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ANIMAX Ani-mate Search: ANIMAX Carnival Philippines 2012

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Included in the full contest mechanics of the Ani-mate Search is that the Grand Finals would be on the ANIMAX Carnival on December 9, 2012. Of course at the start of everything, I wasn't really dwelling on the mechanics for the final judging. I was more focused on the initial audition and what you must have in order to be a part of the 7 finalists. Only after being informed that I was a part of the 7 did I now really dwell on the criteria for the final judging.

If you're curious, you can read the full mechanics here: http://www.animaxasia.com/contests/ani-mate/fullmechanics

And so, the month-long preparation began!

I was actually torn on what costume I would be wearing for the finals. Since I'm an avid fan of Vampire Knight, Yuuki Kuran was on top of my list. But, I wanted to make it [my finals costume] a really memorable one so I had to save the Yuuki Kuran costume for later. Next was Lucy Heartfilia and Erza Scarlet of Fairy Tail. Of course, a big part of not choosing one of the two is that I'm not that tall. But both of them are still in my list of next cosplays. I just don't know when I can actually cosplay them so stay tuned!

Then I went to the part of my list where all of the earliest anime that I watched and loved are. Namely, Gate Keepers, Sakura Wars, Fushigi Yuugi, and Magic Knight Rayearth.

Magic Knight Rayearth is really close to my heart. When I was growing up, it was the anime that I  watched on tv - one of my favorites along with other titles that aired at the same time. At first I chose Umi Ryuuzaki's Final Battle Outift. But after meditating for a few days, I decided on Hikaru Shidou's Final Battle Outfit.

I actually made a risky decision on this costume. I ordered a wig on Taobao with 2 weeks left before the ANIMAX Carnival. Thankfully it arrived on December 4 - 5 days before the event [whew!].

Now, to the ANIMAX Carnival

While I was on my way to the venue, I was already anxious and nervous. I didn't know what would happen in the event so I was really uneasy.

After changing into my Magic Knight Rayearth costume, all the anxiousness, nervousness, uneasiness increased by 100%. I was really tense. Plus, it was my first cosplay with an armor and weapon and I was wearing gloves so I was worried that my sword might slip. I kept praying backstage before the 7 finalists were called on stage that I don't mess up my cosplay catwalk.

Here's a video of the cosplay catwalk of the 7 finalists: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgEiwE_zkLw&w=560&h=315 [Credits to Naruto Cosplayers PH on Youtube]

Photo by Teh Lazie Neko Photostream

Photo by JamFrame Photography
It was a relief that nothing bad happened while I was on stage. But the next part of the program would be the announcement of the Winner of the Ani-mate Search. As soon as I sat down backstage, all of my nervousness and uneasiness went overboard. I was really tense for real now!!! Until we were called back to the stage, I was fervently repeating in my mind the words:
"If God puts you to it, He will get you through it"
7 Ani-mate Finalists Backstage; Photo by JamFrame Photography
When they were getting ready to call the name of the winner, I could feel my heart pounding really fast!
"Rhianna Floresca!" they announced.

My mind was BLANK. All I know is that I was really happy and all of the anxiousness and nervousness that I felt earlier was converted to overwhelming happiness. Tears just went down my face.

Photo by Teh Lazie Neko Photostream
Photo by Teh Lazie Neko Photostream
Photo by JamFrame Photography

Remembering that moment still brings me to tears. Fresh like it just happened yesterday. It was a surreal experience. My dream became reality.

Photo by JamFrame Photography
Photo by Aldrin Kencey

I'd like to thank everyone for your unending support! My gratitude to my family and friends who stood by me throughout everything! Thank you so much! :)


This is the last post for my ANIMAX Ani-mate Search Experience. Next posts will be more fun and quirky posts about what's happening in the world of ANIMAX and of course about cosplaying too.

Credits to:

NarutoCosplay PH on Youtube

Teh Lazie Neko Photostream

JamFrame Photography

Aldrin Kencey of the Lightning Project Photography

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