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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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Even the seemingly tireless ninja Nyanbu needs to take a break, but unfortunately for him, this still isn’t the time as he is sent to a remote location to do a photoshoot of a crazy person on the beach. Boracay, that small, wonderful island off Aklan, makes the perfect location for a “Welcome, Summer!” special for this blog. And much to the chagrin of Nyanbu, when he opened his backpack, there was only a costume and no swimwear. Oh woe is Nyanbu. With tears in his eyes and sand in his pants, arkadymac.com proudly brings you ANBUracay: Nyanbu’s Beach Adventure.
The island of Boracay is an amazing place where people get treated to the tropical adventure people dream of while busy behind their desks at work You do indeed forget everything else as you leave your usual life behind and just indulge in pleasures only a small, remote can provide. And for Nyanbu that means leaving his work as an English QA and editor behind and, hmm, but apparently cannot leave his cosplaying behind. So still work, if you can call it such.
Please enjoy the great photos courtesy of our great photoman Buraimaku. Please click on a photo to view the slideshow. Thank you all for your support.
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Kalibo, Aklan was in a festive frenzy as it celebrates the Ati-atihan in honor of its patron, Senor Santo Nino. Everyone was having a great time dancing to the loud, lively beats of drums perpetually provided by 31 ati-atihan tribes and even more bands by various groups, businesses and organizations in Kalibo. The Ati-atihan participants had much more than actual soot from pots and pans on them; they had on them amazingly vibrant costumes made from a bewildering array of native materials and even recyclable materials used in many creative ways. And when costumes are involved, Xtian Mack can’t be far behind. For several days, the festival was an excuse for people to go out in costumes; something Xtian Mack took full advantage of and has admitted it to be one of the most exhilarating experiences in his entire life. And of course, all these great photographs are courtesy of ever-supportive tensai photographer Brymac. Please click away at the pics and enjoy.
Since Xtian Mack’s Cosplay and Anime Cafe has hit the big time, being interviewed by Jessica Soho and all that (see previous post), this site’s management has decided to splurge a little in bringing you more cosplay fun from here and around the metro and … wait. What? Kalibo? Ain’t that too remote a location? Well, we have decided to do a live coverage of the Ati-atihan Festival. After all, it can trace its history back to when the Malayans cosplayed as Aetas so it may have some relevance and … okay, so it’s a tough sell, but hey, we’ll be there to bring you all the colorful sights this mother of all Philippine festivals has to offer. Also, Boracay will be nearby so we’ll try to get you some great shoots of that place as well courtesy of our great photoman Buraimaku. So wait for that coverage because it’s coming real soon.
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