DBS Marina Regatta 2015 – Cosplay and Dragonboating with a Spin



Final act of online manga “Dragonboat of Miracles” to be revealed at the DBS Marina Regatta Cosplay Cup; featuring cosplay superstars Dat-Baka and Tessie

SINGAPORE, 30 April 2015 – For a third consecutive year, fans can look forward to a colourful and vibrant display of cosplay at the DBS Marina Regatta. The DBS Marina Regatta Cosplay Cup, organised by Neo Tokyo Project, will feature celebrity cosplayers such as Dat-Baka and Tessie as well as see more than 100 cosplayers showcase their craft.

Leading up to the DBS Marina Regatta, the bank has also commissioned local illustration team DatWorks to create a short manga – “Dragonboat of Miracles”. The sports-themed manga celebrates the teamwork, passion and zeal of athletes as they paddle towards a common goal. Pages of the manga will be released www.dbsmarinaregatta.com, with the conclusion to be revealed at the regatta.

Key highlights of the DBS Marina Regatta Cosplay Cup include:

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Cosplay competition with cosplay celebrities Dat-Baka and Tessie as guest judges. More than SGD 2,000 of cash prizes to be won (6 June)

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Conclusion to online manga “Dragonboat of Miracles”. Dat-Baka and Tessie will play the lead characters, bringing the manga to life at the DBS Marina Regatta (6 June)

Dat_Baka_as_Kageyama_from_HaikyuuTessie_as_Grell_from_KuroshitsujiDat-Baka and Tessie fan meet-and-greet sessions (6-7 June)

FightSaberEpic performances for Star Wars fans by Fightsaber, Singapore’s only Lucasfilm-recognised lightsaber choreography stunt troupe (31 May, 6-7 June)

Pika Pika Meido CafeKawaii dance routines and refreshing ice cream served up by popular meido performers from Pika Pika Meido Café (31 May, 6-7 June)


Singapore’s biggest water sports festival, the DBS Marina Regatta 2015 will be held in conjunction with the 28th SEA Games, and will offer new experiences such as Paddle for Good, an urban beach with pop-up cafes as well as popular events such as the food festival and cosplay performances.

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Cosplayers taking part in this year’s regatta can enjoy the comfort of a fully air-conditioned rest area, complimentary beverages and take part in a survey where they stand to win up to SGD 400 to help create their dream cosplay costume.
To register and for more information on the DBS Marina Regatta Cosplay Cup, please visit www.dbsmarinaregatta.com/cosplay.php. For details on celebrity cosplayers and performers


Dat-Baka is an Australia-based Vietnamese cosplayer with a penchant for sizzling hot male characters.
He was awarded a prize for his portrayal of Date Masamune from Sengoku Basara at SMASH! 2012 as part of Team Sexy Beast, and has amassed a sizable following in the four years since his debut.
Dat-Baka is a capable craftsman, having built a plethora of impressive costumes including iconic armor inspired by Sun Wukong from the Chinese classic “Journey to the West”, games such as “Final Fantasy”, and more.

With more than a decade of cosplay experience under her belt, Tessie is no stranger to the cosplay scene in Singapore. She has participated in and judged competitions, conducted workshops and has sat on panels both locally and around the region.
She was Singapore’s representative for, and placed third in, Anime Festival Asia’s Regional Cosplay Championships last year with her portrayal of Zafina from video game series “Tekken”, and lends her expertise as Director for Singapore’s Annual Cosplay Chess.

Tessie has seen the hobby evolve from a cozy gathering of like-minded peers into the phenomenon it is today. An educator in her day job, Tessie is also interested in how cosplay can be a positive influence for young people. She strives to be a driving force in Singapore’s evolving cosplay ecosystem, and passionately grooms the talent of tomorrow


Fightsaber Singapore is a Lucasfilm-recognised Star Wars fan costuming and lightsaber choreography stunt troupe and Singapore’s authority on lightsaber combat. Established in 2010, it aims to bring high action, kinesthetic performances and re-enactments of lightsaber duels from the Star Wars movies to the masses, and to promote greater appreciation for stage choreography as a dramatic and theatrical art form.

Pika Pika Meido Cafe
Pika Girls
Pika Pika Meido Cafe is a pop-up cafe that aims to bring a slice of Japanese maid cafe culture to Singapore. They have collaborated with various pop-culture events and restaurants, bringing their unique brand of entertainment, song and dance performances to the public

About DBS Marina Regatta 2015

Singapore’s biggest water sports festival, the DBS Marina Regatta returns for its fourth consecutive year to Ignite the Bay! Held in conjunction with the 28th SEA Games, this year’s DBS Marina Regatta takes place over three weekends, from 30 May to 14 June. Set against the iconic skyline of Marina Bay, witness top dragon boating and sailing teams battle it out to be the country’s and the region’s best. Apart from exhilarating sporting action in the water, be sure to check out the exciting activities – these include cosplay, cheerleading, dance and music competitions, extreme sports, a dedicated kids zone, a fantastic food festival, stand-up paddling and more!

For the first time, free urban farming workshops will be held for those interested in learning how to farm sustainably in their homes and in the final weekend, the Promontory will be transformed into

Singapore’s first urban beach with pop-up cafes.The event will also will debut “Paddle for Good” where the public are challenged to form teams with and paddle alongside persons with disabilities (PwDs). For every one kilometre paddled, DBS will donate SGD 100 to organisations that will use the funds to organise sports activities for PwDs.Donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Care and Share movement led by CommunityChest. For more information,
visit http://www.dbsmarinaregatta.com or follow us on Instagram(@dbsmarinaregatta)

About DBS

DBS – Living, Breathing Asia

DBS is a leading financial services group in Asia, with over 280 branches across 17 markets.
Headquartered and listed in Singapore, DBS has a growing presence in the three key Asian axes
of growth: Greater China, Southeast Asia and South Asia. The bank’s capital position, as well as
“AA-” and “Aa1” credit ratings, is among the highest in Asia-Pacific.
DBS has been recognised forits leadership in the region, having been named
“Asia’s Best Bank” by The Banker, a member of the Financial Times group,
and “Best Bank in Asia-Pacific” by Global Finance. The bank has alsobeen named “Safest Bank in Asia”
by Global Finance for six consecutive years from 2009 to 2014.
DBS provides a full range of services in consumer, SME and corporate banking activities across
Asia. As a bank born and bred in Asia, DBS understands the intricacies of doing business in the
region’s most dynamic markets. These market insights and regional connectivity have helped to
drive the bank’s growth as it sets out to be the Asian bank of choice. DBS is committed to building
lasting relationships with customers, and positively impacting communities through supporting
social enterprises, as it banks the Asian way. It has also established a SGD 50 million foundation to
strengthen its corporate social responsibility efforts in Singapore and across Asia.
With its extensive network of operations in Asia and emphasis on engaging and empowering its
staff, DBS presents exciting career opportunities. The bank acknowledges the passion,
commitment and can-do spirit in all of our 21,000 staff, representing over 40 nationalities. For more
information, please visit http://www.dbs.com.

About Neo Tokyo Project

With a finger on the pulse of Singapore’s youth beat and an eye for the latest geek trends, Neo
Tokyo Project specializes in creative events and marketing solutions for corporations intending to
engage with pop-culture savvy audiences. The agency has serviced a variety of gaming and tech
companies in Singapore, and curated themed content for conventions such as Licence2Play and
GE3. Neo Tokyo Project produces the annual International Cosplay Day Singapore convention and
Doujin Market, a local illustrator’s showcase.

ALL information is provided by Tokyo Neo Project and DBS



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