NANA Day in the Philippines?!


So I was looking at the schedule for Transformers when behold! Optic bla–er, this advert caught my attention. Ok, hope the organizers don’t fume if I quote it here word for word (that’s free advertisement!!):

“707” International NANA Day – Philippines

Seven Pilipinas and will be presenting “707” International NANA Day – Philippines. “707” will be a night of great music, in vogue fashion and excellent craftsmanship.

“707” presents a rock concert paying homage to the series NANA by Ai Yazawa Sensei. Songs from NANA original soundtrack and tribute albums will be performed by the bands 3 Day Trial, Armada, Do’Ahou, Ducklings, Himitsu Heiki, Neotaku, PPF All-Stars, Progeny, Rtschrck, Sourei, This Side Up, and X Versus Zero. Announcements of “707” competitions will be done between live performances of the bands. They will be from the Cosplay Competition, Fan Art Competition and Fan Video Competition.

The Cosplay competition has three categories: Individual Female, Individual Male, and Group. Individual Cosplayers may dress up as a character in any of Ai Yazawa’s creation. While the Group Cosplayers may only dress up as Black Stones or TrapNest, the two bands with whom the story revolves around with.

Fan Art Competition entrees can be classified into two categories. In Traditional Art, NANA inspired art entrees are all drawn, colored and finished by hand. Digital Art entrees are either hand-drawn NANA inspired art or taken from official NANA art, edited and masked digitally by using photo-editing softwares (e.g., Adobe Photoshop, Corell Draw, etc.).

Fan Video Competition takes entrees with a montage of clips from the anime and/or movie, a slide show of clips of manga or live action parody of any NANA scene over any music of the entrants’ choice.

This event aims to gather, not only NANA or Ai Yazawa fans, but also people who likes great music, wonderful story telling, and enticing visuals to celebrate art. Especially art that transcends language and culture, uniting a force that breaks barriers.

Percentage of the proceeds will go to RockED’s program Rock de Rehas, a project to support prison inmates.

International NANA Day was proposed by fans of the series NANA by Ai Yazawa early this year. Major online NANA groups gathered organizers from all over to produce a worldwide NANA day. Here in the Philippines, SEVEN Pilipinas has taken the responsibility in producing an unforgettable NANA day.

R&B Metrowalk (Metrowalk)
For more details, please call 0927-8180601 or email:
Jul 7, 2007

I’m quite glad that the NANA fanbase in the Philippines is sizable enough to merit an organized event like this. I don’t think it’s even airing yet on cable or Philippine TV. Especially Philippine TV. I seriously doubt they’d air this, since they couldn’t even finish airing Maria-sama ga Miteru. @_@

Another thing, where are they gonna get the clips for the Fan Video Competition? I don’t think they already sell NANA DVDs here. =p

But still I’d like to hear the bands’ renditions of the NANA OPs and EDs. I hope it’s not crappy, for the sake of the audience hehehe.

So, is there anybody who’s reading this who will go this event? Please do post your pics or links to Youtube videos of this event. I’m very much interested in knowing how the NANA fans will cosplay for this event. 🙂 As for me, unfortunately I don’t live in Metro Manila (or anywhere near it), so I can’t go.

On a side note, it looks like I got top 3 spot in Google search for Toshiba’s Gigabeat NANA lol.



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