I must have spent a total of nearly 24 hours over the weekend covering cosplay-related stuff. my shoulders, arms, back, legs and feet are aching because from carrying all that gear and doing so much walking.
met with Char on Saturday morning for a small shoot with her cosplaying Saya Otonashi from Blood+
. Nicole skipped work to meet us and go to the 4th PCC at Robinson's Ermita.
we met up with Tifa, Audrey, Abby, Tin and Bernard after having lunch. we proceeded to wander around the con area for a bit before retreating back upstairs because of the crowd. while they at Kido Manga, I went back down to look for Sese and Jessica and stayed with them for a while. others there were Yuu, Zell, Alfred, Erving, Bessi, Marko, Katz, Arianne and several other people I didn't know. Tifa et al joined us later on but by then Nicole had already gone home.
having rested up, we started going around again. Char said that Kyn was at the con so we set off to look for her. it took a while but with Marko's help, I was able to find her. I tried to convince her to do a Namie Amuro pose but she refused, even though I found a whip she could use. XD
even though the place was ridiculously crowded, there didn't seem to be that many cosplayers. regular con-goers seemed to take up a higher percentage of attendees than usual. there didn't seem to be that many Bleach or Naruto cosplayers. someone cosplayed Mazinkaiser, which was a huge surprise.
another unexpected turnout was the number of Panty and Stocking cosplayers. I knew beforehand that Sese and Jessica would be cosplaying the angel versions of Panty and Stocking. what I didn't expect was the number of people cosplaying the duo. there were at least three pairs — two angel versions (the other pair were Taiwanese that we initially mistook to be Sese and Jessica since we were four floors up when we saw them) and one standard version — and one Stocking who came alone because her partner was unavailable.
my favorite find of the day was the other Char cosplaying Misty. not because I'm a huge fan of Pokemon
or because the costume was amazing. it was because she was outside and smoking. it was so out of character for Misty that I just had to take a picture of her.
I was only supposed to stay until about 6pm but ended up leaving at 8pm. by the time I got home, I was nearly dead on my feet.
all of yesterday was spent over in Alabang to help oversee the charity shoot by CNPH and AAP. several notable cosplayers and photographers were invited to take part in the project primarily for the benefit of Selina Romero's family. as a CNPH member, my responsibility for the day was to look after the cosplayers rather than take pictures but that didn't mean I couldn't do both.
the people I already knew beforehand were Sese, Yuu, Alfred, Zell, Jin, Erving and Sarah. the new people I met were Ayumi, Nicola, Kris, Cat and Ella. I knew Donrobert and Izabel but I was never actually introduced to them nor was I able to shoot either of them. there were other people I got introduced to but their names escape me at the moment.
Fernbrook was a great location and a joy to shoot in. it was elegant and beautiful, even if there were parts that weren't complete yet. the only drawback was how out of the way it was but that didn't make the shoot any less worth it.
again, I was only supposed to stay until 6pm but I was having so much fun that I ended up leaving at 10pm along with everyone else. as a result, the previous day's exhaustion was compounded with that day's exhaustion. now, I'm pretty much sore all over.