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24 October 2014
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Five Questions with Iza Cortez

Iza Cortez is a veteran of the Philippine cosplay scene, having won multiple awards across a number of different events. Iza however has recently come to fore when her exceptional cosplay of Nebula, as well as her other cosplay teammates from Guardians of the Galaxy, were highlighted by GOTG director James Gunn. Iza has taken a quick break from being involved in charitable works with her GOTG cosplay teammates to answer a few questions for us.

Five Questions with Iza Cortez

When and how did you get into cosplay?

I started out 2009 when an opportunity opened to make me shift priorities. I have been always the creative and artistic type when I was still young and was always inclined not to really follow norms in terms of fashion and stuff. I also grew up with cartoons and western shows (80’s baby here) so I am very much influenced by these before I discovered animes. Since I have the time and money, I decided to “try” cosplaying. I started out with closet cosplays in 2009 but I did promise my self that by the succeeding year I’ll try competing and the rest is history. hehe.

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16 October 2014
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Three Cheers for Banzai: The Great Teppanyaki Theater

Let’s face it — when it comes to Japanese food, I am a bit of a snob. It comes with the territory I guess, having lived there on and off through the years. So when a new Japanese restaurant opens up in Manila, I almost inevitably fall into one of two camps — I either love it because it really tastes like Japan and keep coming back, or hate it because it’s too “localised” and never return ever again. I am even worse when it comes to Japanese buffets — as I have associated many of them with vast amounts of mediocre food to be had at premium prices.

Three Cheers for Banzai: The Great Teppanyaki Theater

Fortunately, Marvin Agustin and the team at Banzai: The Great Teppanyaki Theater are trying to change that — not just for me, but also the thousands of picky eaters all over the metro. Their vast location at SM By The Bay at the Mall of Asia complex reflects the expanse of their Japanese-only menu. From their signature teppanyaki and okonomiyaki, all they way to their tempura plates and sushi selections, there is something for everyone who loves Japanese food.

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Cosplay Mania 14

9 October 2014
by magnetic_rose
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Cosplay Mania 14 Day 2 Event Report

Continued from Cosplay Mania 12 Day 1 Event Report.

Day 2 at Cosplay Mania brought in more crowds as entire families showed up to join the festivities. Held in cooperation with Magic The Gathering, Brother International Philippines Corporation, and ANIMAX, Cosplay Mania 14 is also supported by international event partners Anime Festival Asia and Haneda Anime Festival.

Cosplay Mania 14 Day 2 Event Report

Cosplay Mania is also supported by venue partners SMX ConventioncCenter and SM Supermalls Cyberzone, corporate partners All Nippon Airways and YKL Fujifilm, beauty partners Gatsby, Bifesta, Pixy, and Majolica Majorca, and cultural partners the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Japan Information and Culture Center of the Embassy of Japan.

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Cosplay Mania 14

8 October 2014
by magnetic_rose
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Cosplay Mania 14 Day 1 Event Report

Cosplay Mania 14 is back this year in cooperation with Magic The Gathering, Brother International Philippines Corporation, and ANIMAX! Held on the 4th and 5th of October 2014 at the SMX Convention Center Function Rooms 3 to 5, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, it has evolved to offer even more exciting activities including the first ever JAM: Japanese Anime Music Concert!

Cosplay Mania 14 Day 1 Event Report

JAM was headlined by Aya Ikeda — the voice behind the theme songs of popular animes such as Heartcatch Precure!, Kindaichi Case Files and the online games “Finding Neverland Online” and “Harezora Monogatari”, and Loverin Tamburin — the band behind the opening theme for the anime Disgaea and the ending theme for Natsuhiro Drops. JAM also featured performances by MOON SPEAK, NINJA TUNA, and cosplay heart throbs REIKA and KANAME.

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