Having both been Spanish colonies from the sixteenth century to the nineteenth century, Chile and the Philippines share many cultural commonalities. One of those commonalities is the Hispanic passion for performing arts, as evidenced by the richness of zarzuela theatre and the flamboyance of flamenco dance. Combine the influence of Spanish culture over four centuries with the worldwide spread of otaku culture in this century, and both countries end up with a strong cosplay culture.
Fittingly enough, Alodia and Ashley themselves have Spanish blood from their equally gorgeous mother Mariglor. Their middle name is itself very Iberian: “Arraiza”. If you happen to be in Chile on October 31, come to the Teatro Cariola and witness transpacific international cooperation through costumed roleplaying geekery.
Over the last few years, we’ve seen Internet service providers getting into the content business. The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), the country’s largest telco and ISP, acquired game publisher Level Up Philippines in February 2006. Comcast, America’s largest cable TV and Internet service provider, acquired entertainment conglomerate NBC Universal in December 2009. Click here to continue reading “Cosplayers Perform at TV5 Launch”…