[MISSION REPORT] Fans of the Force 2015

Posted on May 3, 2015 | 0 comments


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:

Fan photo from Instagram (by @bryanmarkgerman)

Fan photo from Instagram (by @bryanmarkgerman)

SL 8880 and his troopers are taking Princess Leia/Nina Reyes to Detention Block AA-23.

SL 8880 and his troopers are taking Princess Leia/Nina Reyes to Detention Block AA-23.

A fan shows off his Star Wars ink.

A fan shows off his Star Wars ink.

Even the event host was in Star Wars gear!

Even the event host was in Star Wars gear!

TB-50123 Jay Nolan hanging out with his TK buddies. Photos by TB-50123 Jay Nolan

TB-50123 Jay Nolan hanging out with his TK buddies.
Photos by TB-50123 Jay Nolan

Forbidden love! TB-1870 is secretly married to an X-Wing pilot! (Actually that's TK-1330 in disguise)

Forbidden love! TB-1870 is secretly married to an X-Wing pilot! (Actually that’s TK-1330 in disguise)

Kids rock the cosplay contest. Consent provided by parents for photos.

Kids rock the cosplay contest. Consent provided by parents for photos.

Mother and daughter bonding, with a little droid to watch over them.

Mother and daughter bonding, with a little droid to watch over them.

Event schedule for Fans of the Force

Event schedule for Fans of the Force

"my first-ever trooping with the @pinoy501st"  Photo by TI 73437 Willy Wilwayco

“my first-ever trooping with the @pinoy501st”
Photo by TI 73437 Willy Wilwayco

"THERE'S A GIANT STORMTROOPER HELMET IN SM SOUTHMALL!" Photos by TB-1870 Regina Layug Rosero

“THERE’S A GIANT STORMTROOPER HELMET IN SM SOUTHMALL!”
Photos by TB-1870 Regina Layug Rosero

Here in the Philippine Garrison, we love our handlers!

Here in the Philippine Garrison, we love our handlers!

Fan photo from Instagram (by @roozette_xx)

Fan photo from Instagram (by @roozette_xx)

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