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Our arkadymac.com team got to cover a special block screening of the much-anticipated movie Captain America: Civil War, which opened worlwide on April 27. We were particularly interested as our cosplayer friends Fred, Daphne, Izabel, MK, Myk and Veni were there to help promote the event. There was a festive atmosphere that evening at the lobby of Cinema 1 in Trinoma moviegoers and fans celebrated their love for superheroes.
Paul Bettany (Vision of Avengers) and Colton Haynes (Arsenal of Arrow) New Guests at APCC Manila 2015
With only a few weeks to go before the biggest pop culture gathering to hit Asia comes to Manila, more celebrity guests have been announced as AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2015 continues to send fans into a frenzy as they reveal the latest Hollywood actors to headline the convention slated on September 17 to 20 at theWorld Trade Center in Pasay City. Flying to Manila to spice up the Comicon and to meet his fans is English actor Paul Bettany, whose role as Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron, was a big hit to audiences everywhere.
Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo), Vampy Bit Me, Whilce Portacio Coming to Manila for AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2015
Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo from HBO’s Game of Thrones), Whilce Portacio (Filipino comic book artist), Cosplayers Vampy Bit Me, LeeAnna Vamp, Monika Lee and Riki ‘Riddle’ Lecotey are only some of the amazing international guests slated to visit Manila as AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2015 shapes up to be the biggest pop culture gathering in Philippine history to bring together the very best in movies, television, entertainment, comics, toys, collectibles, gaming, cosplay for one mega event in September.
International online cosplay group Cosplay Circle had its first official grand gathering last weekend at the ToyCon 2015 event at the Megatrade Halls of SM Megamall in the Philippines. Founded by Alodia Gosiengfiao, Cosplay Circle is a group that fosters acceptance, appreciation and camaraderie for everyone who enjoys and loves cosplay as a hobby and as a passion.
Internationally renowned cosplayer Liui Aquino was at the Cosmic Bytes Cosplay Shop booth last weekend at the O-kun Fiesta event to do autograph signings for his first photobook, Liui Aquino’s Cosplay Journal. Liui has become quite the prominent cosplayer, being invited to many international cosplay and anime events in many different countries because of his splendid cosplays.
After her radio talk show appearance at Radyo Inquirer DZIQ 990 and just before her special guest appearance at Otacon with the arkadymac.com team, Mina went with us on a short detour for a quick shoot at a place she had never been before somewhere south of the Metro. Earnestly curious and inquisitive, she took time off exploring this unique Japanese enclave hidden in the heart of the city. In between snaps she tells us how her life has been one fun and exciting journey since she began cosplaying, with warm and fond memories she’ll keep for lifetime.
arkadymac.com got to cover Cosplay Mania ’14: Day 2 as its media affiliate over the weekend. Thousands upon thousands of people poured into the SMX to take part of this grand yearly spectacle, which is undoubtedly the biggest cosplay event of the year. And being the most anticipated cosplay event of the year, Cosplay Mania draws in more and more attendees each year, coming from not only all over the Philippines, but also from all over the world, filling the SMX Convention Center at the SM Mall of Asia to capacity during the entire length of this exciting two-day event.
In light of its successes in recent years, the Philippines’ premiere cosplay convention, Cosplay Mania, is taking another step forward to reach ‘world class’ status with Cosplay Mania Evolution! Cosplay Mania Evolution promises to deliver even more thrills for fans of cosplay, anisong, anime, manga, and gaming in the Philippines and the rest of South East Asia. Cosplay Mania Evolution has revitalized the Cosplay Tournament of Champions (TorCh), mixing in a new flavor that will certainly bring more depth and life to the competition! The TorCh Mentor system has been implemented, where each team will be assigned mentors to help them win the honor of representing the country in the Anime Festival Asia Regional Cosplay Championships, to be held in Singapore in December 2014. Nine very competitive teams battled it out for the right to be crowned champion, but in the end, Team Kanor Cubes from the SM Manila leg won the honor with an exciting BTX performance that had the international judges nothing short of impressed. Congratulations to the team of Louise and Brahms, and we wish them well preparing for the Anime Festival Asia Regional Cosplay Championships in Singapore.
The event also features Meet-and-Greets with world-class cosplayers such as the all-time favorite KANAME☆ and Reika, along with international cosplayers Orochi X, Pinky, Vic and Jesuke. Cosplay Mania Evolution has even increased its stellar roster to include Japanese authority on cosplay Tatsumi Inui, and American cosplay superstar Vampy Bit Me.
There were activities, games, and giveaways, the awesome music, stellar cosplay performances all throughout the day, so everyone was sure to be busy enjoying themselves. Prominent celebrity cosplayer Liui Aquino was there for autograph signings and appearances at the Cosmic Bytes Cosplay Shop booth and at the Otaku Asia booth for autograph signings, and the fans couldn’t get enough of him, with along line eagerly waiting for their turn to take a photo, a selfie, and share some words with their idol. Liui told us that he was really overwhelmed and very grateful to the people who turned up to support him.
An attraction I really liked was the Magic the Gathering Booth where attendees are invited to learn the game and play with their friends while being assisted by an experienced demo team. As a player since 1994, it has been the first time they held an event of this scale in the Philippines, complete with a photobooth, displays, and rows upon rows of gaming tables. I took part in it while in cosplay, and it was real fun seeing other cosplayers learn about it too. After a game with the demo decks provided, participants even get to have a deck of 30 cards of a color of their choice. I even got to chat with the demo team who said this event is truly one of a kind and I hope I get to see more of these in the future.
Other interesting things we saw were the Doraemon mascots, the giant Pikachu that was irresistibly cute even to the coldest of hearts, and Mogu Mogu with its mascot breaking it down with the crowd to the latest dance hits.
To end the event with a bang, Cosplay Mania Evolution featured the first ever JAM: Japanese Anime Music Concert in the Philippines, headlined by Aya Ikeda — the voice behind the theme songs of popular animes such as Heartcatch Precure!, Kindaichi Case Files and the online games “Finding Neverland Online” and “Harezora Monogatari.” She and other performers gave the attendees a night of amazing music to remember.
On the second day of our coverage, we wanted to focus more on the thousands of cosplayers who came to take part in this grand spectacle. The SMX was filled to capacity with cosplayers from all over the country, some taking the rare trip to Manila just to be part of Cosplay Mania. We of course had a grand time taking pictures of friends, old and new, since opening to closing late at night. After the JAM Concert, Cosplay Mania ’14 finally ended, leaving much fun and memories for all those who attended. They look forward to next year’s installment, one even bigger as it will cover Function Halls 1-5 on October 3-4, 2015.
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