August 3, 2013, the date when outstanding cosplayers from 20 countries will again gather in Nagoya, Japan to vie for the title of World Cosplay Champion.
Organized by Japanese TV station Aichi TV, the World Cosplay Summit (WCS) has been the most famous international cosplay event in the world and its main highlight, the World Cosplay Championships, a cosplay stage performance competition, has been a dream of every cosplayers around the world especially in the Philippines.
Last Maundy Thursday, after 3 years of negotiations, local organization Anime Alliance Philippines announced that they have been accredited by the World Cosplay Summit executive committee the rights to conduct WCS national and regional preliminaries in the country .
The Philippines has been granted observer status this year by the WCS which means the country is given the rights to be represented to World Cosplay stage this coming August although our representative will be not judged yet.
Almost immediately, comments swarmed the Anime Alliance Philippines Facebook page congratulating the group for bringing a milestone in the Philippine cosplay history.
Cosplay Queen Alodia Gosiengfiao also congratulated and thanked the group for making this dream come true for many Filipino cosplayers. She will be helping Anime Alliance in organizing the preliminaries along side with Collectibles Unlimited – the organizers of TOYCON, Primetrade Asia – organizers of the Best of Anime events and local cable anime channel HERO TV.
So happy to announce that the Philippines will be finally joining this year’s World Cosplay Summit! tinyurl.com/cs4ofv5
— Alodia Gosiengfiao (@AlodiaAlmira) March 28, 2013
While, the World Cosplay Summit welcomes the Filipino community to the “family.”
— 世界コスプレサミット WCS (@cosplay_summit) March 28, 2013
In reply, Anime Alliance Operations Manager Michael Ramas thanked its staffs, volunteers, the organizers, organizations and individuals who been supportive to the group.
With 5 months to go before the Championships, Anime Alliance are already tapping Mindanao Cosplay Summit organizers Ambox Davao, Anime Alliance – local chapter in Tacloban and otaku community in Iloilo Anigumi Joukai for the planned intra-national preliminaries in Visayas and Mindanao. The group is also planning to tap several organizations in the Luzon area for its Luzon conference.
The intra-national preliminaries will cover Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and Metro Manila and it is hinted that one of the prelims will be held on either HERO Face Off or Philippine Toycon.
The group ‘s Standard Weapons and Props policy was also revised to align it with the strict WCS standards.
It’s now up!The new Weapons and Props Policy for the Upcoming…Road to Wcs leg…… fb.me/HZqT0lZh
— WCS Philippines (@wcsph) March 29, 2013
And to further orient the public on what’s going to happen next, a live discussion via the official WCS Philippines site was setup.
So from here, I will take this line from Kyousuke Natsume from the anime Little Busters, “Operation 23-3-19: W-C-S Mission starts“