Cosplayer Erika Jean Garbin said she is used to comments saying that she looks a lot like Charice. Photo by Shiela Reyes, ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA – A cosplayer who looks a lot like international singing sensation Charice is set to represent the country in this year's World Cosplay Summit (WCS).
Erika Jean Garbin, 23, is one of the two cosplayers who will be sent by the anime channel Hero TV to the WCS, which will be held in Nagoya, Japan on August 3 and 4.
The other is John Vincent Estapon.
Garbin and Estapon won Hero TV's recently concluded Hero Face Off competition, where they cosplayed as Freya from "Zangeki no Reginleiv" and Haseo from the ".hack G.U. Trilogy," respectively.
"Excited na ninenerbyos po ako kasi first time tapos as a cosplayer, it's been my dream to represent the Philippines in a world stage. Napakalaking honor po ng naibigay sa akin ng opportunity na ito and at the same time, malaking responsibility din kasi ito ang unang impression nila sa mga cosplayers ng Pilipinas," Garbin told members of the media on Tuesday.
The female cosplayer admitted that she has been getting a lot of comments saying that she looks a lot like Charice.
"Marami nga pong nagsasabi niyan," she said, adding that she is used to the comparison.
Garbin and Estapon will be attending this year's WCS, which is dubbed as the "Olympics of Cosplay," as "observers," along with representatives from Hong Kong and Taiwan.
While they do not get to participate in the competition this year, their presence is considered a stepping stone to being one of the official contenders in 2014.
Garbin said she already feels the pressure to step up her game because she and Estapon, who was not present during the media briefing, are set to make a first impression on the attendees in this year's WCS.
"Kahit hindi kami magko-compete, at least to showcase yung creativity and craftsmanship ng mga Filipino cosplayers," she said.
Setting aside her nervousness, Garbin shared some details about her winning costume.
"'Yung costume na ito, inspiration ko 'yung mismong character. Parang na-in love ako sa kanya. Maganda talaga 'yung costume and 'yung personality ng character is something I want to be. If I was given the chance to help other people, siguro ako 'yung character na ito,” she said of her Freya costume.
Garbin said she normally creates costumes in less than a month.
"Mahilig ako sa mga complicated na costumes. One week for painting and two weeks for crafting. Ayaw ko i-rush para maganda talaga siya kapag prinesent na," she said.