Alodia Stars in Cosplay Nation at ToyCon

Wherever you find toys, hobbies, and collectibles that invoke fictional characters of any kind, you will find cosplayers. That’s why the Philippine Toys, Hobbies, and Collectibles Convention (ToyCon) serves as an annual index for the growth of Philippine cosplay. At ToyCon 2008, a Filipina cosplayer got behind an autograph table for the first time in history. At ToyCon 2010, five Filipina cosplayers got behind an autograph table.

Rise of the Cosplay Nation

ToyCon 2011 upped the game exponentially, by serving as a filming location for the world’s first full-length live-action movie about cosplay. Cosplay Nation is an international production starring two of the world’s top cosplayers: Alodia Gosiengfiao in the Philippines, and Linda Le in the United States.

Alodia headlined the Cosplay Nation filming at ToyCon 2011, which attracted a crowd of over twenty thousand attendees in and out of costume. The first day of the event saw Alodia don the guise of Mirai Suenaga, the mascot of top otaku culture blogger Danny Choo. The second day saw Alodia enchant the audience as Black Mage Rikku, from the PlayStation 2 role-playing game Final Fantasy X-2. Later in the day, she continued the cosplay fun as Haruhi Suzumiya from the anime series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

The Continuing Final Fantasy

One particular performance at ToyCon 2011 was especially meaningful for Alodia. She had intended to cosplay Black Mage Rikku at the 2003 C3 Convention, the event which first brought her to the public’s attention. In fact, her old online nickname was “blackmage9”. She waited eight years for this performance. Judging from the way Alodia cast her spell upon the audience, it was well worth the wait.

With the filming of Cosplay Nation, ToyCon has expanded beyond its role as an index for the growth of Philippine cosplay. ToyCon now serves as an index for the growth of international cosplay.

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2 Comments on “Alodia Stars in Cosplay Nation at ToyCon”
  1. haha..
    nandyan din kami…
    ang saya nga ehh ang daming tao..

  2. Dwight says:

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