Alodia Almira Arraiza Gosiengfiao: The Black Mage of Art
Before anything else, she named her deviant art “blackmage9” since she seems to be fond of the Final Fantasy 9 character VIVI (i think…i have trouble locating the page in her DA site) and the number 9 since its her favorite number (and maybe because its her birth number) which is also my favorite number!
Here’s the much needed information on who I am talking about:
Alodia Almira Arraiza Gosiengfiao (born March 9, 1988 in Quezon City, Philippines) is a very well-known Filipino cosplayer and model. She is of Filipino, Chinese and Spanish descent. Her father is Fil-Chinese while her mother is Fil-Spanish. She has modeled for various magazines, such as Meg Magazine’s October Issue 2007 and Candy Magazine’s November Issue 2007; has guested for several TV shows on Studio 23, Animax, QTV; and recently appeared in famous local band Pedicab’s latest music video “Ang Pusa Mo”, first aired at Myx. Her popularity began by gracing the cover of Culture Crash Magazine in December 2003 as Rikku of FFX-2 along with her sister, Ashley Gosiengfiao, as Yuna of FFX-2. Since then, she continued to cosplay various characters from different anime and videogames. In October 2005, Alodia was chosen as the Rose-It Girl during the Level Up Games’ Rose Online Event held at the Dolphin Park, Glorietta Makati City. She is also Animax’s first ever Levi’s Kawaii girl winner in the last episode of Mad Mad Fun, which was announced on air on October 27, 2007.
She lives at Capitol Hills, Quezon City.
Alodia took her pre-school at Assumption Convent in San Lorenzo, Makati and her elementary and high school at Miriam College in Loyola Heights, Quezon City.
She plays the keyboards in her band which was formed during her high school days. They call themselves The Bestidas.
She is a model/member of the Philippine Avon Teen Advisory Council.
She is currently on her 4th year taking up Information Design at the Ateneo De Manila University, and is fond of art, fashion and video games.
She frequents anime and video game conventions, whether it is to attend the convention or join in cosplay competitions.
As a high school student, Alodia was a member of the Miriam College High School Pep Squad, which garnered quite a few awards at inter-school competitions like the 2002 Johnson & Johnson Teen Cheer Competition. She was also well-known for her skills in the arts, and won many on-the-spot poster-making contests, and was often sent to represent the school in inter-school art competitions. Her achievements in the arts include placing first at the Ragnarok Online: War of Emperium On-the-Spot Drawing Contest, and winning first place for her “Modern Filipina” design at the Ateneo Siklab Fashion Design Week.
Alodia is also known for being selected as the Philippine ROSE Online It-Girl during the 2005 ROSE Bash. She is also the spokesmodel for CSCENTRL.COM since 2006 to the present.
Recently, she was invited to be one of the Guest Judges for the Cosplay competition in the Mangaholix Convention held at Mall of Asia last May 19, 2007.
2003 Culture Crash Comics Convention Magic Gunner Rikku of Final Fantasy X-2 3rd Place and People’s Choice
2004 Ragnarok Online World Championships Isis of Ragnarok Online Alberta Craftsmanship Award
2004 3rd Philippine Toys and Hobbies Collection Convention Chii of Chobits 3rd Place
2005 Anime Explosion Creature Pink of Gunbound Online 1st Place, Best Props and Most Innovative Awards
2006 5th Philippine Toys and Hobbies Collection Convention Alexiel of Angel Sanctuary Best Group
2006 National Cosplay Competition Arua of Rose Online Online Voting Winner
After the generic information, lemme have my own way of introducing her :D I won’t mention what is already posted above. That would otherwise be termed cyclic redundancy. LOL
I saw her in person lots of times before. I can’t fully trust my opinion if I said she was nice since I often JUST SEE her, not really a casual way of knowing a person inside-out. I guess basing it on lots of people’s comments and stuff…she’s pretty nice. Unless you posted the way this thread’s thread starter wanted you to post and the way their symbol of purpose wants you to be, you might also think she’s nice based on what you read about her. She’s the first cosplayer that I actually loved…to see each time she’s in an event. She recently went as a judge on previous cosplay events in the Philippines NOT BECAUSE SHE WOULD BE GUARANTEED A WIN but because she’s a celebrity here now…well not “ACTRESS” celebrity but a celebrity nonetheless. She is actually a meme in 4chan’s /cgl but she’s no reigning goddess there as much as she is in our country. The insult “FAILodia” is the word they remember whenever her name and/or picture is posted there. Despite that, she feels that little insults and arguments over the internet are pretty much wasted bandwidth and time so she just ignores them at most.
Her art, photography are often praised as above average. In which case, some of her art have been stolen before and used for commercial purposes. One such incident was the famous Earth Day Jam 2008 which was held here in the Philippines last april 25th 2008. The company tried to make peace with the infringement by apologizing and reasoning out that they had no idea where the pictures were coming from. They also prepared to give them (Alodia and her family) free VIP tickets and Backstage passes for the said event. Read the comments given by friends and family alike here even Alodia and her Mom had to clear things up a bit. Her explanation of the story the way she heard and saw it here
She has also been a victim of a few hacking incidents, which up until now the culprit/s remain unknown (I may have a clue though…which I won’t tell since the story is long forgotten and deserves to be so until another one resurfaces)
As you can see, fame comes with a price. Despite this, she continues to just move on and let go of the things that happened in the past and just remain strong and ever bold in the face of such troubles in life. Last time I saw her, she pretty much looked happy as ever, or even happier. I guess she grew much more mature after the said incidents.
Did I mention she likes collecting figurines from famous artists? no? well I just wrote it so don’t fess! LOL. Unlike her, I never really liked collecting figurines. She often likes collecting figurines based on games or art magazines done by famous artists such as Shunya Yamashita an easy google of his name should tell you who and what he is famous for.
She is also a known video gamer. From PC to PS3. I’m not surprised on this part though. Most new artists get inspiration from games these days, if not then the game’s artists. Like me, she is also a fan of SQUARE-ENIX’s Final Fantasy series. She is also known to play fighting games such as the ever legendary game series TEKKEN. She is fond of playing the said game on her PSP awhile back. Last I checked, she was a Lord of War
As famous as she is, she also got invited to be part of a few TV Shows (a few of her recent tv appearances can be found here, here, and here , and a Music video as mentioned above. She is often asked to model, feature, and interviewed on newspapers and magazines. Here’s a list of her Media (Magazine/Newspaper) Scans
She also has her DA site reaching over more than 1 million views and is soon reaching the 2 million mark. She often holds contests regarding pageviews or what the japanese call Kiriban. It often revolves around palindromes (1001001, 998899, etc.), a series of continuous numbers (1,234,567), or epic numbers such as her achieved 1,000,000 page views. One of her MOST DIE HARD FAN out there was able to give the screenshot for her 1,000,000th pageviews and won the prize she put up. The guy’s name in the net is tsukurimashou. I think I’ve seen him before. If I was right based on instinct, he’s bald(?) or semi-bald at least. When I first saw him bidding for her doll I automatically assumed that this guy’s both EFFING RICH and an AWFULLY NICE guy. I kinda imagined what he looks like…and lets just hope that he’s the bald semi-muscular guy I saw since the one I imagined was pretty much not as “nice” looking as the bald one LOL.
Another fan, and maybe family friend to be noted, is Mike Abundo He is a well known professional through out the internet both locally and internationally (i think) He has this issue before involving alodia’s pictures on the FHM site (A local adult magazine). I am not entirely sure if its on the site OR on the very magazine but this sure sparked some hatred. Not to mention the very scandal he faced regarding a local website name based on Filipino cosplayers. I’ve got into a casual conversation with him before. He is…well nice in my terms of nice for a person I just met not more than 4 times. He’s pretty much laid back now and just doing his job. Alodia and her family has made their peace with him regarding the FHM issue but regarding the website name scandal…the Filipino cosplay world may not forgive him all the way until they eventually forget about it.
She is often linked with Mark Gosingtian though noone would DARE post it since it often gets deleted since alodia hates it when things that are ” not true” are posted, specially on her very own sites. IMHO (sorry if she or her friends are reading this) I really THINK (emphasis on the conditional and unconfirmed word THINK) that they got something going on there. Just browse through her photoshoot galleries and journals and that should make you as suspicious :D
She has MANY fans not only in our country but from abroad as well. Most fans here are Japaholics. Japaholics in our country means someone who has a CRAVING for japanese style, food, art, clothing, shows, music, videos, movies, and of course, animation. Most fans from abroad may not be well known Japaholics but share the same interests Ms. Gosiengfiao has. Most of those fans from abroad are fellow “deviants” who found out about her THROUGH HER GALLERIES, not on TV, or any other international cosplay website.
These and all the other reasons out there just shows how she earned her respect as a deviant artist and the title
“The Blackmage of Art”
PS: Here’s Alodia’s resume if anyone’s interested in hiring her after she graduates this year.
PPS: Various sites she:
PPPS: I THINK that her logo (found on the upper right corner) was based on her surname. Check out the gf on Gosiengfiao. then flip it :D
Just a theory though
PPPPS: (LOL Lots of Ps)
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April 6 2009 UPDATE: Regarding the foul play incident, I managed to get inside scoop on what’s going on behind the scenes from Alodia herself. In summary, she just didn’t like the system for it was biased and felt that had it been the traditional way of judging i.e. each judge can rate all the criteria then she wouldn’t have blogged about judging in the first place. It was a personal issue and it was a personal blog. She had no fault nor any control as to how her readers would interpret it. Here were her final remarks.
August 26 2009 UPDATE: I just found out she’s hooked up with someone. And that person’s name is Mr. Ren Cayetano. How’d I found out? with the following LINK. Now THIS breaks my heart! haha