Among my peers, I am somewhat alone in this Pokemon venture and I want to meet new friends who are into this game, as well.
So, in my quest to find friends, I searched for "Pokemon Philippines" in Facebook and it directed me to PKMN-ph page with a link to a launch day meetup of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. The event would also have a Pokemon X and Y send off tournament. Call me crazy but I decided to join the battle right then and there. And yep, even if I had work on Saturdays, I took my last vacation leave of 2014 for this event! I just knew it would all be worth it!
Honestly, I would call myself a newbie in terms of Pokemon battles. I don't really understand IVs and EVs. Not to mention, you also need to consider Nature and overpowered Abilities! Gosh! Is Pokemon really a mere child's game? Sheesh~
But even so, my main goal of joining the tournament was to meet new friends who also love Pokemon. So on the 22nd of November, I went to a Pokemon event for the first time. I was very excited! Yay! It was held in SM MegaMall Function Room and a lot of people attended. Yes, this means more Miis in my Mii Plaza! (^_^)
The theme was ORAS Na! Translating it to English, Oras means Time; and Na would be "It is". Yep, It's Time. Of course, it was an apt title to adapt as ORAS is the acronym for the latest Pokemon versions of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
I registered right away for the tournament. And the organizers told me that I was the first female to ever compete. (^_^) So I suddenly got shy. Hehehe~ So Uhm, you might be shocked... I went there not in cosplay but in my normal geek attire. Hehehe~ And even if I only had few photos, the event had their own official photographer. Some of the photos in this post are courtesy of Ricky's Photo Lab.
|That's me at the registration booth! Hehehe~ (Photo by Ricky's Photo Lab)|
|A cute commemorative pin was given out as well.|
|People filling up the place|
|More players gathered around...|
|Me with my first opponent. Photo by Ricky's Photo Lab|
|Me with my third opponent. Photo by Ricky's Photo Lab|
|My fifth opponent and I are battling it out. Photo by Ricky's Photo Lab|
Well, it wasn't at all a total loss for me. I won once! Yay! I think it was all a stroke of beginner's luck. But even if I didn't win the tournament, I got lucky in the raffle. My ticket number 128 won a Pokemon Battle Disc game sponsored by DataBlitz. Yay!
|The Pokemon Battle Disc game I won in the raffle|
|A tarpaulin of the latest Pokemon versions|
|The DataBlitz booth|
|Pokemon X, Y, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire, and Cosplay Pikachu stickers|
|As Team Aqua Grunt|
|The cosplayers of the event. Photo by Ricky's Photo Lab|
|Mudkip or Dedenne? Cuteness overload! Photo by Ricky's Photo Lab|