Friday, May 18, 2012

Arcana Davao is Recruiting Members

ARCANA, our Paranormal/Metaphysical and Esoteric interest group is now opening its doors for individuals who are interested to study the unknown. We are currently accepting people with like minds to study Alternative religion, Energy Works, Healing, parapsychology, Metaphysics and esoteric Knowledge. Please leave a message on our FB Page- Arcana or my personal FB Page: Shisou Seijakuna. Hope to see you all soon! 

Cosplay Hunk: JayEm Sison

One of the most famous guy Cosplayer in the country today, JayEm Sison is known for his bare chested Cosplay portrayal of Gray Fullbuster from Fairy Tail, Gilgamesh from Fate Stay Night and just recently the one from Black Rock Shooter. There are a lot of articles written about Jayem and most of these articles talked about his Cosplay Characters, his body and how he got it. 

JayEm has an increasing fanbase (most of them girls), one reason is his uber beautiful abs which Cosplayers from Davao find really sexy (ne, Yukari-chan and Gabbie Chan?) He has been in some places in the Philippines to attend Cosplay events (such as Iloilo City) and I also know some guys from Gen San who idolize him and wants to get his washboard abs. 

Here are some of the pics of JayEm found on the net. There are also an interviews of him on lloydygaga.blogspot.com

We just hope that he will soon visit Davao City for a Cosplay event.

-photo credits to the owner (with watermark)- 






































SasuNaru Romantic Shots by Jin and Miguel from Team Tux

These guys (a girl and a guy) are always my favorite. I am like a fan girl in their presence. I would like to introduce Jin and Miguel from Team Tux. I read from the deviant art page of Jin Joson http://behindinfinity.deviantart.com that they are not really into competition but more of exposing people to Cosplay by using creative Photoshoots and helpful Cosplay tips. 

Since majority of fan girls like Yaoi or Boy's Love, Jin and Miguel offered us a treat from their Deviant Art Page. Here are some SasuNaru shots that are very funny, romantic and lovely at the same time. 

Enjoy!



















































































Cosplaying as Mystogan from Fairy Tail

Hi again folks. I attended MTC 2012 or the Mindanao Toy Convention which was a gathering of Toys, video and card game enthusiast around Mindanao. This week long celebration happened at the atrium of Gaisano Mall of Davao and you can see displays of toys- from western animation (X-Men, MIB) to the far east (Miku Hatsune and other anime characters). I went to the event Friday and I took some pictures of toys (which I displayed on my FB account). 

It also has a blast the next day when some of our friends from TACOSEN, cosplayers from Tagum City joined the JPOP Dance contest. Some of the folks I know from the cosplay community were there and they participated in the competition. Our Group, MinATO (Mindanao Anime and Toys Organization) graced the event as we attended in costume. I dressed up as Durarara's Shizuo Heiwajima and I was introduced to a lot of people that i know I will be friends with. 

There was a cosplay competition that happened the next day, May 13th. We were all very excited with the Cosplay contest that it really took a lot of effort to be in the costume and not sit for 7 hours. I donned my new Mystogan outfit from Fairy Tail, which I got from Guilty Pleasure Online Shop, an online cosplay shop here in Davao City. Though the costume is a little pain in the ass (we need to fix it Matt), it was worth it. I have difficulties in moving and walking though, and the costume is kinda hot. I guess they used a very thick craft foam to make it look good. 

A lot of my MinATO family also joined the Cosplay contests and you would see all the pictures on my FB account. 

Here are some of my pics dressed up as Mystogan from Fairy Tail. 






Photos from my personal album: www.facebook.com/caelyohann

Sweeping between Facts and Fiction


Are you a Blood Witch? Do you belong to the 7 Great Clans of Wicca? Are you a Woodbane, a Rowanwood or since you are an adept in healing, perhaps you are a Brightendale? Are blood witches purely a fiction, or are they?

I was introduced to the Sweep Series (by Cate Tiernan) by a Wiccan friend from Cebu City around 2006. The first time I red the book, I thought that it was for kids and teenagers since it talks about love life, saving the world and fighting the forces of evil. The series is made up of 14 books and it talks about the life of Morgan Rowlands, a Blood Witch from the Woodbane Clan, an ancient "evil" clan that would do anything to grab power, even kill and destroy covens. Now this is a refreshing read for someone who is a Wiccan (at that time) since it talks about the religion itself. It also explained the tenets of the practice, the Goddess and the God, energy, correspondences, spellwork and runes and the beautiful spells in Gaelic. A lot of youngsters were probably drawn to Wicca because of this book, the same way that the movie "The Craft" inspired a lot of people to become Wiccans.

Now some newborn Wiccans may go around blabbing that they are witches and blood witches at that. Some would introduce themselves as Wiccan from a long line of Woodbane witches. Now are these "claims" fact or fictional?

Probably modern Witches just do not know what's the meaning of being a Blood Witch. Being a Blood Witch just means that you could trace a lineage in your family. This is true with most of the Fam Trad witches. These "Blood Witches" could easily trace their ancestry and would find generations of witches in their family tree. When I say witches, these could be cunningfolks, shamans, hedge witches, root workers. Most of the modern witches in the Philippines are Blood Witches with generation of magick users in their family tree. Almost all of us has a great great great (multiply this many times) grand (insert gender here) who were merkos, babaylanes, siruhanos, mananambals. Though most of us would feel that we are more powerful than others, this is not true all the time. As quoted from the book Ladies of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley- "what she has by blood, you have by training". The more potent blood of a witch with 5 generations of magick accumulated in her veins can be more effective to power a spell (not to mention the surog or the familiars/ Manes or des Penantes that could help the Witch), it doesn't mean that a witch with 10 or 20 years of experience could not do so.

Another factor that would play is the connection of the Witch to the spirits- be it Divine (God or Goddess), Terrestrial, Planetary; how correct the correspondences are, the Witch's own understanding of the said spells, etc. If a trained witch is more connected with the Divine, knows the proper time, herbs, stones, planetary correspondences to do the spell, the outcome will be more powerful than a spell cast by a Blood Witch with 10th Generations of magick in her blood.

As for the 7 Great Clans of Wicca of the Sweep series, they are fictional. There are no Woodbanes, Wyndenkell, Rowanwand, etc. However, there are still misguided witches (Woodbanes), those who are hoarders/seekers of knowledge (Rowanwand), mischievous witches (Leapvaughn), Warrior mages (Vikroth), crafters of talismans and amulets (Burnhides), Herbal Healers (Brightendales) and expert spell crafters (Wyndenkell) in real life.

Regarding the clans, I know that there are Clans existing in the Babaylan Traditions as well as the Triad Clans in Stregheria (Tanarra, Janarra, Fanarra) but this will in another post.

It does not matter if you are a Blood Witch or a Trained Witch. The most important thing is your knowledge about your Craft and your connection with your Gods. The more you know, the more powerful you become- Bloodwitch or not.

Amor et Pacem,

Dagnir,
Mystae, Circlus Intimus, Orbis Niger Luna
Adeptus Primus, Cabal Signum Mysteria
Arcessitor, Ordo Intra Circularis

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Dance to the Beat

It has been a long time that I have done a dance number on stage in front of people. I know that it is difficult for a mature guy to do this, afterall, I am not a high school student anymore. I was fascinated by Cosplays (as you have already known), and it is so fun to see kids and mature people alike donning their favorite anime and manga characters and act like them in an event. 

Another thing that really caught my attention in cosplay events are the dance numbers. There was an event in Manila where all the cosplayers playing a character from the same anime just went up the stage to dance to the theme song. They did not rehearse nor even know each other, however, since they love anime, they memorized the song and the dance moves. 

Here in Davao, I saw this in MCX last December in SM City. When the music from Vocaloids, Happy Synthesizer was played, Cosplayer just danced to the beat. This is one of the experiences that really makes Cosplay fun. Since I am fascinated by the experience, I want to master the dance moves too (aside from memorizing the song, which I was doing for a month now). I tried to check videos from Youtube for the dance tutorial and I have found a few, but this video stood out.