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Cosplay Mania Roadshow Southmall 2015

 

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Cosplay action invades southern Manila as Cosplay Mania Roadshow 2015 makes a stop at SM Southmall in Las Pinas.  Organized by cosplay.ph, Cosplay Mania Roadshow along with TORCH Cosplay Tournament of Champions constitute a series of events that build up the excitement for Cosplay Mania ’15 on October 3-4 at the SMX Convention Center. SM Mall of Asia.

A Public High School Supports Cosplay as a Hobby for Students

 

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Cosplay has been around in the Philippines since the early 2000s, and although the general populace still has some apprehension or resistance towards this hobby, times have been changing and we are happy that public perception toward cosplay has been improving over the years.  We were then pleasantly  surprised to have found a public high school in Las Pinas that supports cosplay as a hobby for its students.

Cosplay Rumble Zone at SM Center Las Pinas

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One-of-a-kind exciting cosplay action struck the south last weekend as Cosplay Rumble Zone went into high gear on August 23, 2014 at the event center of SM Center Las Pinas.  With lots of games, prizes, giveaways and even more surprises for everyone, organizer iCOZPLAY Philippines lives up to the huge expectations it set for this event as hundreds trooped to the venue from far and wide to take part in this spectacle.  Bringing up the action is our guest photographer Christian Alizarez, who himself was having fun at the event.

 

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Co Presented by SM Center Las Pinas, IEM and JEFUSION, and sponsored by MyPhone , Star Power Entertainment, Smart, and Wakfu, Cosplay Rumble Zone was a delight to the senses as much was going on all throughout the venue at all times.  The sponsors were very generous as well and happy for being part of this event, giving away wonderful prizes in their raffles and games: gift certificates, collectors items, and rare toys were given away to lucky attendees.  

 

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At the event as well were amazing sets of toy galleries for enthusiasts as well as for the plain curious.  Of note was the Masters of the Universe collection and the Godzilla gallery.

 

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One of the many features of the event was the fashion runway show by Star Power Entertainment, whose models dazzled the audience, dancing,singing and modeling as part of the segment.  

 

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Upcoming dance group Raindrop gave special performances for the crowd as well and was really well-received.

 

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Trey Sia as Loki and Xhan Xhan were part of the show with costumes specially made by Nash Leeho.

 

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The main highlight of the event was of course the cosplay competitions, with many cosplayers in attendance battling it out for top prizes in the individual, chibi, and group categories.  All the cosplayers had a blast showing off their unique talents and colorful costumes in front of an appreciative crowd.  In the end, Christian Umali won in the individual category as Marvel’s War Machine while our cosplay model, Ashley Misaki, won in the Chibi division.  The winners got to take home great prizes but there were also other special awards given away, like a one-year modeling scholarship at Star Power.

 

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Of course there were the costrippers who were having fun at the venue, happily having their pictures taken with the crowd.  It was evident that they were enjoying themselves at the event, taking selfies with each other and happily chatting with new-found friends.

 

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What was noticeable was the number of elder folks in the crowd.  They seem appreciative of cosplay, and that of course is a good sign as cosplay is meant to be a hobby that anyone of any age or background can learn to like and appreciate.

 

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With these and more, Cosplay Rumble Zone was a big hit to cosplayers and attendees alike,and we hope to be able to see more exciting future offerings by iCOZPLAY Philippines.

 

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Many thanks to our guest photographer Christian Alizarez for his coverage.  See more of his work at Skyboom Photography.  Thank you for dropping by, and do visit us again for more great features here at arkadymac.com.

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Otaku Encore Cosplay Idol Season 2 at Starmall Las Pinas

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arkadymac.com was on hand to cover Otaku Encore Cosplay Idol Season 2 at Starmall Las Pinas last Sunday, January 26, 2014.  It was one of two final legs for the the main event this year at Starland, Starmall Alabang, Pinoy Otakufest.  The event was dedicated to the memory of Sir Wilfredo Gruet Jr., a cosplayer who recently passed away.
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Helping us out in our coverage is the lovely Jillian, our guest coverage partner, an able photographer and cosplayer in her own right.  Well, we just had fun going around, mingling with the crowd, taking snapshots, joining in the contest, and for most of the time we were just goofing around, having fun like everyone else there.
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More than a hundred cosplayers besides the many enthusiasts were there to take part in the event, which featured games, booths, performances, special guests, and a karaoke contest to the delight of everyone.
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The highlight on course was the cosplay competition, which saw over 40 contestants vying for the top spots with huge prizes.  All the contestants gave their all in their performances, and also had to answer a few questions from the judges.  In the end, the winners were  Mico Villarca for Best Male, Ianah Otaku for Best Female, Icee Ticar for Best Chibi, Jay-ar Dela Cruz for Best Mecha/Armor and Cykah Malagad was named Cosplay Idol for this leg.
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Besides the competitor, it was also a delight to just go around and meet and take photos of the other cosplayers present at the event.  They had fun mingling with the crowd and having their photos taken.
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All in all a fun and exciting event in a rather new venue.  Congratulations to the organizers, NCPH, and their partners and sponsors.  All this however, is just a warm-up to the main event scheduled later this year, so we really look forward to more real soon.
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