Cosplay Mania: Best Things Happen at the Wrong Time

Cosplay Mania ’11
October 1-2, 2011
SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City 

Despite heavy rains and gusty winds (the strong wind will literally blow you) brought by Typhoon Pedring that day, con-goers and cosplayers were not hindered to attend the much awaited Cosplay Mania ’11 at SMX Convention Center, Pasay City last October 1 and 2, 2011

The Venue

Despite raging weather outside SMX, we are totally safe inside.

The 3 Hall of  SMX Convention Center which catered the Cosplay Mania event are large enough to accommodate the people though the Fiesta Hall (Convention Hall 4) was bit cramped due to large booths from the event’s major sponsors.

The Stage Hall (Convention Hall 5) which will cost you Php 50 more, was the place where the main activities held. I was amazed of how the big LCD screen used, and the way it splits into two to make an extravagant entrance (which most cosplayers took advantage). It was like watching a popular variety show on TV.

The LCD Stage

The Guest of Honors

One of the main highlights of the event were the international guests namely JiakiDarkness and YukiGodbless from Thailand, Pinky Lu Xun of Indonesia and Clive Lee of Singapore.

They were renowned cosplayers in their respective countries and despite being foreigners, they were easily admired by the Filipino audience with their costumes, charms and performances on stage.

I managed to get an autograph from during an autograph session 🙂

Guest of Honors' Autographs

The Cosplayers

With about 150 cosplayers participated in the Project Cosplay: Solo Competition, the following cosplayers emerged as  winners.

  • Best Overall Cosplayer: Abraham Cruz as Exteel
  • Best Male: Guy Singson as Kiba from Garo Makai Knights
  • Best Craftmanship: Miggy Panlilio as Joseph Jobson from Blassreiter
  • Best Performance: Karla Fuentes as Takamachi Nanoha from Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force
  • Best Comic Book: Marx Loriada as Batman Killgear
  • Best TV/Movie: RB Cheng as Shockwave from Transformers

On day two’s Cosplay Project: Group Competition, HTP: Team Suna won the competition, among 6 team, with their excellent synchronization and fighting move.

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Cosplay Tournament of Champions II Finals ended with returning participants Team March Omega outwitting 7 other teams to represent the Philippines in the Regional Cosplay Competition at Anime Festival Asia 2011 in Singapore. Team March Omega is composed of Davao’s pride Zhel Guiral and Butuan’s AC Hernandez cosplaying as Warrior of Light and Gabranth, respectively.

The judges of the Cosplay TorCH II Finals were JiakiDarkness, YukiGodbless, Clive Lee, Pinky Lu Xun and Ouyang Songwen , a representative from AFA.

I bid them good luck and may God bless them!

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Cosplay Mania ’12

It was revealed by Mr. Pablo Bairan, President of that Chinese cosplayer, Yaya-Han and Japanese cosplayer, Kaname (shouting and cheering from fan girls in the background) will be attending as Guest of Honors in next year’s Cosplay Mania.

Japanese Cosplayer, Kaname


Cosplay Mania ’11 was an epic despite SM management’s stricter security on the second day and some minor setbacks. Anyways, I will look forward for a bigger and better Cosplay Mania next year.

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