Banilad Town Centre (BTC) gives life to one of Japan’s festivals, the Kurama Himatsuri or the Fire Festival, on October 26!

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BTC brings this colorful, fiery Japanese tradition to Cebu with cosplay skits centering on the Fire Festival, as well as authentic performances from various groups.  With cosplay gaining popularity in the Queen City of the South in recent years, it would be an awesome treat to see regular people decked in elaborate, fun, and quirky attires in homage to the Fire Festival.  A photo exhibit of Cebu’s key cosplayers will also be unveiled at the lobby during this special day.

The festivities will start with a Japanese pop dance number from the Jpop Dance Troupe to be followed by the cosplay parade. Drumbeaters and poi dancers will also be there to entrance, entertain, and enthrall spectators as we light the fire for our ancestors’ spirits. It will surely be a fun, fun, fun day for both adults and children.

Registration is open to everyone! To join the merrymaking, all you have to do is present an official receipt worth Php 200 from any of the stores at BTC from October 20 to 26 at the Registration Booth on the festival day.  Great prizes from Lynelle Hair and Hobbyshaft collectibles await registered cosplayers.   Surprise awards are also in store for the Best Male, Best Female, and Best Group participants.

While waiting for this exciting event, eager costume players may join the Cosplay Online Photo Contest!  To join, simply “Like” the BTC Facebook page at and upload your best cosplay picture on the BTC wall.  Your post should also include (1) your most favorite spot at Banilad Town Centre and (2) the tagline “See you at BTC’s Halloween Event: Kurama Himatsuri Festival on Friday, October 26 #btckurama.”

Each contestant may submit up to 3 entries.  Two winners will be announced during the Kurama Himatsuri Festival on the 26th:  (1) the entry with the most number of “Likes” and (2) BTC’s choice.  One Facebook like is equal to one entry.  So post your picture now and invite your friends to visit BTC’s Facebook page and “Like” your entry.  This contest runs from October 17 to October 26, 12:00NN. To know more about the Cosplay Online Photo Contest, please visit BTC’s Facebook page.

Banilad Town Centre is a bike- and pet- friendly zone, guaranteeing you a good time with the wide choices of food and shopping stalls. Enjoy BTC and its lifestyle strip designed for every individual. BTC is located  along Gov. Cuenco Ave. and is open daily as early as 6 a.m – 9 a.m with its Breakfast Zone (Pan de Manila, Pan Cake House, Bo’s Coffee, Postrio, Dimsum Break and Yellowcab Pizza). For updates and more information contact Customer Service at (032) 345 32 60 – 61. For a list of stores, promotions and activities visit or add BTC on facebook at www. and twitter on @btccebu