My first cosplay for 2016 isn’t much that enjoyable mainly because of the location. Wondering where? SM Megamall. Wondering no more? I understand. But I enjoyed being with my friends then. It’s the cosplaying that felt boring since cosplaying at Megamall now feels like being watched all the time and by being watched, I mean the disturbing kind of watched since yeah we cosplay to enjoy and be recognized of course.
So my interrupted excitement to cosplay intensified as my friends invited me to attend Cosplay Carnival 2016. We used to cosplay as a group before when we were still starting but as we gain experience, we tried cosplaying other characters may it be on a group or solo. This time, I have no original plans of attending and Clarence and Donna both have made their respective plans already so I thought of a character whom I loved that is easy to cosplay.
Left – Ron Dela Cruz of Royal Wonderland; https://www.facebook.com/royalwonderland2014/
Right – Shokugeki No Soma Anime
Actually I needed not to think much. With my brown clip-on type wig, a lab coat and brown school shoes, I decided on cosplaying another Shokugeki no Soma character. A 74th Generation Tōtsuki Academy Alumnus and a former resident of the Polar Star Dormitory, the Spice Expert, Jun Shiomi.
With the help of Kenneth and his mom, we completed the costume. A borrowed round eyeglasses from my bestfriend, Clarence, aided the Jun in me see clearly.
We went on the 2nd day of the event after lunch. February 21, 2016. Location this time is SMX Convention Center at Mall of Asia. I already did my makeup on the way so I finished dressing up at around 1pm. Kenneth and I went inside the hall to start roaming around while Clarence prep on being Mio Akiyama.
And on this part only will the review start. Haha.
Ticket: 4/5 for 200php
Pricing is okay. It’s my first time to attend Cosplay Carnival but I’ve attended other conventions at SMX before and 200php is the usual price for the tix so…okay. Also, since it’s my first time, I expected less so as not to be disappointed that much as to where my money goes. So overall, the ticket price is justifiable.
Additional comment, I like to finally have to get hold on a decent cosplay event ticket since lately, con tickets come from cheap entry passes to random stamps or invisible stamps that glow on LED lights which I find still boring since I keep tickets as remembrance.
Location: 5/5 for SMX Convention – MOA, Pasay City
Honestly, I can say that I’ve had a great experience on this convention because of the venue, exactly the same reason as to why I felt bored on the previous con. Could it be that I’ve been cosplaying at Megamall for so long that I missed the kind of freedom and freshness that the welcoming hall of SMX presents? Maybe. Too bad that it has become a privilege than a right. Well… still thanks to SMX for not robbing us of that.
Cosplay Carnival occupied Function Hall 4. With other ongoing events on the other halls, upstairs and below, I appreciate how nice and accommodating the staff still are. Most of them, though looking tired already still welcomes inquiry with politeness.
The space is big enough for cosplayers not to squeez in each other while roaming around. Shops are neatly placed in the middle and some are lined on the sides. Food station is very easy to spot too which is great.
Bathroom – 3/5
I’m not sure if the assigned bathroom for cosplayers are really on the basement parking lot but as I was putting on my contact lens on the CR on the Ground Floor, we were told that cosplayers are to do their preppin’ on the basement. The staff though was still so kind to let us finish at least what we’ve been doing at the moment like putting on a wig or in my case, my contact lenses before finally giving a last call telling us to transfer to the CR below.
The guard on the elevator has a welcoming aura as well as we ask him for directions.
We’ve reached the basement and just followed the first group of cosplayers in front of us. We cannot see the CR yet but I’m sweating already since the place is so cramped with cars and all and of course, no aircon. When we finally spotted it, there were already cosplayers doing their own businesses even outside the bathroom. A line was formed in front of a closed door with the “FEMALE” word on it. I asked the utility in-charged if there’re cubicles inside to which she answered, “Isa lang po.” So I decided to do my makeup and wear my wig outside just like the others.
It was good thing I’m already wearing Jun’s shirt and jogging pants. Fortunately for me but for those whose costumes are more complicated, I hope there’d be at least a changing room enough to fit 2-3 persons at a time.
Function Hall – 5/5
I’m not really sure if Cosplay Carnival 2016 was held at Function Hall 4 alone or Halls 4 and 5. Nevertheless, the entire event was well-held at SMX’s function hall. I also loved that a reasonably spaced area was provided for cosplayers to have a shoot or even rest just outside the hall. Shops and attractions were properly placed inside where cosplayers and congoers can roam around with ease.
For rent Lockers – 5/5
Not all event organizers consider this that’s why I am really amazed that for rent lockers were provided during the Cosplay Carnival 2016. Cosplayers bring a lot of stuff especially bags which after dressing up won’t look good paired in our costume. Though we’re used to bringing them even if in costume (since we don’t have a choice but to), secured lockers really are a great help for us.
Bonus: indoor Cherry Blossom tree
I just fell inlove with this decor. I mean, one reason that I want to go to Japan is to witness the beauty of cherry blossoms with my own eyes. Seeing something similar suffices for now. It has also become a great photo op spot for most of the congoers.
Program: Overall 5/5
I won’t elaborate in this part since I was mostly roaming around or outside taking photos. I am rating the Cosplay Carnival 2016 a perfect score because I found their hosts quirky enough not to sound irritating or trying hard. The cosplay contest also was very organized seeing the contestants gathered in one area where people can have photo ops with them while waiting for the contest to start. Karaoke Contest was also enjoyable because of the surprise songs. I regret not being able to join Yoshinoya’s contest though. Huhu. Nest time I’ll try not be shy and just join any contest. 🙂
That’s it! Thank you for reading. 🙂