2013 Year In Review: Big Things Come in Droves

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We are hopeful that 2014 will not only be a great, but also a banner year for anime events in the country (FreedomStrike Group photo)

2013 may be best remembered for being the most eventful and the most controversial year that I had experienced. Sure we had the Zamboanga Crisis, Napoles and the Pork Barrel Scam, Calamities, Natural (like the Bohol Earthquake and Supertyphoon Yolanda [Haiyan]) and Man-made (the Saga at the Senate featuring Senator Miriam Santiago and Johnny Enrile), Beauties (like Ara Arida. Megan Young and Bea Santiago) and Brainless (the return of Battle of the Brainless on Philippine TV).

We witnessed how Philippine Television has evolved for the past 60 years (and celebrate it with style), then the slew of happenings that happen during Election season (the campaign, the mudslinging, and the Election Coverage innovations and etc). Deaths, from Bella Flores and Pepe Pimentel, Eddie Romero and Danny Zialcita, to Paul Walker, Nelson Mandela and Cory Monteith.  The Affordable Health Care Act (or Obamacare) had a rough time sailing past bipartisan lines, A US government shutdown, A Movie that will enter the annals of film history as the biggest bomb this year (The Lone Ranger). All that happened this year.

On tech, Blackberry almost succumbed, while Apple revamped its OS to a design similar to its fierce rival Android. Windows Phone slowly gained momentum, as opposed to Nokia ending up from top of its game to its devices unit being a part of tech giant Microsoft. “Selfie”, “Regram”, “Foodporn” “OOTD” “QOTD” and other Instagram hashtags became social bywords. Al Jazeera America and Fusion debuted, while the BBC and TV5’s news operations moved to new sites. Brian Griffin was killed off, only to be resurrected after two weeks. Michael J. Fox and Robin Williams made stunning TV Comebacks, as Breaking Bad and Dexter said  goodbyes, alongside a slew of cancelled programs

All of it, made 2013 the most memorable year I have ever witnessed.

And the Philippine Anime Community also shone bright in 2013.

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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!