EPIC is the only word to express the Cosplay Tournament of Champions- Cagayan de Oro Leg held last July 13, 2013 at SM City Cagayan de Oro.
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="292"] Poster credits go to Cosplay Mania's Facebook page[/caption]
Cosplayers and visitors from inside and outside CDO came to once again witness another year of talents and performances in store. Its hosts were Jan "Tenshikins" Samoya aka TK, and the The Cosplay Show hosts, Pablo Bairan and Guy Singson. The event was an opportunity to reconnect with fellow otakus, friends, and make new connections. This was also the perfect time for newbie cosplayers and first-timers to show what they've got.
The first parts of the program were the cosplay parade, a dance performance by Dance Cover Group AYOH GG and an introduction of the event by the three hosts. Mini-games called Facepalm the Music and Title Wave then followed . The entire Activity Center start to heat up as the contestants of the Cyberzone Grand Prix showed up to showcase their characters to the judges. The character that the contestant should portray should have a video game of any gaming platform. The winners were North Gevero who won 3rd place, Nikko Arana 2nd place, and John Michael Go 1st Place.
Below are pictures of the winners and their winning cosplays. Photo credits go to Glenn Palacio / Glenn Palacio Photography
As a dance performance by EXZL and another set of mini-games continued to keep the audience glued into their seats, The official highlight of the event, the Cosplay Tournament of Champions CDO Leg Competition officially commenced. With one goal of representing Cagayan de Oro and their respective cities and hometowns, the excitement of seeing the three teams give their all was just something that you couldn't miss!
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="576"] Team MYCP - (c) Glenn Palacio / Glenn Palacio Photography[/caption]
The first pair to start up the competition was Team MYCP (Make Your City Proud). Veronica "Knaix" Edmilao and Aaron "Kit" Arcay gave out some heart pumping action as they performed as Lenneth and Wylfred from Valkyrie Profile : Covenant of the Plume. Team Purple Flurp were the next to perform as Chinx Banquerigo and Butuan City's Zen Hernandez heat up the cosplay stage as Uchiha Madara and Hashirama Senju from Naruto. Lastly, John "Kazuo" Requiroso and Rem "Hoshiko Hikari" Roca of Team Masayume were able to move the audience into emotion as they cosplayed as Romeo and Juliet from Romeo x Juliet.
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="576"] Team Purple Flurp - (c) Glenn Palacio / Glenn Palacio Photography[/caption]
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="576"] Team Masayume - (c) Glenn Palacio / Glenn Palacio Photography[/caption]
The competition officially came to its close when the winners of the Cyberzone Grand Prix and the Cosplay Tournament of Champions - Cagayan de Oro Leg were revealed. Team Purple Flurp won First Place and were the official representatives for Cagayan de Oro for the upcoming grand finals this October 5-6, 2013 at the SMX Convention Center. Team MYCP garnered the 1st Runner Up place. The three teams have showed such a great and unforgettable competition. Not only did they all gave out the most epic performances, they were able to show the great bond, friendship, and camaraderie with each other. That is true cosplay spirit!
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="576"] ToRCH CDO Leg Participants, Staff, and Cosplayers. - (c) Glenn Palacio / Glenn Palacio Photography[/caption]
Hoping that there will be more ToRCH events to come in the upcoming years. Congratulations to all the winners and participants and to quote Sir Pablo and Sir Guy, "Keep Cosplaying!"
Thank you so much to Sir Guy Singson for leaving a message on my Dominator. :)
All ToRCH Competition Photos are courtesy of Glenn Palacio / Glenn Palacio Photography
Please do stay tuned for Asgard Anime - School Girl Blogger's Article on ToRCH - CDO Leg. :)