Wasn’t able to drop by Day 1 but didn’t let Day 2 of Cosplay Mania ’11 just happen without me meekly (lol) requesting for photos from the better cosplayers of the day. Was told by Lyron Aquino last night that Kristel Lim will showcase something BIG for Day 2 (which also happens to be her birthday. Happy Birthday Kristel!). And in a great big armor she came! Saw a lot of familiar faces in the crowd the likes of Samantha De Guzman in armor, Jia Gold Bustamante doing Shaiya Light (a very wholesome rendition, mind you. I would not have thought it possible for anyone to put together until today), Lyron was of course around in his version of civilian clothes (lol), and Jayem Sison as a Black★Rock Shooter dude, complete with abdominal stitched-up lacerations, a badass katana, and bright blue right eye. And of course, abs.
Like you’ve read what I’ve written anyway. You just scrolled straight at the photos, didn’t you? I do that all the time, too. Guilty as a death row inmate. Overall, Cosplay Mania ’11 was pretty organized. Sure, there were three long lines moving at a snail’s pace at the entrance but that was because the security folks were pretty thorough with the bag inspection of both participants and spectators. Security minus the irony. Great job! SMX was also pretty lax in letting cosplayers and photographers just hang around the lobby area of the Function Halls which is a first for the cosplay cons I’ve gone to in SMX, so far. The result was an event that is not as crowded, though I think there are more people who attended this year than last. I had so much fun that I could not be arsed to watch the TOrCH Finals, although I did buy tickets LOL.
Ok, on to the photos! Just like old times, left click to view the larger image. Feel free to grab and post on your facebook but please do not remove the watermark. Linking back to fritzified.com is not required but I’ll love you more if you do lol. If you know the characters that I haven’t named and the names of the cosplayrs featured here, do call me out on them by the comment area so I can properly label the photos in return for their indulgence (for graciously letting me take their photos). Great job for this year’s con, guys! If I may say, participants are SERIOUSLY getting better and better each con!
EDIT: as this is too good to not share. Added Gerard Sison’s cosplay of Superman. Know why that costume looks so finely detailed? Here’s the story straight from Gerard:
“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.”
Before the grand showdown today, Sunday, October 2, 2011, of the Cosplay Tournament of Champions aka TOrCH II 2011, preliminaries were held in Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Bacolod, Davao, Cebu, and three other SM locations around Metro Manila. The winners from each of the locations get to compete against each other during the TOrCH II Grand Finals. The finals will be held at the SMX, SM Mall of Asia during Day 2, that’s TODAY, of Cosplay Mania ’11. The Grand Prize winners will only represent the Philippines in the AFA ’11 Regional Cosplay Championships. Very VERY snooty.
A week ago, I was in SM Manila to watch the Manila preliminaries. Team Vostel who cosplayed Voltes V and Baizanga emerged victorious with Team Lion Rush who cosplayed Chun Li and Ryu coming in second with a fraction of a point difference in the score. That Voltes V cosplay sure looks like it jumped straight out of the animated series and everyone agrees. Contestants are asked to do a skit complete with sound bites from their chosen anime, manga, or game. How well shall Team Vostel and all other finalists fare in the Finals? Stay tuned for that and more on my update soon after the event.
See you at Cosplay Mania ’11!
Here’s a perspective. From the shots I’ve shown in my ToyCon 2011 Cosplay Day 1 post, I got two unexpected reactions offline. One from a Singaporean friend, born and raised in Singapore, where else, and siblings who have no connection whatsoever in the cosplay/otaku scene and who just happened to see the cosplay photos last night. I asked Singaporean friend what she thinks of the cosplay scene in the Philippines from the 20 shots she’s seen so far. The reply, “oh, definitely better than Singapore’s.” Give yourselves a huge pat on the back everyone! Your passion knows no bounds and it translates to your craft. The best ones seem to still get better and the rest follows suit. Of course, I told Singaporean friend that I’ve already weeded out the not so appealing shots from the set, where most of them were my fault and my cam’s.
UPDATE: I received this message an hour after this post, “FRITZY I saw your second post! HEHE OF COURSE the cosplay scene is better in PH!!! Look at Jayem! JUST LOOK AT HIM!!!! <3333 *fans self* He’d better stay away from me or i’d totally molest him LOLOLOL” (and then I died laughing)
Friend number 2 and her sibling were checking out the photos last night and the sibling told her he’s seen cosplayers in Megamall two years ago and he says it looks as though it’s tremendously improved. I don’t know how friend managed to hear her brother’s comments because all I can hear from her the entire time we talked is how she’s so stoked about JayEm Sison’s physique to the point of her saying “if you manage to get to know the guy, please tell him I’m inviting him over for dinner. His choice of resto. On me.” Way to go JayEm! And she’s about to get married that girl.
Before the shots, let me again share with you…
I mentioned I joined the ToyClicks Toy Photography contest during the con. The subject is a Major Motoko Kusanagi toy from McFarlaine manufactured a decade ago in 2000. I bought it in February for 700 from an online seller. I got it sealed but look at the state of the box.
I took the toy out of the box for the first time in March, saying her beauty doesn’t deserve to be sealed in that way. LOL the first two shots I got of her shortly after are:
I was so tempted to just submit the second shot but some inspiration hit me to create this:
No digital manipulation whatsoever. It may have lost but I’m not giving up on toy photography just yet if only because friends think the final output was stellar. They have good taste and perfectly heightened senses, what else can I say. Hahaha.
I was only planning to roam around taking shots of very random cosplayers who I think deserve the bandwidth I was told to judge the Group Cosplay and Game Girl Cosplay event so my Fritzparazziing continued in front of the stage from 5PM onwards so there. I would have loved to take photos of Kristell Lim and the SuckerPunch girls but I could not anymore find them after the competition. I’m so sorry Kristell, Gab Lopez, Katrina Pallon, et al. I really tried finding you, I swear! Apologizing on plurk isn’t enough. Seriously.
If you know who the person is and/or the character they’re portraying, should the caption show a blank, do leave me a comment below so I can populate and give credit. Thanks in advance. That’s it for ToyCon 2011! See you next year!Continue reading...
With the 10th ToyCon 2011 over, we can now all get on with our lives and wait for the 11th next year! LOL. Bought anything? I got a shirt from Rochelle’s booth with a big “tsundere” print, translates to “passive aggressive,” I was told. I also submitted an entry for the “no digital manipulation whatsoever” toy photography contest and lost my awesome to several other awesomes.
There’s a story behind my toy photograph as to how I got the 10-year-old-but-never-been-opened box in February 2011 for P700, how unassuming it looks, and how it was my first time to use gels in my external flashes to achieve that in-cam effect but I’ll save those for another entry.
On to what you went here for: epic, on-site, shotgun approach, stranger to stranger/friend, cosplay shots from the legendary Fritzparazzi! Tried hard and with some help to name all the characters being portrayed here but failed miserably, as expected LOL.
Share, like, and grab your photos but please do not take out the watermark/sig. Thanks!
Watch out for my shots from Day 2 where I get primo vantage point of the stage where I tasked to be one of the four judges of the Group and Gamer Girl Cosplay Competition. Judge? Me? Whodathunk, ya? LOL
Friday night was “I need to shoot something, someone, anything on Saturday or I’ll go insane” day. A typical December work week would give you that, moreso with my function. Got the cam, braved the Christmas traffic, and beelined to SM MegaMall for the 2010 Xmas ToyCon where there’ll be them cosplayers, so I heard. Saw familiar faces, friends, met new ones, and got myself new plurk friends. I was nagging on how there were only a handful of good cosplays last Saturday when I was told by Paul San Diego (the Arumat guy who bagged the grand prize during the Manila TOrCH leg) that there’s no competition during this con. Bam! From dismay, I saw the entire situation in a whole different light. From this reality, and it took me 90 minutes to get to the state from the time I bought my event tickets, I shot my first.
What passion! Much respect. Merry Christmas, every one, and may you find enough inspiration to continue being kick ass in 2011.
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The Nokia N8 is still very much available on sale in Nokia stores, authorized dealers, and you may also avail of the unit with an Unlimited Data Plan with Smart but do you know that you have the chance to win one, tax free, when you vote for your favorite Pier Roxas story? Read on to know how.
In the beginning, a frantic Pier Roxas uploaded a video in youtube asking if anybody can help him piece together the last 8 days of his life that he appears to have completely forgotten. He shows the only 8 clues that he has to the viewer: that he gained consciousness in a pier along Roxas Blvd (thus the name), the bruise on his face, a lipstick smudge on his collar, a key, a mobile phone SIM, a parking ticket, that his wallet was missing, and that all he has is his Nokia N8 with apparently no contacts. He gives out a mobile number at the end of the video so the public can call him up should anybody have leads and for those who wants to help. In time, he’s set up a facebook page where Pier interacted with commenters. He also has a twitter account. In the beginning, we sort of got confused as to where this campaign was headed. It turns out, what really happened to Pier Roxas could be anybody’s vision of the story.
People were asked to submit their take on Pier’s story via email. There were close to a thousand submissions but only 8 finalists were chosen and each of them was awarded a Nokia N8 as a prize. The journey doesn’t end there. As a finalist, the second task is to film the stories they’ve written utilizing the HD recording capabilities of the Nokia N8. They were given a day each to shoot with Pier and the next day to edit and put finishing touches to their videos. Shooting started November 12 and probably ended by November 26, if everything went right on schedule. On December 1 at Rockwell Cinema in the Powerplant Mall, all eight film shorts were shown to a rather small audience in a sort of a world premiere. Starting December 2, all 8 shorts was made available for public viewing at www.nokia.com.ph/pierroxas.
The eight entries will be judged by Director Paul Soriano, Director Pepe Diokno, and Lilit Reyes. The “Best Pier Roxas Film” writer/director will be awarded a P50,000 cash prize. The winner will be announced on December 15, 2010.
No, this is not a popularity contest where the most number of votes via facebook like will emerge victorious, vote padding and all. Your votes won’t determine the winning story as there are judges tasked to handle that part professionally. There is, however, a 10% Audience Impact component to the criteria so online and text votes may get considered there. May, because the PR materials doesn’t say, either. Moving on, there are two chances of winning the Nokia N8 after watching the videos online at www.nokia.com.ph/pierroxas:
1. Vote online (click here for the mechanics for online voting)
2. Vote via SMS (Text N8 to 3830 for Smart Subscribers only)
Viewers can vote from December 2 to 13, 2010 only. The winning online and SMS voter will each win a Nokia N8, tax free!
First, a trivia: the Pier Roxas TV ad is purported to be the first ad to be shot using a mobile phone device. Also, during the premiere night, somebody asked just how many blue shirts Pier had for the shoot. The answer is just one. He was thankful, however, that the directors were kind enough to have it washed for him before each shoot.
Given that the 8 chosen stories were compelling, do the writers have the vision to best interpret their works in video form and the mad video editing skills to render everything creatively? Those who have done video projects in the past would agree that shooting the scenes may well be the easiest part of production. Also, there’s the given limitation that everything should be shot within one day. I got stressed thinking about the amount of effort everybody’s put into each video short.
There are some films with similar and recurring takes on how Pier lost his memory from having been beaten up. Two directors had a pressing need to make Pier take off his shirt for the fans. Almost everybody had to make him lie down on the floor either indoors or along one of them very sanitized Manila esteros.
There’s this one story that I particularly liked because of the Vertigo-esque unrealism about it from the plot down to how the scenes were put together. Making it more mind blowing is how writer/finalist/director DK Codera further twisted already established Roman mythology characters to make them his own for his Mother-Maiden-Crone take. The Fate in “F8″ is not about Destiny. It’s about The Fates whose names are whispered with fear in ancient circles and whose thoughts and actions are said to be dreaded even by the gods. What happens when one person gets the attention and intervention of the Fates? Is he lucky or damned? Favored or expendable? Those three, they were never truly helpful unless they believed in a cause, carrying out judgment based on the oldest of laws, or if the effort furthers their own retribution. OR… they could also just be this bored triumvirate with a penchant to pass the time meddling in mundane human affairs because, maybe, terrorizing gods got monotonous.
There you have it, my vote. What’s yours? Text or vote online for your favorite and you may get a Nokia N8 for Christmas, free, as part of your “F8″ :P