I was up at 6:30 that Sunday to make the necessary preparations I need to do. I already did my makeup at home so I would only have to do some minor retouches when I arrive at the venue. I arrived at SMX at around 9:30, but the venue was still not open. Good thing I decided not to wear the costume while I was still on the way there.
As soon as the hall opened, I still decided not to dress up; instead, I first took a stroll inside the event premises.
Then I saw these two gorgeous Miss Philippines-Earth candidates who for some reason are present in the event to promote this certain brand of touch pads. A good acquaintance of mine was kind enough to take a picture of me with these girls.
And then it was time for me to wreck it. I had two primary targets.
For some reason, I was so hellbent on going up the stage during the cosplay competition. Even my companions who joined the competition tried to think of ways to incorporate my character in their skit, but things just couldn't work out. It was then that I thought of "pulling all the stops."
Since I'm acquainted to Ben, the host of the event, I approached him during one of the contestants' skit and asked him if I could just go up on stage after all the cosplayers have done their onstage thing. He aided me in asking the marshal stationed there if they can accommodate my request. I told them that I don't intend to join the competition itself, but to just have a "15-seconds-of-fame" moment on stage. Guess what happened.
Then I recited the bad guy affirmation: an instant fuel to the people's feels, especially those who watched the movie. I could still picture that exact moment in my mind; it was too bad that no one seemed to record that scene, because I want to see it.
As soon as I exited the stage, a lot of the audience members asked to take pictures of me and with me. I couldn't blame them; I guess I really nailed my portrayal of Wreck-It Ralph. Or maybe it's because of my size. LOL
But before the cosplay competition, I got a chance to finally meet Miles in person (she added me on Facebook recently), and we had this picture snapped and we exchanged cosplay cards. After having a little talking time with her, I found out why she's called Cebu's most loved cosplayer. And I don't disagree with it.
While I was busy with all the wrecking, however, I still had time to take some pictures. It was certainly a hassle to re-wear my wrecking fists when someone asked to take pictures of me, but I didn't mind at all. Anyway, you can look at those pictures here.
And then when I felt that Ralph has made his presence felt enough, changed costumes. It was time for the PSY World Tour.
And as the final part of the program, the Japanese rock band No Leaf Clover returned on stage for an encore performance. I wasn't able to listen to them in their first round, because I was outside the hall, taking pictures and having my pictures taken. I haven't heard of them before, but as soon as I heard their first song, I thought to myself, "I must include this band's songs in my playlist!" I was lucky enough to have a picture with the band after their second set, thanks to the marshals for loosening their security for a bit.
We sang a lot of anime songs and some old classics that night, and it was amusing to know that some of us shared some childhood with some of the songs we sang. I think there's no need for me to say that chaos and hilarity ensued. I mean, with those guys as your companions, there won't be any dull moment.
Yep, it was totally worth it.