It’s finally official. The Philippines is now going to be a competing country for the World Cosplay Summit starting August next year, according to an announcement released by the World Cosplay Summit Philippines (WCSph) organizers, Anime Alliance Philippines (AAP).
It took the country two years as an observer nation to fine tune everything that was to be needed to become an official competitor country, and with the announcement, the country can now be a part of those countries who are competing for the title of World Cosplay Champion.
It is not known how will the qualifiers for the WCSph will progress or where it will be held, but according to the post on the WCSph Facebook page, they have tapped The Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention (TOYCON PH) and Ambox Events of Davao as event partners and Filipino-language anime channel HEROtv as their official media partner.
Anime Alliance was given the nod by the World Cosplay Summit committee to be the official rights holders of World Cosplay Summit in 2013.
They first held the WCSph Finals during TOYCON PH, under the HERO Face Off banner in 2013, where Erika Jean Garbin and Vincent Estapon were crowned as the official representatives to the event as Observers.
Just last August, Angeleah Mejo and Mattsu Bernales from Davao went to Nagoya as representatives for the country as observers for this year’s World Cosplay Summit.
More details are expected to be released in the coming weeks.