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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     DTPobar told me, 'The venue was filled with excitement and nationalism as it showcased characters that are 100% Filipino - in literature, film, TV series, and comics. The official attendance estimate was between 1,500 and 2,000.'
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    2nd Philippine Literature Cosplay promotes heroism


    Astounding  creativity and national pride filled the air as  famous Filipino  fictional characters were once again brought to life in Malayan Colleges Laguna's (MCL) - College of Arts and Science (CAS) Week 2013 Celebration. MCL staged its second "Pinoy Panitikan Cosplay" or Philippine Literature Cosplay on February 14 at the school ground.


    Over   500 students taking Filipino courses came out mimicking through their   costumes, actions, and fighting styles a myriad of Filipino fictional   characters such as Panday, Enteng Kabisote, Lastikman, and Darna.


    Prof.   Rogelio F. Valenzuela, the head organizer of the Cosplay 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, it is the only version in the country that showcases fictional characters that are 100% Filipino.


    He   further explained that the 2nd Philippine Literature Cosplay took a   historical approach in building the program: a dramatization of the   Philippine History was staged first prior to the National Anthem; the   fashion show of the student cosplayers had voice over about the history   of the characters they were portraying; and there was a book parade of   the characters from Ibong Adarna, Florante at Laura, Noli Me Tangere,   and El Filibusterismo.


    A speech choir   titled "Takas" (Escaped) was also creatively performed showcasing   illustrious Filipino fictional protagonists and antagonists.


    And   because it was also Valentine’s Day, famous Filipino love teams in   literature, TV series, and films also did the catwalk such as   Malakas-Maganda and Sir Chief-Maya.


    More importantly, this year’s event also integrated the value of bayanihan and heroism in raising awareness and elevating the students’ interest in Philippine literature.


    The   latter part of the event revealed “Who’s the real superhero”. Prof.   Valenzuela said that everyone is superhero in his or her own way; he   believes that it is just about realizing that the change one wants   should begin in one’s own self.


    “Real power actually lies within one’s heart. We, ordinary Filipinos, are veritably the new heroes of our time,” he said.


    Furthermore,   Prof. Valenzuela described the event as a creative venue for the   students to better appreciate Philippine literature; hence 60  elementary  pupils from Niugan Elementary School in Cabuyao City were  invited to  witness the event. The children also participated in a  storytelling led  by another batch of student cosplayers.


    Prof.   Ma. Rovilla C. Sudprasert, MCL’s Values Education, Language, Social   Science, and Humanities cluster head and this year’s CAS Week 2013   overall head, said that the event was a success as it also fostered   camaraderie among the students, faculty members, and school officials.


    The   event culminated with a Pledge of Heroism where everyone promised to  be  a good citizen by doing the best that they can be and to cultivate   national pride and culture in everything that they do.


    The 2nd Philippine Literature Cosplay was one of the highlights of the 3rd MCL-CAS Week Celebration.


    [Photos from Ernest Gatpandan]

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