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Yellow roses and fairy tale endings Rock music lover Jigs Arquiza interviews the queen of sexy house music and realizes he still believes in happily ever after.


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Sun.Star Weekend | August 28, 2010 CHERRY ANN LIM Managing Editor, Special Pages and Features JIGS ARQUIZA Editor CLINT HOLTON P. POTESTAS Writer

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Yellow roses and fairy tale endings “I

fell in love with performing when I was 4 years old. I would watch Shirley Temple and sing her songs on a coffee table for my Mom and Dad,” recounts the queen of sexy house music, Bonnie Bailey. Defining the moment when she realized she wanted to be a star, Bonnie reminisces fondly, “I performed the leading role as Rosie Alverez in a school play called “Bye, Bye, Birdie” when I was in the seventh grade. It was such a success…Everyone was talking about it, and I loved feeling the energy from the audience. I knew the stage, and singing, would be a great part of my life at that moment.” Bonnie got her break when at the age of seventeen, she met Ric Wake, a Grammy award-winning music producer. Impressed with Bonnie’s “guts and unique-sounding voice”, Wake met with Bonnie’s parents and sent her to Manhattan, in the United States, to take songwriting classes. Eventually cutting a recording deal with dance label Hed Kandi, Bonnie appeared on the UK dance scene with her first smash hit, “Everywhere”, with the single placing highly on the various dance charts all over the world, most notably hitting the Billboard Top 20 in no less than ten countries. According to Bonnie, “It was a dream come true to see my song actually make Top 40 on the Billboard charts. I was overwhelmed with gratitude and felt a great deal of pride and joy, calling my Mom up while jumping up and down, screaming, giving her the news.” Experience and inspiration play a major role in most songwriters’ lives, and it’s definitely no different in Bonnie’s. She explains, “I usually write about true experiences, honest emotions, and love seems to be a big theme. I am a hopeless romantic, hence, I still believe in ever after with you,” alluding to her hit song “Ever After”, a Beach House anthem very popular with house music fans. As to her inspiration, she declares, “My fans inspire me to perform. Their love and beautiful stories of what my songs mean to them inspires me to keep singing, writing and getting back up on that stage.” Bonnie describes her way of writing songs: “I take detailed situations and write about them…In my song “Safe”, I was inspired by a first date I went on with a very sweet guy. He waited for me holding a beautiful bouquet of Baby’s Breath flowers with a long-stemmed yellow rose and a few peacock feathers. I never forgot that image; it was the epitome of romance, so I wrote about it: “Always the boy with the yellow rose, peacock feathers and

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I usually write about true experiences, honest emotions, and love seems to be a big theme. I am a hopeless romantic, hence, I still believe in ever Disc Jockey Demo with a MacBook after with you The free workshop on how to be a disc jockey using the software on Macbook was held last July 31, 2010. It was the first event in Cebu that educated people on the software used by a Disc Jockey and the duties of a DJ. DJ Dev Nic of Belgium started the program with a warm and upbeat greeting. Equipped only with a Macbook and his Xponent (a DJ controller), he demonstrated the first software, which is the DJAY software. This software is basically for beginners and those people who love to create music as a hobby.  Dev Nic demonstrated how it works through a bigger screen for the whole audience to see and through computer sharing with the provided Macbooks. The more complicated software is the Torq software, which has more features than the DJAY and is the usual software used by professional DJs. Both softwares are compatible only with a Macbook. Dev Nic shared tips on how to search for music, keep a music library, and mix songs so

Baby’s Breath.” Having already visited Manila and Boracay, Bonnie acknowledges that the Philippines is one of her favorite places in the world. She’s certainly looking forward to performing tonight at the Mariner’s Court Convention Hall at the port area, saying “I am so excited to perform in Cebu. I feel blessed to come over and sing the songs the Cebuanos hold so dear to their hearts. It means the world to me.” Bonnie promises, “Cebuanos can expect a fun, unforgettable night full of beautiful energy. I will be performing a 10-song set including all the Hed Kandi classics they love and two new songs off of my new album “Twisted Sunshine”. They can expect a night to remember as I will be giving it my all.”

that the audience can theoretically know how to operate the software. After demonstrating the software, he shared insights and anecdotes about his DJ experiences. There was also a short open

forum. One of the participants volunteered to try operating the DJ controller using the Torq software with the controller. The audience was a mix of amateurs and professionals. Mary Angeli Bas and Gerrymie Tampos, both students and active bloggers, attended the workshop because, according to them, it is a rare event and different than the usual press conferences and workshops. Both are also interested about being a DJ. Both of them found the workshop educational and fun. Rainier Dipasupil, PhD, a CEO of the KINSE Systems Technology Inc, also attended the seminar out of personal interest. He had an experience being a DJ during his youth and was interested in this new technology. “For the beginners, it is very educational, even on the Mac side. It’s more convenient than before” said Rainier Dipasupil. “Maybe I can be a DJ at home with friends with the (DJAY software)” Lani Gonzaga, from Dreamtech, an Apple authorized reseller, also participated. The trial use of the software drew the teenagers and yuppies alike. After the workshop, those who experimented agreed with what DJ Dev Nic said, “Being a DJ is amazing.” (Myrose Melanie F. Paderog)


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Mere words cannot describe how awesomely gnarly “Piranha 3D” is, how hugely entertaining, and how urgently you must get yourself to the theatre to see it. Like, now. This is not a joke, by the way. This movie is a complete blast. To borrow a phrase from the kind of B-horror flicks to which “Piranha 3D” is such a loving and effective homage: Run, don’t walk. Like “Snakes on a Plane,” which came out in the dead of summer four years ago, “Piranha 3D” knows exactly what it is and does exactly what it should do. It’s about piranhas ... in 3-D. Do you really need to know anything else? It’s cleverly knowing without collapsing into parody. It makes great use of its extremely random cast, including Elisabeth Shue in an unusually bad-ass role as a sheriff, Ving Rhames as her deputy and Jerry O’Connell as a Joe Francis type. Christopher Lloyd has one great scene in full-on, crazed Christopher Lloyd mode as the resident fish expert. The second you see Eli Roth – playing the emcee at a wet Tshirt contest, no less – you know some

hideous fate will befall him. And then there’s Richard Dreyfuss, who makes a very cute cameo off the top. That’s all we’ll say. But the whole point of this kind of movie is the gore, and French director Alexandre Aja finds hilarious and creative ways to kill off his characters. Not a huge surprise, given his previous movies – the suspenseful “High Tension” and a Wes Craven-approved remake of “The Hills Have Eyes” – but here, there’s a lightness and a sense of fun about the carnage. If that makes sense. Besides, partying provides the premise for the film. It’s spring break at Lake Victoria, Arizona – really Lake Havasu – and hordes of drunk, horny college students have arrived to trash their perfect bodies. But there’s something swimming in the water that can do that much more efficiently. Actually, there are thousands upon thousands of them. The piranhas

have razor-sharp teeth and ferocious eyes, but they almost look as if they’re smiling as they prepare to tear into some unsuspecting fool’s flesh. A seismic shift beneath the lake created a rift that unleashed these prehistoric creatures. Now they’re here, and they’re hungry. In classic horror-movie fashion, the victims get picked off one by one. Sheriff Julie Forester (Shue) and Deputy Fallon (Rhames) discover the first body and call in the scientific experts, led by Adam Scott (cast against type). But containing the fish is as difficult as stopping the partyers from dancing on boats in their bikinis to generic house music. And so when the inevitable bloodbath happens – and oh yes, it does happen – it’s vast and horrifying but with some giddy glimmers of absurdity sprinkled throughout. Stuck in the middle of this are Julie’s three kids, the eldest of whom, Jake (Steven R. McQueen), has become an impromptu crew member on a “Girls Gone Wild”-style video shoot. Yes, there is plenty of nudity and girl-on-girl action here, but again, it’s used with a wink and a smile. “Piranha 3D” knows it needs to titillate on every level. Visually, though, it was shot

in 2-D and then converted to add a third dimension, but it looks better than other films that have followed the same path, including M. Night Shyamalan’s muddled “The Last Airbender.” Still, some of the underwater mayhem is a bit hard to make out, especially when the fish are doing their damage in darkened caves. But Aja mostly employs the 3-D precisely as he should with this genre: in totally gimmicky, gratuitous ways. A guy sprays beer from a keg and it shoots right at you. A girl has too many tequila shots and yacks off the side of the boat and into your lap. And of course there are the fish, zooming right at you to take a bite. There could be a moral to this story: Don’t go to the lake and act like a cheesy, drunk idiot during spring break. But that would be no fun. (AP) images from the internet


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Katy Perry, “Teenage Dream”

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Director and co-writer Edgar Wright certainly creates an infectious energy in bringing Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novels to the screen, with wonderfully weird little details sprinkled throughout. No surprise there, given Wright’s previous films – the excellent “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” – which reveled in the deliriously absurd elements of everyday life.(AP)

The Disappearance of Alice Creed It’s so deftly handled, so sharp and clever, you’d never know it’s the first feature from British writer-director J Blakeson. A tense, twisting tale about the kidnapping of a wealthy man’s daughter, “Alice Creed” keeps you on your toes as secrets are revealed and allegiances shift. With its three characters in a cramped space, it has the claustrophobic feel of watching a play on film. Yet there’s also a dry sense of humour that surfaces sporadically and keeps it from being completely suffocating.(AP) images from the internet

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Katy Perry’s new CD is like a magical slot machine: Select any song and you’ll hear a hit. “Teenage Dream,” the singer’s sophomore release, is a 12track set that has many flavors: Thumping dance jams, groovy midtempo numbers and pop ballads that are subtle and soft — just like the cloud Perry’s nude body lays atop on the album cover. Much of the credit for the hit factory goes to the album’s producers, which includes Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco, Max Martin, Stargate, Tricky and Greg Wells. They’re hit-makers who clearly saved their best material for Perry. But another big reason for the album’s magic is Perry herself. She has a booming voice, and can out-sing pop tarts like Britney Spears and Ke$ha, whose vocals are usually whispery and weak. They usually fade into the background of the album’s beat. Perry’s vocals not only ride with the beat, they advance it. “Teenage Dream” also explores the 25-year-old’s rollercoaster of emotions: She’s horny on the explosive “Peacock,” lost on “Who Am I Living For?” and mysterious on “E.T.” She builds you up on the pulsating and addictive “Firework,” but brings you down (well not you, but Travis McCoy) on “Circle the Drain.” On the latter tune, about McCoy’s drug addiction, a bitter Perry spits firebomb lyrics like: “Wanna be your lover, not your (expletive) mother.” Perry closes the album with “Not Like the Movies,” a slow, but sweet ode to her fiance, actor-comedian Russell Brand. Picture perfect? Guess so. (AP)

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CHECK OUT THIS TRACK: Perry, who used to be a Christian singer, uplifts with both her vocals and lyrics on the Stargate-produced “Firework.”

Brillante Mendoza’s Lola on PLDT WatchPad Internationally acclaimed director Brillante Mendoza shines brighter than ever and brings honor to the country with the stunning success of Lola. The movie, written by Lynda Casimir, portrays the relationship between two elderly women and their respective grandsons: one a murderer, the other his victim. The independent Pinoy film bested 13 other entries from Russia, Brazil, China, Bolivia and The Netherlands in the category that celebrates the works of up-and-coming filmmakers from around the world. Brillante Mendoza took home a cash prize of $25,000 cash from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. His award, the Grand Knight Award, is equivalent to the Grand Jury Prize in the world competition category of the 27th Miami International Film Festival in the United States. The 27th Miami International Film Festival also commended the star of Lola, Anita Linda, as a cinema icon and its story for offering “an earnest, compassionate study of forgiveness and redemption.” PLDT myDSL subscribers can catch Lola on My Flicks, free, on PLDT myDSL’s WatchPad just by logging on to www.pldtwatchpad.com. PLDT myDSL Watchpad, the country’s pioneering internet TV, just keeps on getting bigger and better by giving myDSL subscribers added value through local, national

and international content. PLDT myDSL subscribers can experience internet TV viewing at its best and the hottest shows from 20 free channels to choose from on their DSLpowered PCs, some of which are not available on local Cebu cable: Channel [V], CNN, National Geographic, Shakey’s V League, Bloomberg TV, E!, PBO, CNBC, Cartoon Network, Animax, History, The Biography Channel, Crime and Investigation, Living Asia, RCTV, Go, Splash, Smart Shopping, TBN-Word, and myView. Not yet on Watchpad? Log on to www. pldtwatchpad. com to get your free username and password.

Fire Dance Competition This August, at Parkmall, another first, another trend will be set. The first ever Poi competition in Cebu will be held at the Parkmall Piazza on August 29, 2010 at 7:00PM. The competition will test the creativity and skill of the fire dancers in Cebu. Parkmall’s fire dance competition is open to all professional fire dancers in the metropolis who got the moves and the routines to win. They may also come as a solo participant or as part of a fire dance group, as long as they are not under 16 years of age. Categories for the contest are the Solo Professional and Group Professional Categories. As much as Php 10, 000.00 in cash prizes up for grabs! Come to Parkmall, cheer for your friends and witness another first!


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bottoms up Aileen Quijano

With This Ring, You Say What?

Now ladies, put your hands up! A guy friend wants to know what that ring on your finger says. Did a man just heed Beyonce’s call and finally “put a ring on it”? Are you now married, engaged? Or could it be that you just have fashionably good taste in jewelry? Wha-oh-oh-oh-oh-ooh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh... Nowadays, the meaning of a ring on a lady’s finger is not so clear-cut. Though it seems that most rings begin with a question, you’ll find out it’s necessarily always “Will you marry me?” Some rings are by nature symbolic. Some may take on meaning depending on the finger the ring is worn. While others just sparkle, like white noise, not saying anything at all. I guess the key thing here is simply to ask, which I did. So let’s hear it straight from the ladies.

With This Ring, I Say “I Will” Promise rings are quite common though their meaning change depending on the reason and intention for which they’re given. Personally, these are what I call the innocently doe-eyed virgin rings. They come in many forms. There are the promise rings between good friends, usually worn on the little finger, to show commitment that they will always be there for each other in times of need. Purity rings, given by parents to their children, symbolize a promise from the child to abstain from sexual relationships until marriage. The chastity or abstinence promise ring may be worn by a recovering smoker or alcoholic as a sign of commitment to abstain from vices. And then, I find out, there are also the pre-engagement promise rings (here I can’t help rolling my eyes). The engagement ring, I understand. But to promise today that you will vow to be engaged in the future so you can promise again to love and spend your lives together in the, well, even far future (marriage)… how many promises do you actually need? Could it be that the lady just wants the ring more than the promise? Hmmm.

the importance of sealing a marriage – and a string of “I dos” – with an exchange of rings. It is said that the most potent and most fundamental symbol of marriage remains a simple band of gold, worn without ornamentation on the ring finger of the left hand. Why that particular finger? Both the ancient Romans and Egyptians believed that a vein - called the vena amoris in Latin - runs directly from that finger to the heart. So in essence that makes it closer to the heart than a ring worn on any other finger.

With This Ring, I Say “Ah!” Single and looking? Well, they’re now putting a ring on it, baby. In fact, currently circulating online is what you call the “Ah” Ring, which supposedly stands for “available and happy”. It looks like a silver band sprinkled with diamonds and is meant to be worn on the pinky. Apparently, some companies like D Jewelry Co. now offer rings to celebrate one’s singlehood. The online site MySingleRing.com even claims that those who wear its rings project to the world: “I am an intelligent, empowered individual and available to meet the same.”

With This Ring, I Say “Aaarrghh” It may not directly apply in this country but I am fascinated by the news abroad that the resale market for used engagement and wedding rings is actually booming. Ever heard of the online auction web sites IDoNowIDont.com and ExBoyfriendJewelry. com? It is said that more and more divorced women are reconfiguring their wedding rings to “help facilitate healing.” A company which sells divorce rings uses the tag line: “Building self-esteem one person at a time.” And then for frustrated ladies with stalkers who just don’t take the hint, apparently they say it now with the “Ms. Taken” ring. It’s an engagement-ring look-alike that you can slip on when needed to zap pushy guys into oblivion. Yes, just like Darna.

With This Ring, I Say “I Do” Or bluntly put to other men, “Yes, I’m taken. Now back off.” The wedding ring has been around for centuries. Though the practices may vary somewhat in different cultures, practically everyone recognizes

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With This Ring, I Say “I Can” I’ve been told often enough that I should find a man to buy me diamonds. I don’t agree but I just usually nod and smile politely. After all, they’ll never understand me when I say: why should I? I prefer

rubies. When I was old enough to buy my own jewelry, I asked to know what piece a lady should first have in her collection. Most of my girlfriends agree that it should either be pearl earrings or a pair of diamond studs. I believe though that the most important piece that a beginner should invest on is her birthstone. It’s been said that wearing a birth stone gives off a certain kind of power and calmness and that it attracts good health and fortune. So naturally, being July-born, the first piece of jewelry I bought was a ruby ring. With it, it’s quite liberating to say that yes, I can pick my own rock; that I can afford to buy it; that I can enjoy it without the fear of losing it—after all, no one bought it for me so I know it’s never gonna haunt me in the form of a disgruntled giver saying, “You lost it. Don’t you love me anymore?” (sheesh); and that now I can finally use this line without flinching, “Hey, it’s not you, it’s me” In the hit song “Single Ladies”, Beyonce drives home the point over and over “If you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it.” All this time I thought she was just berating a man for being too chicken to commit. Perhaps, I wasn’t listening closely. Now I know she’s talking to us ladies too. If we like it, then why not put a ring on it? Oh yeah, we can. Wha-oh-oh. (Say it to me at aileen.quijano@gmail.com)

Three Stations by Martin Cruz Smith

This is the new stunning thriller from the author of “Gorky Park” and “Stalin’s Ghost”. As a train pulls into Yaroslav Station, Moscow, a teenage girl wakes to discover an unimaginable horror. Her baby has been taken...When the station police are suspicious of the girl’s elusive story, Maya finds herself having to search for her baby in this dangerous part of the city – Three Stations – without their help. Her only ally is a young man, Zhenya, who is drawn to her cause and who knows the dark underbelly of the city well. Increasingly disillusioned with the workings of

Moscow’s Prosecution Service, Arkady Renko is teetering on the brink of resignation when; trying to save the skin of his vodka-loving detective friend Victor Orlov – he becomes drawn into a strange new case. A prostitute has been found dead in a trailer in Three Stations, without a mark on her. With the local police keen to dismiss the death as a mere overdose – Renko’s curiosity is piqued. And soon, as he is drawn into the extraordinary world of Moscow’s super-rich, Renko will discover that nothing is quite as it seems...

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A Crazy Carnival Ride by Janellie Tam

Short Masquerade by Jennifer L. Anor

More than 19 months ago, I got on my very first carousel ride of a lifetime. The roller coaster. It was a mixture of emotions as I anxiously waited for my turn. I was without a doubt excited, yet fear was inevitable for risks were obviously on the line. This most anticipated ride in the carnival is prone to possible injuries and casualties. It’s ironic how people still want to get on it despite their knowledge of the danger to the passengers. I knew what to expect. I knew what was coming my way. Or so I thought. And then it was time to finally take my seat. As I was assisted in it, I was instructed to put on my seatbelt, and then the ride was closed for any more passengers. That was it. There was no more turning back, but I felt like I had to. Fear had gotten over me once again and yet I wanted to take the risk. The thrill, the excitement that the ride was thought to bring was just exhilirating. I was pretty sure I couldn’t find it elsewhere. The guy assigned to the roller coaster ride already gave the signal to start the engines, and so it did. The first few seconds were pretty much just like a fast car ride, flat and too familiar, but getting there. I wanted to jump to the climax of the ride, but the roller coaster follows a path specially designed for it to trail on. Slowly now, then faster. The twists and swerves were exhilarating. Because of the overwhelming thrill, I thought my heart was going to burst anytime soon. It was beating hard and fast like a fast dripping faucet unable to cease the flow of water. Just as we were about to reach the turn-arounds, technical difficulties happened twice or thrice. The ride had to be stopped in the middle of the ride while we were in it! It was crazy!

I couldn’t hold back my anxiety and tears as I held on tight to the sides of my seat. I kept praying to God not to take me away just yet. I still had dreams I want edto make real. I just had to stay. Ever since, God has never failed to hear my prayers and not once has He left me on my own. While on the very top of the roller coaster, I couldn’t help wishing that I’d just get it over with that very second. But at the same time, I longed to enjoy the rest of the experience. It’s a once-in-alifetime chance. I thought it best to give it a try and just make the most out of it. I chose to be there; I had to finish what I started. I decided to wait up until the engines caught power again. And the ride continued. But something caught me the moment the roller coaster began to move again. What was once there seemed to have vanished into thin air. I felt like the spirit of the ride had been sucked by the engines that gave it power to operate. It simply just wasn’t the same anymore. Maybe because the momentum was abruptly stopped, and it’s never easy to catch the same fire again. The roller coaster slowed down as we were nearing the station where it all started. The person manning the ride again gave a signal. This time, we were asked to vacate the seats of the ride. I was still in my right mind to actually figure out that he really meant my turn had expired. For a year, 7 months, and 5 days, I’ve been given the opportunity to be on what was the sweetest, most unforgettable roller coaster ride in my entire life! And now that I’ve reached the limit of my time, I have to get through the most bitter ordeal of simply accepting the fact that just like any carnival ride, it has reached its end. It was really over. image from THE INTERNET

Got something to share with us? Sun.Star Weekend invites readers to contribute original, unpublished poems and essays or commentaries about funny or memorable moments in your life. Please email your contributions to: weekend@sunstar.com.ph

You lend me some minutes The phone vibrates We converse for a sec End this talk with silence You throw me a smile By the stairs we stood You nod and say my name I pass by with a grin   You give me Whispers Filled with sweets I hug this bond I end my loneliness   Now I start to wait At the school park I wish for a sight I should’ve known. image from THE INTERNET

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Anime girl What she gets... The only thing she gets from cosplaying, Jess said, is that sense of accomplishment. “I feel happy every time I could make a costume and it is an accomplishment for me every time I finish a cosplay.” She said the prizes she gets from winning in cosplay competitions are not her sole motivation. “I do it because I simply love to cosplay.”

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ou might have seen here in various Otaku Fests and Cosplay Meets, you might even had some photos taken with her, and I bet you’ve called her by her cosplay character’s name. Unless you’re her mother, seamstress, best friend and one of her cosplay buddies, you wouldn’t even know that she’s Jessica Ouano. Most of those who often admire her during cosplay conventions do not know her real name, not even her nickname – Jess. She was 13 years old when she got interested in cosplaying and she’s already been cosplaying for almost four years. Cosplaying, according to www. urbandictioanry.com literally means dressing up and pretending to be a fictional character, usually a sci-fi, comic book, or an anime character. Jess said her fetish for anime and Japanese pop culture has influenced her interest to cosplay. “I’ve always wondered what it would be like to be the characters I saw in the anime I’ve watched.” “I also love the idea of being someone else,” she added. (Maria Armie Sheila Boco Garde)

Jessica also shared her preparations for a cosplay: One of the first things she does is researching about the character she will be cosplaying. She looks at the details of the costume and find ways to make it look as close to the real one as possible. She basically prepares the cloth and the materials for her costume, herself. “Choosing the right cloth and materials is very important. Some cosplays might require more like a wig, contact lenses and other props,” she noted. She also sketches the costume and writes instructions and reminders so that her seamstress won’t have a hard time understanding the costume. “I think guiding the one making your costume is very important because if your seamstress or whoever is making your costume, she gets confused or makes a mistake and your costume can end up a flop,” Jess said. Jess did not really calculate how much exactly she has spent in one cosplay but for a difficult costume, she said she usually spends around P4000.

What she cosplays... “I think I have some similarities with the characters I cosplay, like we share the same ideals or personality, but most of the time I choose characters that are totally different from me,” she said. She added that she chooses the characters she cosplays by what they wear. If she likes the costume, she would choose that character. Recently, she started to choose characters that looks like her or characters with costumes that fit her body type. So far, she has already cosplayed eight characters: the maid version of Mikuru Asahina from the anime Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya; Misa Amane from the Death Note movie; Kagamine Rin from Vocaloid; the Lolita version of Haruhi Suzumiya; Reith from Magna Carta; Alice from Alice in Wonderland; Sheryl Nome from Macross Frontier and Gwendolyn from

Odin Sphere. Above all these, Jessica credits her supportive family and friends especially her mother who is always ready to help her with her cosplays. Jessica said there are no certain characteristics for a cosplayer; anyone can be one but she emphasized that a ‘good cosplayer’ should be hard-working and determined. “Cosplay isn’t easy and you have to face many trials to achieve a good cosplay.” she noted. “I intend to cosplay as long as I possibly can. I might not be able to cosplay as much when I graduate high school but I still hope to continue doing it,” she added. Jess also shared her aspiration of becoming a fashion designer someday. She hopes to study in Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in Germany and take fashion designing. When finally asked why cosplaying exists, she candidly answered, “…because people want to express themselves creatively. It exists for us cosplayers to just feel free to be who we want to be.”

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