The world of cosplay, toys and comics definitely collided last June 16, 20133 as HEROtv’s cosplay event HERO Face off 2013 was held during the 12th Philippines Toycon 2013 at SM Megatrade Hall.
We arrived at the venue at around 1PM with anime movie Gundam Unicorn Volume 1 being screened. Tokusatsu movie Kiba screened earlier in the day.
It was then followed with a “not-so-perfect” performance of all-girl band Rouge who played two popular anime songs (one from Gintama) and the official theme song of HEROtv. The band is led by Filipina cosplayer Ayumi Kassinique together with Jeri, Kara and Celina.
The HERO Faceoff 2013 was hosted by PBB Teen Big Winner and HEROtv anime jock Myrtle Sarossa and Protege’s Mikoy Morales.
The event started with the Kid Squad Category with more than 10 kid participants made a ramp onstage.
LEAGUE OF HEROES
It was immediately followed by the skit performance of 3 cosplay groups for the League of Heroes category. We felt bad that only few cosplay group participated for this category.
FACE OFF (WCS Philippines Finals)
The Face off Category is the main highlight of HERO Faceoff 2013. Finalists from the 4 National Qualifiers held in Manila, Subic, Legazpi and Davao got together in SM Megamall to compete for the World Cosplay Summit Philippines Finals 2013.
Emmanuel Zara of Toycon 2013, World Cosplay Summit’s Ed Hoff, HEROtv’s Jojo Estacio, Fashion Designer Tessa Prieto Valdez and cosplayer Mark Cerezo were the judges of the WCS 2013 Finals and the finalists were judged according to their performance, costume, faithfulness to the original work and audience impact.
Here are the 15 finalists:
- Christian Emmanuel Espinosa (Kamen Rider Park Kiva from Kamen Rider Kiva)
- Dennis Isidoro (Solbraver from Super Rescue Command Solbrain)
- Lyron Decy Aquino (Barnaby Brooks Jr. from Tiger and Bunny)
- Erika Jean Garbin (Freya from Zangeki no Reigenleiv)
- Abraham Cruz (Dragoon from Final Fantasy XIV)
- Gilbert Sagun (Kamen Rider 000 Shauta Combo from Kamen Rider 000)
- Karlonne Santos (Raiden from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance)
- Lenorf Arrel Corpus (Dinivas the Black Knight from White Knight Chronicles II)
- Jocelle Herrera (Haseo Beast form from .hack// G.U. Trilogy)
- John Vincent Estapon (Haseo Beast form from .hack// G.U. Trilogy)
- Ritchie Louie Ando (Cecil Harvey Dark Knight from Final Fantasy Dissidia)
- Arjay Dioso (Kazekage Gaara from Naruto)
- Benigno De Jesus (Wild Tiger from Tiger and Bunny)
- Carlo Partick Torres (Kyouraku Shunsui from Bleach)
- Jerald Paul Gajudo (Kakuzu from Naruto)
Izaiah Luke Buelos as Gundam Heavy Arms from Gundam Wing was crowned this year’s Kids Squad Champion while first runner was given to Ashley Misaki. Buelos received a cash prize of Php15,000, a plaque of recognition and a special gift pack while Misaki also received a plaque of recognition and a special gift pack and Php5,000 cash prize.
Sword Art Online cosplay group Team HTP: Level Down were named as Champions for the League of Heroes Category. Team HTP was the same group who won in the same category last year as Team Suna. They received a cash prize of Php20,000, a plaque of recognition and a special gift pack. The runner-ups, Rising Stars received Php10,000 as cash prize.
Erika Garbin and John Vincent Estapon were picked to fly to Nagoya, Japan to represent the Philippines in this year’s World Cosplay Summit. Aside from the all-expense paid trip to Japan, the two winners also received a cash prize of Php20,000, a plaque of recognition and a special gift pack.
The event ended with live performance of Filipino alternative rock band Chicosci.