|Pop Star Princess Sarah Geronimo in a cosplay outfit. Photo: Handout
MANILA, Philippines – Pop Star Princess Sarah Geronimo surprised anime and gaming fans when she appeared in a cosplay outfit during the recently held 2012 Toy Convention at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.
Wearing armor and a silver wig, Geronimo wowed over 1,000 fans at the 2012 ToyCon, where ABS-CBN Multimedia Inc. brought its “Amped Fest” event for online gamers.
The singer and actress shared the stage with “Amped Fest” game master Barbie Lee, international cosplayer champion Jia Gold Bustamante and “Amped” ambassador Bolen Lareza.
But unlike most cosplayers who make their own costumes, Geronimo had someone create her outfit for the event.
Cosplay, short for “costume play,” is a performance art where participants portray their favorite characters in comic books, video games and movies through meticulous outfits, gestures and movements.
It is widely popular in Japan and in many other countries including the Philippines, with competitions and events held almost every year.
Sociologist Josephine Aguilar-Placido earlier noted that cosplaying helps take self-expression a notch higher, making it particularly attractive to the youth.
For his part, local cosplay photographer Romeo Encisa said cosplaying provides a place where the youth can be noticed and accepted.
Alodia Gosiengfiao, who has tried her hand at hosting an ABS-CBN show, currently reigns as the Philippines’ “Cosplay Queen.”
She announced last year that she will star in an international movie about cosplay aptly titled “Cosplay Nation.”
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