Ma-i

Star Dome Cosplay Encore 2016 at Star City

Star Dome, the first ever 360 degree holographic show in the country together with Naruto Cosplayers PH (NCPH) and Red Cloud Interactive brings back cosplay in Star City. STAR DOME Cosplay Encore 2016 will bring the very unique cosplay competition “Fantasm Cosplay” once more.  The competition highlights the realism of cosplay in the competition and it does not matter whether you are male or female, mecha or cloth or any other distinction just do your best and make your cosplay come to life.

Online registration is now open at http://bit.ly/stardomecosplay.  Those who register online will get a chance to win Ride-All-You-Can tickets for May 2016 and 4 lucky winners will get 2 tickets each.  For those who want to watch and ccosplay but does not want to join the competition you can also register online at http://bit.ly/poe2016reserve.

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Entrance fee will only be Php150 and it includes Star City entrance, 3 regular Star City rides and entrance to Star Dome.  All attendees will get a chance to win FREE SPECIAL PASS to Spinning Manila JPop LIVE! 2016 Concert featuring Joe Inoue, Diana Garnet and The Beatmotors.

Cosplayers will compete for the title of Fantasm Award (Php3,000), DIfficulty Award (Php2,000), Realism Award  (Php2,000), Costume Award  (Php2,000), and Engagement Award  (Php2,000).  There will also be a special award for the Best Child Cosplayer  (Php1,000).  All winners except for Best Child will also get 1 Ride-All-You-Can ticket from Star Dome.

Ma-i-Pinoy-MangaNaruto Cosplayers PH will also be promoting their advocacy manga, “Ma-i” published by CSM Publishing under Kawangis Komiks.  100 copies of Book 1 of Ma-i will be distributed for free during the event for the first 100 attendees.  You can also buy copies of the series from Book 1 to Book 5 during the event.  Ma-i is the first ever manga series which talks about our culture and folklore.

Besides the cosplay competition, the event also brings Star Dome Music Festival which features Japanese Idol Cover groups and dancers including Borealis, Vs Project, Ivy! Musume and Twinkle.  Be captivated with the solo performance of Elaine Lachica.

Aishteru Anime will be the official organizational partner of the event together with Cosplay Against Bullying.

Media partners for the event includes Blue Pirate Channel, The Cosplay and Anime Cafe, Ayaldev.com, OtakuPlay, and Reverie Wonderland.

For more information on the event please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1151971388168284/.

See you on February 13!

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CSM Publishing releases promising Pinoy Manga

MA-I Books

CSM Publishing successfully launched Ma-i during the recently concluded Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) at the SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia.  The launch of the new pinoy manga/komiks culminated with “Araw ng Ma-i” (Day of Ma-i) on Sunday, September 20 as cosplayers from Naruto Cosplayers PH (NCPH) portrayed the various characters of the comics.  CSM and NCPH entered into a partnership to promote this new pinoy manga.

Araw_ng_Ma-i_comics_manga (13)Lakan (David D’Angelo Jr.) and Luta (Helen Cleodara D’Angelo) impressed the creators of Ma-i because according to them they were indeed very similar with the characters even their age.  Dara even admitted that like Luta she also likes to eat while Jr’s body features is very similar to Lakan.

Arya Chelabian and Faye Villanueva exchanged discussion with Lakan and Luta as they were the ones initially presented.  Later in the day other characters were introduced including Aman (Benjie Casi), Makaka (Jan Christian Cascaro), Apo Guinoo (Ferrari Lacson), Kal’lila (David D’Angelo) and Tiktik (Fatima Jongco).  The group performed an impromptu skit which coincided with Ma-i.

“Nabasa nyo na ba ang komiks?” (Have you read the comics?) Arya asked after the skit but the fact is since the comics was not yet released the skit was just based on the character profile given to the group.

Here are the rest of the cast of Ma-i comics cosplay:

Araw_ng_Ma-iInitial Book Review of Ma-i

We have read the initial 5 books of Ma-i and we are very impressed with the story line, the drawing and the character development.  So far Book 4: Ang Alitaptap is the best which would probably put you into an emotional state due to the turn of events.

Ma-i is very different from other Pinoy Komiks since it’s storyline is not the traditional superhero style or school scene which dominates most of the comics we see at conventions.  Thus, this would be something we should consider reading since it will also make us explore our own country.

About MA-I

MA-I is about a fictional world called MA-I, where harmony among the land and its mystical creatures had been marred by a dark being named Ka’lila, and a young boy named Lakan, together with his friends, must take on the quest to defeat this darkness which is larger than themselves.

The initial release has five books (chapters) entitled “1 – Si Lakan,” “2 – Palaboy,” “3 – Si Malakas at Si Maganda,” “4- Ang Alitaptap,” and “5 – Aman at Makaka,” focusing on the main characters in the series and their initial forays into the epic struggle between good and evil. Each book also features a trivia page about the Filipino culture and items (such as crafts and weapons) common during the Philippine pre-colonial era.

Each book contains more than 50 pages and will be sold for less than P100. The whole series is planned to have 60 books when completed.

Genre: Shounen (young boys), Action, Fantasy, Comedy

About the authors of Ma-i:

Arya Chelabian grew up learning valuable lessons from local folklore and novels as well as Eastern (manga) and Western comics. He is a graduate of Industrial Engineering at Mapua Institute of Technology where he spent his vacant time at the fire exit with friends, playing Hunter and Legend of the Five Rings, and sharing stories written by both famous and unknown authors. His love for values found in the Bible and the beauty of the Filipino ethnic culture drove him to write this story. He believes that stories can influence the next generation with important life lessons the way stories of old have influenced him. He is an engineer by profession.

Faye Villanueva has been creating stories and drawing since she was a toddler. Her influences are classic and Christian novels, Japanese and Western comics. She attended intensive story writing workshops (mostly for film) during her college and working years (as a Communications graduate and practitioner). For the past decade, she has contributed her designs and illustrations to various published books in the Philippines. She now desires to bridge the gap between otakus (manga and anime fans) and God. Follow her at Instagram @spatialchild.

 

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CSM Publishing partners with NCPH for Ma-i

CSM Publishing partners with Naruto Cosplayers PH (NCPH) for the promotion if its newest comics entitled “MA-I.”  Ma-i is an emerging manga series that is uniquely Pinoy from its drawings, to its characters and its story line.  It is something that both hopes to inspire an interest among fans of various comics genre.

Ma-i is classified under the Shounen (young boys), Action, Fantasy, Comedy genre with its primary target audience being boys from 13-19 years old.  It also aims to capture girls, as well as younger and older comic book readers.

MA-I: An emerging manga series that is uniquely Pinoy

Adventure stories in comics form used to occupy a secure niche in Pinoy literature. But for decades now, Filipino comic readers have been more fascinated with foreign publications rather than indigenous ones, and our original Pinoy comics have been relegated to the background.

Ma-o Chapter 1: Si Lakan

Ma-i Chapter 1: Si Lakan

Written in a uniquely Pinoy manga style, MA-I aims to recapture the interest of today’s generation and to reintroduce Filipino youth to the richness of our own culture and history while promoting positive values using Filipino mythology and legends—which puts the material on a par with mainstream comics series that feature Western or Japanese culture.

About MA-I

MA-I is about a fictional world called MA-I, where harmony among the land and its mystical creatures had been marred by a dark being named Ka’lila, and a young boy named Lakan, together with his friends, must take on the quest to defeat this darkness which is larger than themselves.

The initial release has five books (chapters) entitled “Si Lakan,” “Palaboy,” “Si Malakas at Si Maganda,” “Ang Alitaptap,” and “Aman at Makaka,” focusing on the main characters in the series and their initial forays into the epic struggle between good and evil. Each book also features a trivia page about the Filipino culture and items (such as crafts and weapons) common during the Philippine pre-colonial era.

Each book contains more than 50 pages and will be sold for less than P100. The whole series is planned to have 60 books when completed.

Cosplaying for Mai

Naruto Cosplayers PH (NCPH) will officially be providing cosplayers for Ma-i.  The cosplayers will initially appear on the book launch at the 36th Manila International Book Fair during  “Araw ng MA-I” on September 20, 2:30pm.

Characters that will play Ma-i characters includes David D’Angelo as Kallila, Benjie Kasi as Aman, Helen Cleodara D’Angelo as Luta, David D’Angelo Jr. as Lakan, Ferrari Lacson as Apo Guinoo, Aroon Orduna as Makaka and Fatima Jongco as Tiktik.

Book Launch

MA-I will be officially launched at the 36th Manila International Book Fair on September 17, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia. There will be an “Araw ng MA-I” on September 20, 2:30pm, at CSM Booth Nos. 1-5 and cosplayers will make an appearance! Avail of the special book promo presented by CSM Publishing. MA-I is published under Kawangis Komiks, an imprint of CSM Publishing.

About the authors:

Arya Chelabian grew up learning valuable lessons from local folklore and novels as well as Eastern (manga) and Western comics. He is a graduate of Industrial Engineering at Mapua Institute of Technology where he spent his vacant time at the fire exit with friends, playing Hunter and Legend of the Five Rings, and sharing stories written by both famous and unknown authors. His love for values found in the Bible and the beauty of the Filipino ethnic culture drove him to write this story. He believes that stories can influence the next generation with important life lessons the way stories of old have influenced him. He is an engineer by profession.

Faye Villanueva has been creating stories and drawing since she was a toddler. Her influences are classic and Christian novels, Japanese and Western comics. She attended intensive story writing workshops (mostly for film) during her college and working years (as a Communications graduate and practitioner). For the past decade, she has contributed her designs and illustrations to various published books in the Philippines. She now desires to bridge the gap between otakus (manga and anime fans) and God. Follow her at Instagram @spatialchild.

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