Last weekend, Hobbiworx and’s 5th Philippine Cosplay Convention was held at The Atrium, Robinsons Place Manila in Malate.

The event featured Individual and Group cosplay competitions, toy auctions, mini-games and its main highlight was the presentation of Cosplay Costume of the Year 2011 winners. There were also various booths in the event – Gundam building booth, booths from event sponsor and even selling booths.

Special guest for the event was TEAM OMEGA, composed of  AC Hernandez and Zhel Guiral from Mindanao. Team OMEGA was the 2011 TorCH II Grand Champions and AFA ’11 Regional Cosplay Championship Winners.

The event’s main highlight is the awarding of this year’s Cosplay Costume of the Year. CCY is an annual award organized by and winners of the said awards were determined through voting in their official Facebook page.

Here are the winners:

Best Creature/Mecha – Abraham Cruz as Zodiac Twelve (Exteel)
Best Crossplay – Marky Ilano as Cure Black (Futari Wa Precure Max Heart)
Best Child – Bolen Lareza as Wyvern Rhadamanthys (Saint Seiya Lost Canvass)
Best Female – Ces Ignacio aka Ikumi Ces as Priscilla awakened being  (Claymore)
Best Male – AC Hernandez as Judge Magister Gabranth (Final Fantasy XII / Final Fantasy Dissidia / FInal Fantasy Dissidia Duodecim)

A total of 150 cosplayers joined the individual competition while a couple joined in for group competition. A separate competition was held early afternoon for cosplayers dressed as historical militia or called now as “Historal Impression”.

The Darna group spearheaded by Herbert Chavez aka Pinoy Superman won the competition. He played Darna in the skit.

Here are the list of winners for the 5th PCC Individual Cosplay Competition

[5th PCC and CCY 2011 Cosplay Winners]

This year’s individual cosplay competition, introduced what they called the “cosplay tag” wherein participating cosplayers were obliged to interact with other participants during transitions. A good transition will score you extra points with the judges.

This year also marked a milestone in Philippine cosplay as Robert Torio’s group, whose costume won Best Female cosplay in the individual competition with Izabel Cortez, was able to showcased their “masterpiece” made of rubber latex. A long, tedious and costly process where costume makers here and in the US do for movie/TV productions.

Cosplayers were accommodated properly by the organizers as dressing room at the back stage was designated to them instead of going to restrooms to avoid overcrowding. Minor adjustments to the booths specially near the stage would really help as people in front were too crowded during the competition, other than that, the 5th PCC was a big success.

Event ended with expectations of a much bigger Philippine Cosplay Convention next year.

Here are some photos taken from the event.

5th PCC Album [1]