Anime Festival Asia 2009

IDG Interviews Alodia

Since you’re reading a tech blog, you probably already know that International Data Group (IDG) is a leading trendspotter in the technology industry. From research to media to events to investments, all of IDG’s businesses revolve around successful trendspotting.

The whole thing started when a UNIVAC executive complained about the lack of market research on the then-nascent computer industry. Yes, that UNIVAC, America’s first commercially available computer. IDG has been playing the trendspotting game since 1964.

Someone at IDG Japan has spotted one particularly interesting trend, a trend uniquely enabled by the connective power of the Internet: the meteoritic rise of Filipina cosplayer Alodia Gosiengfiao. Akibatteru, an IDG-produced Web show, recently caught up with Alodia and her sister Ashley during their performance at Anime Festival Asia 2009 in Singapore. They even threw in a peek at Alodia’s room back home, toys and all, as it appears in the photobook Otacool: Worldwide Otaku Rooms.

It’s one thing when Animax says you’re popular. It’s another thing when International Data Group says you’re popular.

Alodia and Ashley Interviewed at Anime Festival Asia

Online interview show Why You Do What You Do recently caught up with Filipina cosplayers Alodia and Ashley Gosiengfiao during their performance at Anime Festival Asia 2009 in Singapore.

Cosplay is a niche performance art, and the best way to address niches is on the Internet. The Gosiengfiao sisters clearly understand that, as they talk about sharing their art online. For a twenty-one-year-old fresh graduate who happens to be one of the most influential women in the Philippines, Alodia certainly dishes out solid career advice: do what you love.