Dressed-up in their vibrant and attention-grabbing costumes, cosplayers all over the Philippines took part in the Cosplay Mania 2012 which was organized by cosplay.ph. on September 29 and 30, 2012 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia Complex.
Now on its 5th year, Cosplay Mania 2012 is the annual convention of cosplayers which aims to highlight a variety of features of Filipino cosplayers such as creativity, uniqueness and artistry.
The two-day event was jam-packed with fun activities like the cosplay tournament of Champions Grand Finals, the Project:Cosplay, featuring both individual and group cosplays, costume building contest, photo opportunities with internationally renowned cosplayers Kaname and Reika, and exciting gimmicks and special freebies from various sponsor booths.
In cooperation with Cosplay.ph, Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) of the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines joined the biggest cosplay extravaganza together with other booth-partners which share the same goal of introducing the Japanese culture.
To show the diverse culture of Japan, the JICC opened a booth where the participants lined up for the Yukata wearing session. They were also entertained by Aibo, the dog-robot which performed interesting antics. Using the Katakana board as reference, the crowd also enjoyed learning how to write their names in Japanese while others took snap shots of the replica of the Japanese food on display. JICC gave out reading materials, posters and flyers to the audience as well.
As Cosplay continues to grow its popularity as a creative art form for all ages, the Cosplay Mania 2012 is a huge success. According to cosplay.ph, every year, it continues to attract bigger crowds with a total of 10,000 attendees this year.
Cosplay Mania 2012 participants wait for more surprises
The cosplayers in their eye-catching costumes
Cosplaying is more fun with friends!
Cosplay has no age limit
Yukata wearing session with the assistance of JICC staff
Japanese food replica on display
Participants write their names in Japanese