What does it take to be a cosplayer? When you talk about cosplay in the Philippines, the name Alodia Gosiengfiao immediately comes to mind. “I started cosplaying when I was around 15,” said the petite, fit and fabulous beauty, now 31, whose family hails from Catarman, Northern Samar. She’s also an influencer with 1.2 million followers on Instagram and 1.1 million on YouTube. “I became a cosplayer in 2013 because of my love for video games. It was at the first convention my sister and I attended, the Ragnalaunch (Ragnarok Online).” Her beautiful face and statuesque figure make her the perfect model for any character she decides to take on. The STAR interviewed Alodia at the recent media launch of Predator League 2020 Philippine Qualifiers. She’s the brand ambassador of the Predator brand. The Philippines will host the Asia Pacific Predator League 2020 (it has opened the online registration for the qualifiers). Gamers will … [Read more...] about What does it take to be a cosplayer?
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“Our freedom and our rights are fast-disappearing. This wasn’t like the “Occupy” movement back in 2014. Back then, the general public weren’t so convinced. This time, it’s very different. Many people feel they have no choice; that they have to demonstrate in order to preserve our current way of life and our autonomy.” Clara (not her real name) is an activist. Her voice is infused with all the enthusiasm and energy of a twenty-four-year-old university graduate. Despite English not being her first language – she’s more at ease in Cantonese – she speaks with a fluency and passion that belies her age. Indeed, it’s as if a spigot is suddenly turned on, with the words gushing out of her. “We aren’t Mainlanders. We’re Hong Kongers.” For Clara, that’s a self-evident, undeniable truth: something that is final and non-negotiable. However, for Beijing-based authorities, such views are an … [Read more...] about OPINION: What we can learn from Hong Kong’s peaceful protests
As a relatively new father, I feel I don’t have much to contribute to the conversation. I feel terribly unqualified. I lack experience. My son was only born in late 2017. I also feel I have bad paternal instincts. I don’t know how to calm my one-year old son when he is crying. I don’t know how to hold his attention during teaching moments. I don’t know how to stop him from watching too many videos. I don’t know how to get him back on healthy food after treats from well meaning loved ones. I don’t know how to get him to quiet down in Sunday Church. The little guy has me helpless. Should I be celebrated as a father this year? More on fathers: My father died a few weeks back but I still haven't cried How to forgive the most important man in your life This former drug addict who attempted to kill his family now ministers tokhang surrenderees Kidlat Tahimik: the duwendes and contradictions of a National Artist My loving wife is quite supportive. She … [Read more...] about What does it mean to be a new father in 2019?
SINGAPORE - Financial, insurance, and health issues are the three most pressing concerns on Singaporeans' minds, according to local research.What about the rest of the world? Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. Enjoy unlimited access to ST's best work Exclusive stories and features on multiple devicesIn-depth analyses and opinion piecesePaper and award-winning multimedia content Subscribe Now … [Read more...] about What does the world fear most? A new study aims to find out
IT’S THE season to stay humble, a chance to feast on some traditional dishes, earn some Duit Raya, or a period to spend time with your loved ones. The meaning of Hari Raya may vary from one individual to another, but everyone has their own way to celebrate this special time of year. With that in mind, Malaysia’s finest ONE Championship talents shared what the joyous occasion really means to them. Mohammed “Jordan Boy” Bin Mahmoud Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMdCQUTti_E&t=13s “For me, Hari Raya means family. That’s why my most favorite thing about Hari Raya is the fact that I get the chance to balik kampung and rekindle ties by visiting relatives and friends whom I don’t get to see when I’m in Kuala Lumpur, where I live. “Raya gatherings are something I look forward to always, and the practice of actually visiting relatives and friends, going from one house to the next. It’s something that I have been doing ever … [Read more...] about What Does Hari Raya Mean To Malaysia’s ONE Championship Heroes?