BACOLOD City Mayor Evelio Leonardia announced Monday that the 2016 MassKara Festival will be
held from October 1 to 23, the longest festival celebration so far.
"I know this is something that so many had been waiting for. The discussion and preparation even
started long before we assumed office, particularly after we won the elections," he said.
Leonardia said he believes the people had anticipated this celebration with a high expectations.
"We will reclaim the MassKara Festival back to the people where it belongs," said Eli Francis
Tajanlangit, festival director, and chairman of the Silver MassKara Festival Organization Inc.
Tajanlangit said the major activities of the festival will be for free.
"In Lacson Street, we are not going to charge for spaces there, except for the space in front of the
Capitol Lagoon which is going to be for corporate alley," he said.
The spaces in front of the Lacson Street buildings will be controlled by the building owners, and
operators will pay only for permits which is for garbage and security, he added.
Tajanlangit also said the inclusion of events in the MassKara calendar is for free as long as these do not
run-counter to the festival's activities.
"As per order by Mayor Leonardia, we are giving this festival back to our people because this is for the
people," he said.
The Silver MassKara Committee identified three festival sites - the Bacolod Public Plaza, Bacolod City
Government Center, and the Tourism Strip at Lacson Street.
On October 1, the festival will open for the carnival site and kiosks at the public plaza and the beer
garden from San Juan Street, Gonzaga Street, and Gatuslao Street. On October 23, there will be a
grand fireworks display.
On October 20, a major activity added is the "Sadya ang MassKara with Mayor Bing (SMB)," an
invitational fireworks competition which will run for three days.
The Silver MassKara Committee will also hold a consultative meeting on August 4 for the barangays
and choreographers who are interested to join the MassKara street dance competition which will be
limited to only 15 entries.
The Department of Education will have their own sets of rules for schools category with three entries
for elementary and four for high schools.
The schools category competition will be held on October 22, and the barangay category, on the
Tajanlangit said the dance arena will also be back at the public plaza after it was held last year at the
Pagla-um Sports Complex.
The MassKara pageant will be held at the University of St. La Salle.