Cosplay star swoops in for Comic Con

Author: Arab News DubaiWed, 2018-04-04 16:57ID: 1522839529576661300The Middle East Film and Comic Con (MEFCC) kicks off on Thursday and a colorful array of Hollywood stars and international cosplay aficionados have touched down in Dubai for the fun-filled event.
One of those wonderfully vibrant stars is Filipino cosplayer, model and TV presenter Alodia Almira Arraiza Gosiengfiao, who is known around the world for her larger-than–life costumes.
She is a leading figure in the world of cosplay, a hybrid of the words costume and play. The hobby sees fans wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character from a TV show, comic or manga series.
The 30-year-old cosplay star, who is also a co-host on ABS-CBN’s prank TV show “Laugh Out Loud,” is set to meet fans on Friday and Saturday in the Artists’ Alley section of the event — a dedicated area where regional and international comic and manga artists showcase their latest creations for sale.
Alodia spoke exclusively to Arab News before the event kicked off and revealed some of her all-time favorite movies, comics and anime characters.
The famous Filipino chose Hollywood flick “How to Train Your Dragon” as one of her top movies, because she “(loves) dragons and (wishes) they were real.” She also gave a nod of approval to the world’s 10th-highest-grossing film of all time, Disney’s “Frozen,” due to the “magical female lead and story about sisters.”
However, the top spot in her list of six favorite films went to director James Cameron’s epic 2009 blockbuster “Avatar,” which Alodia praised for its storyline and cinematography.
Turning to video games and the much-loved cosplayer named her go-to choice as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, a multiplayer online battle game.
“(It is) the first survival game I’ve ever tried and you don’t need to be a good shooter to win the game,” she said, explaining why she is such a huge fan of the high-adrenaline game.
Coming in second and third place respectively are DOTA 2, a multiplayer online battle arena video game, and Final Fantasy 10, because, according to Alodia, “its story is very engaging and the characters are very unique.”
But what about her favorite anime characters? Since bringing these animations to life is Alodia’s bread and butter, this question could have proved impossible to answer, but the cosplay celebrity didn’t miss a beat.
“Misa Amane of (manga series) Death Note,” she replied — a slightly dark but fascinating choice since the bubbly character is known for her desire to aid a mass-murderer in his bid to cleanse the world of evil.
Alodia will attend the event along with actor Ezra Miller who plays The Flash in the DC Universe. Miller recently starred in Hollywood film “Justice League” with Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, Ray Fisher and Jason Momoa and previously starred in the Harry Potter spinoff movie, “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.”
The MEFCC is set to run from April 5-7 at Dubai World Trade Center and will feature panel discussions, workshops and a raft of activities for fans of all ages.
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