Cable anime channel HERO TV in partnership with Anime Alliance presented HERO Face-Off 2012 which was held last July 7 at Megatrade Hall 1, SM Megamall Mandaluyong City.

The event featured free exclusive screening of HERO TV’s two anime titles – Gintama the Movie and Yu-Gi-Oh 3D Bonds beyond Time – free popcorn and softdrinks included.

Later in the afternoon, the highlight of the event – the Ultimate Cosplay Battle – was held.  The cosplay event was divided into three categories –  the Kids Squad category , the League of Heroes  categories and the Face Off category old and considered as the ultimate category.

HERO TV Hosts: Dino Imperial and Mellow Touch DJ Tracy
HERO Face Off Judges: (from left) Rubber artist Mark Cerezo, Hero TV Channel Head Ruel Ferrer and fashion designer John Herrera

With 19 participants joined the Kids Squads category, 9 groups performed for the League of Heroes and 81 cosplayers run the catwalk for the Face-Off category, here are the individuals and groups who won in their respective category:

Kids Squad Category

Champion: Izaiah Luke Buelos as Voltron Lion Robot
Runner Up: Bolen Gabrielle Lareza as MG Sinanju

League of Heroes

Champion: The Angry Birds as Sentai Jetman
Runner Up: Tranzor Go as Daimos

Face Off

Champion: Ma. Ann Orduna as Azure Rathalok
Runner Up: Erika Garbin as Female Gladiator

Buelos took home the cash prizes amounting to Php 15,000 while The Angry Birds – Jetman, composed of member of cosplay group Team HTP, took home Php 20,000. This is the third win of Team H.T.P from the said competition with Team Suna (Naruto Shippuden) winning the first two competitions.

Here is the winning skit of League of Heroes champions, The Angry Birds.

Ira Orduna took home Php 30,000 plus she will be flying to Singapore along with 2011 Hero Face Off Champion Dyerik Torres, who will be cosplaying Dissidia – Warrior Of Light from Final Fantasy.

(right) HERO Face Off 2012 Champion Ma Ann Orduna with last year’s champion Dyerik Torres

They will be participating Cosplay @ SGTCC, one of the highlights of this year’s Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention to be held on September 1,2 at Sands Expo and Convention Center, Marina Bay, Singapore.

Cross-dressing, make-up wearing, all-male band Tanya Markova performed on stage afterwards. Among their distinctive singles were Picture Picture, Da Facebook Song and Disney.

HERO Face Off: Tanya Markova on stage

Overall, the production was very smooth, as expected from the HERO TV and interestingly, the schedule was followed and the event was even ended earlier than expected.

HERO Face Off: Thick crowd inside Megatrade Hall 1

Unfortunately, the organizers underestimated the number of people who will attend the event. With people started to arrive later in the afternoon, Megatrade Hall 1 was literally jam-packed from inside resulting to barring of people without wrist bands from entering the cosplay venue. Not to mention, lot of cosplayers, photographers and con-goers loitered around outside the venue and long queues to sponsored booth.

In the end, HERO Face Off 2013 will need a bigger venue.

Here are some photos during the cosplay catwalk.

More photos here.

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