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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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Cosplay Mania 14

9 October 2014
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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
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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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Cosplay Mania 14

3 October 2014
by magnetic_rose
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Cosplay Mania 14 JAM Concert Press Con Event Report

Cosplay Mania Evolution live up to its promise by organising the first ever JAM: Japanese Anime Music Concert in the Philippines! 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.

Cosplay Mania 14 JAM Concert Press Con Event Report

The JAM artists all came together earlier this afternoon the 3rd of October 2014, to speak with the press about their upcoming concert and about their first time in the Philippines. If there is one thing the Japanese and the Filipinos love to talk about, it’s food. Nagao-san from Loverin Tamburin sang praises to San Migue Beer, Aya-san falso from Loverin Tamburin professed her love for sinigang, and Aya Ikeda-san surprisingly said that her favorite Filipino food was the calorific treat lechin kawali!

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