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Extreme Moments 3: Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan

 

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After two wildly successful adventures in scenic Capones Island and Mount Samat this year, the Extreme Moments Out-of-Town Cosplay Project Series continues to take Philippine cosplay and photography to the next level, being the first cosplay group to be granted the privilege to shoot at  Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, an open-air museum and heritage park in Bagac, Bataan.  Set in a rustic locale of restored historic mansions and surrounded by mountains, forests and the sea, Extreme Moments 3, with its 60 intrepid participants, provided all the elements for a cosplay experience like no other.

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.

 

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.

Extreme Moments Out-of-Town Cosplay Project Series: Capones Island, Day 2

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Our beach cosplay adventure started early this year on a far-flung island called Capones, almost 4 kilometers off the coast of Brgy. Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales. The first edition of what would be retroactively (and aptly) called the Extreme Moments Out-of-Town Cosplay Project Series, was planned as a straightforward location shoot for intrepid photographers and cosplayers with earnest desires to take their skills to the next level, and the group got much more than what they signed up for as they battled the elements and gravity and ended up with an adventure of a lifetime.

Cosplayers at the PTAA Travel Tour Expo 2015

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We caught up with some cosplayers promoting the Visit Japan booth at the PTAA Travel Tour Expo 2015 last weekend at the SMX Convention Center at the Mall of Asia.  Cosplay figures prominently in modern Japanese culture and our cosplayer friends have been selected to help extend Japan’s invitation to visit their country.

Extreme Moments Out-of-Town Cosplay Project Series: Capones Island, Day 1

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Our first cosplay story for the new year takes place on a far-flung island called Capones, almost 4 kilometers off the coast of Brgy. Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales.  Originally planned as a straightforward location shoot for intrepid photographers and cosplayers with earnest desires to take their skills to the next level, the group got much more than what they signed up for as they battled the elements and gravity and ended up with an adventure of a lifetime.

Ati-atihan Cosplay Coverage Revisited

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Had a great time the first time I cosplayed and did a coverage of the Ati-atihan Festival in Kalibo, Aklan last year, with my brother Bryan taking photos.  The streets were colorful, noisy and alive, and I can just walk around in my ANBU cosplay without feeling out of place.  Had people take pictures with me, had fun dancing around to the maddeningly festive beat of the drums, and had a great time seeing people just being friendly with each other.

 

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Imaginative bird-inspired costume on this cheerful girl.

 

For this special occasion, I customized one of my masks into a special black tribal ANBU Ati-atihan version.  As for the rest of my costume, it was the first time I used it so the fitting and the design … wasn’t quite there yet but it was enough to at least have some people recognize me as an ANBU.  Had fun as people took pictures of me and with me.  It was an exhilarating experience, one I doubt I’ll ever forget.

 

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Sadly, even though I had vowed to come back this year, I wasn’t able to do so because of many things.  Hopefully I can go back next year so I can feel the excitement again.  Will need to go now, but I hope you’ll take some time to look at my brother’s photos.

 

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Impressive floats with moving parts.

 

 

ati costume native tribal kalibo aklan festival Outlandish tribal designs fashioned from native materials.

Outlandish tribal designs fashioned from native materials.

 

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Festive and happy faces all around

 

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Ati-atihan Coverage Pics

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Kalibo, Aklan was in a festive frenzy as it celebrates the Ati-atihan in honor of its patron, Senor Santo Nino.  Everyone was having a great time dancing to the loud, lively beats of drums perpetually provided by 31 ati-atihan tribes and even more bands by various groups, businesses and organizations in Kalibo.  The Ati-atihan participants had much more than actual soot from pots and pans on them; they had on them amazingly vibrant costumes made from a bewildering array of native materials and even recyclable materials used in many creative ways.  And when costumes are involved, Xtian Mack can’t be far behind.  For several days, the festival was an excuse for people to go out in costumes; something Xtian Mack took full advantage of and has admitted it to be one of the most exhilarating experiences in his entire life.  And of course, all these great photographs are courtesy of ever-supportive tensai photographer Brymac.  Please click away at the pics and enjoy.

Ati-atihan Festival 2013 Cosplay Coverage

Since Xtian Mack’s Cosplay and Anime Cafe has hit the big time, being interviewed by Jessica Soho and all that (see previous post), this site’s management has decided to splurge a little in bringing you more cosplay fun from here and around the metro and … wait.  What?  Kalibo? Ain’t that too remote a location?  Well, we have decided to do a live coverage of the Ati-atihan Festival.  After all, it can trace its history back to when the Malayans cosplayed as Aetas so it may have some relevance and … okay, so it’s a tough sell, but hey, we’ll be there to bring you all the colorful sights this mother of all Philippine festivals has to offer.  Also, Boracay will be nearby so we’ll try to get you some great shoots of that place as well courtesy of our great photoman Buraimaku.  So wait for that coverage because it’s coming real soon.

This special coverage of thye 2013 Ati-atihan Festival in Kalibo, Aklan is brought to you by our major sponsors:

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