PNU Nami, the Japanese club of Philippine Normal University, will hold its annual celebration of Tanabata Festival tomorrow, August 15 at the PNU Gymnasium. Its free admission is open even to outsiders as long as they present a valid ID for security purposes. There will be two separate cosplay competitions both for PNU students and outsiders and the winners will receive prizes and freebies from the sponsors. The PNUan who will also bag the first spot in the said contest will be given the honor to represent the university in the upcoming BOA (Best of Anime) Inter-school competition which will take place next month in Mall of Asia’s SMX Convention Center. On-the-spot drawing contest and other games will also add fun and excitement to the crowd.
Several booths, including those that will be set up by other organizations and schools will also be available for those who are looking for some anime and Japanese-related merchandise. People also need to watch out for the song and dance performances of the Nami members.
Tanabata, also known as the Star Festival, is a Japanese festival originating from the Chinese Qixi Festival. It celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi. According to legend, these lovers were separated and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. The date of Tanabata varies by region of the country, but the first festivities begin on July 7 of the Gregorian calendar. The celebration is held at various days between July and August.
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