The Philippine Cosplay Convention continues its proud tradition of celebrating only the best and brightest in local cosplay, with its 5th March 2011 outing at the Robinson’s Manila Midtown. The event packed in the crowds with not just its merchandisers and exhibits, but also with the announcement of this year’s winners of the Cosplay Costume of the Year contest, as well as the much anticipated Animax Cosplay Festival ramp-off.
Let’s cut to the chase with the list of winners for the 2010 Cosplay Costume of the Year. From a pool of close to fifty contestants, these winners were selected by a criteria composed of Facebook Likes and Judges Scoring. The winners were announced near the very end of the day’s events, and they delivered short acceptance speeches similar to the Oscars and the Grammys.
2010 Cosplay Costume of the Year Awardees
Best Child: Bolen Lareza as Khezu Gunner Armor
Best Crossplay: Zhel Guiral as Noctis Lucis Caelum
Best Creature: Abraham Cruz as Batman Killgear
Best Male: Lyron Aquino as Kamen Rider Knight Survive
Best Female: Sheila Navarro as Holy Cora Alliance
For the Animax Cosplay Festival competition, twelve finalists were whittled down to eight winners, with each of them taking home trophies and gift certificates from the event sponsors. They were likewise announced near the end of the event, after a judging panel of local and international cosplayers scored their individual and group ramps.
Animax Cosplay Festival Winners
Best Historical: Iggy Newhous as a Second Batallion Ranger
Best Group: Team HTP: Naruto x Dragonball Crossover
Best Male: Don Robert Torio as Iron Man Mark 5
Best Female: Samantha Tan De Guzman as Night Witch Lilith
Best Child: Belldandy Chii Grimarez as Kamen Rider Den-O
Best Mecha: Erwin Luarca as Bumblebee
Best Performance: Maylene Ann Santos as Saber
Best Craftsmanship: Rolando Logronio as Asmond Race
We weren’t able to stay long enough to see the entire programme, but it was generally smooth and well-paced. Perhaps the only problems were the fact that — as usual, there were far more attendees than the event space could cope with, and that a slight alteration in the rules confused a large number of the cosplay ramp contestants, making them miss their turns on the catwalk. Nothing much can be done with the former issue, but the latter one would never have arisen if cosplayers simply read all the competition rules and listened to instructions from the get-go.
Thank you very much to the PCC staff for the invitation.