Anarchy, the latest and first ever fragrance from Axe to have separate variants for men and women, comes up with a campaign I never in this lifetime expected to happen: combine “sexy” and “for a cause” with a series of events called “Axe Anarchy Island: Sexy Saves Boracay.” Buckle up and drive to ASEANA City (see map here) near the SM Mall of Asia next Saturday, October 27, 2012 for a very exciting, cause-oriented, and first of its kind Bikini Car Wash with your the gorgeous Axe Girls.
Did I already mention Axe Girls and bikin… OK, moving on…
The premise is simple: car wash, Axe Girls, bikini, no product purchase necessary to participate, and open to the public for a P250 fee per car you wish to get washed. All the proceeds from the bikini car wash event will be matched by Axe Philippines, the sum of which will fund and support a Boracay clean-up mission happening by the first quarter of next year, just in time for summer.
During the press launch for “Sexy Saves Boracay” in September, we were told that the campaign is actually three-fold, spanning several months until the Summer of 2013. Axe is currently in talks with NGOs who have the data and knowledge on how to make best use of the funding (like how many and what quality man-power, what facilities are needed, what problem areas to target, how long the project will last, will the funds be enough, or if any help from LGUs are needed, etc). News about the tie up will be released soon.
That said, will the Axe Girls be able to clean our cars, wax, buff, and tire black up to an acceptable standard? Now, there’s the challenge, ladies. Raise the bar! Nevertheless, helping make the world’s best beach get even better is a good and fun way of spending P250 and your Saturday afternoon, IMO.Continue reading...
It’s been 6 months since I’ve been to cons like the 11th Annual ToyCon 2012. Kept focusing on fashion and glamour photography to date, is why. There’s a huge difference, I realize, between the two despite both having people as subject(s). One is very calculated, planned, orchestrated, well produced, controlled, and well directed. Photographing cosplay in cons will test how well you take action very fast from requesting the subject for a shot, to preparing your light, timing for when the subject makes their signature poses, establishing rapport and trust, and everything must happen at blinding speed because everybody’s pressed for time. IMO, the best challenge (and the one I find most exciting) in taking cosplay photos in cons is to be able to come up with pictures where the subject can connect to the camera and, ultimately, the audience (context valid when motive of taking photos is to publish them in old media or online in blogs or your favorite social media sites).
Below are 29 photographs of 38 cosplayers from Day 3 (Sunday) of ToyCon. Some of the shots I’ve taken that day like that of Snow White with Lyron as Luffy and Ralph Villaluz as Raidou Kuzunoha are too blurred to save (so sorry, you guys! T_____T Will make it up to you next time, I promise). Gerard Sison’s Superman shot below is also quite blurred but I have an alibi for sharing it, still: I believe nobody at the con brought a camera or lens that’s faster than a speeding bullet ;) Gaaaaaaaaah, failed by taking just one shot of this (kicks self at the shins)!!! As for that Superman costume, I know I’ve already mentioned this in a previous blog post but I won’t tire of sharing again Gerard’s own words from last year’s ToyCon:
“I was offered that Superman costume the night before the Toycon. It is a limited edition Christopher Reeve replica and there are only 10 in the world. It is made in Argentina and was sourced from all over the world. But I thought it was too much to spend for.”
I’ll upload these photos in facebook shortly. In the mean time, here are the snaps. If you can ID the untagged photos (characters and/or personalities), do tell at the comments section. Thanks!
The 11th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention or TOYCON 2012 is on its third and last day today (Sunday, Father’s Day, June 17, 2012), brought to us by Collectibles Unlimited. Head on over to SM Megatrade Halls 1,2 , 3 & Conference Rms A & B, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong, Philippines for the country’s longest running and biggest pop-culture event.
In store for today is the group cosplay competition where Alodia is poised to do an intermission number apart from being one its judges. We were also told that the Kamikazee band will perform onstage at around 2PM. From my experience during the second ToyCon day on Saturday (yesterday, June 16, 2012), although a good number of hobbyists, fans, collectors, and friends have spent what could be a big chunk of their mid-year bonuses on rares, collectibles, and novelty goods (toys, comics, memorabilia, and games) being mostly sold at discounted prices inside ToyCon, there are still a lot to be had and owned for those only planning Father’s Day gift spending rampage on Sunday LOL.
As a long time anime fan and crazy action figure collector, the exhibit area located in Conference Rooms A & B could be either a blessing or my ultimate demise. I can observe at close proximity already released figs that I had been eyeing for a good part of the year and judge whether lusting over them is overrated or not. What’s frightening is wanting to own other toy lines that I have no intention of ever collecting from what I have seen because drool worthy is what most of those amazingly detailed and expensive looking toys are. My friendly advise: let the faint in self-restraint beware LOL.
The exhibit area is where I spent most of Saturday, taking photos (shown below in the gallery) of huge sculpts (like the Sentinel), scale models (like FPJ as Panday), Hot Toys, dioramas, old and well maintained/loved collections, and even gashapons. A few meters away in the selling area is where you may find some of the not so rare toys from the exhibit.
As mentioned, the group cosplay competition happens on Sunday. I have only taken photos of two cosplayers today, those of my good friends Monique and Lyron. Both, if I may say, are still very passionate about their craft. I promise to take more photos of the better cosplays at ToyCon 2012 today.
Note from the organizers: cosplayers are encouraged to go in the venue and utilize the “six huge themed exhibit spaces: The Anime Planet, Superhero Stars, Movie Nebula, Toy Supernova, Gaming Galaxy and Kids Constellation, all of which make up the Cosplay Universe.” From experience, photographers, the general public, and cosplayers engaging in photo ops in the corridors outside the Mega Trade Halls are being told by guards to vacate the area to minimize disruption of foot traffic flow.
The P100.00 entrance fee for ToyCon 2012 is so much worth the bargain, sights, and experience inside the event area. There’s also a gaming booth by Amped where registered players may get a chance to win in-game rare items. Below’s the activity schedule for June 17, 2012, ganked from the ToyCon PM website.
|TIME||DAY 3 (JUNE 17, 2012, SUNDAY)|
|10:00 AM||Registration for COSPLAY UNIVERSE group competitions|
|Emcees welcome & Sponsors acknowledgements|
|11:00 AM||Games – Bring Me /|
|Sponsor segments – ABS CBN Publishing|
|Panel discussion – GI Joe: 30 years (TS-118)|
|12:00 PM||Film showing – Fan films|
|Games – Batman Trivia|
|Panel – Angry Woebots|
|1:00 PM||Sponsor segments – SMART|
|Games – Hero Up Daddy|
|Panel discussions – Toys for the Big Boys: Statues, Hot Toys, Scale Models (Pinoy 1/6)|
|2:00 PM||Band Performance|
|Sponsor segment – AMPed Fest|
|3:00 PM||Band Performance|
|Sponsor Segment – ABS CBN Publishing|
|4:00 PM||COSPLAY UNIVERSE group competition|
|Intermission – Alodia|
|5:00 PM||COSPLAY UNIVERSE group competition|
|Sport That Dark Knight Look|
|6:00 PM||Band Performances|
|Film Showing – Animation and Fan films|
|7:00 PM||Awarding of Cosplay and Contests|
|8:00 PM||Raffle draws and games|
Dan Hostettler, Swiss “visualist,” Europe’s top notch Beauty and Glamour photographer, entrepreneur, and founder of (NSFW link) StudioPrague will be holding a 2-day, all-in, “Glamour & Nude Photography Workshop” in Manila on March 10-11, 2012. Limited to only
4 EDIT: 5 participants max at US$750 per person EDIT: PHP15,000, the workshop will showcase, foremost, Dan’s flawless technique and years of experience in teaching and practicing glamour and nude photography, 2 models (who have graced Playboy Philippines, no less, I heard), 1 hair and make-up artist, studio equipment, venue, and food and snacks.
Hover on the image below for an NSFW version of the poster (may take a few seconds to load):
I had my slot reserved, despite my knee-jerk remorse with the course fee. Did so after visiting the StudioPrague website, looking at their (NSFW link) regular workshop courses and course outline, reading about Dan’s credentials, seeing how carefully calculated and professional the nude shots looked, and after reading most of the (NSFW link) testimonials of past StudioPrague workshop participants the world over.
Think about it. In order for us to enroll into a semi-private masterclass of this caliber, we’d need to haul our collective arses to Europe or the US, spend for visa, airfare, lodging, living, and course fees (aaaaaaaaaaand tour packages and shopping expenditures, of course LOL). In Prague at the Czech Republic, a similar workshop at Dan Hostettler’s StudioPrague costs €1,950 per participant. The discount on workshop fees alone makes attending the Manila Workshop a keeper (with already around US$1,900 savings, mind you). How much would attending an “open shoot” cost in Manila? 1,500 to 2,000 inclusive of lighting, model fees, and just some time to shoot the model shared with at least 10 other photographers (most of whom would get every opportunity to get as much time shooting than the rest). There can only be very little to no structured learning in such avenues (I’ve attended a couple, so I’d know). Now, compare that setup with a semi-private, four participants-max class with Dan Hostettler.
I just recently attended a Product Lighting workshop with Jo Avila and Cesar Caina last Sunday. For a maximum of 15 participants, workshop fee is P6,000 (was lucky enough that there were only three of us who registered for the workshop, at the same cost. Had a fun time learning that day). With PCCI (Philippine Center for Creative Imaging), Nudes and Glamour are taught in two 2-day courses that costs roughly P7,000 per course. Point is, photography classes will cost you and attending good quality, read tried and tested, classes will cost you more. The fewer the participants, the higher the cost.
Reading this from StudioPrague sealed my decision to sign up for the “Glamour & Nude Photography Workshop:”
An EduShoot is a learning workshop.
EduShoots are where the REAL learning begins!
EduShoots (known as “workshop”) was created for the simple reason:
WE TEACH GLAMOUR & NUDE PHOTOGRAPHY!!
We have noticed over the past years, everyone offers so called “workshops”. At these “workshops” there is little or no instruction going on, just people shooting models. We wanted to get away from that and establish the fact that at our workshops, there’s actual education happening!
I’d pitch this 2-day course to hobbyists, advanced, and pro-photographers alike, if only to pick on Dan’s mind, his European (photography) industry insider pro-tips, and know what it is that makes him take consistently good glamour (and of course nude) photographs. Heck, I’d even egg on fine arts students to go, if they have the means and the earnest interest to pursue glamour photography as a career after graduation. It’d also be quite snooty to claim “I’ve attended a StudioPrague Workshop” (better if it shows on your output, too, hehe, which is why we’re taking the class)!
On a lookout for short courses to help enhance my skills at photography, I turned to a good friend Michael Sy Yu of iSnap Creatives for ideas and guidance. And guide me did! Thanks, Mike, for pitching the workshop idea to Dan and thanks, Dan, for giving us the rare chance to learn from of your genius.
To reserve for a slot and for sure participants, please contact Mike at 0917.8906053. Feel free to share this like to anyone who you think would be interested.
DISCLOSURE: This is not an advertorial. The author and site owner did not receive any form of compensation and neither free nor discounted training course fees for publishing this article. Header image and workshop poster taken from Dan’s and StudioPrague’s websiteContinue reading...
Prepare for an Alodia’s Fantasy event photo avalanche! Hover on the pics for captions. I enjoyed the program immensely with friends Kring Elenzano, Winston Almendras, Faith Salazar, and Coy Caballes. The cosplay competition segment is the best that I have seen so far from among the cosplay competions I’ve attended through the years: schedule is tight but just right, sound accompanying the performances are all high quality BGMs, finalist line up are truly worthy to be called best in class, and the cosplayers gave it their all to justify their character portrayals. The event was held in the ICON at the Intercontinental Manila Hotel. Usually a bar and lounge for a CBD night out, it was for the night transformed to stage the live online show. I heard from Marcelle, the host for the evening alongside Alodia Gosiengfiao, that the number of online views for the program reached more than 10,000 and at one point, there were around 700+ simultaneous views. If broadband in the Philippines weren’t so darn slow, I bet there would be a lot more people staying in their homes to watch the show. Still, amazing!
Below are photos of the cosplay participants during the show’s competition. First up, the Male Cosplay Category.
Dennis Madarang playing Pyramid Head, a violent monster from the hit game Silent Hill 2, is the winner for the Male Cosplay Category. If you look at his skirt closely, you’ll observe that he brought along his arcane posse. Talk about detail!
For non-otakus, Sajin Komamura is the captain of the 7th Division of Gokai 13 in Soul Society in the anime series Bleach (if the robe does not give that away yet lol).
Eddieson goes onto the stage with a folder covering his face. Put down, he reveals a cylindrical-ish Red Angry Bird mask and starts throwing birds to the audience as the Angry Birds theme played in the background. Then suddenly, he yanks away the pants, throws down the mask, and pulls off the black shirt to reveal Red Hawk. OutSTANDING in creativity!
I apologize to Rubinstein Ebuenga who played Kamen Rider Dark Kiva with the song number because my shots of you are all dark. Failure from my end, sorry. Plus I’m quite peeved by the color of the lighting in the venue. Too magenta for my liking and white balance presets. Again, I’m sorry.
Up next are the ladies from the Female Cosplay Category.
I have been taking photos of Monique in various cosplay conventions but it is only during Alodia’s Fantasy that I have seen her do the geiko dance. It was nothing short of stunning: her facial expression show pride, control, and a calm vibe showing in her calculated and fluid movements that she must have perfected through years of cosplaying a geisha. Great job, Minique! Mighty proud of you, my friend! EDIT: So I found out that Monique was played the wrong background music for her number. Double the props to you, my friend for pulling that dance off like that with professional reserve. Shame shame on the audio people. Shame!
Myrtle Gail won in the female cosplay category by playing Grand Archer Rena from the MMORPG Elsword.
Apologies to Catrina Anne Lazaro who played Black Rock Shooter because my shots of your performance could not be salvaged owing to the erratic and magenta saturated lighting :( I’m so sorry!
Next up is the Mecha Cosplay Category.
From the rehearsals earlier Saturday, Don Robert came in a Stark jacket for the run through. Near the end, he did a back flip much to the surprise of everybody in the set. The question in my mind was will he do it during the actual competition with the Mark V on. He didn’t. I must say the online audience just missed a singularly awesome moment in Philippine cosplay history.
Bolen Lareza playing Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn’s MSN-06S Sinanju bagged the grand prize in the Mecha cosplay category. I suddenly remember something I heard from a friend during a con a loooooong time ago: “we are no match with chibis. They come out and they wow and make everyone swoon and gush with little or no effort.” Haha. Bolen, however, really worked the stage. Her moves are in sync with the background music and sound effects. The mecha is also exquisitely made. My favorite detail is the etched insignia on the MSN-06S’s left shoulder.
Richard Cheng’s Zoids mecha is probably the biggest mecha I have EVER seen around. It’s just HUGE! Just look at that photo where he’s fighting with a human who looks like a mouse. Not in this picture is the tail detail of the mecha. It’s LOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG AND HUGE, TOO!
For the other things that happend that night, check out the following. click on the landscape oriented photos for the larger image.
Kel asked Gerard what his name is to which Gerard answered, “a friend.” His answer brought the house down. Well played.
That’s it. The Alodia’s Fantasy program in photos. Great job flippish and everyone who made this event possible and the sponsors, of course. Thanks Kring and Chris Tan for the invite! Will there be an Alodia’s Fantasy Encore any time soon? :)
PS: I apologize to the Haga Twins Miwha and Michiko, too. Looking at my photos at home, it appears I did not have a great shot of them other than what I took during the rehearsals. Bawi ako next time, I promise >.<Continue reading...
[ EDIT: Click here for the actual event photo recap. Thanks! ]
Adding to Kring Elenzano’s post on what to expect from the Alodia’s Fantasy live online special which will air tonight, October 22, 2011 8pm-10pm GMT +8 flippish.com, below are a few preview photos from this afternoon’s rehearsals to get you all more excited to be at home and watch it get aired direct from the set.
You probably won’t see Kring later but she’s there in the audience LOL
Yes, folks, Alodia will be dancing on set. Epic! Online viewers will also be treated to a live chat portion with Alodia. There will be so much more in store for viewers tonight so stay tuned!
From what I gathered, there will also be a cosplay contest that will be divided into three categories: Female, Male, and Mecha. The contest will be open for online votes so cast those “likes” for your favorite cosplayer. Links for voting are situated below the video stream at the flippish.com site. There will be live judges so I reckon the number of likes will form part of the final score tally as the winners for each category will also be announced tonight before the end of the program. For your reference, I got ahold of the names of all the contestants representing a huge chunk of the more popular and passionate cosplayers in the Philippines. They will be on set and will show off their glorious renditions of their favorite characters. They are:
Cykah Malagad (Ashtaroth)
Ryan Simbul (Monster Hunter Freedom Unite Blademaster with Dragon X Armor)
Mark Celtic Buenaventura (Warlord Predator)
Rubinstein Ebuenga (Kamen Rider Dark Kiva)
John Ezekiel De Guzman
Eddieson Jaluag (Red Hawk)
Jo Marcel Navarro (Mamoru)
Monique Dimanlig (Geiko)
Hye marie Nim
Isabel Cortez (She-Predator)
Catrina Anne Lazaro
Marienela Chanco (Suigintou or Rozen Maiden)
Shiela navarro (Yellow Ironman)
Jonam Baladad (Mobile Suit Girl Gundam Wing Zero)
Don Robert Torio (Iron Man Mark V)
Bolen Lareza (MG Sinanju)
Gibs Sagun (Kamen Rider Oz Latoratah Combo)
AbrahaM Cruz (Zodiac Twelve from Exteel)
Richard Cheng (EZ-021 Deathsaurer from Zoids)
To support your favorites, don’t forget to vote.
For latar tonight, there will also be an After Party from 10pm onwards. Gates of ICON Ultimate Club will be opened at 10pm for all the registered Flippish members who want to meet and mingle with Alodia and other cosplayers. Registered Flippish member will be given After Party Invites, so if you know someone who wants to join the After Party, all they have to do is register on Flippish to make it into the guest list and be given an After Party Invite.
If you missed the trailer, here it is. Note of the list of performers who will be gracing this event? Awesomeness! Don’t forget that Alodia’s Fantasy airs tonight, October 22 at 8:00 PM (Philippine Standard Time) live on flippish.
Watch out for my photos from during the event tomorrow!Continue reading...