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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. Click here to continue reading “Filipina Cosplayers Alodia and Ashley Perform at the Singapore Mascot Parade”…

Animax Feels the Alodia Effect

Animax Ani-Mates Stephanie Henares and Alodia Gosiengfiao

Animax Ani-Mates Stephanie Henares and Alodia Gosiengfiao

Among Filipino geek culture bloggers, Filipina cosplayer and Net idol Alodia Gosiengfiao has earned a reputation for causing traffic spikes whenever she’s featured in a blog post. Chalk it up to her enormous and loyal online fan base. Call it the Alodia Effect.

The Effect Quantified

Animax Asia is now feeling the Alodia Effect. The Southeast Asian anime cable network recently hired Alodia and Filipina VJ Stephanie Henares as their brand ambassadors — their “Ani-Mates”. The Ani-Mates’ duties include maintaining blogs and posting Web-exclusive videos for Animax. Thanks to the Ani-Mates initiative, Animax has experienced a whopping 17% jump in Web site traffic.

The Ani-Mates microsite attracted 48,000 page views, from 41,000 unique visits, within three weeks of the Ani-Mates’ introduction. That’s a sizable chunk of the 400,000 pageviews attracted by the Animax web site over the same period.

Until now, there were no public numbers to quantify Alodia’s ability to attract niche Web traffic. It was a phenomenon discussed only among small circles of Filipino geek culture bloggers and marketers. Now we have international statistics to prove that the Alodia Effect is indeed very, very real. Click here to continue reading “Animax Feels the Alodia Effect”…