Boredom set in last Saturday morning. I knew I had to channel my inner galang pusa (GP).
And so after two long hours of being cooped up in a half-full and freezing airconditioned bus, I found myself in Robinson’s Manila.
Believe me, malling was farthest from my mind when I initially set out on this journey. Let’s just say that I was in the area for some nerdy pursuits. But the effing traffic along the coastal highway was at its worst again and I was forced to shelve the plan in the meantime.
Back to my story. I was walking towards the Midtown section of the mall when I noticed that most of the people who were walking in the opposite direction were sporting decidedly outlandish costumes. I couldn’t believe my luck. It was the 4th Philippine Cosplay Convention!
Wiki defines cosplay (short for “costume play”) as a type of performance art in which participants don costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea. Characters are often drawn from popular fiction in Japan, but recent trends have included American cartoons and Sci-Fi as well as other pop-culture.
I am no anime fan nor am I familiar with popular fiction in Japan. But I am a very visual person. And seeing this wide range of characters in their colorful attires was making me very …uhhhmmm…stimulated. Had I known, I would have come in my best GP costume. What a sight it would have been, lol.
By the time I was able to muscle my way near the stage, they were already calling onstage Ironman and Bumble Bee which was met with ecstatic cheering from the crowd.
The Atrium was also crawling with paparazzi. And oh, did I say that some of the cosplayers came with their PA’s and yayas?
I stood there in the middle of it all, rubbing elbows with Naruto and Streetfighter characters, mesmerized at how, in a snap, they can switch from being their regular selves to the characters that they were portraying whenever the cameras of the paparazzi started flashing.
I soon gave in to the urge.
I fished my camera from my bag and started shooting.
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