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All roads led to the SMX Convention Center last September 17, 2011 as it played host to The Best of Anime 2011. As it turned out, the Manila Book Fair which was dubbed as “one of the longest-running book fairs in Asia,” was also being held at the same venue. So the crowd was a merry, and sometimes dizzying, mix of cosplayers and bookworms.

The books though did not hold attraction to me as much as the cosplayers who were milling about,  posing for the cameras and acting as their characters would. And I perfectly knew why: it was time for me once again to channel my inner paparazzi and become shutter-happy!


Harry Potter (or the one playing him) was a big draw to fans and so was this young lady who could very well pass for… a sanitized version of the Playboy Bunny (no offense meant here – aren’t those bunny ears? lol ).

But the thing that caught my interest in these photos were the duck faces, aka fish faces, that the fans were making. These reminded me of a website called AntiDuckface which was put up ostensibly to put a stop to the spread of these cloned Angelina Jolie lips. The website owners defined the duckface as:

the pose where you push your mouth out in that sort of weird, half-kissy-face to make it look like you’ve got big pouty lips, a super-defined jawline, and model-quality cheekbones.”

I won’t attempt a duckface, will you?

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You might also like my story on the 4th Philippine Cosplay Convention.

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10 thoughts on “The Best of Anime 2011

  1. this was far better than what i actually experienced in harajuku street in tokyo last year.
    mas creative ata ang pinoy talaga naman sa pangongopya. *pun intended*
    and that harry potter guy can give daniel radcliffe a run for his money.

    …so cool!, jun!

    • salamat docgelo! may bayad ang pagpasok sa venue kung saan ginanap ang contest kaya I waited for them to come out. dun ako nag-antay sa exit. talagang tunay na paparazzi ang pakiramdam ko noon hahaha.

      we were startled with the harry potter look-alike. kamukha niya talaga! nagtitili pa nga ang pinsan ko nung makita siya. we had lotsa fun!

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