animeph project had an opportunity to cover Laguna Cosplay Team’s Ragun con 2014: “The Journey Continues” last May 17 at CLA Town Center Mall, Pagsanjan, Laguna.
Ragun Con 2014 is animeph’s second event coverage in the province, first trip being the WCS Philippines Eliminations in Subic.
The trip to Pagsanjan was one of the longest one with a 3-4 hour bus ride from Cubao Quezon City to Laguna’s capital Sta. Cruz and a 5-minute jeepney ride to Pagsanjan’s CLA Town Center (formerly known as Areza Town Center Mall). We were fortunate that we got ourselves loaded with entertainment once we arrived. We arrived at the event at around 2 in the afternoon.
There were art demos, exhibits and talks near the entrance presented by Guhit Pinas-Laguna. The exhibits displayed some of the member’s artworks that features anime, game and Western characters. There were some ‘matsuri’ booths unfortunately few people participated, except for the photo booth.
The main highlight of the event, the individual cosplay competition started at around 3pm. More than 30 cosplayer performed onstage vying for four major awars, Best Male, Best Female, Best Child and Best Armor/Mecha. Since the new Sailormoon anime will be airing this year, among the crowd favorites were Sailormoon performing her transformation skit and Deadpool as Sailormoon.
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Chibi cosplayers dominated the competition with Ashley Misaki cosplaying as Sasuke from Naruto and Izaiah Luke Buelos with his Gundam costume taking home the Best Child award and Best Armor/Mecha award, respectively. Andrea Francisco was awarded Best Female in the competition.
The event ended with some game like anime quizzes and Pinoy henyo plus song/dance performances from the organizers.
In the end, the event went pretty well, except some technical difficulties with the background music during the cosplay competition. I left Laguna satisfied. It may not be one of the huge events like we used to cover in Manila, we saw the how close the camaraderie of those who attended. I share the sentiments with Team Deremoe that less audience means strong bonds but it didn’t felt that the event had a less audience. It was well supported by the cosplayers and otakus of Laguna and nearby provinces. Even some well-known chibi cosplayers in Manila were able to drop by at the event and this is despite the distance of the venue.
Thanks to Samantha Vargas and Chie Topacio for inviting the team to the event. Eventhough it’s long trip, we enjoyed the warm accommodation of your group. We look forward for another event organized by your group.