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Nyanbu was happy to be able to join a handful of cosplayers in helping out at the National Children’s Hospital in Quezon City. Naruto Cosplayers of the Philippines headed by Sir Dave has had this program of making these visits for a long time already, so Nyanbu was more than grateful to tag along and document this event. The idea was to bring cosplayers into the hospital in the hopes of making the children smile and be with characters as if they came straight out from TV, movies and comics.
After dressing up and preparing, the cosplayers made their way to the children’s ward where a short program was started by Sir Dave as Master Pogi featuring the cosplayers that had assembled there. The children and their parents who got to watch the show had an enjoyable time, thanks in part to Sir Dave’s creative storytelling and hilarious wit and sense of humor.
After the program, the cosplayers went to visit the patients in their rooms and beds and talked and played with them for a while. Stories were exchanged, patients and cosplayers curious to learn more about each other. Photos were taken with each other to remember each other by.
Toys that were brought along by the cosplayers were handed out to the children, as well as some snacks and treats that were shared as everyone continued to enjoy each other’s company.
We were moved by the silent resilience and courage that the children there had in the face of their pain and suffering, so it was humbling to know that, in our little way, cosplayers can help out in their own special way by making these children smile, even if just for a short while.
We would like to thatk Sir Dave and NCPH for this wonderful opportunity, as well as to the staff of the National Children’s Hospital for allowing us to be of help. We would like to thank the children and their parents for allowing us to share some time with them.
For everyone that had been involved, this will be a pleasant memory that will stay with them for a long time.
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(Note: This is re-posted since it’s only now I got to upload the pics. Sorry.)
Though not technically a cosplay event, I decided to cover Collecticon 2012 anyway since it still promised to be an interesting event showcasing hobbyists and collectors and toys and nostalgia and all these seemingly bizarre aspects of pop culture coming together into one crazy mash-up at Robinsons Place Manila. Well over 3,000 people attended the event.
What is it with toys and big boys (and girls)? For some it’s the admiration of cultural icons like movie and comic book heroes. For some it’s nostalgia, while for some they just find them cute. Toys appeal to our inner child and whatever our age, we continue to have a fondness for them.
Collecticon 2012 Event Coverage
Already on its 5th year, Collecticon was an event organized by Hobbiworx Inc. and Pinoytoykolektors.com held at Robinsons Place Manila last Oct. 6 & 7, 2011. It was a two-day event conceptualized to be a collectors’ ultimate experience, bringing together hobbyists, enthusiasts, collectors, and merchants towards better understanding and exposure of these kinds of activities to the public.
Placed throughout the entire 1500 sq.m. of open activity space at the Midtown Atrium, more than 60 booths with a bewildering number and variety of merchandise were on display. Items on sale include toys, figures, model kits, cosplay props, comic books, CDs, Gundam, and lots of anime/cartoon-themed goods.
To get the mall-goers interested about Collecticon, activities were held throughout the afternoon, such as the Collectors Display and Exhibit, Toy Auctions, Customizers Clinic & Workshop, Trivia Contests, Life Size Displays, Photo Contests and the Superhero Costripper of the Day.
I get the impression that the afternoon program was not as organized as it should be. The few staff that were running the show were often seen to be left to their own devices on how to go about the program. Well, they managed to generate some interest anyway through the auctions and the mini-contests like the bring-me and impromptu dance contests. Many mall-goers did become curious and participated in the more casual activities and more importantly bought some merchandise from the stalls. Hooray for capitalism.
So all in all, I would say that despite a modest and cautious effort from the the organizers of Collecticon, the event was still as success in that it managed to generate public interest in their hobbies and giving them a peek at how fascinating these hobbies can be. All in all, a fun and festive event for everyone involved.
Collecticon 2012 Cosplay Coverage
For some strange reason I had the feeling I shouldn’t expect much from this particular event. When I got there around 10am, the place was busy enough with people, but I got the feeling that it was more focused on the stalls and the sales. The program that came later in the afternoon for the event otherwise went well but was not too exciting.
There was an event called the Superhero Costripper of the Day that just degenerated into a free-for-all, whatever-happens-happens cosplay show-off where a still sizable number of cosplayers participating. Not a lot of heavyweight veteran cosplayers at this event though. I would suppose they were already tired from Cosplay Mania ’12 the week before, or they were unaware of the event, or were aware of the event but ignored it altogether thinking the cosplay won’t be that much of a factor in this event. Well, with these prospects, I thought that it would be a great opportunity for me to grab some cosplay time and earn myself some experience.
So I, Xtian Mack, made my second cosplay attendance and even made my competitive debut by joining the Superhero Costripper of the Day Contest, which strangely didn’t involve superheroes or stripping. Go figure. Anyway, I had a great time. I even met my first cosplay friends there. I was pretty sure a hundred people asked to take pictures of me and pictures with me. I was overjoyed. Moms and kids and even the elderly took pictures with me with everything from old phones, digicams, tablets and what have you. For just my second cosplay appearance, I really had a great time being crazy. Not a hobby most of my friends would agree of or be supportive of, but a rewarding hobby for me nonetheless.