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Alodia Gosiengfiao


Alodia Gosiengfiao, born Alodia Almira Arraiza Gosiengfiao, is a Filipina cosplayer, model, singer, and actress. As a celebrity endorser, she is one of the ambassadors and VJ for Animax-Asia known as the "Ani-mates", and co-host of ABS-CBN's prank show Laugh Out Loud. She also has been featured in various magazines, newspaper and TV shows locally and abroad. Ms. Gosiengfiao also appeared on the Filipino FHM 100 Sexiest Women poll, ranking #87 in 2009, #76 in 2010 and #20 in 2012 where she posed as the cover girl for that magazine on its July 2013 issue. She was named by UNO Magazine as one of the Most Influential Women in the Philippines.

She is fond of art, fashion, gadgets, video games, photography, collecting toys and figures such as BJDs, and plays the piano. Her mother found her name in a name book; 'Alodia' means "love" and 'Almira' means "princess". 


Ms. Gosiengfiao became involved in cosplay after contacting other anime and video game enthusiasts in an internet fan forum called Animé Club. Encouraged by her friends from the forum, she started cosplaying in 2003 at the age of 15, joining various competitions in Metro Manila. Her first cosplayed character was a Priestess from Ragnarok Online at Ragnalaunch in Glorietta. She began to attract attention when she won 3rd place in the 2003 C3 Convention as Gun Mage Rikku of Final Fantasy X-2. This led to her and her younger sister Ashley Gosiengfiao being featured on the cover of Issue 14 of Culture Crash Magazine, a Manga Magazine in the Philippines. Since then, she cosplayed a series of characters from over 40 anime, movie and video game titles including: Witchblade, G.I. Joe, K-On!, Paradise Kiss, Evangelion, and Final Fantasy X-2. As a multi-awarded cosplayer, she is now being invited to appear at conventions or to judge competitions locally and abroad. She started judging at the age of 18.

Due to her constant contribution to the cosplay community in the Philippines, she has been invited into various international cosplay conventions and events as a participant, performer, judge or simply to attend as a guest. In November 2009 at the Suntec Convention Hall in Singapore, she and her younger sister Ashley, represented the Philippines as one of the finalist for the Anime Festival Asia Regional Cosplay Championship. Alodia and Ashley cosplayed as Masane Amaha and Shiori Tsuzuki from the Witchblade anime.


On July 3, 2010, both sisters were invited by the Mascot Parade supported by the Singapore Government to judge the cosplay competition. They both cosplayed characters from the romantic anime series Paradise Kiss. In addition to judging the cosplay competition, she and Ashley also performed two songs on stage: "Lonely in Gorgeous" from Paradise Kiss, and "Real Emotion" from the hit Japanese roleplaying game Final Fantasy X-2. Animax also held "meet and greet" sessions with Alodia in Camp Pong for Singaporean anime and cosplay enthusiasts.

On July 21–24, 2010, Ms. Gosiengfiao attended the annual San Diego Comic-Con for a cosplay gathering at Kotobukiya booth. She landed a big role in the San Diego Comic-Con documentary directed by Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me) and produced by Legendary Pictures. The documentary team followed 5 different people from around the world to document what they did at the San Diego Comic Convention in the United States - line up includes an artist, comic book enthusiast, cosplayer, etc. Part of the team was Stan Lee, the father of Marvel Comics. This led to a meeting with Legendary Pictures CEO/founder Thomas Tull and vice president Alex Garcia, regarding their upcoming film Warcraft. After this meeting, she was featured in a very popular US-based website Kotaku. Blizzard Entertainment, maker of Warcraft, got in touch with her regarding business and an endorsement deal for their new game, Star Craft 2. She also won the "Hall Costume Award" as an award given by the Costume Designers Guild to convention members who wear exceptional get-ups inside the venue.


On October 31, 2010, she together with Animax and Hong Kong Tourism Board held an event "Hong Kong Halloween Treats Party". Hong Kong Halloween Treats Party is the culmination of a one-and-a-half-month long campaign by Hong Kong Tourism Board and Animax to promote Hong Kong across South-East Asia as the dream Halloween destination. Cosplayers from all over Asia gathered to celebrate the event.

On November 13, 2010, she was back again in Singapore for the Anime Festival Asia 2010 in Suntec Convention Hall, this time she was invited as a Celebrity Judge for the AFA Regional Cosplay Championship. The same event she and her sister attended as a finalist and representative of the Philippines way back 2009. She graced the event along with the Japanese celebrity guests namely Ichirou Mizuki, May'n, SCANDAL, JAM Project, angela, Kana Hanazawa, Milky Holmes and the Cosplayers Kaname and Aira.


On November 27, 2010, Ms. Gosiengfiao’s "Rei Ayanami" Grimrock version cosplay made its first appearance at the 2010 Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Brisbane Australia, she was invited to guest judge the Madman National Cosplay Championship as part of the Supanova Cosplay Festival.

Check out her website at http://www.alodiagosiengfiao.com.

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