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10 Cosplayers in Our Midst
Meet 10 Pinoys who live out their superhero and comicbook fantasies–not just on Halloween.
By: Grace Sucgang  |   Published on: May 12, 2010 - 8:00am

2. Ashley Gosiengfiao, 20, cosplayer since 2003

Ashley Gosiengfiao as Haruka Suenaga
Ashley Gosiengfiao as Haruka Suenaga

Real life: "I'm a huge video game and anime addict, so it's really cool to dress up as my favorite characters.    Also, I'm a photographer, so taking part in photo shoots is one of my biggest passions," she says.   However, she sees herself cosplaying only until her late 20s.   Nowadays, she attends an average of five to six cosplay events per year to judge competitions and do autograph signings.

Claim to fame: "I won my first competition back in 2003 during the C3Con.   After that, I took a break from cosplaying to concentrate on school, music and sports.   When I came back to the scene two years after, I never joined a competition but did some judgings and guestings.   The next competition I joined was for the Anime Festival Asia '09 wherein my sister Alodia and I were chosen to represent the Philippines for the regional competition held in Singapore.   That was the most special [event] for me."

Character profile: "I've cosplayed around 11 characters already.   So far, my favorite would be Shiori Tsuzuki of Witchblade because the production of the costume was very complex, and we actually incorporated LED lights onto my humongous crescent-shaped weapon and headdress.    "My dream cosplay would be Asuka Kazama from Tekken 5.   Nightmare would probably be Aeris Gainsborough from Final Fantasy VII, because as much as I love the game, I dislike her character.   I like Tifa Lockheart loads better."

Cosplay investments: "A costume usually costs ten to fifteen thousand pesos, including accessories and weapons.    But it depends on the materials and if you're going to have the costume made or make it yourself.   The time to produce costumes ranges from a week to a month.   Favorite material would be spandex fabric."

Weirdest thing a fan did: "There's this fan-made video, and as I was watching it, I realized that there were some candid shots taken from a rather great distance.   It got me wondering as to how he managed to do that."

What some critics say: "There have been negative comments about my sister and I getting paid to cosplay.   Cosplaying should not be all about the money.   Although we both agreed on this, we also think that cosplay shouldn't be limited to just a hobby.   People earn from doing what they love, and that's what's going on.   If anything, I believe that they should actually be eager to find that cosplay is perpetually growing into an acknowledged industry."

Cosplay legacy: "I want to be remembered as one of the cosplayers who [moved] to propel this hobby into the mainstream."

Website: deviantART

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  • Joseph Perez
    Well said Mimay.
    Sep 03 2010 @ 04:57am     Reply  
  • Mimay
    We're not trying hard. We are born to do this kind of art. FYI, Alodia Gosiengfiao is one of the top cosplayers nowadays. She is part of the upcoming World of Warcarft Movie. This is serious business. If ever, Alodia will be famous in Hollywood or should I say she is already famous. Keep supporting them as this is also for the Filipino People. Here's an article to prove it
    Aug 26 2010 @ 02:50pm     Reply  
  • L
    Ashley & Alodia Gosiengfiao FTW!
    Aug 25 2010 @ 03:56pm     Reply  
  • Raymond Sison
    @ xxx - Your anonymity does not hide your crab mentality.
    Jul 15 2010 @ 12:31am     Reply  
  • xxx
    Hmm, parang hindi bagay sa'tin e. Masyadong trying-hard ang dating nating mga Pinoy sa "cosplaying".

    I'd still go for the Japs.
    Jul 10 2010 @ 09:30am     Reply  
  • Raymond Sison
    I'm glad these wonderful people are on this list. I am very proud of them, especially to Alex-chan, Jen, Nikki, Midori-chan, Shivena, Captain Jack & Jin. I'm fortunate to call them friends. ^__^

    BTW. Sorry for the late reply. :P

    Thanks to Grace & Myrza for a wonderful coverage. ^__^
    Jun 25 2010 @ 10:19pm     Reply  
  • Mimay
    Go Monique! Support Philippine Cosplayers :)
    Jun 03 2010 @ 10:52pm     Reply  
  • Lizzy
    Oh by the way, is it now considered eligible even if the person has a boyfriend or girlfriend? or married for that matter? Hhhhm have we changed so drastically?
    Jun 03 2010 @ 05:43pm     Reply  
  • Lizzy
    Hi Spot peeps. Thanx for the article however please include eligibles in the 40s or 50s age bracket for us in those ages? Pleaassseee. LOL.
    Jun 03 2010 @ 05:36pm     Reply  
  • Mary Grace Roldan
    @anonimous: said by one, does not mean by all.
    well, first of all, you don't know me before you judge.
    and if your referring to my female predator's chakaness, yes its really chaka that it was loved by the judges and gathered lots of awards.
    May 26 2010 @ 07:38am     Reply  
  • franzgatchaman
    Alex! Nikki! Jen! Hooray they are here! I love their Pocky ads in the conventions!
    May 22 2010 @ 11:06pm     Reply  
  • Anonimous
    Grace roldan? ang chaka nmn ng costumes nya
    May 21 2010 @ 01:13pm     Reply  
  • Tsumikozhi San
    Jin is good cosplayer same with Nikki. They portray characters so well. Congratulations for both of them. Sayoonara!
    May 19 2010 @ 02:30pm     Reply  
  • Theresa Galang
    Loka ka nikki, di mo na kelangan pang magpasalamat noh! Sa beauty at galing mong yan di ka maffeature?! Echos nalang nila!
    May 19 2010 @ 02:27pm     Reply  
  • Victoria Jones
    I'm a fan of Nikki Gevana and she's just so awesome. Thanks!
    May 19 2010 @ 02:20pm     Reply  
  • Sharlene Reyes
    Hi ate nikki! Ang ganda mo naman, haba ng hair mo:-)
    GO GO GO!:-)
    May 19 2010 @ 02:16pm     Reply  
  • Jordan Santos
    Nikki is the girl of my life... She's my idol! Take Care.
    May 19 2010 @ 02:14pm     Reply  
    wow, the alice in wonderland cosplay is amazing!!
    May 19 2010 @ 01:42pm     Reply  
  • galitsapangit
    dapat yata maid outfit ung outfit nito, saka walis tingting ung props, mukha kc pulis oyster eh
    May 19 2010 @ 11:08am     Reply  
  • Joseph Perez
    No way ketchup!!! Guy SIngson & Abraham rock way better!!!
    May 19 2010 @ 05:16am     Reply  
  • tweedlemiester
    Nikki & JIn! They r a great cosplaeyrs! talgang karapat dapat sila dito! XXXDDDDD
    May 17 2010 @ 10:44pm     Reply  
  • Black Pearl Fan
    Haarrr!!! Captain Jack! You made it! Hooray!
    May 17 2010 @ 10:43pm     Reply  
  • ketchup
    That's too bad, 3 of my favorite cosplayers are not on the list...

    *Tessa Tesstarossa
    *Lyron Aquino
    *Mark David Cerezo
    May 16 2010 @ 05:08pm     Reply  
  • alammokungsinoto
    C JEN!JEN!JEN!JEN!JEN!JEN!JEN!JEN!JEN!JEN! galing mo JEN! congrats yur hir sa listahan an to!
    May 14 2010 @ 03:37pm     Reply  
  • Niko Shinn
    Yosh kasama si Dennis! He is my tokusatsu and cosplay mentor. Without him, wala ako sa cosplay community. He is really dedicated to his toku cosplay and willing to give advice and help others. He is really humble.
    May 14 2010 @ 02:01pm     Reply  
  • Hen Tatay
    omg sana iadd niya ako (T_T)
    May 14 2010 @ 12:32am     Reply  
  • Papi "puppy" Roy
    we honestly dont know, we're not that much of a cosplay fan. we dont even read mangas or watch anime or something. we just came across her facebook acct and saw her awesome pics. really rocked our world you know
    May 14 2010 @ 12:30am     Reply  
  • Carlo Pascual
    di nga? anu name ng character?
    May 14 2010 @ 12:29am     Reply  
  • Roy Tiu
    haha hindi bro, her pic with the electric guitar thing is the hottest. I kept a copy in my laptop and i make sure i backup that file everyday. pls check it out
    May 14 2010 @ 12:28am     Reply  
  • Carlo Pascual
    nikki ung naka yellow hair ka sana nailagay dito! tulo laway mga makakakita =)
    May 14 2010 @ 12:26am     Reply  
  • Papi "puppy" Roy
    sa mga kokontra, taga benilde ako, AB PrD, pucha pag may problema kau kay nikki sapakan nalang!
    May 14 2010 @ 12:25am     Reply  
  • Papi "puppy" Roy
    i gotta admit, im not the only girl lover in this page but i gotta tell u guys; lahat kay nikki natural! more power to the hotness! tx moko nikki pag ngsthan mo comment ko ha =)
    May 14 2010 @ 12:19am     Reply  
  • Mary Grace Roldan
    thank you for the feature! ^^,
    there are even lots of good cosplayers out there.
    May 13 2010 @ 11:25pm     Reply  
  • laiza psaikosick
    Cool~ i applaud all of the cosplayer na nafeature! They truly are all awesome. But I love jin & alex..i think they're super awesome cosplayer! >///< I also like the jack sparrow cosplayer!
    More power to cosplay community. ^__~
    ANd good job everyone!
    May 13 2010 @ 10:50pm     Reply  
  • killerjoe
    kay Guy - wag kalimutan si erap! may nagcosplay kay erap! astig nga siya noon ozine! XXXXDDDD
    May 13 2010 @ 10:48pm     Reply  
  • Guy
    @Haste: yes, marami nang nag cosplay nang mga local characters like: Darna, Capt. Barbel, Zuma, Katipuneros, Limahong (Phil history), UP Oblation, Ugly Betty (Bea Alonzo version), NoyNoy Aquino, Dyesibel, and lasticman... and Zaido. Actually, people love to see these characters come to life kasi local and different ang dating.
    May 13 2010 @ 10:18pm     Reply  
  • Monique Dimanlig
    Thank you for this awesome feature! So happy to see cosplay being recognized like this! More power to our community! ^^
    May 13 2010 @ 08:39pm     Reply  
  • killerjoe
    Kay Haste meron na nagcosplay ng darna at magaling sila. ewan ko Lang sa iba.
    May 13 2010 @ 08:24pm     Reply  
    Iba talaga ang mga Pinoy kahit saan magaling pang-international more power to the Philippine Cosplayers
    May 13 2010 @ 07:49pm     Reply  
  • Nikki Gevana
    Thanks again for including me in your feature! ^u^!
    I'm really honored *bows*
    More power to all of you guys! Yay! X3
    May 13 2010 @ 07:35pm     Reply  
  • Haste
    ..May Cosplay ba for local characters? Like Panday, Marimar, Mulawin, Enkantadia Peeps or kahit Darna?

    ..Is it ok to go to cosplay conventions wearing these costumes? Or lalayaun ka ng mga cool cosplay peeps at tawagin kang troll?
    May 13 2010 @ 05:34pm     Reply  
  • killerjoe
    walang lugar yan mga naysayers at trolls na yan dito! si Alodia n these people are celebrities na! na-recognize na sila ng spot! congrats sa kanila dahil ang taas na ng level nila!
    May 13 2010 @ 04:57pm     Reply  
  • Peeping Tomas
    ..Naluma ang mga Jollibee at Mcdo mascots!!! Considered Cosplay pa rin ba sila?? Ang galing nang Mamang Robot, dati kami maskarang plastic at dalawang goma sa tenga ok na.
    May 13 2010 @ 04:18pm     Reply  
  • FANime
    Guy Singzon!!!
    the master cosplayer!!!
    May 13 2010 @ 01:48pm     Reply  
  • igeramos
    Paano bang sumali sa Cosplay? Parang type ko yatang mag join!
    May 13 2010 @ 11:17am     Reply  
  • Guy
    Thaknk you for this very nice write up!!! more power to you all!
    May 13 2010 @ 11:04am     Reply  
  • Jon
    Thanks for recognizing these creative and talented people of the cosplay community. As a cosplyer myself, its's good that cosplay is featured in a good light.
    May 13 2010 @ 08:40am     Reply  
  • fancymancy
    In before the cosplay-politics-dramu-haterz-"im trollin and they're rollin" wank.

    *grabs popcorn*
    May 13 2010 @ 06:40am     Reply  
  • inagi13
    loved Monette Salas and her costumes. Who's the writer of this article anyway? a round of applause for his/her work.

    About Dennis and Ivan's costumes, loved the detail since im also a fan of Japanese live-action heroes, although Ivan's costumes are a bit weird and unfamiliar, specially his "Lobster Boy" costume.

    I really hope these guys go cosplay as a group. loved to see how it goes.
    May 13 2010 @ 01:44am     Reply  
  • igeramos
    Hindi na yata ako maka relate dito. Tanderkatz na kasi ako. Pero appreciate na rin. Sige na nga. Buti nalang, wala akong anak. Ang gastos nito siguro?
    May 13 2010 @ 01:41am     Reply  
  • Ray
    Awesome line-up of cosplayers ~(^.^~)
    hope they can all team up to form groupcos d(^^d)
    more power to the community!
    May 13 2010 @ 01:32am     Reply  
  • Disaresta
    Very nice! Its because of these guys why cosplaying in the Philippines is not only gaining popularity, but also improving on the quality as well.

    More power to all pinoy cosplayers out there! (=^_^=)
    May 13 2010 @ 01:31am     Reply  
  • Kozure Okami
    Love you Midori-chan!!!! Galing-galing mo!!! XXXXDDDDD
    May 13 2010 @ 01:07am     Reply  
  • Yuki Asakura
    I really like Jin and Alodia, they are my cosplay idols here in the Philippines ^_^
    May 13 2010 @ 12:48am     Reply  
  • G
    May 13 2010 @ 12:47am     Reply  
  • Christian
    Wow it has Alex in it! That's sooo cool! Congrats Alex!

    Well it's really nice to see cosplay flourishing and gaining popularity in the Philippines, contrary to belief cosplay is not just for weirdo otaku's only, heck we (yes me too) are just normal humans as well! hehehe well kudos to cosplayers out there! Keep it up!
    May 13 2010 @ 12:44am     Reply  
  • Nowie
    Looks like Kamen Rider is happy to see you
    May 13 2010 @ 12:36am     Reply  
  • Art Parker
    wow! Jin for the win! and shivena also! I would like to giva a shout-out to Dengs/Dennis the Kamen Rider Kaixa cosplayer!
    May 12 2010 @ 11:45pm     Reply  
  • Joseph Perez
    May 12 2010 @ 10:19pm     Reply  
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