She was almost inconspicuous as she arrived on location, her eyes unreadable behind dark glasses. Forever the professional (but also a tad bit shy), she timidly held back for a split-second before giving everyone in the room a quick beso and later on warming up to the chatter.
One would almost think that she’s unconsciously trying to make herself small the first time you meet her, but there’s nothing small about Alodia Gosiengfiao or her achievements. Known to most as a world-renowned cosplayer, she has gone through international hosting and judging stints, launched several albums in Japan, appeared in television shows and movies, garnered endorsements with big brands like Pantene—and she has only recently turned 30. But while cosplay will always have a special place in her heart, those who are familiar with the beginnings of her career can remember her as a popular player of Ragnarok Online, back when it first launched its local servers.
“My first passion was gaming,” she shared. “It was what led me to do cosplay, and then now it’s just going back to my roots.”
You’ll almost always find her live streaming her sessions on Facebook, which as of writing has more than six million followers with streams garnering not less than 100,000 views at a time.
" I’d rather give my time and effort to those who support our work.”
“You can see the shift of how the internet grew faster; entertainment online is more accessible, so now, like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram—it’s actually a platform where you can spend a lot of time on. It’s not just TV anymore… That’s where we capitalize. We’re digital people. We [grew up] online, so we kinda know the ins and outs of being online.”
Of course, the popularity did not come without negativity. Gaming fans can be very unforgiving with what they're passionate about, and these can unfortunately translate to a lot of hatred and bashing.
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“At first, it’s hard, because they think they know you. They make assumptions and stuff like that, but at the end of the day, they don’t really know you. Sometimes, it’s just baseless bashing... so I try to ignore," she said, admitting that she's stronger now that she has decided to focus on what's important." I’d rather give my time and effort to those who support our work.”