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Hiroki Ino and Kousuke Asuma to Grace Cosplay Mania 2018

Cosplay Mania announced their special guests for the upcoming Cosplay Mania 2018 which will be held on September 29-30 at SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Philippines. Japanese stage actors Hiroki Ino and Kousuke Asuma, both known for their roles in Haikyuu!! stage play adaptation as Sugawara Koshi and Oikawa Tooru respectively, will be part of Cosplay Mania’s 10th anniversary celebration. This convention is one of the biggest in the country, with international cosplayers and J-music stars expected to make an appearance.

Earlier this year, Cosplay Mania already revealed some of the other guest cosplayers which include Emperor Cosplay and Astarohime from Russia, Ola Aphrodite from Indonesia, and Hakken from Malaysia. Tickets and other details have yet to be announced.

Check their official social media accounts and event page for more details and announcements.

Philippine National University to Host Tanabata Festival

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.

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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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