Thanks you message for Cosplay Mania ’11
In literature, epic is a term used to describe a heroic odyssey. In these journeys, the hero often encounters overwhelming odds, draws courage and resolve despite the circumstances and triumphs in the end. Cosplay Mania started that voyage four years ago with little more than a group of friends with the same dream: to build a Cosplay event which Filipino cosplayers could be proud of; a Cosplay event that we could hold up amongst the myriad conventions throughout the world and that we could proclaim proudly as OUR OWN.
That dream would not be achieved without sacrifice, and like an epic, we suffered setbacks, we endured tragedies and, on the very eve of the event, a typhoon threatened to lay all our efforts to waste. But, we are Filipinos. We encounter adversity and persevere. We do not give up. Our spirit is indomitable.
When things are at their bleakest, we pool our resources, assist our neighbors and march towards a common goal. So that, even when crises arose and all seemed lost, we all converged on Cosplay Mania ’11 armed with our resolve and refused to surrender despite the challenges and misfortunes that came our way.
Cosplay Mania ’11’s success was OUR success. It was a triumph owed to the sponsors, partners and exhibitors who provided us the resources to mount such an ambitious undertaking. It was a victory unachievable without the organizers, staff and volunteers who gave it their all despite the challenges that came their way. It was a conquest attained only through the thousands of Cosplayers and Cosplay fans who were responsible for the sale of over 15,000 tickets despite uncooperative weather conditions. It was a dream unrealizable without the gracious attendance of our wonderful guests and judges: Pinky Lu Xun, Clive Lee, Jiaki Darkness, Yuki Godbless and Songwen Ouyang.
As we look forward to 2012, we take yet another step on our epic journey. We will strive to continue improving, innovating and evolving. We will continue to overcome the hurdles and pitfalls that come our way. We will do this because we know we are not alone. We know that we have a shared vision and a shared resolve, and we know that together all things are possible.
~ Pablo Bairan