to sponsor or have a booth can just contact the event team and look for Mr. David D’Angelo at 0909-624-1531 or 0906-769-7436.

 

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About Naruto Cosplayers PH

 

Naruto Cosplayers PH (NCPH) is one of the largest cosplay and Japanese culture based organization in the Philippines with background in events organizing and cosplay for a cause/charity works.  The organization was featured several times in mainstream media and new media for its various activities.  The organization is founded on October 10, 2010 which is the birthday of the anime character Uzumaki Naruto.

Cosmic Con 2014

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The arkadymac.com team was there to cover Cosmic Con 2014, the newest otaku and hobbyist event south of the Metro.  Despite it being a recent creation, it has become a successful event as proven by the hundreds of people who came, who witnessed, and who participated in this spectacle.  Also, arkadymac.com is proud to be an official media partner for this event, and we are of course happy to be part of a whole new convention that celebrates the things we love and hold dear.

 

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Held last May 10 and 11 at the 2nd Floor Carousel Atrium of Festival Supermall Alabang, Cosmic Con 2014 was a delight to the senses with lots of attractions and features going on at any given time.  The organizers, icozplayph, have described Cosmic Con is an event highlighting the appreciation for various arts in related to comics, toys, anime, cosplay, TV and movie fandom.  This was seen in the variety of booths, games, displays, attractions and activities throughout the affair.

 

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Day 1 of the event featured the Pet Cosplay and Cosmic Chibi Cosplay competitions, as well as the Toy and Cosplay Photography contests.   Day 2 saw the Pet and Handler Cosplay, the Adult Cosplay Individual Open Category, and the Group Battle Royale.  All of these were successful, having lots of participants for each attraction.  There was also the special performance by Raindrop, a Meet and Greet Special Appearance with the group from Power Rangers Cosplay, a special appearance and panel discussion with The Philippine X-Men Team, the NCPH Otakus Choice Awards and the Cosmic Legend Awarding Ceremony.

 

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Our Public Relations Officer Kaloy took the challenge of travelling from north to south just to cover this event as Subzero, the cryomancer ninja from the Mortal Kombat series. He admits that it was the farthest event he had attended.  He got to meet Carlo Pablo who headed the operation, as well as David D’angelo of NCPH.  Kaloy spent time mingling with the organizers and the many cosplayers in attendance.

 

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Kaloy recounts his colorful experience at Cosmic Con 2014:  ” Not only cosplayers who were in the list of attendees, but also a certain celebrity named Richard Yap who roled as “sir chief” in the teleserye “Please be careful of my heart”. and as expected, I was given the opportunity to take a selfie with him.. and oh my….all the girls were so envy, even my girlfriend doll, who was also at the event.”  *Please be careful with my heart*  ” At the end of the day, we were still so very delighted having again a small gathering together with our cosplay friends. We also got the chance to meet new friends as well. This is what cosplay is all about; friendship, camaraderie, teamwork, commitment, and respect. We hope to see you again at the future upcoming events. ”

 

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We would like to extend our congratulations to icozplayph for a job well done, for bringing a fun, exciting and organized event come to life.  We are proud to have been a media partner and a part of your event.  We look forward to your promise of Cosmic Con 2015.

 

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We’ll be updating this post with more photos and features from our friends, so please stay tuned.  We’d like to thank Christian Silgrid Alizarez for helping us out with the photography with his shots.  Thank you for dropping by, and do visit us again for more cosplay features here at arkadymac. com

 

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Pinoy Otaku Encore (POE) 2014

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arkadymac.com is proud to be an official media partner of Pinoy Otaku Encore (POE) 2014,  a prelude to Pinoy Otaku Festival 2014: FANTASM coming this May.  It was an exciting event that showcased the talents and camaraderie of the local otaku community.

 

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Organized by Naruto Cosplayers PH and Red Cloud Events and Productions, the event was held last weekend at Starmall Alabang at Starland Themepark.  Hundreds of cosplayers, enthusiasts and curious folk gathered to celebrate the many fun and exciting aspects of Japanese pop culture.

 

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There were games, giveaways, and a program filled with exciting performances.  There were also a variety of booths that the crowd enjoyed.

 

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Pinoy Otaku Encore was also be the final leg of Otaku Encore: Cosplay Idol Season 2, one of the major series of cosplay competitions in the Philippines.  Many cosplayers joined the highlight of the event, the cosplay competition.  Each one showed their amazing costumes and backed it up with their various talents.  I also served as one of the judges of the event and it was really difficult to choose the best as each one had a great costume and fascinating talent.

 

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In the end, the winners for the different categories were announced.  Best Child: Natalia as Sasha Braus, Best Male: Megumi Otaku Goddess as Inori of Guilty Crown, Best Female: Stephanie Faust, Best Mecha Armor: Carl Lucas, Best Dragon Nest Cosplay: Ianah Otaku, and Cosplay Idol: Ian Quinto as Fujiko Mine.

 

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The event ended with the awarding ceremonies, and a word of thanks from the organizers to the people who came to take part in the event, to the cosplayers who participated, and to the sponsors and media partners who made the event a successful one.  We all eagerly await the culmination, Pinoy Otaku Festival 2014: FANTASM this May.

 

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