I bumped into this old interview article back in 2007 where a multimedia reporter for Inquirer.net, Ms. Erika Tapella, asked me for an online interview regarding the topic of Philippine Cosplay. This particular segment that I cropped made me pause a bit because it somewhat reflected what I believed cosplay is then and what I hope would become in the next coming years.
I cannot say much about my first wish. Years after the interview I realized that it doesn't really matter, since you cant please everybody, and there will always someone completely biased regarding cosplayers: and with good reason, since it takes just a few to stereotype the whole. And of course, there will always be people who simply like to give the community a good prodding just for the pleasure of seeing it squirm. Welcome to the internet, so they say.
As for my second wish mentioned, I think its safe to say it's still happening, at least on the surface. Four years later I often think if we are walking in the right direction, at least when it comes to international recognition as a community, not just individual achievements.
What do you think?