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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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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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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