- Posted February 17, 2014 by
Cabuyao City, Philippines
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3rd Philippine Literature Cosplay highlights 'superheroes of environment'
In a bid to raise the environmental awareness of students, Malayan Colleges Laguna’s (MCL) College of Arts and Science brought to life famous Filipino literature characters anew through its much-anticipated and flamboyant 3rd “Philippine Literature Cosplay” last February 12 at the school ground.
Over 700 students taking Filipino courses came out mimicking via their costumes and actions a myriad of Filipino fictional characters such as Dyesebel, Captain Barbell, Volta, and Mulawin.
Prof. Rogelio F. Valenzuela, one of the organizers of the event, conceptualized the idea of bringing favorite Filipino characters in literature, comics, TV series, and film to life to uphold the rich culture and arts of the Philippines.
According to him, MCL’s Philippine Literature Cosplay is the only version in the country that highlights fictional characters that are 100% Filipino.
He described that this year’s participating students acted as ‘superheroes of environment’ where they portrayed environmental issues such as dynamite fishing, air pollution, water conservation, and animal welfare through human tableaus with well-thought-of slogans.
The event also stressed the issues facing the four environmental elements namely fire, water, wind, and Earth.
“It was nice to witness how the students were able to connect creatively Philippine literature and environmental awareness,” said Arjhelle Adato, a student council.
Student Mikka Aldama Roxas, who portrayed a mermaid character, said that although the superheroes they acted would not really exist, she hopes they inspired the young ones to do good things and fight the wrong ones.
Reviving the spirit
True to their mission of reviving the students’ interest on Philippine literature, the organizers invited elementary pupils to witness the grand parade of the student-cosplayers.
Multimedia Arts undergraduates are also currently designing and developing educational magazine for the cosplay event, which can be used as an alternative teaching material.
Prof. Valenzuela added as well that appreciating the local literature starts when students ask for the name of the characters. This then opens a door for them to learn more about Philippine nationalism, culture, and values.
“Inflame nationalism and heroism. Let us proudly and creatively show to the world the beauty of Philippine literature through cosplay,” he said.
Next month, the organizers are eyeing to bag the Guinness World Records for the most number of Filipino characters portrayed in one single cosplay event. Surely, this will attract more Filipinos to appreciate local literature more than they ever did.
In the end, the cosplay event highlighted that everyone could be a ‘superhero of environment.’ The organizers hope that this can bring more people to protecting the environment for more sustainable future.
All photos by Joana Paula Concepcion