Vote for Filipina Cosplayer Jerry Polence at the Philippine Blog Awards

Cosplay babes are geek babes. One thing I love about geek babes is that they combine beauty and brains. That’s why almost all popular cosplay babes are self-published Net idols. That’s also why two Filipina cosplayers have been nominated for the Philippine Blog Awards. Alodia Gosiengfiao was nominated for an award in 2009. Now Jerry Polence is nominated for five awards in 2010. Click here to continue reading “Vote for Filipina Cosplayer Jerry Polence at the Philippine Blog Awards”…

Culture Crash Cosplay Cover

Culture Crash Cosplay Cover

The cover of Culture Crash magazine issue fourteen, from 2004. Foreground, from left to right: Filipina cosplayers Alodia Gosiengfiao, Ashley Gosiengfiao, and Jerry Polence.

As cosplay continues to rise along with geek culture in the Philippines, here’s a bit of a blast from the past. This is the wraparound cover for the fourteenth issue of Culture Crash magazine, from 2004.

A Legacy of Fantasy

What’s so special about a geek culture magazine with a bunch of cosplayers on the cover? Well, this particular cover features three of the most influential Filipina cosplayers of the last decade: Alodia Gosiengfiao, Ashley Gosiengfiao, and Jerry Polence. This issue of Culture Crash marked the first time each of them ever appeared on a magazine cover in costume.

Alodia cosplayed the mischievous thief Rikku from the hit role-playing game Final Fantasy X-2. Alodia’s younger sister Ashley cosplayed Rikku’s teammate, the stalwart gunner Yuna. Both sisters portrayed the gun mage versions of their characters. Jerry cosplayed the ice goddess Shiva from Final Fantasy X. All three cosplayers first portrayed their respective characters at the 2003 C3 Convention in Manila.

The Continuing Future

Where are they now, you ask? Alodia and Ashley are famous across Japan and Southeast Asia, while Jerry continues to refine her art in the United States. Filipinos bear a strong cultural affinity for performance arts. As cosplay shapes up to become the performance art for the age of the geeky mashup, and as geek culture rises in the Philippines, Filipino cosplayers are well-positioned to become global luminaries in this ascendant artform.

Inspired by the ever-escalating struggles and successes of their elders, younger and younger Filipino cosplayers are pursuing their art with greater and greater zest. Alodia, arguably the most famous Filipina cosplayer in the world today, was sixteen when this Culture Crash cover came out. The youngest professional cosplayer in the Philippines today, Chienna Filomeno, is only thirteen. The youngest active cosplayer in the Philippines today, Louella Faller, is four. Mind you, four-year-old Louella wore three different costumes at ToyCon 2010. The little girl’s quite the trooper.

As cosplayers discover new ways to connect with their audiences and diversify their art, perhaps new generations of Filipino cosplayers will evangelize geek culture in ways their predecessors never even imagined.