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Philippine Cosplay Queen – Alodia Gosengfiao

Posted in Random with tags , , on June 20, 2010 by otakujade

I can’t really remember when I first heard the name Alodia, but I know that at the time she was already an icon among cosplayers and avid anime enthusiasts. I do remember the situation to which I found out about her though, it was in one of the anime conventions hubby and I attended at the Mega Trade Hall; we were at the time with the boys and were buying some collectible stuffs when all of a sudden the crowd went wild for some reason then I heard a few them saying that Alodia had arrived. At the time I didn’t know who Alodia was and what the big deal was about. Then, Alodia and her sister walked into the hall and people were pushing against each other to take her picture and have their picture taken with her. I smiled at the obvious adoration of the crowd for these two young ladies.

Then that was it, I brushed it off as just something unusual. A few months later I saw their picture on a Cosplay (costume play) magazine, a few weeks later I saw her picture on the internet and at crunchyroll none at the less. Now, that made me raise an eyebrow —- exactly who was this girl and what has she done to make her an instant celebrity (of some sort).  So, obviously I did the most logical thing…I googled her name…  🙂

She was born Alodia Almira Arraiza Gosiengfiao, on March 9, 1988 in Quezon City, Philippines. She is of Filipino-Chinese-Spanish descent which may be responsible for gorgeous looks.  She graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University, one of the premiere univesities in the country, with a  BFA Information Design degree. Some of her achievements include:

– won the grand prize at the C3 Convention in 2003 as Gun Mage Rikku of FFX-2; this event started it all for Alodia.

– featured on the cover of Issue 14 of Culture Crash Magazine, a Manga Magazine in the Philippine.

– in the 2009 issue of FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World, she was ranked 87.

– she was also named by UNO Magazine as one of the most influential women in the Philippines.

– she is currently Animax Asia’s newest VJ

– and the reigning Philippine Cosplay Queen for which she was usually called Queen Alodia both by anime, game and cosplay enthusiasts and also the media.

…..now why what prompted this blog?

Well, seeing Alodia today on TV just got me thinking that Alodia probably never expected to gain so much fame when she entered that C3 Cosplay event 7 years ago; she probably even doubted she would win grand prize! But here she was now…getting invited anywhere and everywhere and gaining fans among gamers, cosplayers and anime enthusiasts all over Asia..and what’s to say that she would not be recognized in other parts of the globe too???!!!

True that one of these days, hopefully very long into the future, Alodia’s flame will dim and she will be replaced by someone younger, taking her throne as Cosplay Queen but I am sure Alodia will always be remembered as the first, the one who started it all. And that was all due to the favored hand of fate that touched her and she in her turn accepted the blessing and bathe in its glory. It’s also important to mention that this girl is very accomodating and sweet, she enjoys the attention of her fans and in turn she gives them her attention and time whenever she appears in public. In the many conventions I have been and where she was too, I have never seen her tire or even complain; she was always smiling and ready to have her pictures taken with this or that fan…of their little boy or girl…hehehe!

Note: Alodia is now joined by her sister Ashley in cosplaying and they are now commonly called the Gosengfiao sisters.

Some pictures of Alodia on cosplay:

Alodia as Misa Amane from the anime Death Note

as Alexiel from Angel Sanctuary

as Lili Rochefort from the video game Tekken

Alodia as the Baroness from GI Joe

as Amaha from Witchblade…this photo was also Alodia’s entry to the upcoming Otacool 2

Don’t know what anime/game it was from but she looks so good on this one!!!!!

Alodia endorsing a popular Japanese skin care product

Enough said…hehehe!

The Gosengfiao Sisters:

Alodia and Ashley Gosengfiao

Simple Lesson…

Posted in Introspection, Random with tags , , on June 16, 2010 by otakujade

School began today for my two sons, and as expected they came home with homeworks to do. Earlier in the week we made an agreement that they must be able to finish their assignments from school before I get home so that all I need to do was to check them; and in so doing they will be free to watch TV earlier…well, I must say that as always my youngest son proved to be the very obedient one 🙂

So, as I came home today he approached me and said that he was not able to finish one of his homework because he had difficulty understanding it so we sat down together and worked on the said assignment together. It was poem that he had to decipher, which was actually something I loved to do back when I was in school myself. And as it turned out the poem they had to work on was really simple yet very meaningful. The lesson was very simple, but something we have somehow forgotten along the way as we walk through life and experience many of its challenges.

So now I am sharing with you this very beautiful poem from my 5th grader’s book…I hope you will enjoy and internalized its lessons as I have….

There once was an oyster

Who story I tell,

Who found that some sand

Had got into his shell.

It was only a grain,

but it gave him great pain.

For oysters have feelings

Although they’re so plain.

Now, did he berate

the harsh working of fate

That had brought him

To such a deplorable state?

Did he curse at the government,

Cry for election,

And claim that the sea should

Have given him protection?

“No,” he said to himself

As he lay on a shell,

Since I cannot remove it,

I shall try to improve it.

Now the years have rolled around,

As years always do,

And he came to his ultimate

Destiny stew.

And the small grain of sand

That had bothered him so

Was a beautiful pear

All richly aglow.

Now the tale has a moral,

for isn’t it grand

What an oyster can do

With a morsel of sand?

What couldn’t we do

If we’d only begin

With some of the things

That get under our skin.

Now at the end of this little poem there were several questions and one that really got my son stumped was this “How can you liken yourself to the oyster?”

I guess, at some point of another; at some similarly simple text or instance we have all come across something of the same mettle as this poem and I am guessing when we did we were able to answer that question and learn the lesson it was trying to teach…but how easily we have forgotten this simple lesson in such a short time. How much easier things would be for all of us it we can all still remember that little oyster.

Most Iconic Horror Movies

Posted in Movies on June 6, 2010 by otakujade

I know…this is so out of season, right? Well, you can blame yahoo for this blog. 😛

I know I haven’t done any blog for weeks now, and honestly I wanted to but there’s just no topic interesting enough to me for me to talk about it and spend several minutes of my time exploring and writing about – this one though caught my fancy. When I opened yahoo this afternoon the first thing that caught my attention was their list of 13 Most Iconic Villain in Horror Movies…so I clicked and looked at the list. I must admit some of their were really scary but the others…well, they’re just gore and that’s not really scary for me as much as they’re just plain “Kadiri” – stomach-retching, yeah but definitely not scary. At least not how scary should be in my personal opinion.

To define SCARY – to me it should be supernatural…a movie that will make the hair at the back of your neck, your arms and everywhere else stand up because you’re utterly scared and not just shocked. This movie should appeal to my psychological, emotional and intellectual sense….yeah, it should be something enough to keep me awake at night or at the very least be afraid of certain things for a short period. Now, that’s scary…because it affects me.

So here’s my personal list of scary movies (foreign and local) please feel free to comment.

From least to most –

Child’s Play


– something about this film rocked me in that it uses one of the most common thing around us and turned it into something really evil. Well, I never really liked dolls to begin with and I think they’re sort of eerie not to mention that in most cultures dolls are always used in occult practices.

Nightmare of Elm Street (series)


– I loved the entire series and I religiously followed this from the first to the 7th film, I don’t have nightmares about Freddy though but I still think he’s pretty scary. Plus I like the fact that the victims in the films especially the main targets always find back..I hate horror movies where all the victims ever does is run and scream.

There’s a new Nightmare film out…and from what I saw of the trailer I think they’re trying to rehash the series….I know hope they do a good job on it. I mean let’s face it, its hard to improve on something that’s already great.

The Omen


– So what do you get when you mate the devil with a jackal??? The anti-Christ or at least that’s what this book turned film tells us. The film really isn’t all that scary if you don’t know enough facts about the emergence of the anti-Christ or if you don’t believe in the truth about the second coming or tribulation. Any film that deals about the subject from Revelations always scare me.

Hannibal series (The Silence of the Lambs; Hannibal; Red Dragon)


– The man scare the daylights out of me….I don’t know but I guess I just can’t put my mind around the idea of cannibalism. Something about the idea scare the lights out of me and hence the films does too. (I watched them all btw.)

Ju-on


– I have always liked the Japanese version of the film rather than their English re-make. There’s a scene in the movie that actually kept replaying in mind several hours after watching it..I mean, the scene stayed with me up to the time  have to go to bed! And I think that’s when I started placing a pillow over my tummy whenever I go to sleep. Now, I have trouble sleeping without that pillow on my tummy..sheesh!

Sa Init ng Apoy


– This is a Filipino movie made in the late 70s to the early 80s..I don’t know exactly when; I watched it as a child and it scared the hell out of me.

Synopsis: It’s the Holy Week, the end of Lent, a popular time for Filipinos to have a vacation. A young couple travels to Baguio to escape the Metro’s summer heat. But before they reach the city proper, their jeep breaks down. Fortunately, they find a transient house with a room to spare.

The housekeeper is a mysterious fellow, warm but dreadfully awkward. The couple doesn’t mind him though and they even make it an adventure to find out more about their host by asking locals what they know about the house and its keeper.

Come Good Friday, tradition says this day is the one day in the year when God is not around – the day God dies (weird belief!), they will discover that adventures and vacations don’t go well together all the time.

Gabi ng Lagim Ngayon (1980)


– This was probably one if not the scariest movie I have ever seen. The film deals with the supernatural, more accurately, haunting and witchcraft; I guess one of the reasons this scares me so was the fact that eventhough we grew up in the city I would often hear my father and some of his relatives talk about supernatural things that happen in the province. My father is from Aklan an area of the country well-known for its many occult and supernatural practices. I grew up hearing stories of witchcraft, which though considered superstitions they happen quite often in my father’s province.  So, the events and scenes in this movie affected me so.

Synopsis: Jenny encouraged her friends Dondie, Marisol and Robert to write a book about the occult and paranormal, one the cases they’re aggressively investigating is the problem of a couple from a far-flung province, Abel and Lumen. It seems that everytime the couple would lay together Lumen would develop sores and boils; the sore would wreak of foul odor and the boils would explode and from there insects and all manner of creepy crawlies would come out. Later, they found out that Lumen was cursed/hexed by a voodoo woman who was insanely in love with Abel. She was hoping to ruin the marriage and seduce Abel. At the same time, trouble was also brewing within  Jenny’s own house, her mother-in-law Dr. Soledad dela Serna appears to be looking her mind. Her son, Anton came home from the US to see what was happening to his mother and in desperation they turned to La Luna, the Ageless Woman. They were told that Dr. dela Serna’s sins have some to haunt her, apparently she had stopped being a doctor and have turned into a more lucrative act of abortion. One of her clients have died during one of these procedures and upon her death bed the woman swore that she would come back to punish the doctor. From there the problems escalate and haunted the entire family……

— Honestly, if Hollywood wants to capture Flipino movies they shouldn’t get the new ones but rather look into movies made in the early 80s they’re the ones that’s really scary.