Episode 54: Paid Photoshoots in Cosplay Events

An episode of keepsakes.

By Jay Agonoy
Jay Agonoy shares his thoughts on the things that he's into: From Anime, Pop Culture, Events, Technology and even some of his personal journeys in this thing called life.
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Jay Agonoy shares his thoughts on the things that he's into: From Anime, Pop Culture, Events, Technology and even some of his personal journeys in this thing called life.

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Episode 60: Cosplay in Zamboanga with Scar Faeder
We're going off-tangent with our usual podcast schedule to bring this recording from our Facebook Live at Dungeon Akiba in Mandaluyong City. I do admit that the sound was bad, but at best you take your sweet time listening to our conversation as we talk about Cosplay in Zamboanga City with our guest Scar Faeder. Our 2019 Recap podcast will be coming this Monday December 16 at 9am.
December 13, 2019
Episode 59: ARCHcon 2019 Post-Event
Gary Montejo, Chey Adamson and Serena of The Lily Cat join me in a wild discussion about ARCHcon 2019. We are recording this hour-long episode from Monster Grill in Cebu City.
November 29, 2019
Episode 58: Coslandia 2019 / Melody Road Anime Feature
We have a double event feature on this episode as we talk about Coslandia 2019 and the Melody Road Anime Feature.
November 25, 2019
Episode 57: #iBlog15
The Philippine Blogging Summit (iBlog) is perhaps the only reason why I go to UP Diliman, and with that ending on its 15th run, I may need to find another reason to do so. I have Mike Abundo (Fintech Philippines Association) and JC Cuneta with me as we remember the lessons and keepsakes that iBlog has given to us.
November 10, 2019
Episode 56: The Cosplay Effect
I moderated a Cosplay panel at Cosmic Con 2019 last October 19, 2019 at Ayala Malls South Park in Muntinlupa City. The panel includes Raven of, the ever-active cosplayer Jayson Tabuzo and Cosmic Con 2019's international guest Hanabi all the way from Vietnam.  This is Episode 56, the full recording of the panel discussion on "Cosplay and its Effects." Thank you for listening.
October 25, 2019
Episode 55: Cosplay Recommendations
A few days ago I asked Facebook to Recommend me local cosplayers that you want me to follow. This in turn led me to do a podcast based on this thread. I am very much eager to share my experiences with most of the recommended cosplayers, so here's to 30 minutes or so of describing most of them one by one.  I also have a few announcements with this episode so kindly stay listening until the end.
October 12, 2019
Episode 54: Paid Photoshoots in Cosplay Events
On another lengthy but insightful episode, I got Chad Ramos and Allen Silva of The Reimaru Files with me to discuss Paid Photoshoots in Cosplay Events, its concerns & possible long-term effects and possible solutions and approaches to it. Spend your 1 and a half hour with us as we get to yet another cosplay community issue worthy of analyzing.
September 23, 2019
Episode 53: Weathering with You
 Hi guys! We're back with another podcast - this time, it's about the latest Makoto Shinkai movie "Weathering with You." Also, I gave hints about keepsakes 2.0 in this episode. I made sure that this will go on for 30 minutes or so - we've had longer talking times in the past few episodes. :)
September 15, 2019
Episode 52: Cosplay Tanabata 7
This episode features Cosplay Tanabata 7 - the last of its namesake in Baguio City...let's call this as my guide to Baguio, just in case there's a cosplay event coming up (there's one next month) and you're coming from either Manila or somewhere else.
August 27, 2019
Episode 51: World Cosplay Summit 2019
Recorded and first streamed live on Facebook, this is Episode 51 - with Visayas-based Cosplay Buzzer Gary Montejo and Mindanao-based resident Yuri consultant Serena of The Lily Cat. On this two-hour special episode, we talked about the aftermath of the World Cosplay Summit 2019 Championship and shared our two cents on almost every team who participated in this annual tournament, dubbed as the Olympics (or Miss Universe, whichever you believe in) of Cosplay. Congratulations to all teams, especially Teams Australia, USA and France! Another milestone in cosplay has been set in stone.
August 6, 2019
Episode 50: The Big 5-0 Nostalgia Episode!
Recorded live on Facebook from Dungeon Akiba in Mandaluyong City, this is episode 50 - with JM Cruz of Project:Materia,  Tito Natz of CH4U, Tito Dann Avellano and Tito Ferrari Lacson of Dungeon Akiba.  In celebration of recording and doing 50 podcast episodes (I have not yet reached 50 podcast episodes until now, by the way), I got my good friends to join me in discussing what was being an anime fan like in the 90s, as well as IBC TV 13's ongoing plan to revive their golden age - which includes airing anime amid their financial status.
July 20, 2019
Episode 49: Cosplay Incidents in Malaysia / Piracy and Content Addiction + More
Recorded live on Facebook from Dungeon Akiba in Mandaluyong City, this is episode 49 - with JM Cruz of Project:Materia,  Tito Natz of CH4U and Tito Dann Avellano. We talked about the recent incidents in the Malaysian ACG community where foreign cosplayer guests are being arrested for the lack of proper permits / visa etc., which is a serious community issue altogether. Just a few days after Johnny Kitagawa's passing, Neojaponisme posted a series of tweets detailing why the Johnny's Entertainment empire was "detrimental to the quality of Japanese music industry over the last four decades." Last but not the least, we discussed the detention of an alleged former MangaMura website admin, how the culture of piracy led us to content addiction and how hard life will be if we are deprived of content.
July 15, 2019
Episode 48: Geass, Blinks and ACX
Just a quick episode drop before I get to ACX Day 2 - I talked about the Code Geass Re:Surrection movie (spoilers ahead), Blinks vs Shopee, and my thoughts before entering ACX Day 2.  As a bonus, I have a few unreleased recordings from Pinoy Otaku Festival that I hope you enjoy. See ya later!
June 9, 2019
Episode 47: Casual Discussion on Anime & Cosplay
I recorded this podcast on a different location, hence the different kind of setup than usual. This is to show my friends how I create content. Serena joins me in this discussion about the simultanous anime film screenings held at SM Megamall last Saturday, as well as other topics that we can crunch in 30 minutes or so.  Three episodes to go before the big 5-0, what do you want me to talk about?
May 30, 2019
Episode 46: Pinoy Otaku Festival 2019 Idol Special
Finally, a new episode after two weeks.  On this episode, we will feature the Idol Panel I did with Wiljanz, Tanchikon, Yonette (Lorenzo), and Trina (from Ivy! Musume), as well as a brief chat with SeikaON (Chiyo, from Asterism) and her sub-unit SeKiSei which has been set up real quick.
May 20, 2019
Episode 45: Kurosawa won't tell the big picture
To celebrate the 45th episode, we took it to get more fans involved on a live chat that is broadcast on Facebook. Vinny of 48G Philippines, "Woken Matt" Feito Primus, "Faithful" Ahdrian, "Cloud Niner" Jaycee, CH4U's Tito Natz, and Idle Talks' Ellie Nogami join me on this landmark podcast to discuss the events that have happened after the MNL48 Second General Election.
May 2, 2019
Episode 44: MNL48 Second General Election (Rant)
Let us cry together as we reflect on the stuff that has just happened.
April 27, 2019
Episode 43: Nice (VOTEMNL48) / Sneak Peek into How I do things
We're now into the last part of our VOTEMNL48 project with the NICE ONES on board. Plus, a sneak peek into my first guest appearance on The Lily Cat podcast (see the full episode here). Happy long weekend!
April 18, 2019
Episode 42: Ash / Joyce (VOTEMNL48)
We are now on the second episode of our #VOTEMNL48 series - this time, fans speak about Ash and Joyce and why they are worthy of your votes in the 2nd General Election.
April 13, 2019
Episode 41: Faith / Shaira & Shaina (VOTEMNL48)
For the first ever episode in a series of tentatively-titled VOTEMNL48 podcasts in line with MNL48's Second General Election, we talked to Ahdrian representing MNL48 Faith, and the Friends Fries fan club of Shaira and Shaina, perhaps the only twin idols in the AKB48 Group. Next episode will be lively and full of joy in the clouds.
April 11, 2019
Episode 40: Idol Fishing?
I learned the term "fishing" in the local idol context through my peers, and this is perhaps the focal point of my discussion with Stan Galupo of Back2Gaming's MNL48 Weekly. On this episode we talked about our thoughts before the MNL48 Living the Dream Concert, as well as mentioned the events which will be happening on the same day as the concert.
April 8, 2019
Episode 39: Unpopular Opinion and Theories about MNL48
[Erratum] Jaydee has 3,000+ followers, Stan has told me, not 4,000. This episode is so long it's spicy. Y'know, I was supposed to cut this into two parts but I decided against doing so as we won't get the message across. It has to be in one package. Stan Galupo joins me in discussing the possibilities of what radical MNL48 fanatics can do to destroy the franchise itself, and what happens after. My message is clear: You've already been desensitized in rallying against the management that you forgot these possibilities. You're also alienating the casuals to leave the fandom. Let's not be like this, shall we?
March 24, 2019
Episode 38: Nostalgia Trip (plus how Back2Gaming's MNL48 Weekly came to be) with Stan Galupo
I got Stan Galupo of Back2Gaming's MNL48 Weekly on the podcast, and before we delve on the meat of the matter which is MNL48 itself, we recalled the good times in the Cosplay community. Also, Stan gives us a peek on how he writes about the Filipina idol group. This is like the calm before the storm. Next episode's going to be spicy.
March 24, 2019
Episode 37: To MNL48 we started talking, To MNL48 we shall keep talking.
With the 2nd General Election coming up this April, we're already at the point where tensions are high. On this episode, I talked to Ellie Nogami and Reginan Abang as well as discussed the said election straight from the horse's mouth as told by Anime Pilipinas on their bombshell story that made the fandom go nuts. We're open for MNL48 fan clubs to campaign for their oshi and the 2nd General Election on this podcast. Check my Twitter for more details.
March 22, 2019
Episode 36: It's Election season - #VOTEkeepsakes.!
It's election season here in the Philippines, and with that are the news and conspiracies that run amok, confusing and (chances are) misleading people.  Aside from the National Elections, the MNL48 Second General Election is coming up, as well as the Pinoy Otaku Festival's Otaku Choice Awards. This episode puts more spotlight in the latter. #VOTEkeepsakes. as your online media brand, as well as my endorsed nominees: Check the list here.
March 17, 2019
Episode 35: Otakufest 2019 [Part 2]
Just an hour after Otakufest 2019 has ended, we look back at one of Cebu's biggest events with Serena of The Lily Cat and the city's Cosplay Event Buzzer Gary Montejo. This is the second part, recorded from Jollibee at Super Metro Besak.
March 2, 2019
Episode 34: Otakufest 2019 [Part 1]
Just an hour after Otakufest 2019 has ended, we look back at one of Cebu's biggest events with Serena of The Lily Cat and the city's Cosplay Event Buzzer Gary Montejo. This is the first part, recorded from SM Seaside City Cebu.
March 1, 2019
Episode 33: Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, Phantom of the Opera, pre-Otakufest 2019
From the Manila Domestic Passenger Terminal (aka NAIA Terminal 4), Serena from The Lily Cat and yours truly talk about the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, Phantom of the Opera, and Cebu's Otakufest 2019 just a few hours before we take flight going to the Queen City of the South.
February 28, 2019
Episode 32: Project Materia
It's a privilege to have JM Cruz of Project Materia on this podcast, as he shares the story of the band and its plan to come up with a major project that they can call as their own.
February 20, 2019
Episode 31: Wonder Festival Winter 2019 Discussion
I got Serena (The Lily Cat) back in this discussion about Wonder Festival Winter 2019, and we tried to get the relevance of this in the Filipino context while gushing on the announced figures as we try to imagine (or remember) it.
February 16, 2019
Episode 30: Theories on Crunchyroll-Funimation debacle
We're now on our 30th Episode! Thank you very much for listening all the way. I've got Anime Corner Philippines' Marlo Barcellano to talk about the possible impacts (if there are any) of the dissolution of the Crunchyroll-Funimation partnership. (This segment has been edited for clarity after we experienced technical issues beyond my control.) This also includes a brief chat with Sofia Abigaile Sanches, Student Category Winner of the 2018 Nihongo Speech Contest as we look forward to this year's contest (I've featured her on the online journal). It's just a few weeks before Otakufest 2019 in Cebu, and I'm looking forward to see you all there alright.
February 13, 2019
Episode 29: Meidolls Cafe, revisited
As part of my 10th year in the anime/cosplay circle, I'm bringing back an old recording from 2011. Meidolls Cafe was then the first maid/cosplay cafe outside of anime/cosplay events, and when the recording was done, they were at one corner inside Saunterfield Building in Cainta. After a month, they were able to move to a noticeable space in the same building, until they stopped operations around a year after. More on this story from Reuters in 2011:
February 3, 2019
Episode 28: Anime Idol Convention 2019
Our next episode comes from Bayanihan Center in Pasig where the first Anime Idol Convention (AICon) was held, gathering an estimated 300 anidol fans. You'll hear a lot from the people who are present there in this episode.
January 27, 2019
Episode 27: Yuri Talk with The Lily Cat's Serena
Hey guys! I asked Serena from The Lily Cat to recommend me Yuri anime, and as a trusted source on this matter, she gave me A LOT. Go listen to our casual Yuri discussion. This will probably be the last podcast for the month, as I pursue other things - but I'll be back for more discussions next month from AICon 2019 as well as the Queen City of the South as I will be attending Otakufest 2019 from February 24-25. See you soon!
January 20, 2019
Episode 26: Casual discussion with Cebu's Cosplay Event Buzzer
Maayong buntag (from this Tagala right here - Good morning!) I talked with Cebu City's Gary Montejo, and asked him about the tasks, the challenges and the greatest keepsakes he has so far as the city's Cosplay Event Buzzer who spreads the word on upcoming events in the city. As soon as you see this, i'm already at AICon at Bayanihan Center Pasig - see you there!
January 13, 2019
Episode 25: Shonen Jump and Con Fatigue with Anime Pilipinas' JM Melegrito
Happy New Year! Welcoming the first podcast of 2018 is Anime Pilipinas Executive Editor JM Melegrito as we discuss the Shonen Jump digital service (which is available in the Philippines) and its importance for Filipino manga readers, as well as continuing a discussion on "Con Fatigue" coined by The Reimaru Files (in which I was a guest panelist for their RF Talks Episode 16). I also checked in with JM on what's happening to Anime Pilipinas as they are changing their brand for 2019.
January 6, 2019
Episode 24: Cosplay Matsuri 2018 and more
This episode features my experience at Cosplay Matsuri 2018, as well as the deets on the Anime Idol Convention which will be held on January 13, 2019.
December 30, 2018
Episode 23: The last event weekend of 2018
What's happening before the year ends, and what's in ot for the podcast this 2019 - that's our episode 23. (It's been a long time since I did this, so inevitably I'll forget the episode count again.)
December 26, 2018
Episode 22: Here at Camp DIFTA...
As I celebrate Protektor's birthday just before the crowd gets to his place, I talked to him about his recent journey to Taiwan and his perspective on local aidorus in 2019. Also, I mentioned upcoming events for December.
November 28, 2018
Episode 21: Games AND Wrestling
The latest episode of the podcast is recorded from High Grounds Cafe in Quezon City, during the sidelines of MIA Online Mobile's launch. I'm joined by KLAGER (, Storm (, Mr. Lucha of the Manila Wrestling Federation and Louis from The Reimaru Files ( among others. the first half is about games and the state of gaming streamers in the country in a nutshell; followed by discussions on wrestling including from heel/face to John Cena and Roman Reigns.
November 18, 2018
Episode 20: The correlation of idols in my life
How my life has been after getting immersed to MNL48 and independent idols? After this podcast, I will be on a break to focus on my work. I shall get back to you soon with the biggest project I will do for this year.
November 5, 2018
Episode 19: Marketing Tactics, Strawless Restaurants, Barangay 143 and more Idols
This episode spans 5 segments recorded all throughout the month - some segments are on Facebook live, some can only be heard only in this podcast. I shared what grinds my gears about marketing self-published books, my thoughts on strawless restaurants and habit-forming, Barangay 143's pre-TV screening and a few segments from the September JYA JYA FAIBO WAIPA Facebook live, all recorded this October.
October 24, 2018
Episode 18: Cosplay Mania 2018
Less on Cosplay, more on the other segments: This is my Cosplay Mania 2018 experience, with my thoughts on the recently-held Cyalume World Dance Battle.
October 7, 2018
Episode 17: Cafeterium Chaldeas, MNL48, Otaku Musika 2018
I tried doing an audiobook, I got a clip from MNL48's radio debut, and post-birthday Otaku Musika thoughts.
September 27, 2018
Episode 16: "Con Fatigue," Radio Debut and more
The latest episode of keepsakes. podcast includes my guesting at another podcast, my casual chit-chat with a notable fan, and my debut in radio in 2015.
September 19, 2018
Episode 1: MNL48, Conditional Access on Digital TV and more
If you're keen enough to notice, Episode 1 has gone missing because some of the files were lost, but thankfully I got a backup of this one. I was talking about MNL48 and the Conditional Access on Digital TV. Enjoy the first episode that started my podcasting activities all over again.
September 14, 2018
Episode 15: Post-Manila Idol Matsuri 2018 Discussion
(You may hear me saying this is Episode 16 but I lost count, my apologies.) The latest episode of keepsakes. is taken from a streamed discussion of Jay with Daddy Faith himself, considered the father of ISDB-T in the Philippines, Mr. James Santiago after the recently-held 1st Manila Idol Matsuri 2018 at the TIU Theater in Makati City last Sunday, September 2. This podcast discuss the debut of Aidoru Sozai as well as behind-the-scenes action that has happened during the said event. Disclaimer: The views and opinions of the host and guests are theirs only unless otherwise stated. LISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
September 5, 2018
Episode 14: Preparations for Manila Idol Matsuri 2018
This episode is taken straight from the live audio broadcast on Facebook Monday, August 27. Details may vary.
September 1, 2018
Episode 13: The World Cosplay Championship
The 2018 World Cosplay Championship is over with Mexico getting the top spot, and joining me to summarize the Championship is Serena of The Lily Cat ( This is the 4.5-hour WCS Championship summarized in just an hour.
August 8, 2018
Episode 12: World Cosplay Summit 2018 Special - Team SeKai
This is a special podcast featuring our Team Philippines for World Cosplay Summit 2018. All the best para sa ating kababayan!
July 26, 2018
Episode 10: Where will I be at next?
It's been a month since I updated the podcast, so I'll be sharing the events where I will be at, plus the anime that I'm catching up to and my thoughts on the implementation of Closed Caption. Listen to the podcast if you have 30 minutes to spare.
June 28, 2018
Episode 9: Pinoy Otaku Festival 2018 bonus chat and MNL48's First Fan Meet
On the latest episode of this podcast, I've talked to Mr. Lucha and Tala Haliya of the Manila Wrestling Federation, as well as Kang of Seishun Kakumei.
June 4, 2018
Episode 8: What am I watching now, Produce48, Google Assistant and more offline activities
On this episode, I will share what I am watching this season, as well as my thoughts on Google Assistant, Produce48, and my presence in events in the metro. Music: Kalimba (Mr. Scruff) 慰めの永遠亭 TOHO BOSSA NOVA 6 (Shibayan Records) Office MOON SIDE (Eromanga Sensei OST) 萌ジャズ - Dreamer (BOSSA NOVA ver)
May 14, 2018
Episode 7: MNL48 General Elections and my Davao journey
The latest episode features my Davao journey, as well as more discussions on MNL48 (especially that it has just held its General Elections) and local idols. This podcast contains audio recorded from April 27 to 30, 2018. Music used: Church of 8 Wheels / Special Ed / Diskofunque (all taken from the YouTube Audio Library)
May 3, 2018
Episode 6: No idols, only tech bits
Quickest podcast to date because I didn't talk about Idols. Post-Facebook inquiry effect for Developers, 10th Birthday of GitHub, Spotify and more.
April 13, 2018
Episode 5: Indie Idols, Data Privacy and Cryptocurrency.
The latest episode talks about Indie Idols and the reactions to it, the value of Data Privacy in midst of the Flying Colors Foundation controversy and the Economy of Value that is aimed to be exemplified by Cryptocurrencies. Record your thoughts via the Anchor app and I'll be picking one that will be shared on future episodes.
March 30, 2018
Episode 4: NatsuMatsuri 2018
Recording from the Ateneo de Manila University, Jay talks to the Gothic Lolita Community, Tanchikon (whom I refer to as "Chemistry Aidoru"), Do it for the Aidols' Protektor and more.
March 24, 2018
Episode 3: The latest happenings, plus a year-old column
On the third episode, I talked about a year-old article from a seasoned journalist talking about anime on local TV, upcoming events in Quezon City, Pasay City and Manila, as well as the 8th week of MNL48 and a few guesstimates. All of these, unedited, recorded in one go, from an undisclosed location in Pasig City. Record your voice reactions via the Anchor app and I will pick one on the next episode.
March 19, 2018
Episode 2: Thought Leadership, MNL48, Food Con and Yaoi Con (of all places, Jay? Really?)
My reaction on MNL48's Top (not Final) 48, the food I sampled and ate at the Sikat Pinoy National Food Fair, plus my two cents on Thought Leaders vs Thought Followers. Segments are recorded unedited in different places in different times. Some statements may be triggering to some audiences, listener discretion is advised.
March 17, 2018
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