Summer’s biggest Japanese pop culture event reached its climax with Day 3 of Ozine Fest 2015, with thousands of cosplayers and enthusiasts trooping to Megatrade Halls 1-3 at the Fifth Floor of SM Megamall. Set to run 3 days from April 24-26, 2015, Ozine Fest featured a great lineup of special international guests and with lots of fun activities guaranteed to make it a summer event to remember. arkadymac.com is an official media partner, so we are happy to bring you the highlights from this much-anticipated event.
The biggest Japanese pop culture event this summer continued to draw in crowds as Ozine Fest 2015 reached its second day at Megatrade Halls 1-3 at the Fifth Floor of SM Megamall. Set to run 3 days from April 24-26, 2015, Ozine Fest would feature a great lineup of special international guests and with lots of fun activities guaranteed to make it a summer event to remember.
Ozine Fest 2015 is the biggest Japanese pop culture event this summer, and it opens with much fanfare with Day 1 at Megatrade Halls 1-3 at the Fifth Floor of SM Megamall. Set to run 3 days from April 24-26, 2015, Ozine Fest will feature a great lineup of special international guests and with lots of fun activities guaranteed to make it a summer event to remember. arkadymac.com is an official media partner, so we are happy to bring you scenes from this much-anticipated event.
Ozine Fest 2015 is the biggest Japanese pop culture event this summer, and it opens with much fanfare with the Day 1 press conference and meet and greet sessions with amazing international guest cosplayers Ying Tze and Angie from Malaysia and Tuna from Korea. arkadymac.com is an official media partner for Ozine Fest 2015, so we are happy to bring you scenes from this much-anticipated event.
It was a big day for arkadymac.com as we got featured at DZIQ Radyo Inquirer 990 AM last weekend in celebration of our second anniversary. The panelists were made up of Creative Director, Xtian Mack, along with our Cosplay Models Mina Kim, Keileen, Queenie and Deric. The guesting was a first for most of us so were all as anxious as we were excited to be able to share our views on cosplaying on air with a wider audience.
It got a bit tense when the program started, but we eventually settled in to the topic at hand. We all love cosplaying after all, so we didn’t have a problem expressing what we felt about the subject. It turned out to be an hour of fun, entertaining, and enlightening talk about cosplaying in the Philippines and cosplaying as a hobby that people can enjoy and be passionate about. Our Cosplay Models got to share their own experience about cosplaying, like their preference in characters and how they prepare their cosplays.
Thank goodness for commercials as they gave us brief breathers and some chance to goof off.
The program also touched on how cosplay changed the lives of our models, of how cosplay has helped them gain their self esteem and how cosplay has opened opportunities for them to have more friends and have a wonderful time with them.
We also got to discuss how cosplaying has contributed and has given back to the community through charity work. arkadymac.com has in its two years of existence participated in and helped with numerous fundraisers for charitable institutions. We have also covered and participated in feeding programs, hospital and orphanage visits where we got in touch with children and helped bring smiles to the people who need them the most.
After the program we had a short photoshoot for some memories from a particularly special day for our small arkadymac.com family. We then had lunch at a nearby restaurant, all with a healthy appetite.
We couldn’t have gotten these opportunities if it weren’t for the love and support from you, our valued readers, in helping us through these two years. We really, really appreciate it. We are glad to have reached our second year of bringing the best of cosplaying in the Philippines, and we hope you can keep on supporting us for more years to come.
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We would like to invite our our friends and readers to tune in to their radios this Saturday, Nov 1, 10-11am on DZIQ Radyo Inquirer 990 AM for arkadymac.com’s guesting at DZIQ Radyo Inquirer 990 AM. It will be an hour of fun,entertaining, and enlightening talk about cosplaying in the Philippines and cosplaying as a hobby that people can enjoy and be passionate about.
Our panelists will be made up of Creative Director, Xtian Mack, with Coverage Partner Jillian Rose, and Cosplay Models Mina Kim, Ai Chi, Queenie and Deric. Expect the unexpected as we go all out to let more people know about the fun of cosplaying. Join in the discussion as well by phoning in your questions. You can also catch the program via live streaming at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/dziq
We do hope you can support us by tuning inn this Saturday. We at arkadymac.com are always trying our best to spread the fun that cosplaying brings to people.
Funcon was a departure of the usual conventions and events our community goes to. It wasn’t held at a plush mall or an enormous convention center. It was held at a small restaurant with attendees barely reaching the hundreds but that didn’t really matter. It lived up to its name as its attendees had a great fun time with lots of games, music, and surprises from start to finish.
Organized by Mark Vibas and supported by his family and friends, Funcon was conceptualized as an event that made pleasant deviations to what people have been used to in otaku events. Although quite knew to event organization and planning, they had thought things through and had done their homework in more in coming up with something innovative the community can look froward to.
Held at the Funky Monkey Bar & Grill in Fairview, Quezon City, the venue was favorable to the event, having an ample stage, space for booths, and space for the attendees to do their preparations, dressing up, congregating and photo taking. Around the venue were Azalea’s Cosplay Shop, Serendipity Beauty Products, Loki’s Haven & Lyme Cosplay providing attendees the opportunity to browse through their products and learn more about them and cosplay in general.
Great music was provided by amazing indie bands: Zoryl, Kupita, Pikoy, Shigai Cake, Asterysk, Ikuzoiwa, Radyo, and the Mirage. Playing a variety of songs from various genres, they kept the crowd up and alive from morning till night.
Funcon also had the debut of Kitsune Da~O, the Philippine’s first Baby Metal cover group. Theirs was a much anticipated performance enjoyed by everyone in attendance.
There were games for everyone, like Low Cost Cosplay, where participants dress up one of their own members as a particular character using literally whatever they can find lying around.
Panel discussions and talks given by some of the most prominent cosplayers around about the many fascinating aspects of cosplay give Funcon its unique edge: Naru discussed “Art of Choosing” for those new to cosplaying and their considerations when choosing their characters, RB Cheng shared “The Art of Mechas” with tips and techniques on building mecha and armored costumes, Shiela Millette discussed “The Art of Versatility” in cosplaing, and Ms. Loki Heart shared “The Art of the Trade” which dealt with being smart and frugal when it came to cosplay necessities. Then there was Deadpoolicious, Mark Vibas himself, who talked about “The Art of Performance” in cosplay.
Everyone had a wonderful time partaking in the sight and sounds of this event, small but cozy enough for participants to make new friends, catch up on events, share opinion and ideas, and take lots of photos and videos from. Best of all, everyone who attended got to help out as proceeds from the event help Colors and Doodles, the Funky Monkey Bar & Grill’s project to help the community through supporting the education of the less fortunate, as they now help send 365 children/scholars to school.
We congratulate everyone who was involved in organizing this event for a job well done and for boldly trying out something new for the community. We eagerly look forward to the next installment.
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