On its 8th season, Cebu’s biggest and most awaited annual cosplay and hobby convention turned the UP Cebu grounds into a land of fiction where fantasy, science fiction, paranormal and supernaturals reign. The Otakufest 8.0, themed The Alternate Universe, culminated last February 21, 2015 and it showcased an “out-of-this-Earth” universe you can imagine.

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Otakufest 8 : Alternate Universe poster. Photo from facebook.com/ofest

It was actually my first time to attend the Otakufest (yeah, such a loser) coz honestly the previous ones always had a conflict on my schedule. Finally this year I made sure to mark the date ahead and keep posted by their Otaku Fest Facebook page. Their program schedule was full of activities from Meet and Greets with local and international guests (Liui Aquino, FameUS), dance classes and competition, Cosplay competition, band sessions and more.

It was 10:30 AM when I arrived and I can already see a lot of cosplayers roaming around. There were booths and stalls for food and drinks and others have exhibit and items for sale. And by the looks of their stage, it was indeed a grand event. Stage Otakufest 8 Alternate Universe

In the afternoon, the venue started to get jam-packed and I can see a lot of characters from different shows, games and movies not limited to Japanese but also Western ones. Honestly, I did not want to stop and ask the cosplayers to take a picture while they show their signature pose so most of my shots were candid. I like to catch them off-guard and see an unsuspecting look on their face. So here are some of my shots with some little filters and effects and hope you enjoy 😀

Note: Lots of images below. You can click on the image to see it in fullscreen. Thanks and enjoy! 🙂

Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon, Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean and many more all in one place! What can you say? Did the photos take you to an alternate universe? Unfortunately that’s all I got out of more or less a hundred cosplayers so there were still more characters that I missed. According to the organizers there were approximately 3,000 people who attended the Otakufest and it was a blast.

Too bad I had to go home around 6PM so I missed the rest of the night. One of the highlight is an international guest, the Korean group named FameUs. So for more photos of the event, check out the Otaku Fest Facebook page.

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FameUs performance. Photo from Facebook.com/ofest

Kudos! I would like to congratulate the Otakufest organizers of University of the Philippines Cebu for pulling this big event. I witnessed a lot of happy faces from people of all ages while having a photo with their favorite characters and cosplayers. For some, dreams came into a reality for a day. Thumbs up also for the cosplayers who gamely posed to hundreds of people for hours. Things are just getting bigger and better for this feel-good event and I look forward for it next year.

So how was your Otakufest 8 experience? Share your thoughts in the comments below and don’t forget to like Otaku Fest on Facebook.com/ofest. Spread good vibes! 🙂