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Upcoming Events: 50,000 USD in Prizes at Crossfire Stars National Finals and CFS Invitational Manila

 

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A staggering 50,000 USD will be up for grabs as Manila continues to be one of the center of eSports this year with top-grossing game CrossFire making its mark on gamers all over the Philippines by bringing the  Crossfire Stars National Finals and CFS Invitational Manila.  An online multiplayer FPS (first-person shooter), CrossFire (CF) carries on the grand tradition of fast-paced action that has made the genre a favorite in both casual and e-sports circles: close encounters, reduced to split-second reflexes and aiming skills, combined with a significant team dynamic, making for an intense adrenaline rush of a gaming experience.

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

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It’s now our second year of covering a National Cosplayers of the Philippines charity event.  Called “Cosplay Picture Mo, Tulong Mo,”  the group aims to collect enough funds for school supplies that would benefit 500 children from Brgy. Maybancal, Morong, Rizal.  

 

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Cosplayers, photographers, enthusiasts, and other members of the otaku community show that they are always eager to  lend a helping hand as over a hundred of them were given the chance to do so at the event held last May 4, 2014 at the Ninoy Aquino parks and Wildlife in Quezon City. 

 

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This unique experience was organized by the National Cosplayers of the Philippines, an organization that has held many such events since its inception in 2010 involving cosplay as a means to raise funds for charitable causes and institutions.  This time around, participants were asked to bring notebooks, pencils and other school supplies for distribution to the needy schoolchildren  of Brgy. Maybarical, Morong, Rizal on May 25, 2014.

 

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A lot of cosplayers and photographers were on hand to take part in the occasion, where cosplayers were paired with photographers as they took turns for individual and group photoshoots in the many different and fascinating locations inside the Ninoy Aquino parks and Wildlife in Quezon City.  Although the summer heat and humidity can be a little too much for anyone to bear, and the “traditional” downpour in the afternoon, the cosplayers and photographers still persevered in making sure they have the best poses for the best photographs possible.

 

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Members of NCP and some cosplayers also made rounds around the park collecting donations from park-goers and afforded them the opportunity to take photos with them.

 

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arkadymac.com sent out its Public Relations Officer Kaloy to help out in this event.  We’re also glad to have our Cosplay Model Czyrah participate in this event as a cosplayer.

 

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At day’s end, all the participants have had their fill and more of photographs and stories to share about the event. What’s more of course are the boxes of school supplies and other donations for the children of Morong.  The National Cosplayers of the Philippines has always fostered the notion that cosplayers can have fun while helping others, and this was very evident from the enjoyment the participants had from joining.

 

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We at arkadymac.com thank he National Cosplayers of the Philippines for a job well done in organizing this photoshoot and giving cosplayers the chance to make a difference in someone else’s life through this charity event.  We and many others look forward to attending and covering more such events in the future.

 

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Images of cosplayerswho participated to this photoshoot will be posted on the office NCP page (https://www.facebook.com/NationalCosplayersPh) within the week after the photoshoot.

 

 

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Invitational Otaku Urule Photoshoot 9 (IOP9)

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Invitational Otaku Photoshoot9,  or IOP 9, was originally held at the Best of Anime 2013 event at the SMX Convention Center at SM Mall of Asia and featured an Animarriage Booth where people, cosplayers in particular, can get “married,” complete with matching wedding rings and certificates.  This was line with the broader theme of couples for this month’s installment of this truly unique photoshoot series, which was carried over to a “Part 2” of sorts at the faithful and ever-dependable Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife in Quezon City.

 

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Part 2 was inevitably cancelled due to bad weather, and Part 2.5 was held the week after, thankfully with clear weather that time around.  There was a drizzle when the event ended, but for those who have been to past installments know, IOPs aren’t complete without the rain.

 

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IOPs have the simple rule of getting photographers, cosplayers, otakus and other enthusiasts together, have them know each other and be friendly with each other and respect one another as people who share the same or similar interests.  With this in mind, everyone had fun doing photoshoots thro9ughout the park.

 

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Of course, special attention was given to couples, the theme for this month’s IOP.  There were famous anime couples like Yuno and Yuuki from Mirai Nikki, as well as some crazy crossover couples and odd pairings just for fun.

 

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There was also the raffle for cool prizes as sort of a test run for the Japanime event at PUP on Oct 3, also organized by Otaku Urule.  Everyone enjoyed it though the winners of course had the bigger smiles.

 

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Eventually the sun set again on another IOP behind the clouds and the drizzle but everyone got to enjoy another fun get-together and anticipating the next one, IOP 10 with a zombie apocalypse theme.  Our thanks and congratulations to Otaku Urule for another successful event and keeping the community together and alive.

 

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Apologia:

My personal apologies to some of the cosplayers whose photos did not turn out so well. I offer no excuse for my lack of skill and only promise to get better photos of you next time. Again my deepest, sincerest apology.

 

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Invitational Otaku Urule Photoshoot 8 (IOP8)

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The cosplay community unites to help out those who have been affected by heavy flooding by participating at IOP 8,  or Invitational Otaku Urule Photoshoot 8, the latest in a long-running series of photoshoots for cosplayers and photographers alike.  Organized by Otaku Urule, a student-based organization which promotes Japanese pop culture in the country, more than a hundred cosplayers, photographers and enthusiasts alike once again trooped to the ever-scenic and ever-dependable Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife with earnest expectations of having a fun and memorable day with each other, with the only rule being: to have fun, meet friends, respect one another, and enjoy.

 

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Continuing where it left off from the first part at Fantasy Quest 3, IOP 8 was a campaign to raise funds for the benefit of those who have been affected by recent calamities.  It was everyone’s earnest desire to give back to the community while participating in something meaningful as well.  As with the long-line of IOPs, before it, this one was a truly fun event as the participants went on photoshoots all over the park.  Participants interacted with each other in new and meaningful ways, took pictures with the other visitors at the park, and for some it was simply an opportunity to goof off and have plain old fun.

 

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Also, as with other IOPs, the weather was quite challenging to work with, and for the nth consecutive time it rained again.  The participants took shelter in a building under construction where they continued taking photos, with some taking the rainy lull to catch their breath, talk to each other, and make new friends.  Everyone was too busy and barely noticed that the rain had already ended.  Everyone then took the chance to take some more photos before the sun finally set again on another IOP.   As always, everyone went home tired but happy.  Some even didn’t want the day to end and they had to be shooed away by the park’s well-meaning guards just to get going.

 

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Given the short notice made for the event, the turnout was still quite good and everyone’s help and donations made this IOP another successful one.  This wouldn’t have been possible if not for the able, courteous and experienced staff of Otaku Urule, who made sure the event ran as smoothly as possible for all the participants.  Looking forward to the next IOP. Many thanks to Sir Gerum Guamil for his invaluable tutelage and knowledge.

 

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Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho Feature Taping

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After our visit to bring smiles to the kids at National Children’s Hospital, our small band of cosplayers continued the taping for the program Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, which took us to all sorts of places in the metro. Headed by the incomparable Sir Dave as Master Pogi/Mr. Satan, the cosplayers had a blast filming around the city, and we were glad that everyone we had met and seen us appreciated our efforts. They smiled, took pictures, and were really receptive of seeing cosplayers out on the city.

 

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The shoot took the whole afternoon, but it was a fun and amazing experience nonetheless, and we’d like to think that even if just a little bit, we made a number of people smile that day.

 

 

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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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Photoshoot for a Cause

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Cosplayers show that they are always eager to  lend a helping hand as over a hundred of them were given the chance to do so at the Photoshoot for a Cause event last weekend.  This unique experience was organized by the National Cosplayers of the Philippines, an organization that has held many events since its inception in 2010 involving cosplay as a means to raise funds for charitable causes and institutions.  This time around, participants were asked to bring notebooks, pencils and other school supplies to be given to the children of House of Refuge Foundation in Parinas, Project 8, Quezon City, a group that strives to help the needy in our society, particularly abandoned and orphaned children.

 

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Over a hundred cosplayers and photographers were on hand to take part in the occasion, where osplayers were paired with photographers as they took turns for individual and group photoshoots in the many different and fascinating locations inside the Ninoy Aquino parks and Wildlife in Quezon City.  Although the summer heat and humidity can be a little too much for anyone to bear, the cosplayers and photographers still persevered in making sure they have the best poses for the best photographs possible.

 

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At day’s end, all the participants have had their fill and more of photographs and stories to share about the event. The National Cosplayers of the Philippines has always fostered the notion that cosplayers can have fun while helping others, and this was very evident from the enjoyment the participants had from joining.  We at arkadymac.com thank he National Cosplayers of the Philippines for a job well done in organizing this photoshoot and giving cosplayers the chance to make a difference in someone else’s life through this charity event.  We and many others look forward to attending and covering more such events in the future.

 

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Free Comic Book Day 2013 Coverage

 

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I’m usually ambivalent and apathetic about holidays that don’t mean double pay at work, like Valentine’s Day, but this year’s first Saturday of May is a special exception as the whole world celebrates Free Comic Book Day. Unlike other holidays, this one means what it says and that is enough reason to be happy about. Yes! Free comic books at participating bookstores all around the world.  No ifs or buts.  It was started in the US in 2002 to promote comic book reading: to draw in new readers while calling back old ones and to thank all the people supporting the industry.  Since then, Free Comic Book Day has become a huge success and has spread to many countries.

In the Philippines, there were three different events where comics were given away last May 4.  The first one was at Fully Booked and Comic Odyssey at Bonifacio High Street, which gave away comics as well as sample editions from local artists.   Planet X in Glorietta also gave away free comics to the public.

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The biggest event in terms of attractions and activities was held at the 4th floor of National Bookstore on Quezon Avenue, entitled Setting the Record, as invited artists aim to set the record for most number of sketches at a comic book event.  Luckily, this event was the closest so I was there around 8 in the morning with only about 40 people in line before me, some coming in as early as 6.  They started letting people in around 9.

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Lots of things were in store for those who attended.  The biggest draw of all would of course was the free comic books, and each attendee got to take home three of them. THREE.  Three special edition comic books of popular titles published just for this very occasion.  Different titles are apparently made available at different locations.  I chose a rather flashy Superman, Last Son of Krypton comic, Aphrodite and Bleeding Cool.  There was no catch.  I didn’t need to buy anything to claim them.  I just got in line like the others and waited my turn to choose from among the twenty to thirty titles on display.  That unbelievably simple.

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Besides the free comics, there are also many other booths that gave away freebies.  I got two pins/badges, stickers and a limited edition comic book created by local artists.  There were lots of comics on sale as well, most were on huge discounts including special covers and editions, signed copies, and back issues.  There were also comic book-themed merchandise, toys and collectibles on display or on sale.

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Probably the most important aspect of the event was the presence of local comic book artists presenting their work to the public.  There are booths and sections dedicated to showing off locally-produced work, which can be viewed and purchased as well. I personally got to see and was amazed at the quantity and quality of work that our homegrown artists can do, as well as the creativity and hard work they have put in to their craft.  There was quite a number of these independent artists, creators, publishers  at the event, and their works were absolutely astounding.

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There was a particular booth that caught my eye.  It was the Wacom booth, which had a really fancy pen tablet and interactive pen display, the kind of devices professional artists use.  They gave me a great demonstration and tried it briefly myself.  I can just imagine how easy my life would be with these babies helping me improve my site, but I guess I’d have to wait a while.  Wacom, by the way, is the world’s leading manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays and digital interface solutions.

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It was quite unfortunate that I had to go to my regular job after just an hour at the event, so I was unable to stay to catch the part where famous artists working on US-based titles along with prominent local artists talk about the industry or about their work and do sketches and autographs.

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Not much in the way of cosplay today, with only three individuals spotted in the event, but their efforts are well appreciated in this blog, of course.  I got to take snapshots of a father and son duo as a young Robin and the Red Hood, and there was Green Lantern as well.

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It was a great day for me and all the others who participated. Got to go home with lots of freebies and was agreeably the most loot I’ve received at any event in quite a while.  Already looking forward to next year’s Free Comic Book Day, and I’ll make sure to bring more friends along.

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