Two Filipino cosplayers will be flown to Nagoya, Japan as part of their prize package after they won in the HERO Face Off cosplay event last October 23 at the Skydome of SM City North Edsa.
The event, organized by HEROtv, Anime Alliance Philippines (AAP), and Cosplay.ph, will send two individuals to the World Cosplay Summit (WCS), happening on July 31 to August 02, as the Official HERO Ambassador for Cosplay to observe and to experience the event.
Lizette Ilaga, Talent and Press Relations Manager of AAP has told ZEN Otaku Honbu that the reason why the Philippines does not have a representative for the WCS is because the Cosplay competition happening in the country has not yet observe the rules set by the World Cosplay Summit Executive Committee.
Ms. Ilaga also added that the individuals that will be sent to Nagoya can observe the competition, so that they could tell their fellow cosplayers on what are the things that should be observed during a WCS-style cosplay competition.
Aside from being the Official HERO Ambassador for Cosplay, the individuals also recieved PhP15,000 and a Samsung Genoa phone. Meanwhile, in other categories, Winners of the Kids Division had recieved PhP10,000 and a Samsung Genoa phone, while Winners of the Group Cosplay Division had recieved Php30,000 and a Samsung F44 Camcorder.
With regards to the Cosplay competition, HEROtv Channel Manager Ruel Ferrer has told ZEN Otaku Honbu that He is glad that every year the costumes are improving and surpass their previous works.
“Cosplay is a part of creativity, and Creativity never dies.”, He added.
Based on ZEN Honbu’s unofficial estimate, there were only eight (8) cosplayers in the Kids Division, three (3) group cosplayers, and 40 individual cosplayers.
“There has been some disappointments, of course, but we cannot expect to be perfect in an event.” Ms. Ilaga said after being asked on the competitor’s turnout. She also added that there might also have some hesitations, because of the unstable weather condition.
The organizers did a rigorous screening of all the participants following the rules of WCS for screening competitors.
“That might be the Biggest Cosplay (catwalk) / Convention.” Ms. Ilaga said after being asked if the two events of HERO (HERO Nation & HERO Face Off) might be merged as one for next year.
“Expect on these coming months, and also next year, a different set of programmes, exciting activities, a whole new level of anime experience.” said Mr. Ferrer when asked on what to expect on HEROtv next year.
As a parting shot, Mr. Ferrer to those who support HEROtv “Just keep on supporting HERO. Salamat sa mga sumu-suporta, lagi lang tayong manood ng HERO.” (Thanks You, and Just Keep on Supporting and Watching HEROtv.)
“We would like to thank everyone for Supporting the Cosplay scene here in the Philippines, and just keep on supporting it, because you may never know when you are the one who is on the International scene, and on the spotlight.”, Ms. Ilaga finalized. –ZEN Otaku Honbu/ZOH Newswires
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