Cos-ing a commotion

Cos-ing a commotion
International Cosplay day at scape, featuring guest of honour, Alodia Gosiengfiao.

SINGAPORE - Tiny gasps could be heard when popular Filipina cosplayer Alodia Gosiengfiao made her appearance at the atrium of *Scape, where the International Cosplay Day Singapore was held on Sunday.

"Is that Alodia?" starstruck fans asked in hushed tones as they clamoured around the slim and fairskinned 25-year-old, who finally stopped at a photo booth, to their delight.

Cosplay is short for "costume play", where participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea from a work of fiction.

Into its second year, the convention, held from 10am to 8pm, attracted between 1,200 and 1,500 people, said Ms Charlotte Lee, from The Neo Tokyo Project, which organised the event.

Gosiengfiao, in a sexy crimson outfit, with a cherry-blonde wig and artificial ears, portrayed the elf Lina, who has fire magic and special powers in the computer game Defence Of The Ancients (DOTA) 2.

The outfit, which included a black studded bustier and bright red pumps with crystals, took about two weeks to make.

"It was challenging because I had to go to shoots in the day and could work on this only in the evenings or before I left for work," said Gosiengfiao, who also acts, sings, and hosts television shows in the Philippines.

More than 1 million 'likes' She got into cosplay about 10 years ago and today has more than 1 million "likes" on her Facebook page.

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