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A celebration of the many interesting hobbies people just cant get enough of, Collecticon 2013 was a fun two-day event at the Megatrade Hall 3 of SM Megamall last September 27-28, 2014. The event had a lot of displays featuring toys, model kits, comics, collectibles as well as tons of booths selling related merchandise. The avid collector or even just the curious passerby certainly would have been delighted to browse through the thousands of varied items sold and displayed by the many exhibitors who supported the event.
Our friend Ms. Faith was there to host the event and did a great job keeping the audience entertained. There were auctions and games as part of the event, keeping the audience upon their toes and clamoring for more great bargains offered. Our friends from the Borealis dance group were there to perform on stage with a riveting dance number. There was also the K-Zone K-pop event that saw many performers and their fans filling the hall with dance and music.
We were there for the cosplayers of course and there were quite a number of them at the event. We saw them having a great time amongst themselves and having fun having their photos taken by mallgoers and taking photos with them as well. No harm taking selfies and groupies with them of course.
Worthy of mention was a Guardians of the Galaxy cosplay group which included our friend Lyron. The crowd just couldn’t get enough of them.
Oh, and Doraemon Philippines was there too, with some of the most adorable mascots ever,
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The road to Cosplay Mania ’14 nears its conclusion at the very competitive TORCH 5: Tournament of Champions 5 leg at SM Manila. Organized by Cosplay.ph, TORCH 5 was an exciting event filled with attractions and surprises, and cosplayers and onlookers alike had an enjoyable time at this free admission affair. The TORCH series is a prelude to the main event which is Cosplay Mania ’14, the biggest cosplay event in the country.
There were lots of fun things lined up that September 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. In between were song numbers from special performers, which included our friends from cosplay dance group, Borealis.
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. Competitors battled it out on stage with impressive costumes and performances. In the end, Rolando Logronio as Guardian Transformation was named Grand Prize Winner.
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, B’T X-themed Team Kanor Cubes wchich includes our friend Louise Betita won the TORCH 5: SM Manila leg and will be going to Cosplay Mania 14 to battle 8 other teams for the right to be called grand champions.
Lots of cosplayers attended the event who came from all over the country 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. We were glad to have our Cosplay Model Nicolette join us in covering the event as well.
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.com will be covering it as a media partner. We hope to see you all there.
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Had a great time the first time I cosplayed and did a coverage of the Ati-atihan Festival in Kalibo, Aklan last year, with my brother Bryan taking photos. The streets were colorful, noisy and alive, and I can just walk around in my ANBU cosplay without feeling out of place. Had people take pictures with me, had fun dancing around to the maddeningly festive beat of the drums, and had a great time seeing people just being friendly with each other.
For this special occasion, I customized one of my masks into a special black tribal ANBU Ati-atihan version. As for the rest of my costume, it was the first time I used it so the fitting and the design … wasn’t quite there yet but it was enough to at least have some people recognize me as an ANBU. Had fun as people took pictures of me and with me. It was an exhilarating experience, one I doubt I’ll ever forget.
Sadly, even though I had vowed to come back this year, I wasn’t able to do so because of many things. Hopefully I can go back next year so I can feel the excitement again. Will need to go now, but I hope you’ll take some time to look at my brother’s photos.
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