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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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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 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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1st Bolen Lareza Chibi Cosplay Competition

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We’re proud and happy to be the media partners for the 1st Bolen Lareza Chibi Cosplay Competition held at Starmall Alabang last weekend.  Named after Bolen Lareza, a successful and prominent cosplayer, the event presented very young cosplayers competing while having fun with family and friends.  It is our pleasure to be bringing you this special coverage of the event.

 

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Chibi, a Japanese word or term for small, also is a certain category for cosplayers who are really young, usually those 12 years old and below.  A good number of chibis participated in the competition and all were able to showcase their talents in front of an eager and enthusiastic crowd.

 

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Held within the first day of the Pinoy Otaku Festival 2014: FANTASM event, the event was an enjoyable one with lots of participants and spectators.  The contestants were judged by a panel consisting of prominent chibi cosplayers:  Bolen herself, Ashley Misaki, Izaiah Luke Buelos and Belldandy Chii.

 

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Courtesy of our friends at AnimePh Project, here is the list of winners of the 1st Bolen Lareza Chibi Cosplay Competition:

Champion (Mecha Category): Alizey Rodil as War Machine
Runner Up (Mecha Category): Icee Ticar as Gundam Unicorn Banshee
Champion (Cloth Category):Louise Rielle as Elsa
Runner Up (Cloth Category): John Veinard Quintana as Horohoro

JUDGES PICK
Belldandy Grimarez: Kurt Andrew Morido as Kid Icarus Uprising
Bolen Lareza: Meredy Carlos as Mikasa Ackerman
Ashley Misaki: Sophia Calilung as Chun Li
Ashley Misaki: Xiay Evelyn Cruz as Sorcerer (Dragonnest)
Izaiah Luke: Natalia Chanelle as Sasha Braus

SPECIAL AWARDS
Don Robert Torio’s Pick: Ulquiorra Dizon as Lucifer (Angel Sanctuary)
NCPH Pick: Akira Joanne as Gundam God Burning

 

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It was a great competition, with the chibi cosplayers judged by their peers on stage but all were good friends afterwards, playing around, chasing each other, just being kids.  When you’ve been to enough cosplay events and conventions, it’s still always a delight seeing children having fun while cosplaying.

 

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Many thanks to the organizers and sponsors behind this event.  Congratulations as well for putting up a  successful contest and we eagerly look forward to the next one.

 

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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.

4th PUP Otaku Xperience: OXP Cybergaming Showdown 2014

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arkadymac.com got to cover 4th PUP Otaku Xperience : OXP Cybergaming Showdown 2014 as an official media partner.  Held at the activity center at the 3rd Floor, SM Cyberzone, SM City Sta. Mesa, the event was well-attended by cosplayers, enthusiasts, photographers and curious folk who came to enjoy an afternoon of gaming, contests, music and cosplay.

 

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We’re lucky to have our coverage partner and features writer Jillian Rose help bring you the events that day.  I expected this to be a fun event so I decided to go in my usual ANBU cosplay as was Jillian in her Lelouch cos as we went around taking pictures of the wonderful cosplayers who were there and reporting on the many attractions of OXP 4 along with our co-media partner Anime PH Project doing live coverage of the event.

 

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Organized by the Polytechnic University of the Philippines Otaku U Rule!, Urule: Japanology Club , Primetrade Asia and SM City Sta. Mesa Cyberzone, OXP 4 was a unique event that coincided with the 4th year anniversary of PUP Otaku U Rule!  There was so much happening in and around the event venue, including Jpop performances, cybergaming show, exhibition and activity booths, games, acoustic Jrock band performances, charity auction, the LARP Launch and various manga booths.  Attendees had much to do and experience and even got to take home freebies and giveaways.

 

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RG Gamurot, founder of Otaku U Rule!, talked about the beginnings of the organization and of the first OXP, which was more of a private affair with the members and their families as a chance to showcase their talents in cosplay, games, music and arts.  After four years, despite many challenges and setbacks,  Otaku U Rule! has become an active and admirable organization, and the 4th OXP a big success from the number of people gathered there that afternoon.  Otaku U Rule! is a network of campus based student organizations aimed to promote youth development through Japanese pop culture. Currently, Otaku U Rule! is the official organization partner of Animax Philippines for all events. In 2011, the organization was recognized as one of the most outstanding student organization in the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. Today, the organization is composed of members from the different schools.

 

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The highlight of the event was the Individual Cosplay Competition which was also the Best of Anime Interschool Cosplay Competition for PUP Branches.  A total of 46 cosplayers battled it out and showed their costumes and talents for coveted top spots in different categories.  The crowd was in awe seeing the amazing performances put on by the contestants, showcasing to everyone how fascinating and amazing cosplay can be.

 

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Xtian Mack of The Cosplay and Anime Cafe, arkadymac.com was chosen to be one of the panel of judges who had the tough job of choosing the winners for each category.  In the end, the winners were Jeasan Declaro for Best Male, Andrea Francisco for  Best Female, Ashley Misaki for Best Chibi, RB Cheng for  Best Mecha, and Pete Mendoza for the special category of Best Spiderman.

 

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The program ended in the evening with the awarding of prizes to the winners and words of thanks from the organizers to the sponsors and groups and individuals who have made the event possible.  From the healthy and enthusiastic turnout, it was clear that OXP 4 was quite a success. Congratulations to everyone at Otaku U Rule! for organizing a fun and exciting event as we look forward to more future events from them.

 

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1st MyPhone Youth Tech Congress Cosplay Competition

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arkadymac.com was at the SMX Convention Center at the SM Mall of Asia last weekend to cover the 1st MyPhone Youth Tech Congress last weekend.  It was a unique event which had symposia, talks, a car show, product displays, games and a whole lot more.  MyPhone is a local mobile phone brand which has taken huge strides in the past couple of years with an extensive line of great electronic products that has received a lot of support from Filipinos.

 

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Joining us for this event is the newest member of our arkadymac.com family, Jillian.  She’s a writer, cosplayer and photographer who has been helping us out this year and we know she’ll make a great addition to our lineup.

 

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MyPhone showed its gratitude to the people who have supported them through this event, as they were generous in having this a free event, with lots of freebies upon registration and gave away many new great phones as giveaways and prizes.

 

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The cosplay contest was one of the highlights of the event, with 27 contestants performing on stage with their awesome costumes and remarkable talent to the delight of the participants.  Winners got to take home the latest MyPhone models as their reward, cosplayers which included chibi cosplayers Ashley Misaki and Bolen Lareza.

 

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Well, we had fun at this event and it was quite well organized.   We capped the day off watching the Pyrolympics display at the Bayside that featured France and Japan.  It was quite a sight.

 

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TORCH: Tournament of Champions 4 at Bacoor

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A busy weekend for the cosplay community starts off with the very competitive TORCH 4: Tournament of Champions 4 at SM Bacoor organized by cosplay.ph. It featured two cosplay competitions: the Cyberzone Cosplay Competition sponsored by SM Malls and the TORCH 4 qualifiers.

 

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The event attracted many cosplayers from the southern Metro Manila area, although some of the participants have come from as far as Baguio just to take part in the contest. Cosplayers had a grand display of their skills and talents in front of a large, appreciative crowd. Pablo Bairan led the hosting team and the competition had spectacular judges who had the difficult task of choosing the best cosplayers for the event.

 

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In the end, the amazing Bolen Lareza claimed first place for the Cyberzone Cosplay Competition while our friend Carmae Fonte claimed second. We’d also like to congratulate our friends Carina Crisostomo and Ken Lim claimed first runner up at the TORCH qualifiers.

 

 

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Hats off to the winners at this very grueling but very enjoyable tournament and our thanks to the organizers for a truly spectacular event.

 

 

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Thank you for dropping by, and please drop by again next time for more cosplay features here at arkadymac.com.

 

 

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Cosplayers Bring Smiles to the National Children’s Hospital

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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