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Bishounen Society: An All-Male Cosplay Photoshoot

 

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In the cosplay photoshoot world where females dominate and have become the norm, a determined group set out on a collaborative effort to feature what male cosplayers can offer to the community.  Bishounen Society, a special project headed by Alphard Penetrante of photography outfit Snapshot Fantasy, went out on an endeavor to showcase the skills and talents of some of the best male cosplayers in the country in front of a wider audience.  arkadymac.com is glad to have bee invited to take part in this project as we bring you their story.

Of Fond Memories and Valediction – Daydreams 3: Final Spectacle

 

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“With all of the memories we shared, we bid you adieu.”  These are the final parting words we got to hear from the head organizer, James Paolo Angeles, of the very renowned exclusive project named “Daydreams.”

Date and Venue for Extreme Moments 3 Out-of-Town Cosplay Project Series Announced

 

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Excitement and high expectations have been going around the community as the third edition of successful Extreme Moments Out-of-Town Cosplay Project Series has been announced. Filling entire buses of cosplayers and photographers for fun and amazing shoots in distant but spectacular locations outside the city, having shot at Capones Island in Zambales (click for our coverage of Day 1 and Day 2) and at Mt. Samat in Bataan (our coverage can be found here) for the first two editions both earlier this year, Extreme Moments has become a highly anticipated event for the community for its efforts to provide a refreshingly unique experience far different from the usual conventions people have gotten used to.

 

Prelude to Daydreams 3: Final Spectacle

 

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All good things come to an end, but this ending is not a sad one.  Daydreams 3 reaches its last edition: the Final Spectacle, but it will go down in living memory as one of the best collaborative efforts the local cosplay community has ever seen.  arkadymac.com has been a part of this endeavor since the very first Daydreams, so we are glad to bring our readers the highlights of this amazing project and are equally glad to have seen it through the end.

Extreme Moments Out-of-Town Cosplay Project Series 2: Mount Samat, Bataan

 

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Pushing the limits of having a unique and exhilarating experience for cosplayers and photographers,  the Extreme Moments Out-of-Town Cosplay Project Series once again set off on another grand adventure after a wildly successful first installment in Capones Island, Zambales earlier this year (click for our coverage of Day 1 and Day 2).  Again filling an entire tourist bus with eager intrepid participants, the team set off to Mt. Samat in Bataan for yet another memorable trip.

Upcoming Event: Daydreams 3: Final Spectacle

 

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The Daydreams 3 Project Finale – Introducing the Production Cast

As the slated date for the highly-anticipated event draws near, both the cosplay and photography communities are already expressing high expectations for the output of this grand project as exemplified during its past two installments (Daydreams 1 and Daydreams 2: Encore of Fantasies, respectively).

Upcoming Event: The Daydreams 3 Project Finale

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The previous successful endeavors of the very renowned cosplay event project warmly called “The Daydreams Project” or simply “Daydreams” were shown during the first two installments (Daydreams 1 and Daydreams 2: Encore of Fantasies) that started its humble roots since 2012.)

Daydreams 2: Encore of Fantasies Cosplay Photoshoot

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The culmination of many weeks of careful planning after the resounding success of The Daydreams Project last June at Fernbrook Gardens in Alabang, the organizers have set out to outdo themselves with a sequel, Daydreams 2: Encore of Fantasies Cosplay Photoshoot.  Promising to be an experience of an even grander scale, the organizers have chosen sophisticated Versailles Palace in Alabang as the new venue for the most anticipated cosplay photoshoot of the year.  arkadymac.com is happy to have been given exclusive rights to cover the event and bring you the highlights from this affair.

 

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With James Paolo Angeles as head organizer, and with photographers Eric DC and Alphard Penetrante as assistant organizers, The Daydreams 2:  Encore of Fantasies Project Special Cosplay Shoot was conceptualized as an event aimed to provide a photography and cosplay experience like no other where cosplayers and photographers get to create and contribute to something truly unique and memorable.  Careful and considerable planning, resources and effort were put into the process of building Daydreams 2.

 

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It would feature a brand-new cast of cosplayers, each carefully chosen by the organizers for their excellent caliber of cosplays with “royalty” being the overarching theme for this shoot, set in a majestic location south of the metro, one even grander than the one used for the first installment.  All of these would be caught, captured and rendered by a skilled and experienced cast of veteran photographers and videographers who have already made a mark and have have etched their names in the local and international cosplay scene.

 

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After many weeks of careful and deliberate planning, Daydreams 2 was underway one (initially) sunny weekend as participants from as far as Bulacan gathered at designated meeting places down south in Alabang.  Not everyone knew each other beforehand, but everyone eventually got  along as they all share the same passions and were eager to be working together for the day.

 

 

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Everyone got excited as they finally caught a glimpse of the elegant facade of Versailles Palace, a recently opened venue that features sophisticated French architecture and interiors, reminiscent of the world-renowned Palace of Versailles in France   Everyone was led to the preparation room where we met up with some of the other participants.  Introductions, pleasantries, small talk and laughter filled the hall as the participants established new friendships and affirmed old ones as time was set aside to get to know each other better and to prepare for the afternoon of shoots that lay ahead.

 

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Versailles Palace was indeed a location worthy of praise as everything just exuded that royal atmosphere which was the theme for Daydreams 2, and set against a tranquil backdrop of nature.  Indeed the prospects were high as the group of photographers readied their equipment and mentally prepared themselves for the ordeal ahead.  The cosplayers in the meanwhile were already hard at work dressing up as their chosen characters.  Most people are oblivious to the pains and difficulty of cosplaying, like the process of putting on makeup, putting on a wig, painting their bodies, and wearing bulky costumes.  It is with silent admiration that we as photographers respect their dedication to their craft.  They were meticulous in their attention to detail as they wanted to be at their best in this very rare opportunity at such a splendid venue in front of some of the most adept cosplay photographers around.

 

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When 1pm came, everyone proceeded to begin with the photoshoot.  Everyone had designated groups: pairs or teams of cosplayers and photographers that would rotate by the turn of the hour so as to be efficient and orderly.  Everyone went straight to work as they wandered around the many amazing locations Versailles Palace had to offer and had their shots taken.  The clubhouse had a grand ballroom, which boasted of a high
ceiling, a giant crystal chandelier, and large glass windows for that royal effect.  Outside were manicured gardens, a courtyard and a large pool.

 

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It just happened to be warm that time, causing both cosplayers and photographers much discomfort.  Nevertheless the prospect of great shots far outweighed any difficulty. It fortunately became a bit colder and cloudier later on in the afternoon and the shoots went on without much of a hitch.  The venue was rented by the organizers for the entire afternoon but time was still of the essence as there were quite a number of cosplayers and time had to be allotted to shoot all of them.  A hint of tension was in the air as evening approached, but there were still opportunities for everyone to goof off, share a joke or two, take selfies, or take silly stolen shots of each other.  The organizers did say it should also be a fun experience for all involved, and it definitely was as everyone was friendly and responsive of each other.

 

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As sunset reminded the participants that even good things must come to an end, everyone gathered at the ballroom to take their last shots and have the group photo.  Everyone appeared worn out from an entire afternoon of hard work but it was obvious that they were pleased and giddy from the experience and that it was all worth it.  The organizer, James Paolo Angeles, addressed and thanked everyone for their paticipation and for making Daydreams 2 a reality, and he was keen on having more future installments of Daydreams.  Everyone was treated to a delightful dinner and everyone had a healthy appetite from a whole day of work and fun.  After packing up and dressing down and putting away all their equipment, everyone said their goodbyes, glad to have met new friends and shared wonderful memories.  All that’s left is to wait for the masters to post their photos in the coming days, so do watch out for them.

 

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Many thanks for the organizers for inviting us to cover this very special event, particularly James Paolo Angeles,  Eric DC and Alphard Penetrante who conceptualized Daydreams from the very beginning.  Many thanks as well to the wonderful cosplayers who took part in this successful project:   Aya Ninna, Leny Ming, Reika Amakura, James Paolo Angeles, Mitchelle Doblada, Angel Ayanami, Ann Salas, Shin Meggumi, Lyn Gutierrez, Atashii Rainie Micz Tan, Elie Ai, Mina Kim, Anjelica Vanessa Nechi, Azeleia Petrova Salvatore and Chi Galindo, as well as the  and photographers  and videographers capturing everything:  Bernard Garbo, Aileen Omana, Kira Hokuten, Jeff Ricalde, Joel Aragones, Erving Go, Je Morerz, JM Cruz, Francis Legarda, and Elijah Alcantara, with the special assistance brought to you by Jonathan Guarin.

 

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Looking forward to Daydreams 3!

 

For our coverage of the first Daydreams Project Special Cosplay Shoot, click here.

 

Thank you for dropping by, and please visit us again for more features here at arkadymac.com.

 

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Upcoming Event: The Daydreams 2 Project Special Cosplay Shoot

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With the resounding success of their initial undertaking last June at Fernbrook Gardens in Alabang, the organizers of The Daydreams Project Special Cosplay Shoot have already begun work on the next installment, one that hopes to be of an even grander scale.  Indeed, Daydreams 2 is currently underway and it will definitely be one of the most anticipated cosplay photoshoots of the year.

 

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With James Paolo Angeles as head organizer, and with photographers Eric DC and Alphard Penetrante as assistant organizers,  The Daydreams 2 Project Special Cosplay Shoot is conceptualized as an event aimed to provide a photography  and cosplay experience like no other where cosplayers and photographers get to create and contribute to something truly unique and memorable.

 

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Daydreams 2 will be featuring a brand-new cast of cosplayers, each carefully chosen by the organizers for their excellent caliber of cosplays.  With “royalty” being the overarching theme for this shoot, everyone can only expect the best imagery as it will be set in a majestic location south of the metro, one even grander than the one used for the first installment.  All of these will be caught, captured and rendered by a skilled and experienced cast of  veteran photographers and videographers who have already made a mark and have have etched their names in the local and international cosplay scene.

 

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With an exclusive cast meticulously handpicked just for this one endeavor at a spectacular venue of a scale unheard of before, The Daydreams 2 Project Special Cosplay Shoot is definitely coming this November and it will be an experience like no other, so please watch out for it soon as arkadymac.com will be bringing exclusive coverage of this event.

 

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For our coverage of the first Daydreams Project Special Cosplay Shoot, click here.

 

Thank you for dropping by, and please visit us again for more features here at arkadymac.com.

 

 

 

The Daydreams Project: Special Cosplay Shoot at Fernbrook Gardens

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arkadymac.com is glad to have had exclusive coverage of The Daydreams Project, a special cosplay photo shoot at scenic Fernbrook Gardens last weekend.  Organized by James Paolo Angeles, Eric DC and Alphard Penetrante, this small event aimed to provide a photography  and cosplay experience like no other where cosplayers and photographers get to contribute to something truly unique and memorable.

 

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The result of many weeks of careful and deliberate planning, The Daydreams Project all came together one auspicious Sunday morning, as folks from as far as Bulacan gathered at designated meeting places down south in Alabang.  Not everyone knew each other beforehand, but everyone got to get along right off the bat as they all looked forward to this moment for weeks on end.

 

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The excitement got intense as we finally caught sight of the tops of Fernbook’s famed mini-basilica and classical dome, with some in the group wondering if we just happened to stumble into a different country or dimension.  We were led to our preparation rooms where we met up with some of the other participants.  Introductions, pleasantries, small talk and laughter filled the hall as the participants established new friendships and affirmed old ones as time was set aside to get to know each other better and to prepare for the afternoon of shoots that lay ahead.

 

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The photographers were given a tour around the venue so that they can have a better perspective of the places where they can get the best shots of their models.  We were led through the lush, manicured outdoor gardens of Byzantine, through the elaborately designed golden doors and delicately embellished gold-leaf-plated pillars of Victorian, through the Buckingham Palace-inspired Colonial ballroom and meeting room, all around the central lobby with a spectacular mermaid fountain in the middle of everything.

 

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It was indeed a location worthy of praise as everything just exuded that perfect fairy tale atmosphere set against a tranquil backdrop of nature.  Indeed the prospects were high as the group of photographers readied their equipment and mentally prepared themselves for the ordeal ahead.

 

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The cosplayers in the meanwhile were already hard at work dressing up as their chosen characters.  Most people are oblivious to the pains and difficulty of cosplaying, like the process of putting on makeup, putting on a wig, painting their bodies, and wearing bulky costumes.  It is with silent admiration that we as photographers respect their dedication to their craft.  They were meticulous in their attention to detail as they wanted to be at their best in this very rare opportunity at such a splendid venue in front of some of the most adept cosplay photographers around.

 

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When 1pm came, everyone trooped to the central hall to formally start the photoshoot.  Everyone had designated groups: pairs or teams of cosplayers and photographers that would rotate by the turn of the hour so as to be efficient and orderly.  Everyone went straight to work as they wandered around the many amazing locations Fernbrooks had to offer and had their shots taken.

 

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It also happened to be warm and humid that time, causing both cosplayers and photographers much discomfort.  Nevertheless the prospect of great shots far outweighed any difficulty.  It also rained for quite a while but the indoor locations were more than sufficient to house everyone and the shoots went on without much of a hitch.

 

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The venue was rented by the organizers for the entire afternoon but time was still of the essence as there were quite a number of cosplayers and time had to be allotted to shoot all of them in that large area.  A hint of tension was in the air, but there were still opportunities for everyone to goof off, share a joke or two, take selfies, or take silly stolen shots of each other.  The organizers did say it should also be a fun experience for all involved, and it definitely was as everyone was friendly and responsive of each other.

 

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As sunset reminded the participants that even good things must come to a end, everyone gathered by the central hall to take their last shots and have the group photo.  Everyone appeared worn out from an entire afternoon of hard work but it is obvious that they were pleased and giddy from the experience and that it was all worth it.  The organizer, James Paolo Angeles, addressed and thanked everyone for their paticipation and for making this dream shoot a reality, and he was keen on having future installments of Daydreams.  After packing up and dressing down and putting away all their equipment, everyone said their goodbyes, glad to have met new friends and shared wonderful memories.  All that’s left is to wait for the masters to post their photos in the coming days, so do watch out for them.

 

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Many thanks for the organizers for inviting us to cover this very special event, particularly James Paolo Angeles,  Eric DC and Alphard Penetrante who conceptualized Daydreams from the very beginning.  Many thanks as well to the intrepid cosplayers and photographers who took part in this successful project:  Trowa Akabane, Bernard Garbo, Justine Rells, Mitchelle Jeung Doblada, Joel Aragones, Roselyn Gutierrez, Jenny Buaron, Aileen Omana, Freya Akabane, Dale Perias, Anjelica Vanessa Nechi, Rin Mizuki Nakagi, Angel Sayoc, Alphard Penetrante, Christopher Prince Mortell, Je Morerz, Vaynard Darkhearth, Leo Tagulao, Kira Hokuten, Angel Ayanami, Erving Go,Marren Chayne Morales, Mimi Mon, Eric DC, Aya Ninna, Elie Ai, and Rhianna Floresca.  Hope to see more of you guys soon.

 

 

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Thank you for dropping by, and please visit us again for more cosplay features here at arkadymac.com.

 

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