Featured Cosplayer: Tantin Legaspi-Meneses




Tantin Legaspi Meneses as Erza Scarlet wearing Sea Empress (DJS Photography)
It is said that Helen of Troy from the Greek mythology has the face that could launch a thousand ships. Who would have thought that from a small rural town, a beautiful young maiden would emerge and set a strong challenge to the legendary femme-fatale?

With a beauty that has blossomed well beyond her years, this gorgeous teenager from Santa Monica, Pampanga has enthralled the hearts of thousands of cosplay enthusiasts all over the country.

Meet Tantin Legaspi-Meneses -- the 17-year-old cosplayer famous for portraying Erza Scarlet from the anime Fairy Tail. Let’s get to know her more and see her journey from being a simple high school sweetheart to becoming one of the country’s most admired cosplay celebrities.

Tantin Legaspi Meneses as Erza Scarlet wearing Sea Empress (Justin Garde)
Give a short introduction of your self.

I’m Tantin Legaspi-Meneses. Some people call me Tantan. I’m cosplayer, anime lover, martial arts enthusiast, gamer, and nature lover.

When did you start cosplaying?

I started last year September 17 2011. That day has truly changed my life.

What motivates you to cosplay?

Well I have no idea that I will someday enter the cosplay world. It started because of a red wig which my sister brought for an event. I saw it and instantly associated it with that of Erza’s hair. The idea of cosplaying Erza just grew in my mind. That was the start of my cosplay life.

Then the day of my first cosplay event came. My first reaction was, “Oh my gosh! Am I dreaming?”

I never thought so many people would be interested in taking pictures of me. It felt more like a fairy tale!

Tantin Legaspi Meneses as Erza Scarlet wearing Heaven's Wheel
What costumes have you worn so far? What made you choose those costumes?

A lot of people know me as Erza Scarlet – and there’s perfectly good reason for that. I already cosplayed three of her armors!

1. Sea Empress

2. Japanese Cloth
3. Heaven's Wheel

I have also cosplayed other characters such as


4. Black Rock Shooter

5. Alexiel from Angel Sanctuary
6. and an original gender-bent character which I made

Erza will always be my favorite. She’s one of the coolest anime characters I’ve ever known!

 

What do you consider the most special cosplay event you’ve attended?

My first cosplay was the most memorable… It changed everything in me! Otaku expo back in August 2012 was also very special. It was during that event that I met people who eventually became dear to me.

Describe something that you hate.

I hate bullies, hypocrites, and judgmental people. Believe it or not, I was a victim of bullying when I was in grade school and early high school. I was bullied almost on a daily basis.

I don’t know what was wrong with me back then. I’m not sure why they hated me so much. I was tormented both physically and emotionally. They said I’m the ugliest in school. That time I can’t help but cry almost everyday.

Tantin Legaspi Meneses as Erza Scarlet wearing Heaven's Wheel
Nevertheless, something positive did come-out of those bullying days. Thanks to those bullies, I became a strong person. I can now handle life’s difficulties without blinking an eye.

Describe something that you love.

Aside from cosplay, I love martial arts. Boxing is a good workout ^__^ . Trust me!

I also love snakes! Seriously! Lots of people hate them. But what they don’t realize is that snakes are very interesting creatures and are actually needed in the environment. I hope to educate people about them.

Well when it comes to crushes ;) I tend to be attracted to silent type guys. Looks don’t really matter to me that much.

Describe your life outside cosplay.

I’m just a girl who loves to workout at the gym. Being fit is important to me.

Our place is surrounded mostly by agricultural lands. On a good weather, I like staying in a nipa hut near our house. It is situated in the middle of a field. Air moves freely in and out of that place making it very relaxing; I sometimes fall asleep while watching workers go about their choirs.

Tantin Legaspi Meneses in Casual Wear (WC Photography)
I’m an avid viewer of TV documentaries specially those that advocate protection of the environment. Born to be Wild and I-Witness are among my staples. I have a big crush on Doc Ferds Recio.

When it comes to anime, I love those with comedic-theme. Full-Metal Panic and Fairy Tail are some of my favorites.

I used to be an online gamer too. I’m addicted to Ragnarok. But I don’t have much time to do that anymore since I started cosplaying. But I will forever be an online-gamer by heart.

What’s your dream job and how do you see yourself in the future?

I’m a big lover of nature. I plan to take environmental science in college and be an environmentalist.

If God permits, I’d also like to host an environment program like “Born to be Wild.”
Tall order you may say? But isn’t that what dreams are for?

Short message to your fans and fellow cosplayers

If you want something, go for it. Don’t be afraid of failures. You may be knocked down every now and then but certainly not forever.

Cosplay is not about titles. It’s about the happiness you feel when you put a smile on somebody else’s face. It’s PRICELESS!

If you have time please do vote for me at otaku house http://cosplayidol.otakuhouse.com/2012/08/asia-pacific/tantin-meneses-erza-scarlet-from-fairytail/ click like button near tweet.

Thank you CosplayTips.com for featuring me! =)


Tantin Legaspi Meneses as Erza Scarlet wearing Heaven's Wheel


Tantin Legaspi Meneses as Erza Scarlet wearing Heaven's Wheel


Tantin Legaspi Meneses in Original Gender-bent character


Tantin Legaspi Meneses in Original Gender-bent character


Tantin Legaspi Meneses as Erza Scarlet wearing Heaven's Wheel


Tantin Legaspi Meneses as Erza Scarlet wearing Black Rock Shooter


Tantin Legaspi Meneses (Image by Rocky Onin)


Tantin Legaspi Meneses as Erza Scarlet wearing Sea Empress - Best of Anime 2012


Tantin Legaspi Meneses as Erza Scarlet wearing Heaven's Wheel


Tantin Legaspi Meneses and Mary Ann Meneses


Tantin Legaspi Meneses as Erza Scarlet wearing Traditional Japanese Cloth


Tantin Legaspi Meneses as Alexiel from Angel Sanctuary


Tantin Legaspi Meneses as Erza Scarlet wearing Heaven's Wheel


Tantin Legaspi Meneses (Image by Mike Atienza)


Tantin Legaspi Meneses (Image by DJS Photography )


Observers say cosplay has fully entered the realm of mainstream media. Now more than ever, we see droves of young and dreamy individuals taking advantage of the hobby’s new found fame to catapult themselves to more illustrious careers such as becoming a TV personality or commercial and fashion model. Tantin has none of these ambitions. For her, the joys of cosplaying are enough to fill her plate. She, however humbly stated, that she will not close her doors to these opportunities should they come in the future.

There are many other girls who are beautiful, talented, and have great personality in the cosplay scene — but very few can make an impact like Tantin can.

Every time she appears on conventions she instantly attracts the attention of photographers, spectators and fans. People surround her like curious moths engrossed to gleaming light. Her appeal is so immense that simply no one with correctly functioning faculties can ignore.

It is because of this inimitable charisma that Tantin’s star shines and will continue to glitter within and beyond the boundaries of the cosplay universe.

Follow Tantin on her official Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tantin-Meneses/429830707080877?fref=ts

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