Date: May 1 and 2, 2015
Venue: SM Southmall, Las Pinas, Philippines
Host unit: Philippine Garrison
Guest unit/groups: Rebel Legion (Bagong Pag-Asa Outpost), R2 Builders Club
Number of characters: 17
Description of event:
May the Fourth is a big Star Wars celebration worldwide. This year, Philippine celebrations took place a little early. Fans of the Force was a two-day event where fans young and old, big and small got a chance to show their love for the space epic. The 501st Legion marched around the mall and posed for photos with Princess Leia and a feisty little astromech droid. Fans were rewarded for their knowledge of Star Wars during the trivia contest, while crafty costumers showed off their creative talent in the costume contest. There was also a mini-exhibit of Star Wars collectible ships and figures.
In addition to celebrating all things Star Wars, the Philippine Garrison demonstrated their support of boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, for his May 3 bout with Floyd Mayweather. A local TV station set up a website where boxing fans could upload videos supporting Pacquiao while chanting, “Isang Bayan Para Kay PacMan” (One Nation for PacMan). While many celebrities and netizens also uploaded their videos, the footage of Darth Vader and his troops–along with Padme Amidala and Princess Leia, no less!–made it to the evening news. Watch the video here.
For more from the Fans of the Force event, check out this video by BH-43210 Marc Macalua: