Megatrade Halls - SM Megamall
24 January 2010
Short for "Costume Play," Cosplay has been one of the Japanese influences for this generation. In cosplays, people dress up like their choice of character, often times taken from Japanese Animation. On the other hand, Otaku means people with obsessive interests, especially in Anime (Japanese animation), games, or manga. Filipinos' love for cosplay has been widely accepted that several groups conduct their own gatherings to showcase this love.
Such is the Otaku Expo. Presented by OtakuZine, it was a two day event featuring different things associated with cosplay and otaku. Programs included swapping, art contests, auctions, singing contests, and drawing contests. It was also an event where guests can buy toys, cards, posters, DVDs, and costumes.
Alodia Gosengfiao. Probably the most famous Filipino cosplayer. Also a model, she gained popularity when she won in an event dressed as Gun Mage Rikku of FFX-2. She and her sister Ashley eventually graced the cover of Culture Clash Magazine, and the rest (as they say) is a history. For this event, she was dressed as a maid, because there was a Maid Cafe in the event, and she was one of the cafe staff. She was also a guest judge for the cosplay competition.
Speaking of cosplay, there were quite a lot of cosplayers for this event, but here are my top three favorites:
I didn't know if any of them won the contest, but apart from winning, these people participate in cosplays because of their love for the craft. Some people might criticize them for dressing as they are, but I do love cosplays - the amount of effort each of them gave in dressing up, looking as close as their chosen character, even acting like the character was something to look up to, actually.
This was the only cosplay I attended for 2010... hopefully there will be some scheduled this year, so I can attend, too.
*** Jenn ***