AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016 ended last Sunday, Aug. 28 after three days of making fans giddy and happy. But one of the highlights of the whole event was the cosplay competition; known as The CAGE, it was the gathering of the best cosplayers in the Philippines vying for the top spot.
There have been different costumes that judges had to see. There are game characters from MMORPG hits like League of Legends and fighting game Mortal Kombat. Then there are characters from Transformers gracing The CAGE stage.
There were two categories. The first one was the open category where anyone could join, so long as they meet the requirements. They have been picked by AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016. The event took place during the second day of the event, Aug. 27. The second category was the Kids category where children who are into cosplaying was given the chance to shine. They dressed up with costumes made for them and performed with confidence. They embodied the characters they were playing.
Of course, a competition will not be a competition without the judges. For that, AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016 has chosen the best female cosplayers around the world to help with the decision.
There is Alodia Gosiengfiao, the world’s most popular cosplayer, according to a recent article a well-known site. Another Filipino judge was Myrtle Sarrosa, a cosplayer and singer popular in the country. They are accompanied by Ani Mia, a cosplayer since 2008; Lindze Merritt, who is a professional make-up artist who also loves to cosplay; Riki Lecotey aka Riddle who appeared in 2 season of Heroes of Cosplay and Yugana Senshi Uon, a cosplayer who won the Garena League of Legends 2014 Cosplay Competition.
In an interview with one of the judges, Ani Mia expressed her admiration for the Filipino cosplayers during the AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2016. She said it was hard to judge since “every single costume was just perfect.” However, she did share what the judges are looking for in a winner.
And the winner for the Cosplay Authority Global Challenge Champion (Kids Category) is…
“A lot of it comes down, and a lot of people don’t realize it, it’s stage presence. And that is what we’re saying to people competing: it’s not just the costume and the way it’s made. It’s how you present yourself onstage. So go up there and be confident.”
Another judge, Lindze Merritt, also agreed that it had been hard to choose the best among the contestants. She even joked around saying, “America needs to step it up because Philippines is kicking our butts.” But she did agree that stage presence and how a cosplayer brings themselves on the stage was the deal breaker.
The winner of the open category has received $10,000 while it was $5,000 for the kids category. So far, it is the biggest prize in a cosplay competition.
Congratulations to the APCC Cage champion! #apccph2016
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