#PinoyPride: WCS and Gilas Pilipinas Up Close

The past few weeks had been monumental for our country as a whole. Last August 1, the FIBA Asia Championships has started in our country, and yes, Team Gilas Pilipinas has been the byword for the past few days. While some people chose to flock the Mall of Asia Arena, wearing the colors ordered by the Gilas management (lately, the management ordered everyone going at the Arena to wear White).

As for me, I have been religiously following the games live on TV5 (let me digress first, TV5, by far, is doing a great job on its coverage, especially on the Digression shots a-la NBC Olympics. The Sports5 Center pregame and post-game highlights are also superb, so as the commentary, Kudos to the Sports5 Team for bringing to us the Thrills of Victory) and cheering on the team when they shoot threes and twos, and also cringe on the wrong plays and calls. I  am part of the millions who support the team in their quest to regain our supremacy in a game that is our equivalent of what soccer is in other countries.

Gilas Pilipinas should get the support that we all need, The country’s chance in the FIBA World Cup leans on our shoulders, we have to believe in what Coach Chot Reyes’ boys will do in front of the 20000 people watching at the Arena and the millions of people watching over at TV5.

Do your share in supporting the Gilas team, and I am referring to those people who choose not to watch the games and watch those crappy teleseryes . Please, Just until August 11, They need us, as much as we need their strength and agility to prove to the world Pinoy Basketball is different.

LABAN PILIPINAS, PUSO!

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Aside from the 2013 FIBA Asia Championships happening in the country. Last week, Our PH representatives to the World Cosplay Summit in Nagoya, Erika Garbin and Vincent Estapon, together with the WCS PH Team of Anime Alliance and Hero TV team headed by Ms. Marjorie Neri-Estacio, the concurrent channel head of Hero and Balls, went to Nagoya to be in the World Cosplay Summit weekend held there.

Basing on the pictures that the WCS PH team uploaded in real time (many thanks to the team headed by Mike Ramas, Tessa Villareal and Minori Nakamura), Looks like the team had a really good time representing our flag in the most prestigious tourney ever in cosplay.

They also had the chance to at least perform in front of the audience, though we were only on observer status only, We managed to show our prowess to the other nations and our co-observer status nations. Though I have to admit I did not see their performance on video. I say that as Filipinos, we have to support them whatever happens to their performance.

During the presser that Hero TV organized as a send-off for Garbin, We asked her if there will be any problems in their performance since they are located in two different areas in the country and thus, would affect their exhibition performance. Garbin said that although they talk via Facebook, they will just practice their skit in Nagoya a day before their performance, and for me, it raised a little concern on how will they pull it off.

 

Well, I don’t want to comment on their performance since I didn’t see it personally, and will never judge them on the merits of it. But There are some bloggers and “holier than thou” people again who yeah, watched their performance and judged them. Some even went overboard and said that there will be points on the performance of the PH team and would affect our standing if ever we want to get that elusive full status at WCS.

Well, time and again, don’t we ever think these bloggers know more than the organizers themselves?  They even make “analysis” without some good analytical bear and, yes, just full of BS.  (I’d like to call it, #TalangkaMentality, or Crab Mentality)

What i will say is this, Win or Lose, my heart will go with pride on our representatives for the WCS. And yes, it’s just a start. There will be obstacles, yes, and There will be problems along the way. But in the end. We need the full support of the WCS Phillippines team,. They deserve nothing but our support, as they are responsible for bringing to Japan our possible reps in the summit. Like Gilas Pilipinas. We have to support them as much as they need our support. and by the best way possible.

As a parting note, I’d like to share a part of the lyrics of the song of Rivermaya, which was used by the Newscast that has one of the words of the song’s titles as its main title. Here is a part of “Isang Bandila”

“Wag kang mabahala sa kahol ng mga aso
Ligtas ang pag-asang nakasakay sa ating mga palad at balikat
Wag mong patulan, wag mong sakyan ang mga talangka
Panis ang angas sa respetot pagpapakumbaba
Walang matayog na pangarap
Sa bayang may sipag at tyaga”

 

Again, I yell across the world. LABAN PILIPINAS, PUSO!

Headin’ Out!

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Groundbreaking

 

 

Later is going to be Hero Face Off 2013, surely it’s going to be the biggest cosplay event in the country, and it’s also groundbreaking.

Why groundbreaking? Well, its going to be the first ever official World Cosplay Summit national qualifiers. and no less than Ed Hoff, the communications head of World Cosplay Summit (yes, the one in Japan) is going to grace the event, possibly as one of the judges of the WCS Philippines finals but of course, overseeing the big event organized by Anime Alliance Philippines.

We had a really nice chat with Mr. Hoff, who is a Japanophile from Canada. He has lived in Japan for the past 15 years and it seems that his knowledge of Cosplay was really way beyond what we knew. He became at home to our culture and to our food, and to me, it was a good sign that great things are sure to come.

 

We do also expect some ABS-CBN Executives to be there in the event as well, led by Narrowcast Head Antonio “March” Ventosa, who has to grace the event (hopefully) as the in-charge of Creative Programs, which owns Hero TV. Also expected to be gracing the event are some channel heads of CPI Channels, of course, led by concurrent Balls and Hero honcho Marjorie “Jojo” Estacio.  And of course, personalities would also be there to

Meanwhile, Today at Toycon, I bumped into former TV5 President Ray Espinosa, who made a quick tour inside the venue. Looking dapper as the just-appointed associate director of First Pacific,  he went inside the function halls to check into the life-sized figures and busts. Maey Bautista and Mike Nacua of GMA Network, meanwhile. cosplayed as Kirito and Asuna of Sword Art Online for a shoot for GMA News TV’s Day Off. I wonder, surely, is SAO the only anime we have?

 

Toycon Day 2  has became an affair with everyone, from Executives to celebrities, to just ordinary folk who would want to search for that long lost toy, to be with their friends who share the same interests, or even to be in the character of their choosing.

Day 3, meanwhile, will be groundbreaking. with WCS Philippines, Radyo Pirata, and Social Media, what can be more “groundbreaking” than this?

 

Headin’ Out!