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4 nights of MassKara fireworks kick off - 19- October 2017
The four-night "Sadya ang MassKara with Mayor Bing: National Fireworks Competition" kicked off at 11 p.m. tonight [Thursday, Oct. 19] at the Bacolod Public Plaza, with AL Aquino Fireworks of Laguna going against DX Fireworks of Bukidnon.

The next set will be held at the Tourism Strip at Lacson St. for two nights [Oct. 20-21], still at 11 p.m., where the Electric MassKara is being held from October 20 to 22.

The second and third nights of the fireworks competition, to be held at the South Capitol Road, will see action between Bathans Fireworks of Batangas and Spectra Illuminators of Bacolod on Friday, and Pyro Haven of Bulacan versus Peacock Fireworks of Bacolod on Saturday.

There will be one winner per night for three nights.

The champion’s showdown will happen on the fourth and last night [Oct. 22] at the Bacolod City Government Center at 11 p.m.

The fireworks competition, now on its second year, is a major event of the 38th MassKara Festival.*
 
Mayor’s Golf Cup slated Oct. 19-21 - 16- October 2017
The 8th Bacolod MassKara Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament will be held on October 19 to 21 at the Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club (Marapara Golf Club).

The three-day tournament, which gathers golf enthusiasts from across the country, is organized by the city government of Bacolod, in cooperation with Subdivision and Housing Developers Association.

The ceremonial tee-off, set at 6 a.m. of Oct. 19, will formally open the tournament

The players will compete for the top honors in Class A, B, C, D and women’s division.

The event is for the benefit of Bacolod Boy’s Home, St. Vincent Home for the Aged, NOGCC Caddies Foundation, and Negros Occidental Junior Golf Foundation.

For inquiries, contact the Organizing Committee: Stevenson or Dara at 460-8409; Lalay or Shirley at 432-7196; or George Zuluetaat 0906-2967886.
 
MassKara drumbeating kicks off tonight - 16- October 2017
The MassKara Festival Drumbeating Competition at the Bacolod Public Plaza will kick off tonight [Oct. 17] and will run for three nights, or until Thursday [Oct. 19].

Each group is composed of eight to 12 members, wearing half masks and costumes.

The participants will play their music for two to three minutes for the judges along San Juan, Gatuslao and Gonzaga sides of the plaza.

There will be two elimination nights [October 17 and 18], where five groups will be chosen per night to advance to the grand finals on Thursday [Oct. 19].

The champion will receive P10,000 in cash; 1st runner-up-P7,000; and 2nd runner-up-P5,000. Non-winners will receive P2,000.

All groups will receive P2,000 in cash.

The drumbeating competition is a special event to entertain the MassKara revelers at the plaza, particularly those dining or drinking at the kiosks.*
 
MassKara Village features 24 wearable masks - 11- October 2017
Twenty-four unique, wearable masks made by local artists from Bacolod City and Negros Occidental are on exhibit at the 21st MassKara Village of ABS-CBN Bacolod, at the 2nd Level of Robinsons Place.

The masks are made mostly of indigenous and recyclable materials.

The MassKara Village celebrates the world-renowned MassKara Festival, now on its 38th year.

The exhibit is an instant crowd-drawer, as mallgoers love to take their photos with these colorful masks.

Of the 24 masks, 15 will be chosen for the Parade of Masks on Oct. 20 at the fountain area of the said mall.

During the parade, the masks will be worn by models with matching body costumes and showcased before the panel of judges and mallgoers.*
 
10 vie for MassKara Queen crown - 09- October 2017
Ten young Bacoleñas are vying for the crown of 2017 MassKara Queen.

The finalists are Princess Joy Bitangga, Sueko Kinjho, Freda Salazar, Fercy Lyn Almaiz, Berylane Joy Barredo, Krisley Sañor, Glecy Jade Benedicto, Claire Therese Porras, Vina Marie Peña, and Criselle Mae Villaranda.

They will be presented to the press on October 13 at 4 p.m. at the fountain area of Robinsons Place.

The Coronation Night will be on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at the La Proa Ballroom of L’ Fisher Hotel.

The candidates paid a courtesy call on Mayor Evelio Leonardia on Friday [Oct. 6] at the Bacolod City Government Center, where they had their photo shoot afterwards.

The Search for MassKara Queen 2017 is an official event of the ongoing 38th MassKara Festival.*
 
’Nights of Mardi Gras’ kicks off tonight - 09- October 2017
Fifty participants in fantasy-inspired costumes will parade around the Bacolod Public Plaza for the "Nights of Mardi Gras," slated Oct. 10-12, as part of the ongoing 38thMassKara Festival.

For the first two nights [Oct. 10-11], 25 participants per night will parade at San Juan, Gonzaga, and Gatuslao sides of the plaza.

Each night, eight participants will be selected to advance to the grand finals on Oct. 12.

The sixteen grand finalists will again parade around the plaza. The announcement of five winners will be done at the Diamond Jubilee Tower located at the Gonzaga side of the plaza.

The grand winner will receive P10,000 in cash; 1st runner-up-P7,000; 2nd runner-up-P5,000; 3rd runner-up-P3,000; and 4th runner-up-P2,000.

The remaining 11 finalists will receive P1,000 each.

All the 50 participants will also receive P1,000 each.

The "Nights of Mardi Gras" happens immediately after "Tanda! Sing Na, Dance Pa!," also being held at the San Juan, Gonzaga, and Gatuslao, Gonzaga, sides of the plaza.

The "Tanda!," and "Nights of Mardi Gras" are two of the special events created to entertain the MassKara revelers at the plaza, especially those dining and drinking at the kiosks.*
 
Magical MassKara pays tribute to ’MassKara dancer’ - 08- October 2017
The Magical MassKara 2017 dubbed, "Bayle sa MassKara," pays tribute to the "MassKara dancer," who is at the very heart of the MassKara Festival.

"And so, for this year’s public art installation, we turn to our award-winning choreographers-they who define the face and form of the MassKara Festival," said festival director Eli Francis Tajanlangit at the unveiling of the Magical MassKara at the fountain area of the Bacolod City Government Center Saturday night [October 7].

The result is "Bayle sa MassKara," he added.

The four art installations floating at the lagoon are the works of four of MassKara Festival’s winningest choreographers-Emiljune "Tata" Bantolo, Joedem Casabuena, Segundo Jesus "Panoy" Cabalcar, Jr., and William Bangcaya, Jr.

The installation, which becomes the art centerpiece of the festival, was curated by artist Bamboo Tonogbanua.

Leading the unveiling were Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, First Lady Elsa Leonardia, Rep. Greg Gasataya, Councilors Em Ang and Bartolome Orola, Tajanlangit, and Charlie Co.

Leonardia said, "As we open this Magical MassKara, we remember that the MassKara Festival has been in a series of innovation and evolution, and one of the special events we added to the festival was this Majica MassKara at the fountain area. And it was started by our internationally acclaimed artist, Charlie Co."

Ang, who is also the festival action officer, said, "MassKara Festival is not what it is without the MassKara dancers."

FOUR CHOREOGRAPHERS

 Emiljune "Tata" Bantolo is the choreographer of the Bacolod MassKara group that won the grand championship in the nationwide competition held by "It’s Showtime" of ABS-CBN in 2012.

He was also the grand champion in the 2008 schools category of the MassKara Street and Arena Dance Competition. He also designed the MassKara costume that represented the Philippines in the 1st World Costume Festival 2013 in Vigan City.

Joedem Casabuena is a three-peat MassKara streetdance champion for Barangay Granada in the 2014, 2015, and 2016 competitions. He also choreographed the MassKara groups that performed in Hong Kong in 2015, South Korea in 2016, and Malaysia and Thailand this year.

Segundo Jesus "Panoy" Cabalcar, Jr., commonly known as "Sir Panoy," holds the most number of MassKara championships: 21 times. He had choreographed Barangays 29, Estefania, Pahanocoy, Villamonte, Alijis, Mandalagan, 17, 16, and was behind the 2016 elementary schools championship, ETCS 3.

He also choreographed the Bacolod MassKara groups that performed in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Osaka, Tokyo, and South Korea.

William Bangcaya, Jr. is a champion choreographer behind the 2008 grand winner of MassKara streetdance arena competitions, Barangay Bata. He also took home the championship for Brgy. Banago in 2011. The art installation will be on display until October 22.*
 
Electric Zumba sa MassKara participants undergo workshop- 04- October 2017
ZINs (Zumba instructors) and group leaders, who are participating in the 1st Electric Zumba sa MassKara, underwent a choreography workshop at the Annex Building of the Bacolod City Government Center recently.

The Electric Zumba is the newest addition to the MassKara Festival, particularly to the three-night Electric MassKara that is slated Oct. 20-22. Electric Zumba will be held for two nights (Oct. 20 and 21) at the Tourism Strip (the whole stretch of Lacson Street from 2nd St. to North Drive.)

Conducting the workshop were Bob Aves, who composed this year’s MassKara music, his co-producer Gerry Grey, and choreographer Daryll Odango.

Odango gave a workshop on the steps that can be used or incorporated in their routines for the Electric Zumba.

Festival director Eli F. J. Tajanlangit said the Electric Zumba will set the party mood for the Electric MassKara.

So far, more than 10 Zumba groups from Bacolod and neighboring towns and cities have signified intent to join the event.

The participants will come in electric outfits.

They will dance to the official MassKara music.

Special awards will be given to the Biggest Delegation, Best in Electric MassKara Zumba Outfit, Best in Choreography, Most Energetic, and Best in Banner - with P3,000 cash prize each.

The Electric Zumba sa MassKara Champion will receive P20,000 cash and an official MassKara trophy.*
 
BTAO implementing new traffic scheme for MassKara 04- October 2017
The Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) is implementing a new traffic plan for the 38th MassKara Festival, slated Oct. 1- 22.

BTAO head Supt. Luisito Acebuche presented the new traffic scheme in a press conference at the Bacolod City Government Center today [Oct. 4].

ROAD CLOSURES

Temporary road closures for the streets around the Bacolod Public Plaza-Rizal-San Juan Streets until San Juan-Gonzaga Streets and Rizal-Gatuslao until Gatuslao-Gonzaga Streets-will start from4:00 p.m. and will end at 7:30 p.m.

Total road closures will start from 8:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m. of the following day.

Roads that will be part of the total closures are:

· Burgos-San Juan
· Burgos-Luzuriaga
· Galo-Gatuslao
· Gonzaga-Bonifacio
· Luzuriaga-Gatuslao
· San Juan-Luzuriaga
· San Juan-Rizal

REROUTING

For vehicles taking the Magsungay (old Airport) -Central Market Route, the new route will start from Airport Subd./Brgy. Magsungay, right turn to Magsaysay St., left turn to Araneta St., right turn to Roxas St., right turn to Lacson St., right turn to Magsaysay St., all the way back to point of origin.

For vehicles taking the Shopping-La Salle-Libertad Route will start from point of origin, right turn to Burgos St., left turn to Lacson St., right turn to Gonzaga St., left turn to Bonifacio St., left turn to Luzuriaga St., right turn to Mabini St., left turn to Margarita St., go straight to Lopez Jaena St., all the way back to point of origin.

For vehicles taking the Pta. Taytay, Alijis, Tangub- Central Market Route, will start from south part of Araneta St., right turn to Roxas St., right turn to Lacson St., another right turn to Magsaysay St., then left turn to Araneta St. all the way to point of destination.

For vehicles taking the Doña Juliana, Mansilingan, Taculing-Central Market oute, from Hernaez Ave., right turn to Gatuslao St.,/from Brgy Taculing, left turn to Hernaez St., right turn to Luzuriaga St., another right turn to Mabini St., left turn to Margarita St., another left turn to Lopez Jaena St. right turn to Hernaez St. all the way to point of destination.

For vehicles taking the Shopping/San Agustin - Libertad Route, from point of origin, go straight to Lopez Jaena St., then right turn to Margarita St., right turn to Hernaez St., right turn to Mabini St., left turn to Gonzaga St., right turn to Locsin St., right turn to Burgos St., another right turn to a BBB St., then right turn to Galo St., left turn to Hilado St. all the way to point of destination.

For vehicles taking the Shopping/La Salle -Libertad Route, from point of origin, right turn to Burgos St., left turn to Lacson St., right turn to Gonzaga St., left turn to Bonifacio St., left turn to Luzuriaga St., right turn to Mabini St., left turn to Margarita St., go straight to Lopez Jaena St., all the way back to point of origin. For vehicles taking the Sta. Fe - Central Market Route, from point of origin via Burgos St., left turn to Hilado St., right turn to Galo St., left turn to Mabini St., right turn to Gonzaga St., right turn to Locsin St., right turn to Galo St., left turn to BBB St., then right turn to Burgos St. all the way to point of destination.

For vehicles taking the FF Gonzaga -Central Market Route, from point of origin via Burgos St., left turn to Lacson St., right turn to Gonzaga St., right turn to Locsin St., right turn to Burgos St. all the way to point of destination.

For vehicles taking the Eroreco - Central Market Route, from Hilado St., right turn to Galo St., left turn to Mabini St., right turn to Gonzaga St., right turn to Locsin St., another right turn to Galo St., then one last right turn to Hilado St. all the way to point of destination.

For vehicles taking the Homesite - Central Market Route, from point of origin via Burgos St., left turn to Lacson St., right turn to Gonzaga St., right turn to Locsin St., right turn to Burgos St. all the way to point of destination.

For vehicles taking the Fortune Towne -Central Market Route, from point of origin via Burgos St., left turn to Lacson St., right turn to Gonzaga St., right turn to Locsin St., right turn to Galo St., then left turn to BBB St., right turn to Burgos St. all the way to point of destination.

For vehicles taking the Mandalagan -Libertad Route, from point of origin Lacson St., right turn to BS Aquino Drive, left turn to Gatuslao St., right turn to Burgos St, left turn to Palanca Rd., left turn to San Sebastian St., right turn San Juan St., right turn Rosario St., left turn Yulo St., left turn Alunan St., right turn Capitana Dicang Rd., left turn Roxas St., left turn Lacson St., right turn Lizares St., left turn Margarita St., left turn Hernaez St., right turn Lacson St., left turn Galo St., right turn Gatuslao St., right turn North Capitol Rd., left turn Aguinaldo St., right turn BS Aquino Drive, left turn to Lacson St. all the way to point of destination.

For vehicles taking the Bata -Libertad Route, from point of origin Lacson St., right turn to BS Aquino Drive, left turn to Gatuslao St., right turn to Burgos St., left turn to Palanca Rd., left turn to San Sebastian St., right turn San Juan St., right turn Rosario St., left turn Yulo St., left turn Lizares St., right turn Araneta St., left turn Alunan Extension, right turn Capitana Dicang Rd., left turn Roxas St., left turn Lacson St., right turn Lizares St., all the way to Hernaez St. right turn Lacson St., left turn Galo St., right turn Gatuslao St., right turn North Capitol Rd., left turn Aguinaldo St., right turn BS Aquino Drive, left turn to Lacson St. all the way to point of destination.

For vehicles taking the Banago - Libertad Route, from point of origin go straight to San Juan St, right turn to Burgos St., left turn to Palanca Rd., left turn to San Sebastian St., right turn to San Juan St., right turn to Rosario St., left turn to Yulo St., leftturn to Alunan St., right turn to Capitana Dicang St., then left turn to Roxas St., left turn to Lacson St., right turn to Lizares St., left turn to Margarita St., go straight to Lopez Jaena St., then left turn to Luzuriaga St., another left turn to Mabini St, right turn to Rosario St., right turn to Locsin St., left turn to Galo St., right turn to Gatuslao St., left turn to North Capitol Rd., right turn to San Juan St, all the way back to point of origin.*
 
Mayor appoints Ang as MassKara festival action officer anew04- October 2017
For the second straight year, Mayor Evelio Leonardia has again appointed Councilor Em Ang as Festival Action Officer for the 38th MassKara Festival.

Ang, who is also the chair of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Tourism, was also appointed by Leonardia to the same position last year.

Leonardia recently issued Executive Order (EO) No. 24 entitled "Designating a Festival Action Officer for the 38th MassKara Festival to Coordinate with the Silver MassKara Festival Organization, Inc. (SMFOI)."

The mayor said Ang has a vast experience in events management as she had proven, among others, when she was organizing local, national, and even international activities, and having been once the highest national officer of the prestigious Lions Club International.

Ang’s appointment is to ensure the success of the annual event, in order to maximize the synergy, synchronization and coordination between the City Government of Bacolod and the SMFOI, the mayor said in the EO.*
 
Bacolod Public Plaza to come alive with nightly MassKara entertainment- 27- September 2017
The Bacolod Public Plaza-the heart of the MassKara Festival-will come alive every night from Oct. 1 to 22 with nightly events especially prepared to entertain the crowd and the revelers who are eating and drinking at the kiosks.

Festival director Eli F. J. Tajalangit said the 22-day revelries will kick off at the Public Plaza, with the opening of Food and Beer Kiosks at the San Juan, Gonzaga, and Gatuslao sides.

The opening program on October 1 will feature light shows and parade of the 2016 festival winners-street dance, drum beating, and fantasy costume show. It will be followed by a fireworks display and a street party around the plaza.

From Oct. 2 to 22, the crowd drawer "Tanda! Sing Na, Dance Pa!" will entertain the plaza revelers at 6 p.m. with nightly singing and dance contests with participants from schools and barangays. It will have weekly winners and grand finals showdown.

Interspersing with "Tanda!" is the Nights of Mardi Gras-a MassKara fantasy costume show and parade-on Oct. 10, 11, and 12 at 7 p.m.

Semi-professional drum beating groups will compete for three nights in the MassKara Drum Beating Contest on Oct. 17, 18, and 19 at 7 p.m. They will first parade around the plaza and then perform at the bandstand stage.

The "Sadya ang MassKara with Mayor Bing: National Fireworks Display Competitions," a contest among 10 fireworks manufacturers from various parts of the country, will be held for four nights: Oct. 19 to 22 at 7 p.m. It will be held at the plaza on Oct. 20.

The highlight of the festival-the street and arena dance competitions-will be held onOct. 21 and 22. The grand dance parade along Araneta Street will start at 3 p.m., while the arena dance at the plaza will start at 4 p.m.

The schools category will be on Oct. 21, while the barangays category will be on Oct. 22.*
 
MassKara fantasy costume contest now accepts entries - 21- September 2017
MassKara Festival organizers are now accepting entries for the "Nights of Mardi Gras" fantasy costume competition slated October 10, 11, and 12 at the Bacolod Public Plaza.

As part of the nightly entertainment at the plaza during the MassKara Festival, the participants will parade at the San Juan, Gonzaga, and Gatuslao sides at 7 p.m.

Interested participants may contact event coordinator Amber Aguilar at 0920-9256-321.

 Participants must be at least 16 years old and should wear a half mask and a grand "Mardi Gras fantasy costume."

Organizers will select a maximum of 50 entries, who will parade around the plaza for two nights [Oct. 10 and 11] for the elimination round.

Each night, eight participants will be selected to advance to the grand finals on Oct. 12.

The sixteen grand finalists will parade around the plaza and converge at the bandstand stage for a showdown-where there will be five winners.

The grand winner will receive P10,000 cash; 1st runner-up-P7,000; 2nd runner-up-P5,000; 3rd runner-up-P3,000; and 4th runner-up-P2,000.

The 11 non-winners will receive P1,000 each.

The 50 qualified entries will also receive P1,000 each.

The " Nights of Mardi Gras" is an official event of the 38th MassKara Festival, which will open on Oct. 1 and run until Oct. 22.*
 
MassKara organizers accepting entries for singing, dance tilts- 19- September 2017
MassKara organizers are now accepting participants for "Tanda! Sing Na, Dance Pa!" competition that will open on Oct. 2 and will run daily until Oct. 21.

Interested participants can go to the Silver MassKara Festival Organization (SMFO) office or call event coordinator Amber Aguilar at 0920-0925-321.

The contest is divided into two: a singing contest that is open for individual contestants, and a dance contest which must be participated by duos.

The singing competition is open to amateur singers from Bacolod who are at least 12 years old. The dance competition is open to amateur duos.

There will be two performance stages around the plaza for both the singing and dance contests: Stage 1 located at the corner of San Juan-Gonzaga Streets, and Stage 2 at the corner of Gonzaga-Gatuslao Streets.

For the singing contest, the contestants will start at Stage 1 with upbeat or pop song, and transfer to Stage 2 with their winning piece.

For the dance contest, the contestants will start at Stage 1 with slow music and transfer to stage 2 with upbeat or pop music.

There will be nightly winners, who will compete again in the weekly finals on Oct. 7, 14, and 20. The grand finals will be on Oct. 21 at the Bacolod Public Plaza bandstand.

Contestants must prepare their own CDs with songs for every category. The song can be in English or Filipino.

Daily winners will receive P500, while non-winners will receive P250. Weekly winners will receive P500 and non-winners-P250. For the grand finals, the champion will receive P5,000- first runner-up-P4,000, and second runner-up-P3,000.

"Tanda!," an official event of the 38th MassKara Festival, is a nightly sing-and-dance contests aimed at giving nightly entertainment at the Bacolod Public Plaza.

"Tanda!" proved to be a crowd drawer since its first run in 2012. It was continued last year with SMFO again as the festival organizer, and is now on its third year.*
 
Electric Zumba newest addition to MassKara- 17- September 2017
MassKara Festival has a new addition to its line-up of events: the very first “Electric Zumba sa MassKara," happening on Oct. 20-21 at the Tourism Strip.

Festival director Eli F. J. Tajanlangit said the Electric Zumba will set the party mood for the three-night Electric MassKara - slated Oct. 20-22.

At least 13 Zumba groups from Bacolod and neighboring towns and cities have signified intent to join the event.

The participants will come in electric outfits.

MECHANICS

The "Electric Zumba sa MassKara" contest is open to all Zumba groups. Each group must have a minimum of 10 members, but there is no limit to the maximum number of members. There is no age limit as well.

Each Zumba group must register with its official group banner and names of members.

On Oct. 20, the first night of the Electric MassKara, the competing Zumba groups will assemble at the Tourism Strip - the whole block along Lacson St. from 2nd St. to North Drive.

Each Zumba group will be assigned an area along the Tourism Strip, and judges will go around the strip during their performances.

Zumba instructors can choreograph their group’s dance, but will not be allowed to perform with their group during the contest.

The Zumba delegations must dance to the 2017 MassKara music, which was composed, arranged, and produced by Philippine jazz proponent Roberto "Bob" Aves, who is from Bacolod.

This year’s MassKara theme is "Bacolod: City of Southeast Asia."

PRIZES

Special awards will be given to the Biggest Delegation, Best in Electric MassKara Zumba Outfit, Best in Choreography, Most Energetic, and Best in Banner - with P3,000 cash prize each.

The Electric Zumba sa MassKara Champion will receive P20,000 cash and an official MassKara trophy.

The Zumba groups, together with their Zumba instructors, will perform again on the second night, Oct. 21, during the awarding ceremony.

The second day performance is called Electric Zumba sa MassKara Fun Day. The dancers will go around the Tourism Strip as they perform. This event is non-competitive and merely exhibition, and the public are invited to join.

ORIENTATION

Last Saturday, the Silver MassKara Festival Organization gathered the Zumba instructors at the Bacolod City Government Center for an orientation and to pre-register.

Zumba instructor Yasmin Pascual-Dormido, one of the organizers, and Tajanlangit briefed the Zumba instructors and leaders of the guidelines and mechanics of the competition.*
 
MassKara 2017 theme celebrates Bacolod’s role in ASEAN community- 15- September 2017
The theme of the 2017 MassKara Festival highlights the role and the place of Bacolod in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) community.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia said the theme, "Bacolod: City of Southeast Asia," means that Bacolod is not just a city of the Philippines; it now belongs to the ASEAN community.

"We will now interact with the rest of Southeast Asia," he said, referring to the economic integration of the 10-member countries.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has told Leonardia that Bacolod was the first local government to have made moves towards awareness and implementation of the ASEAN integration.

"It is time to think ASEAN when we plan for development," he added.

PARTICIPATION

Festival director Eli F. J. Tajanlangit said the MassKara theme is also in celebration of the participation of Bacolod to the Philippine hosting of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN.

Last March 21 to 24, Bacolod hosted the 15th Meeting of the ASEAN Senior Officials Responsible for Information at the SMX Convention Center.

On August 8, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) chose Bacolod as one of the 74 local government units to participate in the simultaneous ASEAN Landmark Lighting Ceremonies.

The DILG also chose the Bacolod City Government Center as one of the 50 ASEAN landmarks to be lighted simultaneously along with other landmarks in the country.

At the ceremony held at the Government Center facade, 1,000 Bacolod school children dressed in white and carrying white, lighted balloons sang the ASEAN theme and hymn.

BRIGHTER PROSPECTS

Leonardia had expressed confidence that Bacolod will have brighter prospects with the ASEAN integration.

"The integration of our country with nine other nations will mean that our horizons will widen, the playing field will be expanded, and we will have a new political and economic order," he added.*
 
MassKara choreographers undergo workshop- 13- September 2017
About 50 choreographers, who are joining this year’s MassKara Festival street and arena dance competitions, underwent a two-day creative workshop at the Bacolod City Government Center recently.

The workshop was conducted by Raymund "Rama" Marcaida, a protégé of Ligaya Amilbangsa, the 2015 Ramon Magsaysay awardee for the preservation and promotion of Pang-alay - a dance common to Asian countries.

Marcaida had studied in Bali, Indonesia to learn their dances and culture.

The theme of this year's festival is "Bacolod: City of Southeast Asia," in celebration of Bacolod’s participation to the Philippine hosting of the 50th year of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year.

The 2017 MassKara music is a fusion of the traditional, modern, and ASEAN culture.

The participants will choreograph the 11 entries for the schools category and 15 entries for the barangays category in the street and arena dance competitions on Oct. 21 and 22, respectively.

During the workshop, Philippine jazz proponent Roberto "Bob" Aves talked about the official MassKara music that he composed, arranged, and produced, in collaboration with Gerry Grey.

Rudy Reveche, streetdance committee chair, said Marcaida oriented the participants on basic Asian dance choreography, from which they created their own.

Reveche said the choreographers will use this choreography in their streetdance competition entries.

Councilor Em Ang, festival action officer, also spoke at the workshop.*
 
MassKara kiosk application starts Sept. 15- 11- September 2017
Application for kiosk operations at the Bacolod Public Plaza and the Bacolod City Government Center grounds will begin Sept. 15 on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Silver MassKara Festival Organization (SMFO), organizer of the festival, will start accepting applicants at 8:30 a.m. at the MassKara Office located at the San Juan side of the plaza, according to Ma. Carmen Vasquez, assistant festival director for Marketing and Festival Sites.

The rates at the plaza are: San Juan side-P17,000, Gonzaga side-P15,000, and Gatuslao side-P14,000. Kiosks at the Bacolod City Government Center grounds are at P20,000.

The kiosks will operate from October 1 to 22.

Applicants are required to submit residence certificate (cedula) along with their duly accomplished application forms.

Payment must be made with the bank. The MassKara Office does not accept cash or checks, just accomplished deposit slips signifying that payment has been made with the bank.

Deposit slips are available at the MassKara Office.

The qualified kiosk operators will then have an orientation on September 26 at 10 a.m. at the Bacolod Arts, Youth, and Sports Center.

For inquiries, contact the MassKara Office at (034) 432-6697.*
 
15 brgys, 11 schools joining MassKara 2017 streetdance competitions- 10- September 2017
A total of 15 barangays and 11 schools are joining the 2017 MassKara Festival street and arena dance competitions on October 21-22.

The barangays are: 5, 7, 8, 15, 18, 26, 29, 39, 40, Alijis, Banago, Mandalagan, Pahanocoy, Punta Taytay, and Tangub.

Last year’s champion was Brgy. Granada, with Brgy. Tangub as 1st runner-up, Brgy. Banago-2nd runner-up, and Brgy. Pahanocoy as 3rd runner-up.

The participating elementary schools, with one school per district, are: Banago Elementary School II (District I), Bata ES II (District II), Mabini ES (District III), Handumanan ES I (District IV), Luis Puentevella ES (District V), Education and Training Center School (ETCS)- I (District VI) and Mariano G. Medalla Integrated School (District VII).

The secondary schools, with one school per unit, are: Domingo Lacson National High School (Unit I), Romanito Maravilla NHS (Unit II), Bacolod City NHS (Unit III), and Paglaum NHS (Unit IV).

There will be separate winners for the elementary and secondary schools categories.

The streetdance schools category is a partnership between the Silver MassKara Festival Organization and the Department of Education-Division of Bacolod City.

The schools competitions will be on Oct. 21 (Saturday), while the barangay competitions will be on Oct. 22 (Sunday).

The street competition will start along Lizares-Araneta Streets at 3 p.m., while the arena competition at the Public Plaza will start at 4 p.m.

The street and arena dance competitions is one of the highlights of the annual MassKara Festival, slated Oct. 1-22 this year.*t
 
Int’l digital artist does MassKara logo- 06- September 2017
The 2017 MassKara festival logo, which is on the streamers and billboards now installed in Bacolod streets, was done by an international caliber digital artist who does character logos and illustrations for foreigners.

Mark Lester Jarmin, 33, who hails from Barangay Banago in Bacolod, considers doing this year’s MassKara logo as a fulfillment of one of his big dreams.

"I feel so honored and happy to be ticking this off my bucket list. I’m so thankful to my fellow artists and to everyone who gave me the opportunity to share my talent, and contribute to the MassKara Festival," he adds.

Jarmin specializes in character mascot design, cartoon logo identities, and web and print illustrations. His creations have been published by dozens of websites and international companies.

This is the first time we are deploying a character logo, says festival director Eli Tajanlangit, adding that the logo is expected to eventually evolve into something the city can use even beyond the MassKara.

Jarmin says the MassKara organizers gave him a project brief which contains key words from which he will create the MassKara logo.

First, it has to have an ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] flavor. And secondly, it should reflect the colorful lifestyle and culture of Bacolod.

In hindsight, Jarmin is no stranger to MassKara. He literally grew up watching the streetdance competitions every year. As a student, he used to pass through the public plaza and watch MassKara festivities.

While working at SM City Bacolod and later at Robinsons Place, Jarmin was oftentimes tasked to do the mall’s MassKara designs.

In fact, in 2008 he was tasked to design the overpass in front of Robinsons Place when it was declared "Gateway to MassKara."

It is, indeed, a long way from then and now, when he finally got his hand on the heart of the MassKara - its logo.*
 
Global artist creates MassKara 2017 music- 04- September 2017
Bacolod-born musical artist Roberto "Bob" Aves-acknowledged as the leading proponent of Philippine jazz-composed, arranged and produced this year’s MassKara streetdance music.

With the festival theme "Bacolod: City of Southeast Asia," this year’s MassKara music "is a fusion of the traditional, modern, and ASEAN culture. We tried to universalize our culture to create a global impact," Aves added.

The music will be officially launched next week.

 "It shows how ASEAN music can blend naturally with our traditional music. And as a global piece, it can weave naturally with popular Western genres," Aves said.

A graduate of Don Bosco Technical Institute in Victorias City, Aves finished college at the University of the Philippines College of Music, before he went on to study and complete his Bachelor’s Degree of Music, major in Composition from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

He studied jazz orchestra under Herb Pomeroy and Phil Wilson. His jazz arrangements and compositions have been performed and recorded by the prestigious Berklee Concert Band and Phil Wilson’s Dues Band.

Now home in Bacolod from studying and working abroad and in Manila, Aves’ contribution to local music is the development of Philippine jazz, an inter-cultural music of southeast Asian and western-colonial heritage which created a unique jazz identity.

His works also include musical scores for documentaries and independent films shown in international film festivals such as the Sundance Film Festival, Montreal Film Festivals, New York International Film festival and special collaborative projects with traditional and international artists for small ensembles to full orchestra, theater and music for contemporary dance.

Collaborating with Grace Nono, their music group has performed in international music festivals like the Womad in Yokohama, Music Village in UK, HK Festival of Asian Arts, Singapore Arts Festival, 2005 World Exposition in Aichi, Japan, Berlin House of World Cultures, Barcelona-Madrid Asian Festival, and Naning Folk Festival, China where they have presented their brand of Filipino-world music.

Aves said that the MassKara 2017 music "transforms our traditional music for the global stage."

"The inter-cultural dialog of our rich musical heritage, the inter-mixture of our ASEAN musical flavors, and the beat of electronic dance music defines our MassKara cultural innovation," he explained.

The music is divided into three parts. The introduction, Part 1, is an "inter-cultural dialog," a mix of ethnic sounds from our indigenous culture: Tongatong (bamboo instruments) of Kalinga, voice ad libs called "Tata" by Panay Bukidnon, Palawan bamboo and gong counter rhythm, Babandir gongs of Maguindanao, and big Taiko drum accents from Japan (Asian).

The main theme or the "street dancing" is Part 2 and features our evolution "from tradition to global transformation" with the use of Electronic Dance Music style, vocal tracks by JoAnn Bernal, Jet Estefani, Tim dela Rama, and Christian Morales, and "Tata" from the Panay Bukidnon.

"I have to point out that the indigenous styles we incorporated into the piece are true, culturally correct pieces. It was not a shot in the dark. These are the real instruments that they use, the real music that they use - that's what I applied," Aves stressed.

Part 3 is "ASEAN Integration" featuring various ASEAN musical flavors, hip hop by Christian Morales, Maguindanao Kulintang excerpts, and Negros "Afro-Cuban" beats.

Part 4 is a recap of the main theme for street-dancing.

Gerry Grey, who also did previous MassKara music, co-produced the 2017 piece.*
 
Mayor re-appoints SMFO to organize MassKara 2017- 30-July 2017
Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia has re-appointed the Silver MassKara Festival Organization, (SMFO) Inc. to organize and manage this year’s MassKara Festival, now on its 38th year.

Leonardia had also designated the SMFO as organizer of the MassKara Festival from 2004 to 2012, and 2016. The practice of having a private group run this activity started in the early 1980s as conceived by then mayor Jose "Digoy" Montalvo.

Leonardia signed Executive Order No. 23 on July 20, 2017 designating the SMFO, headed by Eli Francis Tajanlangit as chairman and president, to "manage, direct, oversee, supervise, implement, market, and decide all activities of the 2017 MassKara Festival in coordination with the Office of the City Mayor." Tajanlangit had been the MassKara festival director from 2004 to 2012 and also last year.

In his EO, Leonardia said it has been a practice of his administration to pursue the MassKara Festival as a public-private partnership, with SMFOI as a long-time partner. The mayor said the SMFOI had "successfully managed the previous yearsñ MassKara celebrations and had indeed rebuilt the MassKara Festival" by adding the Electric MassKara and the Balik Bacolod Program.

The SMFO has also re-engineered the MassKara to become a world-class festival, and was recognized in 2012 by the National Geographic as "One of the 12 Must-Do Things in the World in October," and by CNN as "One of the 12 Best Things in the Philippine" for the month of October.

"To ensure another successful celebration, it is deemed fitting and necessary to tap the substantial expertise and experience of several individuals and consultants composing the SMFOI as the partner of the City Government in managing and directing the festival," the mayor said in his order.

The MassKara Festival has been a permanent annual affair of the City of Bacolod pursuant to City Ordinance No. 33 series of 1987. Leonardia said the MassKara Festival is a mission for, and a commitment to the people of Bacolod, visitors and tourists that should be sustained and also be elevated to higher levels, being the city’s biggest and most popular festival.*
 
     

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October 19-20, 2017
SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2017

TIME: 6AM-5PM
EVENT: 8th MassKara Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament
VENUE: Neg.Occ. Golf & Country Club

TIME: 6PM-11PM
EVENT: Bacolod for Jesus (Ongoing until Oct. 21)
VENUE: BCGC Grounds

TIME: 7:00PM
EVENT: MassKara Queen Coronation Night
VENUE: La Proa Ballroom, L’Fisher Hotel

TIME: 11:00PM
EVENT: Sadya ang MassKara with Mayor Bing Nat’l Fireworks Display Competitions
VENUE: Bacolod Public Plaza

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017

TIME: 6AM-5PM
EVENT: 8th MassKara Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament
VENUE: Neg.Occ. Golf & Country Club

TIME: 2PM-6PM
EVENT: CPU-CA Volleyball
VENUE: BAYS Center

TIME: 3PM-7 PM
EVENT: Mayor Bing Leonardia-United Promotion Amateur Boxing Development Program
VENUE: Brgy. Granada Gym

TIME: 4PM-6PM
EVENT: Jollibee Jollitown Events
VENUE: BCGC Grounds

TIME: 5:00PM
EVENT: Electric MassKara
VENUE: Tourism Strip
-Electric Fitness Dance Showcase
-Electric MassKara Performing Floats Competition
- Street Parties

TIME: 6:00PM
EVENT: Bombo Radyo Phil., Dance Showdown Competition
VENUE: Bacolod Public Plaza

TIME: 7:00PM
EVENT: Tanda! 3rd Weekly Finals
VENUE: Bacolod Public Plaza

TIME: 7:00PM
EVENT: San Miguel Night feat. "Rivermaya"
VENUE: Public Plaza (San Juan St.)

TIME: 11:00PM
EVENT: Sadya ang MassKara with Mayor Bing Nat’l Fireworks Display Competitions
VENUE: Bacolod Tourism Strip

 
 

 
 
 
             
             
                 
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