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Cosplayers and Donors Bring Early Christmas to Mangyan Children of Mindoro

 

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Helping out in their own small but special way to give back to the community, cosplayers and some very kind people got to make a difference as they brought some cheer to the Mangyan children of Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro just recently.  With gifts of school supplies and treats from various individuals and organizations, it certainly was a concerted effort to bring out the goodness in people this close to Christmas.

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UST Photoshoot for a Cause: Larawan Tulong sa Pamarawan

 

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Historic University of Santo Tomas became the scenic setting for UST Photoshoot for a Cause: Larawan Tulong sa Pamarawan, as cosplayers, photographers, and enthusiasts show that they are always eager to lend a helping hand.  A good number of them got to take part in the event, and more importantly, got to give back to the broader community they belong to.  arkadymac.com is the official media partner of the event and we are happy to being you the highlights from last weekend.

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Cosplayers and Costumers Bring Early Christmas to Children of East Ave MC

 

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Beyond the intricate helmets and armor and gaudy outfits, costumers and cosplayers wish to bring their unique talents and skills to bring happiness to the ones who need it the most.  More than just a hobby they are passionate about, they have sought to make a difference in society as they banded together with altruistic groups to bring an early Christmas to the children confined at the East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City.

NCP Photoshoot for a Cause 2015: Pictures of Hope

 

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Cosplayers, photographers, and enthusiasts once again show that they are always eager to lend a helping hand as over a hundred of them participated at National Cosplayers of the Philippines’ Photoshoot for a Cause 2015: Pictures of Hope last weekend at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife in Quezon City.  arkadymac.com is the official media partner of the event

Cosplayers and Volunteers Bring Early Christmas to the Children of PGH Cancer Institute

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We were fortunate to have taken part in an event that brought Christmas early to the ones who need it the most.  Cosplayers and volunteers alike got to join hands and bring smiles to children with cancer at the Philippine General Hospital last week.  arkadymac.com is glad to have been entrusted with the coverage so we can share with everyone.  The hospital has a policy of keeping the faces and identities of the children discreet, especially from the media, so we hope everyone understands the limitations of our coverage.

 

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Organized by our Cosplay Model Keileen with the help of her friends and some cosplay groups and school organizations, Cosplay For a Cause: Sharing Happiness to PGH’s Cancer Patients had cosplayers and volunteers join hands and share whatever they can share with young cancer patients: toys, books, school supplies, clothes, trinkets, accessories, among many others.

 

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Aside from gifts, others got to share their talents too in front of the children.  The program included performances from student volunteers from UP and UST who sang mostly Christmas songs for the kids, who got into the spirit and sang along as well.

 

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Also there to share their talents were special volunteers.  Ricky Quinsay as “Jestler the Magician”  wowed the crowd with his unbelievable magic act.  Mark Cagas, a clown, magician and balloon shaper, amused the children with his diverse talents in making people smile.  Cornel Bongco, also known as the Gospel Yoyo Man, shared his great skills with a yoyo while sharing stories of Christ with the audience.

 

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Cosplayers got to showcase their talents too by performing skits with their characters to the amazement of the children.  Prizes were given to the kids who could name their characters, and surprisingly, some were indeed familiar with them.  After the program, the children were free to have their photos taken with the cosplayers as souvenirs from this day.

 

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By noon, volunteers brought in the food they had prepared for the children and their parents.  With appetites worked up from an exhausting but exciting morning. it was nice sharing a simple meal together with everyone.

 

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After lunch, the Christmas gift giving commenced, with the cosplayers handing out the presents they have brought for the children.  They were well appreciated, of course, the the children smiling, opening wrappers, and playing immediately with their gifts.  It may have not have been much, but hopefully it can give them good memories of Christmas.

 

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Cosplayers Michael and Dee Dulce were part of the cosplayers who went to the event.  They dropped by to share their blessings with the children on their 7th Wedding Anniversary.  They were thankful to everyone for making their special day a truly memorable and fulfilling one.

 

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The time came for the program to end and for some, it was hard to part ways after sharing and spending time with each other.  Hopefully the children would have some smiles and memories to keep as they keep their hopes up despite their condition.

 

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Before parting ways, the cosplayers and volunteers gathered around to listen to Keileen, who thanked everyone for their support of the project and the overwhelming love as the gifts and donations gathered were so many times more than what they had expected.  She related her own experience of being a patient at PGH when she was young, as she was sickly and had to stay there often and wished there were people whom could make her smile even just a little bit during her lonesome days there.  Now, she said she was happy being the one to make children smile with the help of the cosplay community who has been so supportive of her as well.

 

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With that, the time came for everyone to say goodbye but the time they shared and the opportunity to give what they can would be part of memories they won’t soon forget.  We’d like to thank everyone for letting arkadymac.com be part of this event.  I apologize if there aren’t a lot of photos as I was a host for the program.  We also followed the policy of the hospital regarding taking photos with the children as we aren’t allowed to show the children’s faces on our coverage.

 

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Funcon 2014

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Funcon was a departure of the usual conventions and events our community goes to.  It wasn’t held at a plush mall or an enormous convention center.  It was held at a small restaurant with attendees barely reaching the hundreds but that didn’t really matter.  It lived up to its name as its attendees had a great fun time with lots of games, music, and surprises from start to finish.

 

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Organized by Mark Vibas and supported by his family and friends, Funcon was conceptualized as an event that made pleasant deviations to what people have been used to in otaku events.  Although quite knew to event organization and planning, they had thought things through and had done their homework in more in coming up with something innovative the community can look froward to.

 

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Held at the Funky Monkey Bar & Grill in Fairview, Quezon City, the venue was favorable to the event, having an ample stage, space for booths, and space for the attendees to do their preparations, dressing up, congregating and photo taking.  Around the venue were Azalea’s Cosplay Shop, Serendipity Beauty Products, Loki’s Haven & Lyme Cosplay providing attendees the opportunity to browse through their products and learn more about them and cosplay in general.

 

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Great music was provided by amazing indie bands: Zoryl, Kupita, Pikoy, Shigai Cake, Asterysk, Ikuzoiwa, Radyo, and the Mirage.  Playing a variety of songs from various genres, they kept the crowd up and alive from morning till night.

 

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Funcon also had the debut of Kitsune Da~O, the Philippine’s first Baby Metal cover group.  Theirs was a much anticipated performance enjoyed by everyone in attendance.

 

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There were games for everyone, like Low Cost Cosplay, where participants dress up one of their own members as a particular character using literally whatever they can find lying around.

 

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Panel discussions and talks given by some of the most prominent cosplayers around about the many fascinating aspects of cosplay give Funcon its unique edge:  Naru discussed “Art of Choosing” for those new to cosplaying and their considerations when choosing their characters, RB Cheng shared “The Art of Mechas” with tips and techniques on building mecha and armored costumes, Shiela Millette discussed “The Art of Versatility” in cosplaing, and Ms. Loki Heart shared “The Art of the Trade” which dealt with being smart and frugal when it came to cosplay necessities.  Then there was Deadpoolicious, Mark Vibas himself, who talked about “The Art of Performance” in cosplay.

 

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Everyone had a wonderful time partaking in the sight and sounds of this event, small but cozy enough for participants to make new friends, catch up on events, share opinion and ideas, and take lots of photos and videos from.  Best of all, everyone who attended got to help out as proceeds from the event help Colors and Doodles, the Funky Monkey Bar & Grill’s project to help the community through supporting the education of the less fortunate, as they now help send 365 children/scholars to school.

 

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We congratulate everyone who was involved in organizing this event for a job well done and for boldly trying out something new for the community.  We eagerly look forward to the next installment.

 

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An Afternoon with Keileen

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We got to tag along with our friend Keileen at Bonifacio Global City one fine afternoon.  She invited us to a small photoshoot she organized and we were of course more than happy to oblige.

 

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Keileen has been cosplaying for quite a while and is a pleasant and familiar face in the community who particularly enjoys cosplaying genderbent characters.  She has recently taken up photography as a hobby as she says she has always been fascinated with it and wanted what it was like behind the camera.

 

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As she earnestly hones her skills in her new craft, she took it upon herself to help out new cosplayers by taking them out on small photoshoots like this one.  Keileen is well aware that cosplayers who are just starting out need that small push and words of confidence so that they can be able to portray their characters.  Some time in front of the camera works wonders in building one’s confidence as well.

 

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As a cosplayer who has done this herself for quite a while, she wasn’t the least bit stingy in giving her advice on how to cosplay properly, like teaching them how to pose, telling them whee to buy accessories, and sharing the proper attitude when cosplaying.

 

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After the shoot, the group just enjoyed going around BGC and enjoying the sights and sounds this very urban locale had to offer.

 

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They had fun posing with people, including some visitors from other countries who were curious and fascinated about cosplaying in the country.

 

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They also had some time to play a round of Dance Central at the Police booth, where Keileen got to win a prize.

 

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Keileen also was gracious enough to model for us for a bit though she says she’s a bit shy doing so.  We beg to disagree as she was just at home in front of the camera as much or more so than she is behind of it.

 

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A fun and relaxing afternoon soon ended as dusk came.  We bid goodbye to the group and hoped we can all do it again soon.  Keileen says its been fun being with us and hopes she can get to meet more new cosplayers in the future.

 

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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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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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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.