MassKara festival logo was designed by Bacolod visual artist
and fine arts professor Bamboo Tonogbanua who has also been
commissioned to do the trophies that will be given to the
winners in the different official festival competitions.
keeping with a tradition started in 2004, a Bacolod artist
is commissioned to capture the year’s MassKara theme and
creative impulses in its logo and trophies.
Tonogbanua has been part of the past MassKara festivals in
different capacities- as a costume and stage designer for
the MassKara Queen pageants, floats, festival arcs, and
streetdancing competitions. He is also the organizer of the
well-received MassKara Fantasy Costume contests, an annual
festival event that is being revived this year.
He is a graduate of Bachelor of Fine Arts major in
Advertising of the University of Santo Tomas.
Tonogbanua had taught at the La Consolacion College-School
of Architecture and Fine Arts (LCC-ARFIEN) for more than 20
He is a founding member of the 36-year-old Art Association
of Bacolod-Negros, and a member of the Circulo de Bacolod.
Tonogbanua said he was both happy and honored to have been
commissioned by the Silver MassKara Festival Organization to
create this year’s logo that is centered on the theme,
"Celebrating the New Icons of Bacolod."
This year’s logo shows a spectrum of colors that the
festival is famous for, he said.
The logo combines the glamorous but realistic portrayal of
the mask, itself a symbol of the festival, and the vibrant
colors of the MassKara Festival, he said.
The hairs of the mask are illustrated like flowing ribbons
to symbolize the lively and festive atmosphere of the
festival, he said.
The headdress of the mask showed symbols of the new icons of
Bacolod: the Bacolod City Government Center, the Blessed
John Paul II Tower, and other rising business structures.
Also in the headdress are the public plaza’s bandstand,
where the MassKara streetdancing competitions are held, and
the Philippine flag, to symbolize patriotism.
Festival director Eli Francis Tajanlangit said the inclusion
of the flag is apt as Bacolod is campaigning for our
"kababayan" in the US and other countries to come home in
October and join the celebration of the 32nd MassKara
Among those who have created the MassKara logos are renowned
filmmaker Peque Gallaga and visual artists Barry Cervantes,
Lee Santiago, Raymond Legaspi. Cervantes and Legaspi had
also worked on the trophies along with Jose Carreon, Jr. and
The MassKara trophies were first designed by Charlie Co in
2006. From the figure Co designed, that of a rising sun and
a ship, other artists had painted on.
Last year, the festival logo was designed by Daryl Anthony
Jimenea, a young multi-media artist, and a graduate of
Computer Engineering of the University of Saint La Salle.