Alodia Gosiengfiao

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Alodia Gosiengfiao
MGCCon 2012 - Alodia Gosiengfiao 3.jpg
Alodia Gosiengfiao at Malaysian Games & Comics Convention 2012
Born (1988-03-09) March 9, 1988 (age 26)
Occupation Model, Host, Cosplayer, Singer
Recording artist
Years active 2003-present
Website
Official site

Alodia Almira Arraiza Gosiengfiao (born March 9, 1988) is a Filipina cosplayer, model, artist, singer, and recording artist. As a celebrity endorser, she is one of the Ambassador and VJ For Animax-Asia known as the "Ani-mates", and co-host of ABS-CBN's prank show Laugh Out Loud. She also has been featured in various magazines, newspaper and TV shows locally and abroad. Gosiengfiao also appeared on the Filipino FHM 100 Sexiest Women poll, ranking #87 in 2009, #76 in 2010 and #20 in 2012 where she posed as the cover girl on that magazine on its July 2013 issue. She was named by UNO Magazine as one of the Most Influential Women in the Philippines.

Personal life[edit]

Alodia Gosiengfiao lives in Quezon City and is fond of art, fashion, gadgets, video games, photography, collecting toys and figures such as BJDs, and plays the piano. Her mother found her name in a name book; Alodia means "love" and Almira means "princess".[1] She is of Filipino, Chinese and Spanish descent; her father is Filipino-Chinese while her mother is Filipino-Spanish. Her parents are Mariglor Arraiza and Ed Gosiengfiao and she has a younger sister, Ashley Gosiengfiao, who is also a cosplayer, a recording artist and an endorser/model as well.[2]

Gosiengfiao attended Assumption College (Makati) from pre-school to Grade 2; Miriam College from Grade 3 to her fourth year of High School; and Ateneo de Manila University, where she graduated year 2009 with a BFA degree in Information Design.[3][4] As a high school student, she was a member of the Miriam College High School Pep squad. She also worked on art commissions for international clients, illustrating both digital and traditional artworks.

Cosplaying[edit]

Issue 14 of Culture Crash Magazine had an alternate/flip cover that marks the first magazine cover appearance of Alodia Gosiengfiao (left) and her sister Ashley (right),[5] as part of its coverage of the 2003 C3 Convention in which Alodia first came to the attention of the wider Filipino public.[5][6] It would, incidentally, also be the magazine's last issue.

Gosiengfiao became involved in cosplay after contacting other anime and video game enthusiasts in an internet fan forum called Animé Club. Encouraged by her friends from the forum, she started cosplaying in 2003 at the age of 15, joining various competitions in Metro Manila.[7] Her first cosplayed character was a Priestess from Ragnarok Online at Ragnalaunch in Glorietta.[8] She began to attract attention when she won 3rd place in the 2003 C3 Convention as Gun Mage Rikku of Final Fantasy X-2. This led to her and her younger sister Ashley Gosiengfiao being featured on the cover of Issue 14 of Culture Crash Magazine, a Manga Magazine in the Philippines.[5] Since then, she cosplayed a series of characters from over 40 anime, movie and video game titles including Witchblade, G.I. Joe, K-On!, Paradise Kiss, Evangelion, Final Fantasy X-2. As a multi-awarded cosplayer, she is now being invited to appear at conventions or to judge competitions locally and abroad. She started judging at the age of 18.

International appearances[edit]

Due to her constant contribution to the cosplay community in the Philippines, Gosiengfiao has been invited into various international cosplay conventions and events as a participant, performer, judge or simply to attend as a guest. In November 2009 at Suntec Convention Hall in Singapore, Gosiengfiao, together with her younger sister Ashley, represented the Philippines as one of the finalist for the Anime Festival Asia Regional Cosplay Championship. Alodia and Ashley cosplayed as Masane Amaha and Shiori Tsuzuki from the Witchblade anime.[9]

On July 3, 2010, Singapore, Alodia and Ashley Gosiengfiao were invited by the Mascot Parade supported by the Singapore Government to judge the cosplay competition. They both cosplayed characters from the romantic anime series Paradise Kiss. In addition to judging the cosplay competition, Alodia and Ashley also performed two songs on stage: Lonely in Gorgeous from Paradise Kiss, and Real Emotion from the hit Japanese roleplaying game Final Fantasy X-2. Animax also held "Meet and greet" sessions with Alodia in Camp Pong for Singaporean anime and cosplay enthusiasts.[10]

On July 21–24, 2010, Gosiengfiao attended the annual San Diego Comic-Con for a cosplay gathering at Kotobukiya booth. She landed a big role in the San Diego Comic-Con documentary directed by Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me) and produced by Legendary Pictures. The documentary team followed 5 different people from around the world to document what they did at the San Diego Comic Convention in the United States - line up includes an artist, comic book enthusiast, cosplayer, etc. Part of the team was Stan Lee, the father of Marvel Comics. This led to a meeting with Legendary Pictures CEO/founder Thomas Tull and vice president Alex Garcia, regarding their upcoming film Warcraft. After this meeting, Gosiengfiao was featured in a very popular US-based website Kotaku.[11] Blizzard Entertainment, maker of Warcraft, got in touch with Alodia regarding business and an endorsement deal for their new game, Star Craft 2. She also won the "Hall Costume Award", an award given by the Costume Designers Guild to convention members who wear exceptional get-ups inside the venue.[12]

On October 31, 2010, Gosiengfiao together with Animax and Hong Kong Tourism Board held an event "Hong Kong Halloween Treats Party". Hong Kong Halloween Treats Party is the culmination of a one-and-a-half-month long campaign by Hong Kong Tourism Board and Animax to promote Hong Kong across South-East Asia as the dream Halloween destination. Cosplayers from all over Asia gathered to celebrate the event.[13]

On November 13, 2010, Alodia was back again in Singapore for the Animé Festival Asia 2010 in Suntec Convention Hall, this time she was invited as a Celebrity Judge for the AFA Regional Cosplay Championship. The same event Alodia and Ashley attended as a finalist and representative of the Philippines way back 2009.[14] Gosiengfiao graced the event along with the Japanese celebrity guests namely Ichirou Mizuki, May'n, SCANDAL, JAM Project, angela, Kana Hanazawa, Milky Holmes and the Cosplayers Kaname and Aira.[15]

On November 27, 2010, Gosiengfiao’s Rei Ayanami Grimrock version cosplay made its first appearance at the 2010 Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Brisbane Australia, she was invited to guest judge the Madman National Cosplay Championship as part of the Supanova Cosplay Festival.[16]

Endorsements, media and press[edit]

Her achievements in the cosplay community led her way to be recognized by the mainstream media and various companies in the Philippines. Currently she is endorsing a whitening skin care product;[17][18] a health food and beverage product; a Japanese Sushi bar; a toy collector and figurine distributor in the Philippines;[19] a large video game company based in Japan;[20] a clothing line;[14] and Japanese snack. She also became one of the brand ambassador of a Philippine telecommunication company, and in 2012 became a brand ambassador for Canon.[21]

Past endorsements include many video game companies such as Level-Up Games, E-Games, Kelphil's Shade and SEGA's Love and Berry. She was part of the Official Muse Guild for the Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) Mu Online. She was also a game moderator for another MMORPG called Khan Online. Gosiengfiao was chosen as the Rose-It Girl during the Level Up Games’ ROSE Online event and was given the title of "Community Manager" and a one-year contract with Level Up Games.[22] As the official model and endorser of IPVG-EGames Zhu Xian Online game in 2009, Gosiengfiao, an avid gamer, hold her first Fans Day during the Domination 3 Event on April 2009.

Gosiengfiao is the Animax’s first ever Levi’s Kawaii girl winner in the last episode of Mad Mad Fun, which was announced on air on October 27, 2007.[3] In 2010, Alodia together with Ashley Gosiengfiao and model Steph Henares was chosen by Animax to be their Ambassador and VJ, known as the Ani-Mates.[23] It was the first time Animax has chosen a cosplayer as one of its VJ's.[24] Gosiengfiao's cosplay and hosting stints in various events and Animax paved the way for her first project in ABS-CBN. She is now seen as a Host in ABS-CBN's prank show titled L.O.L Laugh Out Loud with Luis Manzano every Saturday night.[25]

She has been featured in several magazines such as Candy Magazine, Meg Magazine, Preview Magazine, GAME! Magazine, Digital Photographers Philippines Magazine and newspapers like Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Bulletin & Manila Times. She was also invited to appear as guest on TV shows like MogTV, QTV 11now GMA News TV, Front Act, Matanglawin, Mel and Joey,and Ang Pinaka . Other than local media, Gosiengfiao has also been featured in newspapers and magazine in different countries such as Japan, Singapore and United States. She was also Part of the book called OTACOOL: Worldwide Otaku rooms and OTACOOL2: Worldwide Cosplayers by Danny Choo

She was also featured on a TV show in Tokyo “Culture: Japan” featuring her costumes, artworks, comic books and figure collections which was also shown in Animax [26]

Gosiengfiao ranked #76 in the Philippine FHM 100 Sexiest Women poll for 2010, and rank #87 in 2009 .[27] She was named by UNO Magazine as one of the Most Influential Women in the Philippines.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role / herself Network
2013 It's Showtime Judge ABS-CBN
IBILIB Herself GMA Network
Minute to Win It Herself ABS-CBN
Party Pilipinas Herself GMA Network
2012 Pop Talk Celebrity Reviewer GMA News TV
It's Showtime Judge ABS-CBN
Regal Shocker Nika TV5
2010-2011 Laugh Out Loud Host/Herself ABS-CBN

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Production
2012 The Reunion Julie Star Cinema & Viva Films
Kimmy Dora and the Temple of Kiyeme Sang Kang Kang Star Cinema & Spring Films
2011 Tween Academy: Class of 2012 Herself GMA Films

Television (as director/producer)[edit]

Year Title Lead Anchors Channel
2013–present CNN Konek Cherie Mercado AksyonTV
2013–present Aksyon Weekend Raffy Tulfo, Grace Lee TV5

Discography[edit]

  • "アジアの変身" - Super Dolls — (2013)
  • "ヒロイン症候群" - Super Dolls — (2013)
  • "Kawaii Girl Song" — (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Musico, Jansen. "SPOT.ph Q&A With Alodia & Ashley Gosiengiao". Spot.ph. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  2. ^ Sucgang, Grace. "10 Cosplayers in Our Midst". Spot.ph. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c AJPress (August 4, 2010). "Cosplay ‘Geek Goddess’ Alodia Gosiengfiao". Asian Journal MDWK Magazine. 
  4. ^ "Asian Journal". PDF Version. 
  5. ^ a b c "Alodia Gosiengfiao and Ashley Gosiengfiao: Darlings of the Crowd". Culture Crash (Special C3 Cosplayer Spotlight Section) (Marikina City: Culture Crash Comics and J.C. Palabay Ent., Inc.) (14). January 2004. ISSN 0115-5938. 
  6. ^ Sablan, Niño Mark (2007-09-09). "Wacko over wigs". Sunday Inquirer Magazine (Philippine Daily Inquirer). Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  7. ^ Penamante, Laurice. "Why are all the geeks hot for Cosplay Queen Alodia?". Spot.ph. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  8. ^ Bautista, Liz Anne (November 26, 2010). "Role-Playing". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  9. ^ "AFA Cosplayer Profile". Anime Festival Asia. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  10. ^ "COSMO Youth Parade -Alodia and Ashley". sgcafe. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
    • Carucho, Eric (July 18, 2010). "Cosplay Queen". Sunday Inquirer Magazine. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  11. ^ Ashcraft, Brian. "Cosplay Queen Eyes The World of Warcraft Movie". Kotaku.com. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  12. ^ Mendoza, Elijah (July 26, 2010). "Alodia Gosiengfiao wins Hall Costume Award at Comic-Con 2010". Techie.com.ph. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  13. ^ "HKTB-Animax Hong Kong Halloween Treats Party". Animax Asia. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  14. ^ a b Boon, Rachael (November 16, 2010). "Men want to marry her". The Straits Times. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  15. ^ "AFA X – Anime Festival Asia 2010 Event Highlights". The Banzai effect. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  16. ^ "International Cosplay Judge Joins the Supanova Cosplay Festival!". Supa Nova Pop Culture Expo. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  17. ^ Carucho, Eric (July 18, 2010). "Cosplay Queen". Sunday Inquirer Magazine. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Sunday Inquirer magazine scan". Sunday Inquirer Magazine. Retrieved March 12, 2011. 
  19. ^ Alejo, Annie (June 3, 2010). "Animax relaunches channel with ‘Ani-mates’ and more". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved March 12, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Alodia Makes her TinierMe Debut". Earth Times. March 8, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Cosplayer Alodia Gosiengfiao joins the Canon family". Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  22. ^ Pastor, Pam (June 6, 2008). "Cosplay Queen". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  23. ^ Segovia, Jed Angelo (June 5, 2010). "Meet the 'Ani-Mates'". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  24. ^ Jalal, Imran. "Fantasy Girl". The Straits Times. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  25. ^ Belen, Martinez (December 3, 2010). "'LOL,' a different comedy reality show". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  26. ^ "Sexy Naughty Cosplay me". Razor TV. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  27. ^ "FHM 100 Sexiest Women of the World". FHM Philippines. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 

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