I, MA. JOCELYN C. BORDADOR, LIGAYA OF BLOGSPOT, AM REPRINTING THIS FROM A DEAR COSPLAY FRIEND'S EMAIL MESSAGE BECAUSE OF WHAT THIS MAN BELOW HAS DONE TO THE PINOY COSPLAY MAILING LIST, OF WHICH I AM THE CURRENT MODERATOR. PLEASE READ AND HEED THIS POST BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. THANK YOU AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
During the last quarter of 2005, an individual named MIKE ABUNDO bought the domain and created an online cosplay forum answering to the name "PINOYCOSPLAY.COM". In
doing so, he has bypassed a Yahoo mailing list named PINOY COSPLAY, which has been active and in existence since the year 2000, during the years following the first major anime conventions in the Philippines (ANIME EXPLOSION & ANIME QUEST of the years 2000 - 2002).
Members of pinoycosplay mailing list who are also active administrative members of FILCOSPLAY.TK, (a cosplay forum created during 2002, and thus older than Mike Abundo's PINOYCOSPLAY) pointed this out to Mike Abundo.
Mike Abundo denied his knowledge of the existence of the Pinoy Cosplay ML, saying that if it existed it was an old and inactive group anyway, and it did not register highly in Google searches.
When NOELLE DE GUZMAN, founder of the Pinoy Cosplay ML, spoke with Mike Abundo, he admitted that he did not, in fact, make a Google search for the keywords and terms "pinoy cosplay," "pinoy_cosplay," "pinoy-cosplay" and "pinoycosplay" before buying the .com domain and creating the forum.
Mike Abundo, in the latter part of the conversation with Noelle de Guzman, proposed that the Pinoy Cosplay ML merge with his pinoycosplay.com forum, saying the mailing list would benefit from the boost of traffic that would soon visit his pinoycosplay.com site, claiming that his .com site was far
more accessible to people everywhere.
Noelle De Guzman rejected the offer and said the Pinoy Cosplay ML will not be affiliated with pinoycosplay.com under any circumstance. Mike Abundo chose to keep the name of his .com site, saying that he has already invested his monetary resources into the creation of his forums which, in reality, uses the format given by the invisionfree.net service providers on the creation of an online bulletin board/forum.
Mike Abundo bought the site domain name pinoycosplay.com to lead to the
Since then, Mike Abundo, who is also a member of Filcosplay forums, a cosplay oriented forum not unlike his own pinoycosplay forum, has frequently made various attempts to lead members of the Filcosplay forums to his own pinoycosplay forums by posting his site links within the threads of conversation in the Filcosplay forum, oftentimes in a blatant manner thru hotlinking and making off-topic posts that pertain to his pinoycosplay.com forum site.
Additionally, Mike Abundo has often criticized the Filcosplay forums by emphasizing the advantages of his Pinoycosplay forum - like accessibility. Pinoycosplay.com does not require member registreation to enter, in contrast to Filcosplay.tk which requires this. Mike Abundo claims that this enables more user traffic to his pinoycosplay.com site as this registers higher on Google searches and has more memory recall than a long series of link names like Filcosplay's
Also, as Filcosplay uses the "WWW.FILCOSPLAY.TK" link as an alternative to its original "HTTP://S7.INVISIONFREE.COM/FILCOSPLAY" link, Mike Abundo claims that some people would have difficulty going to Filcosplay, as the Filcosplay.tk link suffers from regular downtime, unlike his pinoycosplay.com site, which is a more direct connection to his own forums.
The Filcosplay forum moderators have generally ignored Mike Abundo's actions, reprimanding him only when his actions were excessive, but allowed him to remain a member of the Filcosplay forums.
Early this January 2006, the Filcosplay forum moderators have found out that Mike Abundo has bought the domain name of "WWW.FILCOSPLAY.COM" and has used this as a link to his own pinoycosplay.com forums.
When Mike Abundo was recently confronted by the moderators of Filcosplay.tk, he said he will gladly give the www.filcosplay.com domain to Filcosplay, only when the
moderators make a public announcement of Mike Abundo's "generous donation" to Filcosplay.
As of this writing, many Filcosplay members have aired their concerns over Mike Abundo's actions. Meanwhile, the Filcosplay forum moderators are making plans with how to act against Mike Abundo's virtual act of cyberterrorism.
Other anime/manga/cosplay/hobbyist/fandom-related groups should be warned against making future connections or working with Mike Abundo. Take utmost care against this person and his underhanded dealings.
pertinent links to this report:
FILCOSPLAY - http://s7.invisionfree.com/filcosplay or http://www.filcosplay.tk
PINOY COSPLAY MAILING LIST - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pinoy_cosplay/
MIKE ABUNDO: http://.mikeabundo.blogspot.com
pinoycosplay.com - http://filcosplay.com and