The first-ever Cosplay Museum was opened along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City last Jan. 8.
A joint project of Cosplay.ph and Diliman Preparatory School (DPS), the museum boasts of costume displays that range from spectacular robotic and creature costumes to elegant gowns and anime garb, exhibiting the variety of cosplay in the Philippines.
Under the leadership of DPS president, former senator Anna Dominique “Nikki” Coseteng, the museum was established to showcase the talent and perseverance of Filipino cosplayers and the country’s best cosplay photographers.
The museum houses a wealth of information highlighting the landmark events in cosplay history. It preserves historical cosplay costumes, rescuing them from deterioration and preserving their legacy for future generations.
It is also a venue for cosplay workshops, discussions, and gatherings. Cosplayers are welcome to gather in, interact and enjoy the company of other cosplayers without the competitive component or entrance fee that come with the usual cosplay conventions.
The cosplay workshops allow anyone to learn the craft of cosplay costume building from veteran cosplayers, focusing not only on technique but also on issues such as using recycled materials to balancing one’s life. The workshops strive to bring costume craftsmanship to a higher level.
The first of its kind in the country, the museum will be open to holding cosplay-related events such as mini-catwalks, Maid Cafe days and other special happenings to attract cosplayers of all ages.
Cosplay and DPS envision the Cosplay museum to be a modern educational mecca showcasing the best of the Filipino youth’s ingenuity and artistry.