Organizers says Cosplay Event will “help Subic tourism.”
With more than a month left before the first ever World Cosplay Summit National Preliminaries which will be held in Subic Bay, Zambales. Anime Alliance Philippines has discussed the following clarifications and guidelines for those who will compete in the tourney.
In a Google hangout, which was streamed live on YouTube and Radyo Pirata last May 02, Michael Ramas, the WCS Philippines Project Head, said the event, “Cosplay by the Bay”, which is slated for June 08, 2013 at the Subic Bay Exhibit and Convention Center (SBECC) serves as the qualifiers for the WCS finals to be held at HERO Face Off 4, which will happen on the final day of the 12th Philippine ToyCon.
Ramas also says that the winners of the Subic event will automatically qualify to the finals at HERO Face Off and will have the chance to become a Philippine representative for the World Cosplay Summit 2013 in Nagoya, Japan as an observer nation.
The event, organized by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and the Creative Economies Council of the Philippines, was organized to better promote Subic Bay as a premier tourism destination.
Also revealed in the webcast are plans to hold either a WCS-style cosplay parade or a motorcade though this has not been confirmed as of yet if this will push through.
With regards to the transportation and accommodations to the participants, especially those who will be shuttling from Manila for the event, Ramas says that they are planning to create special packages for transportation and accommodations for those who will participate, though they are still in the works of finalizing everything.
He also stressed that though there won’t be any height restrictions at the moment, they will still implement the 40 kilogram weight limit on the costumes which will be used in the WCS qualifiers. He also added that they are going to limit the participants to 30.
Security arrangements for the event will still be the same, as the event has the full backing of the SBMA Administration. Also, there are plans for foreign cosplayers to attend but the names of them are not yet final.
Anime Alliance also allayed fears for the ticket prices and the judging, saying that they are hoping to charge tickets within the PHP 100 peso range and that the judges that they will choose will be diversified.
Finally, Ramas said that with the help of online blogging groups, they hope that their message regarding the rules and guidelines of World Cosplay Summit Philippines would be properly disseminated in order for the participants to better understand the rules and guidelines of the event.
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