A meaningful Saturday that was. July 16 marked the awarding program for our My Hometown’s Finest Photo Contest and the team was all geared up for the event. That same day, cosplayers from Batangas and the neighboring provinces united for the Cosplay Extreme.
After the awarding program of our photo contest cosplayers started rushing into the Event Center where the event was held. The registration was a bit crucial but after the contestants were given their official contest number, the cosplayers paraded around the mall area and then went back to the Event Center.
It was a good opportunity for the photographers present, particularly the Batangas Province Camera Club and the MHFPC finalists, as the cosplayers gamely posed in the photo shoot.
The board of judges for the Cosplay Extreme competition were Miss Lipa Tourism 2010 and Mutya ng Batangan 2011 2nd Runner-Up Czshevinah Alejandro, Barik Mobile Bar owner Dante Inciong, Jr. and De La Salle Lipa associate professor and certified cosplayer Michelle Malvar, who served as chairman of the board of judges.
A total of 54 cosplayers joined the competition. The cosplayers dressed up themselves as the characters of popular animes, online games, mangas, and even from the movies.
There were cosplayers inspired by Cabal, Final Fantasy, Card Captor Sakura, Naruto, Iron Man, Transformers, among many others. Most of the cosplayers exerted effort, time, and money. They come well prepared for the competition.
I asked some of the competitors about their costumes. “Okay naman, medyo mahirap lang umakyat sa stage,” said Marvin who competed as Transformers’ Bumblebee. Well if I’m about to wear his very elaborated costume, I might have fallen more than ten times.
Even kids in robot costumes showed enthusiasm and the willingness to compete. “Hindi naman po mahirap, kayang kaya oh,” said Cedric in his “Silver Knight” costume.
On the other hand, some of them are members of a cosplaying groups. I have asked some, they were really joining cosplay competitions together with their group and some of them were already featured on TV shows here and abroad. Although there are some first time cosplayers, particularly the kids, they still managed to show off and participate.
The Event Center was filled with creatively done costumes and it was apparent that the Cosplay Extreme contestants all enjoyed the contest.
Moreover, everyone should have seen those participants on stage. They entertained the crowd with their presentation on stage as they act like the characters they were portraying.
We were impressed not only on the cosplayers but on the parents, relatives, and friends proudly supporting the cosplayers. A father who accompanied his two children who joined the contest said it was a fun way of family bonding. Another thing, by joining such competition, a contestant could truly boost his self-confidence.
Who would know that watching anime and playing online games also have benefits, just like this.
Here are the winners of SM City Batangas Cosplay Extreme:
Grand Winner — Bumblebee (Marvin Carlo De Luna)
1st Runner-Up — Rikimaru (James Jayrold Deocariza)
2nd Runner-Up — Iron Man (Dennis Milla)
Meanwhile, all participants received a P300 cash coupon from Havaianas.
Congratulations, winners, you do all deserve it. For those who did not make it, better luck next time.
And with that, I’d like to say see you all in the next cosplay competition. I’ll be joining next time!
See more Cosplay Extreme photos here. Special thanks to Batangas Province Camera Club for sharing some of their photos!