Alodia Gosiengfiao

Real Name : Alodia Almira Arraiza Gosiengfiao
Born : March 9, 1988 Quezon City, Philippines
Occupation : Model, Host, Cosplayer, Singer, Actress

Personal Life

Alodia Almira Arraiza Gosiengfiao born March 9, 1988 in Quezon City, Philippines is a Filipina cosplayer, model, singer, and actress. As a celebrity endorser, she is one of the ambassadors and VJ for Animax-Asia known as the "Ani-mates", and co-host of ABS-CBN's prank show Laugh Out Loud. She also has been featured in various magazines, newspaper and TV shows locally and abroad. Gosiengfiao also appeared on the Filipino FHM 100 Sexiest Women poll, ranking #87 in 2009, #76 in 2010 and #20 in 2012 where she posed as the cover girl for that magazine on its July 2013 issue. She was named by UNO Magazine as one of the Most Influential Women in the Philippines.

Alodia Gosiengfiao lives in Quezon City, Philippines, and is fond of art, fashion, gadgets, video games, photography, collecting toys and figures such as BJDs, and plays the piano. Her mother found her name in a name book; 'Alodia' means "love" and 'Almira' means "princess". She is of Filipino, Chinese and Spanish descent; her father is Filipino-Chinese while her mother is Filipino-Spanish. Her parents are Mariglor Arraiza and Ed Gosiengfiao and she has a younger sister, Ashley Gosiengfiao, who is also a cosplayer, a recording artist and an endorser/model as well.

Gosiengfiao attended Assumption College (Makati) from pre-school to Grade 2; Miriam College from Grade 3 to her fourth year of High School; and Ateneo de Manila University, where she graduated year 2009 with a BFA degree in Information Design. As a high school student, she was a member of the Miriam College High School Pep squad. She also worked on art commissions for international clients, illustrating both digital and traditional artworks.

Issue 14 of Culture Crash Magazine had an alternate/flip cover that marks the first magazine cover appearance of Alodia Gosiengfiao (left) and her sister Ashley (right), as part of its coverage of the 2003 C3 Convention in which Alodia first came to the attention of the wider Filipino public. It would, incidentally, also be the magazine's last issue.
Gosiengfiao became involved in cosplay after contacting other anime and video game enthusiasts in an internet fan forum called Animé Club. Encouraged by her friends from the forum, she started cosplaying in 2003 at the age of 15, joining various competitions in Metro Manila. Her first cosplayed character was a Priestess from Ragnarok Online at Ragnalaunch in Glorietta. She began to attract attention when she won 3rd place in the 2003 C3 Convention as Gun Mage Rikku of Final Fantasy X-2. This led to her and her younger sister Ashley Gosiengfiao being featured on the cover of Issue 14 of Culture Crash Magazine, a Manga Magazine in the Philippines. Since then, she cosplayed a series of characters from over 40 anime, movie and video game titles including: Witchblade, G.I. Joe, K-On!, Paradise Kiss, Evangelion, and Final Fantasy X-2. As a multi-awarded cosplayer, she is now being invited to appear at conventions or to judge competitions locally and abroad. She started judging at the age of 18.

Her achievements in the cosplay community led her way to be recognized by the mainstream media and various companies in the Philippines. Currently she is endorsing a whitening skin care product; a health food and beverage product; a Japanese Sushi bar; a toy collector and figurine distributor in the Philippines; a large video game company based in Japan; a clothing line; and Japanese snack. She also became one of the brand ambassador of a Philippine telecommunication company, and in 2012 became a brand ambassador for Canon.

Past endorsements include many video game companies such as Level-Up Games, E-Games, Kelphil's Shade and SEGA's Love and Berry. She was part of the Official Muse Guild for the Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) Mu Online. She was also a game moderator for another MMORPG called Khan Online. Gosiengfiao was chosen as the Rose-It Girl during the Level Up Games’ ROSE Online event and was given the title of "Community Manager" and a one-year contract with Level Up Games. As the official model and endorser of IPVG-EGames Zhu Xian Online game in 2009, Gosiengfiao, an avid gamer, hold her first Fans Day during the Domination 3 Event on April 2009.

Gosiengfiao is the 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. In 2010, Alodia together with Ashley Gosiengfiao and model Steph Henares was chosen by Animax to be their Ambassador and VJ, known as the Ani-Mates. It was the first time Animax has chosen a cosplayer as one of its VJ's. Gosiengfiao's cosplay and hosting stints in various events and Animax paved the way for her first project in ABS-CBN. She is now seen as a Host in ABS-CBN's prank show titled "L.O.L" (Laugh Out Loud) with Luis Manzano every Saturday night.

She has been featured in several magazines such as Candy Magazine, Meg Magazine, Preview Magazine, GAME! Magazine, Digital Photographers Philippines Magazine and newspapers like Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Bulletin and Manila Times. She was also invited to appear as guest on TV shows like MogTV, QTV 11 now GMA News TV, Front Act, Matanglawin, Mel and Joey, and Ang Pinaka. Other than local media, Gosiengfiao has also been featured in newspapers and magazine in different countries such as Japan, Singapore and United States. She was also part of the book called OTACOOL: Worldwide Otaku rooms and OTACOOL2: Worldwide Cosplayers by Danny Choo.

She was also featured on a TV show in Tokyo Culture: Japan, featuring her costumes, artworks, comic books and figure collections which was also shown in Animax

Gosiengfiao ranked #76 in the Philippine FHM 100 Sexiest Women poll for 2010, and rank #87 in 2009 . She was named by UNO Magazine as one of the Most Influential Women in the Philippines.

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