An event dedicated to the late Sir Wilfredo Gruet Jr., a cosplayer who recently passed away and has touched a lot in the cosplay community.
Otaku Encore: Cosplay Idol 2 – Las Piñas was held at Starmall Las Piñas last January 26, 2014 and it was one of the final two legs of the second Cosplay Idol. The last leg of the competition will take place during the Pinoy Otaku Encore 2014 at Starland Theme Park, Starmall Alabang on February 22, 2014.
Before the main event started, which is the cosplay competition, the organizers featured a karaoke contest for all the participants. Every contestant had a wonderful voice singing the anime song of their pick. The competition is an elimination for Asia Music Festival at Pinoy Otaku Festival 2014.
The winners of this karaoke conter were Rose Andrea Sucgang, Geronimo Bano and Jenny Lyn Castro, who placed first.
IN MEMORY OF SIR GRUET Jr
During the cosplay competition, there were a lot of contestants cosplaying as different versions of Vocaloid characters, maybe because Sir Gruet used to cosplay Vocaloid characters particularly Kaito when attending events. At least 40 contestants joined the said event and each contestant was interviewed after their performance. They gave their all and the judges were pleased by all of their performances.
In the end, the winners were Jay-ar Dela Cruz for Best Mecha/Armor, Icee Ticar for Best Chibi, Mico Villarca for Best Male, Ianah Otaku for Best Female, and Cykah Malagad was named Cosplay Idol for this leg.
I may say that the event was ruled by chibi cosplayers. It was a delight to be there during the event, playing and mingling around with the crowd, taking photos of all the cosplayers present and most of all, a successful event to the organizers, NCPH, and their partners and sponsors.
This event was a warm-up for the main event which will be held on May 24-25, 2014 at Starland Themepark, Starmall Alabang entitled: Pinoy Otaku Festival 2014: FANTASM. See you all there!With edits by rayan