Who Will Be Animax’s New Ani-Mate?
In October, Animax launched a contest to search for its next Ani-Mate TV presenter.
With a 25,000 peso cash prize at stake, the winner will become the new personality on Animax and join Ani-Mate Alodia Gosiengfiao to co-host the Ani-Time with Alodia segment. She will be a part of Animax events as well.
The final round of the contest is set to be a highlight of the Animax Carnival 2012 at Robinson’s Ermita on December 9, 2012
Of the dozens of hopefuls, seven spirited young ladies have made it through to the final round of Animax’s Ani-Mate Search Contest. Local cosplayers with artistry, charm, and charisma, let’s get to know the finalists:
Twenty year old Maronne Cruz’s loves funky rock chic ensembles – which suit her well. A BS Management senior from the Ateneo de Manila University, Maronne’s personality combines the off-beat and the energetic. Hailing from the Ateneo Blue Repertory, Maronne is a seasoned thespian too.
In cosplay, she has cosplayed Maka Albarn from Soul Eater, Sayaka Miki from Madoka Magica, and Stoking from Panty and Stocking. “I prefer strong female characters with big weapons,” she explains. Learn more about Maronne via her Instagram: @maronnecruz.
Ira Orduña looks like your typical girl next door: long haired, doe eyed and petite. But looks deceive. This girly girl is actually an avid video game enthusiast. “I play a lot of DoTA (Defense of the Ancients) during my free time,” she confessed. And her love for video games levelled up when she started cosplaying.
“I’m into cosplaying video game characters. My favorite is Azure Rhatalos from Monster Hunter,” the 17 year old Bulakeña relates. “I joined the contest because of my friends’ kakulitan. They kept sending me information about the contest. I got very interested.” She has also cosplayed Luzviminda from Filipino Comics, Saeko Busujimma from High School of the Dead, Lady Sylvanna from WarCraft, and Aphrodite from God of War. Follow Ira on Twitter: @TheOfficial_Ira.
Twenty year old Maria Katrina “Kat” Langomez is a graduate of AB Multimedia Arts from the College of Saint Benilde. The freshly minted graphics designer is also an enthusiast of the voice synthesizer program Vocaloid. Her favorite character, Miku Hatsune (from Vocaloid) is a reflection of her passion for music.
“I picked Miku Hatsune for my audition, because she is my favorite character. She is Japan’s ultimate virtual diva and I’ve cosplayed her the most. So I went in there and they told me that I had to introduce myself and demonstrate my character. I did what Miku does best: dance and sing.” Catch Kat on her Twitter: @procrastacat.
Rhianna Floresca identifies with anime characters that are hardworking. She chose to cosplay Misaki Ayuzawa from anime series Maid-sama, the first female student council president of the school who secretly works part-time at a maid café to support her family. “I’m a lot like her. I’m really simple but of course when there’s work I do it,” shared the Philippine Studies graduate from De La Salle University.
Rhianna believes that a studied approach to cosplaying is key. “You must learn to cosplay, to understand characters really well,” stated the 19 year old. “An Ani-Mate must understand the world of Animax. It’s really about research, wanting to know more about the programs and to convey that to viewers.”
For Mayumi Gomez, joining the Ani-Mates search is a chance to showcase her musical talents. “I joined because I think it will be a great way for me to share my love for music and art. I want to reach more people by becoming an Ani-Mate.”
The charming 21 year old singer-songwriter is into Japanese electro pop. She uses the synthesizer, guitar, GarageBand software, and drums to create her music. Mayumi’s growing fan base is evident from the scores of people following her on Twitter (@mayumimusic), Facebook, and SoundCloud. Her favorite anime character, Sheryl Nome from Macross Frontier, is also a singer
Down to Earth Rachelle
“I really like characters that are serious and quiet. They think deeply about things. I have cosplayed Homura Akemi from Puella Magi and Yin of Darker than Black. They are both serious types,” shared 19 year old Rachelle Redecio.
Rachelle is a BS Computer Engineering student from the University of the Philippines Diliman. With a down to earth personality, Rachelle is a fan of the siomai rice meals and the famous isaw (chicken or pork intestine) sold in UP. “OK po yun, lalo na pag low budget na! (Those are OK, especially when your budget runs low!)” She admits that she will look forward to seeing herself on TV if she wins the contest. “I’ve never seen myself on TV, even as an usisera! It’s really exciting for me.”
Fan Girl Een
Koleen “Een” Mercado shared that her inspiration for cosplaying is none other than Animax’s Ani-Mate Alodia Gosiengfiao. “I’m a fan of Alodia and I regularly visit her web pages. It’s also how I found out about Animax’s search for the new Ani-Mate. I’m so happy because I got to meet Alodia via this contest.”
“I enjoy cosplaying and by becoming an Ani-Mate I’ll be able to share what I enjoy,” enthused the svelte Een Mercado. Konata of Lucky Star holds a special place in the 17 year old Een’s heart. When not in character, Een prefers to wear demure sundresses and cardigan sets. “I love Japanese fashion,” she added. Follow Een on Twitter @eenmercado.