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Cosplay Karaoke Encore Rules and Guidelines

You heard it first at Cosplay Carnival, but now Cosplay Karaoke Encore is raising the bar and sending the winner to Japan! Using a Joysound Karaoke System, you’ll literally have thousands of songs to choose from, but which one will win you the gold?   

 There will be two Elimination Rounds (on September 2 and September 3) where the Top 3 winners from each Elimination Round advancing to the Encore Round on September 4. The champion will go on to Japan and be the official Philippine Representative.

Find out more by checking out the rules and registration link by clicking on read more.

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Conquering the Catwalk

By Pablo Bairan

One of the most distinct and difficult aspects of cosplay in the Philippines is the catwalk. For some, this nerve-wracking experience is often intimidating, and the possibility of embarrassment tends to dissuade beginners. There are, however, tips and tricks that a cosplayer can use in order to improve his or her performance on stage, as well as diminish the possibility of an untoward incident.

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Cosplay.ph donates to Museo Pambata

Last December 1, 2012, Cosplay.ph organized its annual Christmas Party, not only as a get together for cosplayers, Cosplay.ph friends and supporters interested in food and games, but also to help out Museo Pambata, a museum designed solely for children in mind, by asking attendees to donate toys for their 18th Anniversary on December 16.  All collected toys were then picked up by their staff later that week and they invited Cosplay.ph if they could attend their anniversary celebration, in which we did.

The Museo PaCarolersmbata, located at the corner of Roxas Blvd. and South Drive was founded by Former Department of Social Welfare and Development secretary Estefania Aldaba-Lim, who along with Nina Lim-Yuson, a childhood educator and mother of four, and several like-minded individuals, presented their proposal to Manila Mayor Alfedo Lim in March 1993 where it was quickly approved.  With the help of sponsors, the first discovery museum for young Filipino children, opened its doors on December 21, 1994.[source]  This year marked its 18th anniversary, with the actual celebration to be done earlier on December 16 instead of 21.

Upon our arrival, we were greeted by a cacophony of children waiting for their turn to enter the compound.  Each batch came from different accredited barangays, who were greeted at the museum’s lobby by a choir of carolers singing Christmas Songs under a huge hanging replica of a Humpback Whale.

Children were then led to each room that had a unique theme which discussed Biology, Anatomy, Philippine History and Culture, Arts, Society, Ecology and cultures from other asian countries.

Pooh BearAfter the tour, they were led at the plaza area where a cultural show was held, which at the time, featured a Spanish/Mexican Dance and later gave each child a Museo Pambata gift bag that held all the donated toys along with sponsored treats.  Some of the toys donated by those who attended the Cosplay.ph Christmas Party were easily noticeable as they were being segregated into their assigned gift bags.

The event started as early as 8am and children were still lining up in batches past 12nn.  Clearly the spirit of giving was ever present as children who came left with smiles on their faces and warmth in their hearts, thanks to the efforts of Museo Pambata as well as those who helped them by donating their toys for a good cause.

With this said, Cosplay.ph would like to greet everyone a Merry Christmas and may your hearts be generous always!

Of Swords and Samurais: UPAME Swordplay at SM City The Annex

upameswordplayUPAME or also known as the University of the Philippines Anime Manga Enthusiasts, in partnership with Movie Punch and SM Cinemas, celebrated the launch/premier screening of the live-action adaptation of one of the most beloved anime shown in the Philippines: Rurouni Kenshin, or Samurai X with an event called Swordplay: Rurouni Kenshin Cosplay Competition.

The event was held on December 2, 2012 at the 4th floor of SM City The Annex, North Edsa, where it started at 12nn with a band Yui for President, singing the classic RK songs from the anime, and later with games such as a Pinoy Henyo variant featuring trivia from the anime, as well as a Quiz Bee and an RK Art Contest, as well as raffles.  The event also featured RK Toy displays and booth sponsors.

But the most anticipated highlight was the event’s cosplay competition which featured the RK Anime Category.  Jin Joson, a prominent Filipino cosplayer and a huge fan of the series herself who came cosplaying as the feared yet lovable battousai, was invited as one of the panel of judges for the event.

The winner of the RK Cosplay Category was Arnel Serioso, who cosplayed as a fresh-from-battle Shinsengumi captain Saito Hajime, who also had the opportunity to pose with Jin Joson, whom their costumes are adeptly matched.

MyFile 1The event ended at 5pm, but the fun was just starting with the much anticipated opening of the movie screening scheduled at 8pm.  Long lines already formed as early as 7pm, and the opening was graced with games hosted by HERO TV, who gave away toys and gift certificates from sponsors.  The lights dimmed at 8:30pm and show finally started.

Nothing feels more alive then a movie theater filled entirely of fans.  Nobody, or at least in our area, were talking unnecessarily and everyone reacted with cheers, gasps and even boos as both heroes and villains were finally shown on screen by actors who had so much to hurdle in terms of the fans’ standards and expectations.

Fortunately, there were very little disappointments in all aspects, and everyone left the theater with the promise of watching it again on its regular screening premier starting December 5.

Many thanks to UPAME for giving fans the opportunity to watch the advance screening of the much awaited Rurouni Kenshin movie and seeing our favorite characters in live-action.  More power to UPAME and we look forward for your upcoming 2013 event AME 1UP on February 23, 2013 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.


Final TORCH 3 Preliminaries this weekend at SM City Manila

Who will be the last champion pair to be crowned?

The Cosplay Tournament of Champions 3: Third Impact! returns to SM City Manila on September 22, 2012 for the last preliminary leg.

This is your last chance to cheer for your favorite cosplay pairs as they fight for the chance to compete in Cosplay Mania and represent the country in the Asian Regional Cosplay Championships in Singapore in November!  This is also your last chance to grab the opportunity, the glory, and the chance to be the next cosplay champion!  So head on over to SM City Manila on September 22 to shine and compete!

If you don’t have a partner, don’t despair!  Join the Cyberzone Cosplay Grand Prix happening on the same day!  Come in your favorite video game character costume and win great prizes!

All winners of the preliminary legs will compete in the Grand Finals on September 29-30, 2012 at Cosplay Mania ’12 in the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Manila.


The Cosplay Tournament of Champions: Third Impact is made possible by: Cosplay.ph, SM Supermalls, Cyberzone I.T.’s all here, Brother International Philippines Corporation, Sony and Animax, our regional media partner. We would also like to thank ES Printmedia, Avira, Mikubook.com, Audio Technica and Anime Festival Asia. TORCH 3 is also supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC).


Cosplay Mania ’12 – The Most Anticipated Cosplay Con of the Year!

Cosplay.ph®, the premiere Philippine Cosplay® community and events organizer

together with our partners

Brother International Philippines CorporationSonyAnimax and TV5

proudly present


Happening on September 29 and 30, 2012
at the SMX Convention Center Function Rooms 3-5

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The Best of Anime at the MIBF

The Best of Anime at the MIBF

Anime lovers, cosplay fanatics, and Japanese culture enthusiasts, unite! The Best of Anime 2012 is back with more fun activities and events this year. Best of Anime has been part of the biggest book fair in the country and it has been successful in bringing together otakus from all over the region. For the three years, BoA has continued to attract crowds and otakus to its doors. Best of Anime will happen on September 15-16 at Function Rooms 4 & 5, 3rd Level of the SMX Convention as part of the 33rd Manila International Book Fair.

This year’s Best of Anime will be bigger and better with a line-up of exciting events that all con-goers can participate in. Cosplayers, figure collectors, photographers, artists and even foodies will find activities that match their interests.

Event Highlights include: The Best of Anime Cosplay Duo which cosplayers will have to compete with other cosplayers in pairs, while the All-Star Cosplay Singles are where cosplayers can battle each other even friends; Otaku’s Got Talent where otakus can get earn their moments of fame by either belting or bopping their way to prove to the judges who’s more talented. Artists with quick hands can join the Quickdraw Challenge to see who the best artist under time pressure is. Photographers can show-off their photographic prowess and their talents for capturing beauty in SuperClicker! For those who are always hungry for some Maki, the event features The Ultimate Maki Showdown; participants can chow down on as many Makis as they can hold to be named “The Ultimate Maki-Eater.” A fashion show will also highlight the event to give otaku fashionistas inspiration on how to pull-off certain runway looks to the street.

Con-goers will not only have fun at the event but they’ll be given the chance to learn different things involving the subculture as well. Learn about blogging with Japanese culture blogger Magnetic – Rose in her Blogging Workshop, or learn how to take stunning cosplay and figuart photos in the Cosplay and Figuart Photography 101, serious cosplayers may opt to take the event’s Cosplay Make-up and Wig Styling Tutorial to level up their styling skills. For those who are always looking for cheap ways to eat Japanese food, why not try cooking them? The Japanese Culinary Workshop will teach participants to cook their favourite Japanese meals.

Visual Kei fans will no longer sulk that certain bands do not visit the country to do concerts or just to show-up. This year, otakus and Japanese music enthusiasts should also prepare for Japan’s V-Kei band Uchuu Sentai Noiz as they will be making an appearance at Best of Anime 2012 convention.

Whole day activities include: the Manga Library where bookworms can find exclusive manga collections directly from the shelves of Japan, Sam’s Maid Café where the hungry and the tired can replenish their energies for the long day ahead, Sam’s Beauty Corner can offer to make any con-goer don the Harajuku and Lolita styles, and a lot more.

Two whole days of fun, meeting fellow otakus and learning more about the culture of Japan is what Best of Anime 2012 will bring to people this year. There is always something new at Best of Anime and it gets better and better.

For the program schedule, please click here.
For the Cosplay.ph Cosplay All Stars contest on September 15, please click here.

It’s a Triple Celebration for TORCH 3 on August 25!

The Cosplay Tournament of Champions 3: Third Impact! returns to Manila for a preliminary leg in SM City North Edsa this Saturday, August 25, 2012! Watch your favorite cosplay pairs fight for the chance to compete in September’s Cosplay Mania and represent the country in the Asian Regional Cosplay Championships in Singapore in November! Or better yet, grab a partner and cosplay your way to victory! Who knows? This next champion pair could be you!

If you don’t have a partner, don’t despair! Join the Cyberzone Cosplay Grand Prix happening on the same day! Come in your favorite video game character costume and win great prizes!

Still not enough for you? We are have a TRIPLE Celebration as we also host International Cosplay Day Manila Meetup! There’s a free photo booth where you can get unlimited prints, plus a Ichiban Kuji prize pull exclusively for cosplayers. Admission is free so bring your cosplay friends with you!

If you’re not able to attend this TORCH leg, don’t fret as we have two more preliminary legs on September 8 at SM City Iloilo and September 22 at SM City Manila!

All TORCH 3 Finalists will compete in the Grand Finals on September 29-30, 2012 at Cosplay Mania ’12 in the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Manila.



The International Cosplay Day 2012 Manila Meetup is brought to you by http://magnetic-rose.net/, co-presented by http://cosplay.ph/, with special thanks to http://www.facebook.com/TTEES, and http://www.facebook.com/IntCosDay.


Best of Anime 2012 – Cosplay.ph All-Star Cosplay Competition Rules, Guidelines, Pre-registration

Now on its third year, The Best of Anime  2012 continues to bring excitement to its audience as anime and manga enthusiasts, gaming aficionados, hobbyists and cosplayers unite to witness and participate in the celebration of Japanese pop culture.

Cosplay.ph partners with The Best of Anime 2012 for the All-Star Cosplay Contest on September 15, 2012 (Saturday).  Read the full guidelines below. Registration page is here.

Registration page is here.