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In an act of strengthening friendship and cultural exchange through football, The Japan Foundation Asia Center and the Japan Professional Football League (J. League) will be holding football clinics for kids in the Philippines on February 3 to 5, 2017, welcoming three coaches from J. League club Shonan Bellmare. The Japan Foundation Asia Center, J. League and the Japan Football Association have taken this initiative to encourage various exchange programs in the field of football since November 2014. Its aim is to provide opportunities for people-to-people exchange in the area of football to further strengthen friendship between Japan and other countries and develop the football culture in the Asian region.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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It was a festival of sights and sounds at Cirque XV: The Grand Finale held at Ateneo de Manila High School, an exciting end-of-semester experience showcasing lots of fun for everyone. arkadymac.com was glad to be there to take part in the event as their media partner and equally glad to bring you scenes from our coverage.
Organized by the class of B2015, Cirque XV: The Grand Finale was a mini-fair where people can come and have a great time away from their usual mundane routine. It’s also a charity and fund-raising event for the benefit of the Tulong Dunong Program which provides scholarships and assistance to those in need, so those taking part can just have a great time with their friends while supporting a good cause.
There were fun attractions all throughout the venue, with parlor games, inflatables, a photo booth, folks on stilts, and a whole road of food stalls and even food trucks. There were colorful and unusual drinks on sale as well which we enjoyed tasting.
Entertainment was never in short supply with the great performers lined up all throughout the night. Home-grown and indie bands and singers rocked the people gathered at the promenade with cover and original hits. Stef Aranas, Chairman Mouse, Stereoblind, Alyson, Ashley’s Kryptonite, Imelda and Sponge Cola had the crowd swinging, singing and pumping their fists, while off stage, the AA Dance Varsity and Indak wowed the crowd with amazing dance performances.
Within Cirque XV was Akimatsuri, a cosplay event showcasing cosplayers from Ateneo as well as guests from all over. There was also a friendly competition where cosplayers got to go on stage to perform in front of an appreciative crowd. After their performances, they were interviewed by host M.K. Morreaux, herself also in cosplay.
After the competition the cosplayers got to mingle with the crowd and have fun at the fair like all the other guests.
Was nice to see our good friend M.K. Morreaux there as host for Akimatsuri. We did a shoot a while back and it was fun(ny) how we got to re-introduced.
Later that night there was a rave party with DJ Ciscos on the turntable, and capping the great night off was Parokya ni Edgar who got to perform a lot of their hits in front of an ecstatic audience. Particularly amazing for me was their performance of “Bagsakan” where vocalist Chito Miranda rapped the parts of Francis M. and Glock 9 all by himself, much to the amazement of the crowd. Everyone was cheering, shouting, headbanging, and singing along with the band who have their roots in Ateneo High School. Their performance ran on for quite a while and with their last song, Cirque XV came to a close, with the organizers thanking each and every one who came to the event.
We had the chance to talk to the folks of B2015 who said it was just meant to be a small event. From what I saw, it was properly organized and prepared for with an impressive lineup of performers, so I commend them for being able to pull it off without much trouble while providing the attendees a night to remember.
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