Friday, August 28, 2015

eSports Festival Cebu(eSFCebu) goes eSports Festival Manila(eSFManila) | Amazing PeSO

eSports Festival Cebu(eSFCebu) goes eSports Festival Manila(eSFManila) | Amazing PeSO

What is Philippine eSports Organization(PeSO) and who’s behind its success?

             Philippine eSports Organization(PeSO) is part of the huge world organization of eSports organizations called International eSports Federation(IeSF) which was founded by the Korean Government. The said federation aims to uplift eSports in the world and bring computer games to traditional sporting events such as the South East Asian Games, Asian Indoor Games and eventually the Olympics. International eSports Festival(IeSF) has over 70+ member nations in the world as of 2014.

             Philippine eSports Organization(PeSO) is founded by Brian Lim, an owner of numerous businesses in the country, and is operated together with one of the popular eSports icon here in the Philippines Irymarc “Tryke” Gutierrez.

eSports Festival Cebu(eSFCebu) goes eSports Festival Manila(eSFManila) | Amazing PeSO

Who is Alodia Gosiengfiao and what’s her role in eSports Festival Manila(eSFManila)?

             Alodia Gosiengfaio is an international cosplay icon and has been guesting and judging in different cosplay conventions around the world for the past few years. “She also has been featured in various magazines, newspaper and TV shows locally and abroad. She was named by UNO Magazine as one of the Most Influential Women in the Philippines and is the most popular cosplayer in the world according to

             As a gamer herself, Alodia decided to come in and help organize eSports Festival Manila(eSFManila) to help and contribute the growth of the gaming and cosplay community.

             eSports Festival(eSF) for the past years have been a great success and well established by the organizers. eSports Festival Cebu(eSFCebu) is the most popular gaming event in Visayas and Mindanao which started back in 2012. It is the home of the national qualifiers of the IeSF World Championship. The winners of the annual event are sent to the eSports World Championship to represent the Philippines to compete against the best in the world.
  • International eSports Festival Word Championship 2012: South Korea.
  • International eSports Festival World Championship 2013: Bucharest, Romania.
  • International eSports Festival World Championship 2014: Baku. Azerbaijan.
  • International eSports Festival World Championship 2015: Seoul Korea.

             eSports Festival Cebu(eSFCebu) has set the standard for gaming events in the southern region and is currently the most anticipated event in the area. The organizers want to do the same in eSports Festival Manila(eSFManila). Alodia and Philippine eSports Organization(PeSO) aims to create a product that’s never been seen before here in the Philippines by bringing in gamers from different genres together from arcade, console, PC and even mobile games.

             Philippine eSports Organization(PeSO) and Alodia are well connected worldwide in terms of anime, cosplay, gaming and eSports, which mean the possibilities are endless for eSports Festival Manila(eSFManila).

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Japanese Summer Fiesta Bon Odori 2015 | Amazing Cebu

             Bon Odori or simply Bon Dance is a style of dancing performed during Obon. Originally a Nenbutsu folk dance to welcome the spirits of the dead, the style of celebration varies in many aspects from region to region. It’s a traditional summer festival in which Japanese honor their ancestors who have passed on, remember and appreciate all they have done for them, and celebrate their ongoing presence in the lives they enjoy today.

             I’d always wanted to check and experience Bon Odori personally even before the event was brought here in Cebu but there are so many things that hinder me on attending the first ever Bon Odori in Cebu last 2014. Who would not get excited attending an event having a purpose of deepening a friendship between Japan and Philippines, that would be just amazing for me. I’m so thankful that my new found friend Ivan invited me along with Kris, Donn and Dennis to go with them and enjoy Bon Odori 2015.

             But before giving you some details about this year’s Bon Odori, let me recap a little bit on what happened last year. Last August 8 and 9, 2014 Bon Odori 2014 was held at the Aboitiz Football Field having Japanese Culture Exchange Committee as the organizers. And more or less than 11,000 people participated the contest and double of that number were present and enjoying every activity. There were 110 Stalls occupying the field that showcased their products. The activities were Bon Odori Dance, Sinulog Dance, Portable Shrine, Yukata Contest, Karate Demonstration, Beans and Candy Shower, Cosplay Contest, Fireworks, Mochi Pounding and many more. Now enough with Bon Odori 2014, let’s get on Bon Odori 2015.

             This year’s Bon Odori 2015 was held last August 7 and 8, 2015 having D’ Family Park Talamban Cebu City as the venue. The activities were Sinulog Dance, Portable Shrine, Candy Shower, Bon Odori Dance, Karate, Mochi Making, Yukata Contest, Karaoke Contest, Cosplay Contest, Fireworks and Raffles. As I was approaching the venue, I can already sense the liveliness of the people celebrating the festival outside the gate and that makes me even more excited to witness the festival. People were wearing Japanese dresses (Yukata and Kimono) and cosplaying, eating, dancing, selling on the booths and other activities were all over the ground. There’s one activity that I love to witness, fireworks!!! I’m this very much obsess with colourful and sparkling lights and yes, Christmas lights are one of them. I even got sad when the very heavy rain fall that night and yes, I got wet but not that much because of the three handsome gentlemen I’m with. Good thing the heavy rain doesn’t last long, and just after it was gone the fireworks pushed thru. Guess I’m blessed enough to experience this kind of tradition and hopefully witness it again in Japan.

             The event was a really big success because many people enjoyed it. And by next year, on the coming Bon Odori 2016, let’s relive and captivate the moment as we will be celebrating again the Summer Festival here in Cebu in a Japanese Traditional Way. So don’t you miss it because I’m sure you’ll never regret it... ^_~ #WWRshares