Cosplaying has given gamers and geeks the chance to live out their wildest dreams and express themselves through fancy dresses and outrageous headdresses, even for a while. This is why the performance art, which is a contraction of the words "costume" and "play," has arguably become one of the most popular highlights of nerd conventions and gatherings of late.
Cosplayers—who wouldn’t be amazed with the passion, dedication, and work that go into their outfits and stance? Every detail seemed to be straight out of their favorite TV shows, comic books, and video games. Even the way they act and carry their weapons has a purpose.
While some costumes can be bought, most cosplayers prefer making them by hand. Imagine the time and effort dedicated to creating these masterpieces. The process can take months, heck, even years, to finish depending on the availability of materials here.
"Good thing, we have a community of cosplayers kung saan nagtutulungan kami," says Daniel, who dressed up as Anti-Mage, a D.O.T.A. character, and participated in the cosplaying competition at the 2017 GameCon, held last weekend at SM Megamall. "Mula sa paghanap ng materials hanggang sa pagbuo nung costume mismo. Yung gastos, umaabot talaga ng libo, pero balewala yun kasi iba yung pakiramdam pag nakita mo yung finished product."
It's a sentiment shared by all the passionate cosplayers we've interviewed—every sweat and peso are worth it once they don the outfit, take the spotlight, and flash their smiles in front of the camera.
Here's what went down during the three-day gaming convention:
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