COSPLAY.PH and HOBBIWORX, INC. in cooperation with Robinsons Place Midtown Manila, upholds a proud tradition with its seventh annual Philippine Cosplay Convention. The free event brought in the crowds with its Individual and Group Cosplay events, as well as with its Cosplay Costume of the Year Awards.
We weren’t able to stay long enough to see the entire programme, but it was generally smooth and well-paced. There were noticably far less people this year than in previous years, however that did not detract from the variety and quality of costumes on display.
The Japan Information and Culture Center of the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines is inviting all karaoke addicts, dance maniacs, anime fans, and J-pop enthusiasts to the 2014 J-pop Anime Sing and Dance Contest! This year, the event is divided into two exciting categories: a singing competition, and a dance competition!
Prospective contestants to the Singing competition may perform solo or form a singing group not exceeding four members. Contestants may choose any J-pop or anime song, sung in Japanese by a Japanese artist, for their performance. They may choose to perform while playing musical instruments, a cappella, or using the karaoke version of the song (for this option, only original CDs will be allowed).
In July of 2013, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan announced that Philippine passport holders traveling on short-term visits of up to fifteen days were now qualified to apply for Japanese multiple entry visas with three years validity.
This is great news since Filipino travelers can go to Japan just as easily and simply as they do Singapore or Thailand — for weekend trips and short stays.
But how does one go about applying for a multiple entry visa? It’s surprisingly easy — much easier than even we expected! Just follow our step by step quide soon you too can be jetting off to the landof the Rising Sun :D
Nico Cardenas — better known online as Otakumouse, is a talented designer and prodigious toy collector based right here in Manila. He has done plenty of design work for world-famous Japanese pop culture guru Danny Choo and his company Mirai. We’re delighted that Otakumouse has taken a few minutes from his busy schedule to talk to us at magnetic-rose.net on the ins and outs of toy collecting, design work, and having DC as a boss.
First of all, tell us about yourself and your blog and the groups you belong to :)
Hi! I’m Nico and I work as a Designer :) I’ve been designing and drawing stuff since I was a kid, and didn’t really expect that I’d be doing the same stuff professionally. I mostly suck at every subjects when I was still studying — except for those subjects with the words “design” or “art” in them.
I’ve been working in the design industry for nine yrs now, and was lucky enough to work with brands like Marvel, Google, P&G, Columbia Pictures, Activision, MTV, and other international brands. Here in the Philippines, I mostly work with clothing brands like F&H, Penshoppe, Bench, Petrol, and RRJ (those large billboard designs you see in EDSA :P).
The Kadokawa Culture Promotion Foundation Media-Content Research Project in cooperation with the University of Tokyo is issuing a call for applications to its two-week summer program on Japanese pop culture. The program will take place from 14th to 26th July 2014, at the University of Tokyo in Japan.
Applicants are eligible if they are currently enrolled in college or university, or have already obtained an undergraduate degree in the field of arts, humanities, or social sciences. The program will offer financial support of up to JPY 100,000 for travel expenses, as well as free accommodations for the lenght of the summer program for qualified students (non-students must shoulder their own expenses).
BLush: The Philippine BL Convention has announced its line-up of special guests for its second year. The theme for 2014 is “Secrets & Confessions”, and this theme is reflected in the launch of the BLush Anthology Vol 2 and BLush’s signature butler cafe La Vie en Rose, as well as with its guest line-up.
Doujinshi artist and academic -fe will be coming to Manila for the first time for BLush Convention. -fe has been publishing her doujinshi in various comic conventions in Asia, including Japan’s ComiKe and Singapore’s Anime Festival Asia. She’ll talk about her experience as a doujinshi artist and give advice to budding artists.