Filipina Cosplayers Alodia and Ashley Perform at the Singapore Mascot Parade
Filipina cosplay sisters Alodia and Ashley Gosiengfiao charmed the crowds at the Singapore Mascot Parade, where they were invited as special guest judges for the cosplay competition. Alodia and Ashley cosplayed characters from the romantic anime series Paradise Kiss.
Alodia cosplayed the cute and bubbly Miwako Sakurada, a character well-suited to Alodia’s imaginative mind. Younger sister Ashley cosplayed the charmingly pensive Yukari “Caroline” Hayasaka, a character well-suited to Ashley’s analytical mind. The contrast between the sisters’ personalities creates quite a dynamic duo, a duo that’s enthralled geek audiences since their first breakthrough cosplay performance in 2003.
In addition to judging the cosplay competition at the Mascot Parade, Alodia and Ashley also performed two songs on stage: Lonely in Gorgeous from Paradise Kiss, and Real Emotion from the hit Japanese roleplaying game Final Fantasy X-2. Longtime fans of the sisters will note the significance of their second song choice: their first breakthrough cosplay characters were from Final Fantasy X-2. Real gamers never forget the games that shaped their lives.
The last time the sisters cosplayed in Singapore, they interpreted a supernatural fight scene from the action-adventure anime series Witchblade, complete with huge weapons and tight outfits. The stark contrast between a Witchblade fight and Paradise Kiss song speaks volumes about the sisters’ versatility as anime cosplayers.
That versatility should work well for Animax Asia, the anime cable network which recently hired the sisters as brand ambassadors. Animax presents diverse anime lineups year after year, across multiple genres. With the versatility they’ve shown so far, Alodia and Ashley could credibly cosplay characters from almost every major Animax anime. Given Alodia’s influence throughout East and Southeast Asia, Animax viewers will happily check out any anime characters she cosplays with Ashley.
Engagement, Online and Offline
The day before the Mascot Parade, Animax also hosted a meet-and-greet for the sisters’ Singaporean fans. One lucky fan even got to play ping-pong with the girls — in costume, at that.
Just over a year ago, Alodia held her first-ever fan event in Manila. Now the sisters delight anime fans in Singapore. Over at the Animax Facebook page, fans across Southeast Asia clamor for the sisters to visit their respective countries. Even the sisters’ fellow Filipinos are asking Animax to sponsor more meetups in the Philippines.
Alodia, an experienced problogger who creates Web-exclusive content for Animax, has already increased traffic to the Animax Web site by 17% just one month into the job. Clearly, that online engagement translates well into offline engagement.
(Animax meetup photos by Gordon Ho through a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.)
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