“Cosplay Day. . .”
My day 3 coverage started at 3PM with the karaoke contest on stage. And again, the contest swarmed with great singers with veteran cosplayer Denggoy Isidoro announced as the “Grand-Slam Winner” for winning the karaoke contest three-days in a row in the Tokusatsu category while Julius Izanagi was the runner-up for the same category. Isidoro, a frequent participant to various karaoke contest, was awarded Php 1,000 as prize. Mayden Ong with her cover of Samurai X’s Sobakasu made her the winner in the anime category.
The most awaited activity of every anime conventions is the individual cosplay competition even though it did not break the record of 300+ participants of last year’s competition, Ozine Fest 2012 managed to registered 214 cosplayer as of last count. The cosplay catwalk took almost 3 hours, it started at around 5PM and ended at 8PM which made several standing spectators to leave halfway.
With 2 hours left before 10PM , other activities – Poster auction, Trivia game (Beat the Otakus) and a sponsored activity that presents different games from Japan, hurriedly presented on stage.
Here are the winners of the Individual Cosplay Competition (top to bottom, left to right)
Best Mecha – Isaiah Luke Buelos as Voltron
Best Male – Raymond John Almarines as Sanada Yukimura
Best Female – Lizelle Azionge as Neytiri (Avatar)
3rd Placer – Sochi Domingo as Bahamut (Final Fantasy X)
2nd Placer – Krizdel Ingreso as Lady Sylvanas (World of Warcraft)
1st Placer – Jonam Baladad as Gundam Girl Unicorn
The 8th Ozine Fest ended on April 15, 10:30PM.
Ozine Fest 2012 had been successful in entertaining its followers with different off-stage and on-stage activities. I, myself, enjoyed the event with all the photos I took with cosplayers wandering around the venue though still disappointed that the Ozine Fest staff didn’t rented out all the Megatrade Halls.
Though space-wise, it’s a 428 sq meter improvement compared to last year’s Ozine Fest (last year’s Ozine Fest was held at Megatrade 2 and 3), many attendees especially cosplayers still decided to stay outside the venue, avoiding the already large crowd inside the two halls.
I am hoping that next year or maybe on its 10th year, they may reconsider a bigger venue, SMX Convention Center perhaps.
More photos at animePH’s Facebook page