List of 2015 Otaku and Cosplay Events Philippines

Getting busy is sometimes a hindrance in blogging and writing so my apologies everyone for not being able to update this blog.  I had been busy at work but I know that is still not an excuse so here you go for the LIST OF 2015 OTAKU AND COSPLAY EVENTS IN THE PHILIPPINES.
These list of events are gathered from around various sources including Facebook, Deremoe Event Chart, from friends and more.
  • AME WEEK 2015 - February 24, 2015 at University of the Philippines Dilian [View Info]
  • ANICON Anime Converfe 2015 - February 26 at Mindpro Citimall's Anicon, Zamboanga City [View Info]
  • Talking Apples Febuary -  February 26 at  POP-Up kiki emoticon Cafe (Makati City) [View Info]
  • Nihonggo Fiesta 2015 - February 28 at TIU Theater, Mile Long Compound, Amorsolo cor De La Rosa St., Makati. [View Info]
  • Over the L'Arc~en~Ciel Manila Screening - February 28 at SM Cinema The Block, SM North EDSA [View Info]
  • EPOCH: Tableto Champion Rising - March 7 at Citylight Hotel, Benguet  [View Info]
  • JAPANIME 2015 - March 20 at PUP Freedom Plaza, Sta. Mesa Campus, Manila [View Info]
  • ANIMAWARI - March 21 at Ligao City, Albay [View Info]
  • SUIKODEN PHOTOSHOOT - March 21 at Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Center, Quezon City [View Info]
  • Henshin Launch Party - March 21 at One Esplanade, Pasay City [View Info]
  • HenshinCon - March 22 at SMX Convention Center, Pasay City [View Info]
  • TAGCOM 2015 - March 21 and 22 at SM Megamall, Megatrade Hall 3 [View Info]
  • World COsplay Summit Southern Tagalog - March 22 at Annex, Pacific Mall Legazpi City [View Info]
  • Tamashii Convention 2015 - March 28 at SMX Convention Center, Pasay City [View Info]
  • ANICRAZE 4 - March 28 and 29 at Baguio Country Club Multipurpose Hall, Benguet [View Info]
  • Komiket: The Launch - April 5 at Elements, Centris, Quezon City. [View Info]
  • 8th Philippine Cosplay Convention - April 12 at Robinsons Place Manila Midtown Atrium, Manila [View Info]
  • Ozine Fest 2015Apr. 24,25,26 at SM Megatrade Halls 1, 2 & 3, [View Info]
  • Otaku Summer Jam 2015 - April 25 at District 2140, Quezon City [View Info]
  • StarMarie Live in Manila - May 2 at Movie Star Cafe By The Bay MOA, Pasay City [View Info]
  • LUSSURIA Otaku Community First Open Photoshoot - May 8 [View Info]
  • O-Kun Fiesta - May 16 at SMX Convention Center, Pasay City [View Info]
  • Nyancon 2015 - May 16 at Ronbinson Place, Antipolo [View Info]
  • Nexcon Manila 2015 - May 16, 17 at SMX Convention Center-Taguig, SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City [View Info]
  • Otanikku Summer Feast - June 14 (TBA) [View Info]
  • 14th Philippine Toycon - June 19, 20, 21 at SM Megamall - Megatrade Hall [View Info]
  • Iloilo Hobby Con - July 11 at Fountain Area, Robinsons Place Iloilo, Iloilo City [View Info]
  • The Best of Anime - September 19 and 20 at SMX Convention Center, Pasay [View Info]
  • CosplayMania 2015 - October 3 and 4 at SMX Convention Center, Pasay [View Info]
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AniMEGA on TV5 is Back!

Muling nagbabalik ang favorite nyong Animega, mga Kapatid! - After the long wait by Filipino anime fans, TV5's AniMEGA is back with the 3 different animes to air: Magical DoReMi, Fushigi Yuugi and Sword Art Online.


COSPLAY EVENTS: Grand Cosplay Runway at SM City Baliwag

Talk about fashion and cosplay, well this is something that would be totally different in terms of competition and view of the whole cosplay concept.  GRAND COSPLAY RUNWAY will be on December 21, 2014 at SM City Baliwag, Baliwag, Bulacan.

What is Cosplay Runway anyway?  The objective of the Cosplay Runway is to promote cosplay as both a fashion and a hobby. It aims to promote cosplaying and also the uniqueness and creativity added to it by the cosplayer itself.

Cosplayers this time will be encourage to enhance, edit and add original touch to their character of choice.  Although it should be remembered that this is still a "cosplay" competition where original characters are not allowed thus the main ingredient of the character being cosplayed should be present.

Grand Cosplay Runway is organized by SM City Baliwag together with Naruto Cosplayers PH (NCPH).  There will be 6 major awards and 7 special awards:  The Costaku Shop and Micari's Anime Shoppe will be sponsoring the event while The Cosplay and Anime Cafe, Deremoe, Anime PH, and Forezine Digital Anime Magazine will be official media partners.

Grand Cosplay Runway awards will be as follows:

Major Awards
  1. Cosplay Runway Award: Icon - The highest total score on all the criterias will be the winner.
  2. Cosplay Runway Award: Costume – given to the cosplayer who has the most accurate costume and blends with him/her. The highest score on the Costume criteria will be the winner.
  3. Cosplay Runway Award: Characterization – cosplayer with the most resemblance to the character in his/her actions and performance. . The highest score on the Characterization criteria will be the winner.
  4. Cosplay Runway Award: Creativity – most creative cosplayer in his/her costume, performance and catwalk. The highest score on the Creativity criteria will be the winner.
  5. Cosplay Runway Award: Originality – most original costume by a cosplayer integrating the character of the original. The highest score on the Originality criteria will be the winner.
  6. Cosplay Runway Award: People’s Choice – the cosplayer with the highest total score on Audience Impact.
Special Awards
  1. Cosplay Runway Award: Elegance – most elegant cosplayer with everything combined.
  2. Cosplay Runway Award: Masculinity – most masculine cosplayer.
  3. Cosplay Runway Award: Femininity – most feminine cosplayer.
  4. Cosplay Runway Award: Gender Bend – most effective cosplayer with a gender bend cosplay.
  5. Cosplay Runway Award: Craftsmanship – cosplayer who had the most detailed, difficult and elegant costume which was made by him/her.
  6. Cosplay Runway Award: Integration – cosplayer whose cosplay can be integrated into daily fashion.
  7. The Costaku Shop Award - will be given to Lolita inspired cosplay specially selected by our sponsor COSTAKU SHOP (https://www.facebook.com/thecostakushop). Winner will receive P2,000 worth of items from them.
Winners of major awards will receive P2,000 worth of SM Gift Certificates from SM City Baliwag while the winners of special awards will receive P1,000 SM GC each.  For those who want to register online just visit http://bit.ly/smcitybaliwaggrandcosplayrunway.

Some examples of Cosplay Runway costimes?  Here are some brilliant examples:

Hunter X Hunter in casual cotumes

Princess Wonderwoman
For more information on this event you can visit the officla event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/357706721060379/.  

Do you have any comment or feedback about this event?  Let us know.

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Philippines in Hetalia Axis Powers

Emilio Jose Andres del Pilar, that is the name of the character of the Philippines in the anime manga/series Hetalia: Axis Powers.  When I first saw this post online I was wondering if it is true or not but for me it seems to good to be true.  I read on the description and was amazed by the creativity and description made for the Philippines.

At some point I was offended with the description and then I told myself that at some point it is true.  We are layed back and also lazy and very emotional people.  We tend to tell jokes and be happy even on our most difficult time.  Besides the description the character art work was also super with all the Katipunan inspired attire it was perfect.

I wonder what the personality of this character would be?  Would his mind be pondering if he would engage in war or rather write and talk about peace?

To quell down the excitement, I would say that this is yet another fan art of those who love to add the Philippines to the anime Hetalia: Axis Powers.  Why did I say that?  I searched online and I cannot find any evidence that the Philippines is indeed added to the list of characters.  It would have been great and a warm welcome but sadly we are not yet included.

Well here are some other characters from the Philippines.

First, please welcome Maria Clara dela Cruz.
Here is another unnamed character.
And here is another one, Monica Santiago Devilla:

What can you say about Philippines in Hetalia: Axis Powers?

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Philippine Cosplay Community: A Deteriorating Community?

There were lots of posts lately which pertains to certain issues in the Philippine cosplay community.  These issues varies and sometimes contains issues about an event, about a cosplayer, about a costume, about a costume maker and lots more.  Most of the posts are like UFC matches wherein punches are exchanged although in a form of social media posts. With this it lead me to ask, “Is the Philippine cosplay community deteriorating?

I know at some point that by writing this some people would comment negatively but I would write anyway.  If you ask me personally, I would say that at some point when you look at the surface of the current status of the community you might be tempted to conclude that compared to some five years ago, the cosplay and local Otaku community is deteriorating in a state of no repair.

A state where constructive criticism and real concern seems to be a very rare thing.  I am always a person who encourages criticism and freedom of expression, however a form that is constructive.  
Hmmmm… how can a criticism be constructive?  Is there such a way to do it?
Definitely there is a way to be constructive.
  • If you have a comment say it in a nice way.  There is no point in bashing someone after all the aim of the comment is technically to improve something.
  • If you see a problem do not only point it out but propose a solution.  Most of us commonly rant over the problem over and over again but most of the time fails to suggest what could be done the next time around.
  • Focus on the issue and not on the personality.  This avoids hurting people and bullying or any form of irreparable damage to an individual.  Always be issue focused.

Courage is not seen by how strong you defend someone online by advocating for personality destruction or threatening someone else instead courage is displayed by your ability to make positive things out of an otherwise negative issue.  It is when a person makes something better and voice it out that true courage and bravery is seen.

The more mainstream cosplay becomes the more negativity is being spread around simply because of the human instinct factors of envy, pride and ego.  Everyone wants to be noticed, be the center of attention, be recognized and more, however as reality would point out that not everyone will get it.

I still believe that this is a community were we could all share our passion for what we collectively share.  A community where friendship and love abounds.  I still believe that there is more positive things and good people around that negative things and bad people destroying the community.

This is the community I am in and so I believe that the Philippine Cosplay Community is not deteriorating but undergoing a process of metamorphosis towards something better.

"If you don't like it, change it.  If you can't change it, change your attitude."
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