Sunday, May 18, 2014

Ozine Fest 2014

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After about a month, I finally have the time to just sit down and write about the cosplay event that I attended in the last week of April. Oh? Is it May now? I wasn't able to keep track of time. Hahaha~ I apologize for not being able to write about it sooner. I have been keeping tabs on the business that is life. But nothing will stop me from writing about cosplay, not even time. Hehehe

So back to the topic... Ozine Fest 2014 was held on April 25-27 at SMX Convention Center. My schedule only permitted me to attend the third day. 



I have attended a lot of events in the past but I gotta say, I got intimidated when I saw how long the queue was! Woah! 




Since there was no way I could possibly get in, I took photos of my friends as we stayed at the second floor and waited for the right time to barge in. For this event, I was invited by my friends to be Xion and be part of their Kingdom Hearts cosplay group! Yay! Xion suits me perfectly and donning the costume is no problem. And it was the first time for me to join a cosplay group, as well. So I was very excited! Yay!


Our group photo. Captured by Reeve
Angel Mariel as Xion. Photo by Reeve
Grace as Aqua
Avann as Sora

Reeve as Roxas

Here are more photos from our cosplay group:

Reenacting a scene from Kingdom Hearts... hehehe~

Sora and Roxas
Roxas, Xion, and Sora. Photo by Reeve

Xion and Aqua. Photo by Reeve
Furthermore, I also took photos of the cosplayers who were passing by our standby area. Here they are: 


Cute chibi cosplayers as Elsa and Anna from Frozen


Sailormoon! Yay! 

Sailor Mars

Sailor Venus

...and Sailor Moon




Two thumbs up for this Jack Frost cosplayer! (^_^)


as Anna from Frozen


as Ariel from The Little Mermaid


It was about 3PM when the crowd thinned up a bit and only then was I able to get tickets. It was a sigh of relief for me! Yes, finally! 


My Ozine Fest 2014 ticket
Yeah, I know it was not the usual colored ticket. Hehehe~ Apparently, there were pre-sold tickets and it was in plastic card form AND colored! It is also cheaper by PhP50. Sigh... Maybe I was somewhere in Pluto when the pre-selling was announced because I had absolutely no idea about it. Hahaha~ However, my friends were able to get one beforehand. The ticket was so gorgeous that I just had to take a photo! 



Surprisingly, it wasn't that much crowded inside the venue. Sure, there were lots of attendees but there was still space to move about. And so, I roamed and took photos of cosplayers once more...





Lionel as Ken from Street Fighter




Steven as Sora of Kingdom Hearts




Rosette as Elso from Frozen
*Drum roll* My favorite cosplayer of the day is... this cosplayer as Sakura Kinomoto of Cardcaptor Sakura. She captured the costume of the transformed Sakura. Her attention to detail was really good. She even had the cards and the staff itself. Both of the accessories are really nice to look at. The key essential elements of Cardcaptor Sakura’s costume are actually those accessories and she successfully nailed them down. 


See the intricate details of the costume and accessories! 

Sakura Kinomoto has come to life! (^_^)
Well, finally at long last, I managed to blog about the event. Yes~ Even though it did take almost a month. What can I say? Sometimes, other circumstances will take the fore even over my hobbies. But as the saying goes, better late than never! Hahaha~

All in all, it was a truly fun event. While I attend Ozine Fest every year, this was my first time as part of a cosplay group. Acting out dioramas from the various scenes in the game was an amazing experience. It is like being the character for real. Here's to hoping that I can attend more events as a group next time. Though I would need to obtain more costumes…Ah well~ Guess I just gotta find a way to make more time. AjaFighting!



Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Ruins

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"Wow! It's so majestic!", I excitedly said once the age-old pillars of The Ruins came to my sight as we drove to the place situated in Talisay, Negros Occidental. Even from afar, it looked like a king. And majestic is the perfect word for it. It is a big 'house' which felt like I was looking at a leader who was commanding his people. 


The RUINS is majestic!
I visited this place with my family. Check out the official website at  http://theruins.com.ph/ for directions on how to get there. Truth is, there aren't a lot of guides or signs in getting there. But feel free to ask the friendly locals. They helped us, too. (^_^)

The place has an entrance fee, as well. It is very affordable, so don't worry. As of April 2014, the prices were...


The place is now called The Ruins. It was originally a mansion by Don Mariano and his family back in the 1900's. They were one of the most powerful families of the place at that time. Read on for the official statement of this incredible place: 


When I saw the old structure upclose, I immediately remembered our Humanities subject back in college. We studied European structures from the Dark and Middle Ages. So I was familiar with the different architectural styles. Neo-Romanesque refers to the style of the column and arches. 

neo-Romanesque style of the column and window arches of The RUINS
Like the old churches we visited in our Humanities class, The Ruins was also built on coral limestone (taken from the depths of the sea) with egg white used as binder. It is a lost knowledge of how it was done. But structures stand the test of time and not even fire destroyed it. It was burnt by the Japanese in World War II to prevent it from becoming a 'hideout' of the Americans. 

Ah~ Even the main entrance is so breath-taking. It is very inviting! Well now it is. But imagine me as a commoner at that time… I guess I couldn't even bear set foot on holy ground. Hehehe~

What was once the main entrance of the mansion
I learned a lot about the place as there were short descriptions on the walls. There is also a tour guide to explain about it. I just happen to saw a group with a tour guide, so I followed them and listened. 

Short descriptions such as this are on the walls of The RUINS.

The tour guide taught us a lot about the place.
It felt like I was time-traveling. There were photos which featured the family who once lived in the ancient mansion...

Photos of Don Mariano and family
Further going inside, I saw that the site is now one with nature as plants clung on to its interior.





I was awed by the mansion. More than a hundred years later, it stood elegant and strong! I am short of words to actually describe it in detail. It conjures a lot emotions in you. All you can think of is: what a beautiful place this is


The RUINS with the garden view

It has a fountain, too! (^_^)
The West Wing of the mansion is elegant, too! Well, every part of the structure is! But this one really stuck to my mind. It also has an entrance and the windows here hold a lot of history. The tour guide told us that Don Mariano and his family gather around the Belvedere every afternoon to view the breathtaking sunset. The topography of the place is different at that time, so I imagined that they probably saw vast lands of fields all bathed in warm orange light. 

The tour guide explained further... "As Don Mariano looked far away, it was then when he said: 'Lahat ng natatanaw ko ay akin'." It roughly translates to English as "All that I see is mine." 


The West Wing of The RUINS

It was called the Belvedere
The staircase which led  to the Belvedere 

Here is my best photo of The RUINS... 

Apart from seeing the picturesque mansion, the site also has restaurants which feature Filipino food, a souvenir shop, a mini golf course, and a grotto...

The signage 

The restaurants
The mini golf course
And this is my favorite: natural sugar cane juice! You could really see how each sugar cane is put into the juicer. Each one costs PhP50.00 and we had ours with Kalamansi. It was so refreshing! It was not too sweet as well. My father told me that the sugar cane used is called La Carlota. He personally likes that kind because it is soft and not too sweet unlike other sugar cane variants. 



My drink... see... the table pattern is gorgeous as well

Yumminess!

Lastly, we couldn't just leave without visiting the souvenir shop. Take a look at all these goodies! 



As a remembrance of my sojourn, I got myself this magnet to add to my existing collection...


The RUINS is an incredible place. Even if weeks had passed, I still remember every moment in that ancient house: the overwhelming emotion, the amazement I felt at the structure, and all the history learned. It is as unforgettable as it can get! 


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