9.12.14

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.

See you at the event.


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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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1.12.14

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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12.11.14

EVENT: Electronic Sports and Gaming Summit (ESGS) 2014


Get ready to lock & load, as Smart GameX & Smart Communications Inc., the leading network solutions provider in the Philippines, is proud to present the much anticipated Electronic Sports & Gaming Summit (ESGS) 2014 happening this coming November 15-16, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. 

Anime/OVA On-Going: Hybrid Child

Been waiting for another Shounen-Ai anime? After the very long wait, the famous manga Hybrid Child is now airing as an anime/OVA. Hybrid child is a one-shot Japanese manga written and illustrated by Shungiku Nakamura; the creator of Junjou Romantica.

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