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Cosplayers and Costumers Bring Early Christmas to Children of East Ave MC

 

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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.

Cosplay Got Talent

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It was an event as colorful as it was entertaining as we got to cover Cosplay Got Talent at Walter Mart Sucat, where the public got to see much more from resident and visiting cosplayers.  Organized by Sir Ricky, also known as Jestler the Magician, with the help of his many eager friends, Cosplay Got Talent was a charity event that showcased the many interesting talents that cosplayers have been just waiting to share with the public.

 

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Conceptualized as a cozy, friendly event that people of all ages can enjoy, Sir Ricky, even though it started out humbly and with many challenges, had high hopes for the event.  His efforts were not wasted as cosplayers from all over Manila gathered at the event center of Walter Mart Sucat to showcase their talents as well as have fun with the crowd, taking photos with them and just having an enjoyable time.

 

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The event had many features like a teakwondo exhibition by a local group.  There were street magicians and an amazing acrobatic troupe.

 

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There were exciting dance numbers by guest performers, Borealis, who have been making waves at cosplay events recently.

 

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The highlight of course was the Cosplay Got Talent competition where cosplayers, besides their talents in cosplaying itself, showed to the public their other talents, like singing, acting, dancing, performing magic tricks, and many others, all enjoyed by an appreciative crowd that had gathered there that afternoon.

 

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Among having the honor of being the judges for this competition were our Cosplay Models Mina Kim and Nicolette Feeser, who were a hit to both the other cosplayers and to the audience as well.  As much as they had appreciated all of the contestants that afternoon, winners had to be chosen.  and in the end, Melanie got to win the Best Female category and Uchi as best Chibi.  Dancing his way to the top was our friend Miko Raezor “The Dancing Revenant”, who got to groove his body while in costume armor for many non-stop minutes, a feat not easily dismissed.  He won as champion and Best Male.  He and the other winners got to take home nice prizes from the organizers.

 

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It wasn’t all about the contest, as everyone knew that it was all for fun and for charity, and cosplayers and their friends got to spend a great afternoon together.

 

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Many thanks and congratulations to Sir Ricky and the rest of the organizers for having this successful event as we look forward to more, hopefully real soon.

 

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Cosplayers’ Love Story in GMA’s Wagas TV Show Episode

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arkadymac.com takes you behind the scenes of a Wagas TV show episode on GMA News TV 11.  It’s scheduled to air on Saturday, March 8 at 7pm.  Entitled “Choi and Charlene Elegado: The Cosplayers’ Love Story,” this episode features Kapuso stars Kris Bernal and Mike Tan playing the lead roles of cosplayers who were fated to fall in love through a mutual hobby, while my friends and I were invited to fill up the other roles of cosplayers for their story.

 

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Thanks to a friend, I was in invited to be one of the talents for the taping of this episode several weeks ago.  It was a gig of sorts, and quite a sudden one: invited today, tape tomorrow, that kind of thing that I barely had time to react.  I gathered up my costumes and props and prayed I could get some sleep in before the 4 am call time.  I and eight other cosplayers were whisked away in a van for several hours to an exclusive subdivision in Tagaytay.

 

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The place was quite a sight: pretty houses sparsely scattered amid greenery and pine trees, a scene that would make one think they were in another country.  The crisp, cold air that Tagaytay is known for was truly pleasant too, especially if you’re wearing layers and layers of costumes.  Well, not quite so for the girls who wore cloth costumes though: just a gentle breeze was enough to get most of those in our group shivering.

 

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Shooting started promptly early that morning.  We got to experience what it was like behind the scenes of these TV programs, how much work and effort people put in even the smallest scenes.  The cast and crew were real professionals who knew what they were doing and guided us along.  They were courteous and helpful as we did our small parts for the program.  Most of our time was spent waiting for the next scenes we were supposed to be in and no one ever imagined that that would be tiring as well.  To fill the time in between takes, I and my photo partner Reiku took the chance to have a photoshoot with the cosplayers all around that amazing, idyllic place.

 

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We had the opportunity to work with Kris Bernal, the lead female for the episode.  I admit not knowing who she was as I haven’t watched TV in a very long time, but she is the real deal.  She is a quick study, eager to learn, a pro who takes her job seriously.  I admire her bright and humble personality, taking the time and effort to talk to us, ask us about cosplaying, and taking pictures with us when we had the opportunity.  Mike Tan, the male lead, was a great actor who loves keeping things light and fun around the set.  He says he cosplayed quite a bit before and was quite familiar with the characters we cosplayed, taking time off to chat with us in between takes.

 

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All throughout the day we did silly fight scenes, fumbled with the few lines we had, and pretended to be busy while the cameras were rolling.  It was really tiring but at the same time exciting and enjoyable.

 

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For our efforts, were fed properly, escorted back to Manila, and were given a considerable talent fee.  Not bad at all.  For us it was an experience we won’t soon forget.  Many thanks to the folks I was with that day:  Marvin and his mom, Abe Gail, Reiku, Dennis, Misaki, Chii, Micah, Jenny and Arcel.  Many thanks to the stars and the great crew of Wagas for having us over and doing a splendid job. We eagerly await seeing the episode on TV.

 

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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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