CosFeature #1: Sese Ramirez

I started out as a con-goer back then. It mattered so much to me how accurate and realistic one person can go to look exactly like the character they are cosplaying. So I’d like to take this opportunity to feature some of my favorite Cosplayers, whom I’ve had such honor in meeting and befriending along the way.. -katz

Feature n#1: Nepherteri Ramirez.. aka Sese

K- Konnichiwa Sese-san! Thank you so much for squeezing some time for me. Let us start from the beginning, shall we? Your interest in cosplay, how and when did it start?

SR- It all started when I saw a few otakus cosplaying before during Culture Crash Convention way back. It got me thinking that someday I want to do that too, however during that time I was in college and resources was rather poor. I don’t know who to approach and what to do. So during my college days, I just used to admire cosplayers wishing to be just like them. Then oppurtunity knocked when a friend of mine invited me to cosplay with her and I said yes. From then on, I got hooked.

K- Ooohhh! Tell me, did you make your first costume? Or you had it tailored?

SR- Unfortunately, sewing is not one of my best talents. I had it tailored. All of my costumes are tailored. Though some of the accessories I use are made by me.

K- And do you prefer solo or group cosplays?

SR- Actually it depends but most of time I do solo cosplay since I only have to follow and manage my own time. Solo cosplays are more to your own pacing. Though I also like group cosplays and it depends on the group too. I don’t like working with people who are ningas-kugon or all-talk, all planning but never getting the job done. Since I seldom do group cosplay, I really do enjoy collaborating with people or friends who wanted to cosplay a character from the same series with me.

JULIA CHANG : Tekken

K- I see! How much has cosplay taught you? Pros and Cons?

SR- Cosplay taught me a lot. The pros would be how I learned to put make-up on properly and efficiently, and I’m continuously learning. I also learned how to style my own wig and like putting on make-up, I’m still trying to hone my skills on it. Cosplay also taught me to be more creative, to find new innovations to make cosplay easier and more fun. Another pro is that I made a lot of friends, locally and internationally.

The cons of cosplay that it is an expensive hobby but the pro side to it, it taught me how to budget and improvise things for my cosplay so that I don’t have to spend that much. Then there are people who will judge you and bash you about your cosplays like it doesn’t look nice, it doesn’t look good on you etc. Another con about cosplay is that there are a lot of unecessary issue popping in and out, and you would find yourself entangled in them. But the good thing about getting involved, is you’ll learn how to play and move yourself in and out of what you call “cosplay politics” and eventually you’ll learn who to trust and not to trust.

K- Have you cosplayed abroad as well? If yes, how can you compare it locally? If not, what could you have wished for?

SR- Yes, I have cosplayed abroad already. That was last Anime Asia Festival 2010 in Singapore when me and Kune Delgado represented the Philippines for Regional Cosplay Competition. I cosplayed T-elos from Xenosaga III for the competition and Hagane Miku during Day 1 of AFA 2010.

HAGANE MIKU –  Vocaloid

T-ELOS: Xenosaga III

Comparing it locally, I could say that the convention in Singapore is more organized and and there’s a lot of space. Most of the cons here are held in the mall and malls are usually crowded with no proper place for cosplayers to just sit around or rest. There, since they have the proper venue, coslayers will sit and rest in one corner and no security guard will reprimand them and shoo them away.

K – Whoa really? Cosplay aside, what do you do outside the hobby/community?

SR – At the moment I’m taking my masteral degree in Ateneo De Manila. And when I’m not cosplaying or preparing for cosplay I usually surf the net (always OL on plurk & YM), read manga scanlations, listening to music, reading books or hanging out with my friends.

Cosplay, despite being expensive and time-consuming in some cases, is fun and it hones your creativity. Though the good part is that, you get to know new people and befriend them. however, be careful befriending people in the community. There are those who will take advantage of either your popularity, your connections and your trust. Some will even backstab you. Despite the negatives, the cosplay community is fun but you just have to have a high tolerance and filter out the negativity.

K- Got it. So based on your experience, how’s about a message to aspiring cosplayers out there?

SR – Never get discouraged when people criticize you in a good or bad way. When you’re critized, learn from it and see the essence of it. Listen to advises and suggestions but don’t follow them at once. Filter out things you think is a bad advice/suggestion from the good ones. Hone your skill and never stop learning.

Hai! Even that didn’t stop me. Hehe! What I totally admire about Ms. Ramirez, she has a unique way of portraying the character’s personalities. How colorful she brings them to life with her conceptual and artistic side just never ceases to amaze me!

Many thanks again to the awesome and wonderful Sese! If you want to know more about her, you can visit her Facebook page or check out her other awesome cosplays in DeviantArt.

Photo by: Tami Ballesteros

Til next feature! *huggles*

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BGLAM Supermodel shoot

Last January, my friends and I had this opportunity to be part of an open photoshoot.  The theme? Supermodel! KYAHHH! It was my second time for an official glamor shoot. 

I had to admit, I was very nervous about this at first. To think, I’ve been cosplaying for more than 3 years now, why would I right? Well, it’s not the camera I assure you. I was afraid because.. for once, I had no idea what to wear HAHA! *gets shot* The resident stylist made it clear that he would handle what I would wear.

So I eased up a bit and that quickly, I had a blast.  We had a blast! What makes an event more fun is having to spent it with your friends.

It was so worth it. Even the stylist had a hard time picking what clothes would suit me haha! i just don’t work well with too formal or too extravagant clothes. Until we settled something fun, artistic and cutesy. So I adorned this white-beaded necklace, rainbow printed top by Bobon, pink tutu skirt, my killer 5″ heeled white boots and a black Fedora hat to add up the touch! Check out the photos I got:

 

Haha! I swear whenever I would wear make-up, I turn into somebody else. Seriously, been mistaken for a lot now: Sandara Park, boA, Jean Garcia, Jessica (SNSD), now Donita Rose! Now take a look at the awesome photos of my friends too. Don’t we look fab?

I still can’t get over this. It’s amazing! My friends and I look forward to more of BGLAM’s projects in the years to come. What’s more exciting: one of their stylist is our fellow cosplayer friend and fashion artist, Devian Grey! Maybe this time, we’ll bring more friends. The more the merrier!

CREDITS

Photography: Tami Ballesteros

Styling: Devian Gray

Make-up styling: BGlam staff

Cosmetics by: Ever Belina and Careline

 

Dream Seoul ~ from MaJeKa w/ love!

Let me first start by saying, that this was one tiring event! My business partner and I had to come at around 8am to set-up our booth before event proper. There was one thing I noticed, the place was very spacious! But I didn’t mind at first, I knew that at every Kpop event, they would need a space this BIG.

Mjk Jess came around 8:30am to help set-up and we were as busy as bees. On one side we had the multiple accessories such as: girly kits, notepads, fancy mobile covers and purses, tiny plushies, foldable bags, mjk Dream bottles, and our Abrakadabox!

On the other side we have: more Plushies, our beloved crochet hats, Sun hats and new addition apparel from sister company Dissimilar Clothing.

By the time it was around 10:30pm, mjk Maddie came just as people were lined up outside and couldn’t wait to get in. To my surprise, the line wasn’t that long. Well, unlike my first Kpop event as marshall, we encountered a line long enough at an early start of 8am in the morning and reached till the next floor downstairs, just for the ticket booth! Yes that long! Read story here: http://kasai16.multiply.com/journal/item/52/AUG.trust._control._forgive._reflection

But nevertheless, the team and I were prepared for anything. At first, there were a few customers. Others were try-outs and passerby. Most were kids without enough cash. *sigh* But just as understood. The program started out with their 1st batch of performers.. then the 2nd.. the 3rd.. the 4th. X__x In my opinion, there was a LOT of dancing if you ask me. I mean, seriously!

I was half-worried that the attendees attention would always be on stage. That wouldn’t be fair for us exhibitors in general, now would it? But we don’t control the crowd, it is still their choice. So the team and I do our best to look presentable, fun like our products, advertise like crazy and treat people (customer or not) with equal respect and smiles! It worked though, we sold just as enough. We even gained fans!

More fun facts: As mjk Jess observed it, we were probably the ONLY booth who cam-whored throughout the event! Whenever we had the chance, it was a shoot here and a shoot there. Practically since we were a booth and a cosplay item in one. Well, I could personally say that I have never been more proud to work with such a beautiful team, gals and guys alike! *hugs*

Even lady luck brings us her blessings. One representative of the event’s sponsors came to our booth, saw our products and asked us if we would like to exhibit in their event this coming October. I was shocked! Cosplay.ph wants us to exhibit in Cosplay Mania 2011 WAHHHHH! Ok why am I spazzing? I am well aware that this event has always been the biggest in our country for years! Big enough for international cosplayers to even attend it! Now the person in charge of Marketing and Events, Sir Henry De Dios (aka sephiroth in cosplay.ph forums) comes to our booth and offers a spot for their big event! How fortunate is that? *faint* I am told that this is a rare opportunity because exhibitors get picked, not volunteered! This is why I went home happy, a satisfied business woman. Even if I had body pains the next day. X__x

Now for the awards, our much appreciated THANKS to the following:

To Vince, our backbone on the mjk business.

To pepz, for his never-ending help on us girls.

To Devian and Sese of DISSIMILAR clothing, it has been a pleasure working w/ you.

To our fans who dropped by the booth and supported us, you know who you are! Of course, no other than God who made it all happen. ♥ MaJeKa is a success! Look out for us in the next kpop event on March.27 – KFEST COSPLAY CON 2011. Uri-nun no-rul sarang-hea (we love you)~!

HAPPY ♥’S DAY everyone~!

“Anyone can catch your eye,

but it takes someone special to catch your heart.”

 

I used to have someone to love. But now God has made me realized, love is meant to be shared with everybody.

HAPPY HEART’S DAY EVERYONE!

GA-KON! An indie movie trailer shoot!

Repost from Ga-Kon facebook page:

We invite you to GA-KON!!! The Greatest Anime Convention EVER!

-PLEASE READ ALL OF THE TEXT BEFORE REPLYING-
Tempest Films invites you to a TRAILER FILM SHOOT of Cosplay of the Dead (COTD). The setting of the TRAILER FILM SHOOT is a FICTIONAL convention called GA-KON!!!. The TRAILER FILM SHOOT will take place on February 12, 2011 at Capitol Medical Center Annex Bldg, Quezon Ave. If you come in cosplay, you will get a chance to appear in the trailer AND meet and greet Jin Joson and Miguel Mercado!

 
Please contact Melo Lazatin if you are interested in participating or for sponsorship opportunities.
e-mail: melo@tempestfilms.netmobile: 0932-478-8657
Watch out for more updates on http://facebook.com/cosplayofthedead.

Disclaimer: THIS IS NOT A REAL CON. It is a set for the TRAILER FILM SHOOT of Cosplay of the Dead. Please include this text when re-posting or you will have 7 years of bad luck.

Cosplay Requirements:
There are no requirements whatsoever if you will Cosplay. However, please be reminded that this will be a shoot. There will be lights, ventilation will be there but do not expect anything more than the breeze. We encourage cosplay but we encourage comfort more. 🙂 With that being said! ANYTHING GOES! Note: May Air, at may “Con”. Subalit, walang Aircon. ^^;

Capitol Medical Center Annex Building. (Across the street ftom capitol medical center)

Standard Map: http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/9775/map2gakon.pngGoogle Map Version: http://tinyurl.com/4qj9cs6


UPDATE:
Since some users view the event schedule as something else, please note that the event is OFFICIALLY pegged on Saturday, February 12 · 1:30pm – 11:30pm


Dream Seoul venue moved..

 

Due to requests from a majority of our attendees, we would like to officially announce that Dream Seoul which is happening on February 13, 2011 will now move to MEGATRADE HALL 1 SM MEGAMALL instead of Le Pavillon. Kindly repost. Thank you!”

– Tessa, Dream Seoul organizer

Project Photography

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I’ve engaged myself in organizing photoshoots as a hobby. One of my biggest achievement so far is something I called “Project Fantasy”. I’ve obsessed myself with Tetsuya Nomura’s Final Fantasy characters that I created a small collection of these projects. It was actually inspired by a friend who started it. I simply continued his foot steps. *hugs glitch88* Batch 1, included series VIII and vsXIII (pictures above) went successful last April 19 2009. See more here: Final Fantasy VIII and vs.XIII exclusive

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Batch 2 (series VII) is the pride of my projects as of the moment. I’m uber happy the participants (cosplayers and photogs alike) were happy to be part of it. This is where I got to work with more than 5 participants and it was a challenge to handle all of them. It was a good thing I had some print-outs for reference pics to help me out or else the shoot would’ve been totally random. See more here: Final Fantasy VII exclusive

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Then there was a collaboration with a close friend and fellow FF fan. She wanted to have this shoot of all the couplings in every FF series and I thought it was a brilliant idea. I didn’t count as being a cosplayer myself until she had me in the last minute. Haha! But it was fun nonetheless! I had to direct and pose at the same time! This was also a one-of-kind shoot since every shot was a one-woman capture. Yes we had about 10 cosplayers and only one photographer, which didn’t equal the ratio but she was all we had and we were very grateful to her! See more here:  Final Fantasy Pairing exclusive

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My most faved project went on doing a girls-only-photoshoot and that had to fall on these lovely ladies.  I didn’t know that one of them was already a well-known cosplayer before I invited her to the shoot, so her accepting it was really an honor for me. See more here: Final Fantasy X2: Project YuRiPa exclusive

The final project to end such a series landed on Dissidia. Of course like its creators, having collaborated the great minds and creations from all Final Fantasy series was one of the most brilliant ideas in the world! You get to see the progress you have done through out the years of creating the series. I felt the same when I completed this photoshoot. No words can express how thankful I am for its participants and photographers. See more here: Final Fantasy DISSIDIA

I’m open for more collaborations and other shoots you’d like me to help you with. Just send me a PM or email.

Photos by: z3ll, Ron del rosario, Hans Bernardo, Quiela Sandel, Jan Castolo, Rani, Andre, and Ana Rapsing

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