JOEL MINAS AS YURI KATSUKI AT #YOICONPH2018
John Samuel Minas – or Joel, as he’s more commonly known – has been skating since 2002. Before he retired as a competitive figure skater in 2010, Joel managed to bag 30 gold medals, 8 silver medals, and 5 bronze medals from several local and international competitions. He was a member of the Philippine National Figure Skating Team and the 2010 Asian Junior National Champion. He is now a high-level figure skating coach with SM Skating.
Joel is best known to Yuri!!! on ICE fans for his rendition of the show’s Eros routine. The first video and its reupload hat video have collectively garnered over 3 million views on YouTube, where his subscriber count is just a few digits shy of 40,000.
Joel made his cosplay debut in March 2017 when he was featured as a performer and panelist at the first Born To Make History: A Yuri!!! on ICE Fan Gathering. He made his first international appearance in September 2017 as a performer and panelist at Comic Fiesta’s Anime on Ice Festival in Malaysia. In March 2018, he returns to the stage that started it all – this time, as a headlining cosplay guest.
Catch Joel Minas as Yuri Katsuki at Born To Make History: A Yuri!!! on ICE Fan Gathering 2 on March 18 2018, Sunday, from 12:00nn to 8:00pm, at the Bayanihan Center! See you next level!