HERO Face Off 2013 a Rousing Success, Judge describes event as “amazing.”
On the Third day of the 12th Philippine Toys Hobbies and Collectibles Convention, Two cosplayers have won the right to enter the World Cosplay Summit in Japan as Observers at HERO Face Off 2013, further strengthening the country’s stature as a powerhouse in the Asian cosplay scene.
Erika Jean Garbin, A winner from the World Cosplay Summit Philippines’ Subic Leg, and Vincent Estapon, who won in the Davao Qualifiers, bested 13 other cosplayers in the Face-Off category of the event held at the SM Megamall Megatrade Hall 3.
Mr. Estapon cosplayed as Haseo from the .hack// franchise, while Ms. Garbin cosplayed as Freya from the Nintendo Wii game Zangeki no Reginleiv.
HERO Face Off 2013 is designated as the official national finals of World Cosplay Summit Philippines, which is co-organized with the official WCS License holders for the Philippines, Anime Alliance Philippines.
The Judges for the event were Toycon honcho Emmanuel “Jing” Zara, Jr., HEROtv and Balls Channel Head Marjorie “Jojo” Neri-Estacio, Noted Cosplayer and “Pinoy Malikhain” Founder Mark David Cerezo, World Cosplay Summit Global Communications Head Ed Hoff and Inquirer Columnist, Socialite and Multimedia Personality Tessa Prieto-Valdes
“It’s incredible what anime has [done] into the Philippines, It’s so wonderful to see all of them here.” Ms. Prieto-Valdes said during an interview on Radyo Pirata.
Ms. Prieto-Valdes added that she was amazed at the costumes and also stressed that the Philippine Cosplay community was alive.
Mr. Hoff, meanwhile, said that though it was tough to judge them all, he was amazed at the costumes, especially of the winners.
“Judging is tough, because you’re told how to… do the best you can and, yeah, that’s what we do as judges” He said.
He also says that the judging the Face Off Category is more detailed and intricate despite the fact that the Philippines is qualifying as an observer nation.
“For the level of judging that we have at the World Cosplay Summit event right now, it’s very detailed, you know, and that’s also the part of being an observer nation, is to come up and to see that level of judging, maybe you don’t need all the detailed anaylsis, maybe you could use some, but to make it sort of a stepping stone, to go to the international level is not just the organization of the event, but it’s also rules, in many things… this is just one of many discussions of importance to the observer status as well.” Said Mr. Hoff.
The hosts of the event were HEROtv’s Anime Jock and Pinoy Big Brother winner Myrtle Sarrosa and Mikoy Morales, who was a contestant on GMA Network’s talent search “Protege” before becoming a HEROtv Ambassador (HEROtv is owned by Creative Programs, Inc., a subsidiary of ABS-CBN Corporation)
Ms. Sarrosa was amazed at the cosplayers who performed, saying also that she has missed cosplaying because of her commitments.
“Namimiss ko na ang Cosplaying, ang galing galing nila sobra.” (I suddenly missed Cosplay, They were really that good) Ms. Sarrosa said in an interview.
For her part, Ms. Garbin says that her trip to Subic to join the World Cosplay Summit qualifiers there was all worth it, especially when she was called by Ms. Estacio as the winner of Hero Face Off 2013.
UPDATE: The original article mistakenly wrote Ms. Erika Garbin’s Last Name as “Garbain.” This article and the previously published article, Seven Cosplayers Enter WCSph Finals in Subic Event, has been corrected.
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