Filipina Cosplayer Alodia Gosiengfiao for Tokyo MX TV

Filipina cosplay queen Alodia Gosiengfiao is an icon of Japanese pop culture in the Philippines. That’s why she’s rapidly becoming the prime endorser for anything Japanese in the Philippines — from anime to cosmetics to sushi.

Alodia’s fame as a Japanese pop culture maven stretches all across Southeast Asia, where she’s a VJ for the region’s leading anime cable network, Animax Asia. Now her influence is about to reach the very source of all Japanese pop culture: Japan itself. Alodia is set to appear on Tokyo Metropolitan Television (Tokyo MX TV).

Geeky Passions

Alodia’s room in the Philippines is a showcase of her geeky passions, filled with all sorts of crazy toys and shiny gadgets. That’s why Alodia and her room will be featured on the premiere episode of Culture:Japan, the new TV show directed by top Japanese pop culture blogger Danny Choo. Danny discovered Alodia through a picture of her at ToyCon 2008 in the Philippines; Alodia has since appeared in two of Danny’s photobooks.

Alodia’s younger sister Ashley, herself a popular cosplayer, took photos behind the scenes of the Culture:Japan shoot. The pictures seem to show Alodia wearing at least two different outfits during the show: an elegant ensemble inspired by anime culture, and a casual look inspired by gamer culture.

Twenty-two-year-old Alodia is, of course, a lifelong fan of Japanese anime and video games. Hardcore gamers might recognize the PlayStation 3 game in one of these photos: Final Fantasy XIII, a new role-playing game from Japan. “I’ve always dreamed of doing a shoot expressing how much I love video games,” says the Filipina gamer babe, who’s actually a sought-after video game endorser in her country. “My love for games started when I was in my mother’s womb. Back then, she was already playing Super Mario Brothers on the Family Computer… and I could already hear it. Just kidding!”

Back to the Source

If you’re in Tokyo this Saturday, June 12, catch Culture:Japan on Tokyo MX TV from 9:00pm to 9:30pm, GMT+9. If you’re anywhere in Southeast Asia, watch out for the show’s subsequent re-airing on Animax Asia.

Filipinas are often quite passionate about their fandoms, but it takes a truly fine Filipina to bring her passion all the way back to the very source of her fandom. That’s exactly what Alodia has accomplished with her first Japanese television appearance.

(Photos by Ashley Gosiengfiao via Danny Choo’s Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.)

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8 Comments (with 2 Conversations) on “Filipina Cosplayer Alodia Gosiengfiao for Tokyo MX TV”
  1. Mike Abundo says:

    Danny says he’s getting a surge of Web traffic from the first episode. Must’ve been a hit. 😀

  2. Mike Abundo says:

    Somebody was so inspired by Alodia’s gamer girl photos that he wrote a song about her.

    No, really. You can even download the MP3.

  3. Anonymous says:

    idol ko talaga kta

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