MassKara, Charter Day celebrations launched-A A +A
Friday, August 30, 2013
THE City Government of Bacolod and the newly-formed Kasadya Bacolod Foundation, Inc. officially launched the 20-day fun-packed 33rd MassKara festival and 75th Charter Day anniversary celebration Thursday at the grand lobby of the Bacolod Government Center.
Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella; Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya; Councilor Jocelle Sigue; the City Council chairman of the Committee on Art, Culture and History and co-convenor of BRILIANTE; and newly-appointed Festival Director who also sits as the foundation president Rhoderick Samonte laid down the preparation for the grand celebration from October 1 to 20.
Puentevella said this year's celebration is so special because this marks the diamond year of Bacolod.
He said he invites President Benigno Aquino III to come any day within the festival period to grace the celebration.
The guest of honor and speaker for the 75th Charter Day anniversary celebration is business magnate Manuel "Manny" Pangilinan, the mayor’s good friend.
Puentevella said he will also request the Office of the President to move the public holiday which falls on October 19 to October 21, to give Bacolodnons a rest day out of the 20-day fun and merry-making.
The festival sites are at the Bacolod Reclamation area, Paglaum Sports complex, Lacson Street and Araneta Street (downtown area).
The public plaza will no longer be used as drinking hub, but a venue for musical concerts and exhibits.
ShoeMart has allowed the city the full use of their area at the Reclamation area.
Bay Walk Entertainment Center will be an added attraction wherein the city will grant them a special permit for the whole October for tourists, guests, and residents to appreciate the celebration by the sea side.
Baywalk will be opened to local producers to showcase their products.
The Association of the Negros Producers will be asked to sell their products along with other sellers at Baywalk.
Baywalk will be an added attraction, thus he will ask the Council to give Baywalk a chance to show its worth as a recreation center, the mayor said.
The 61 barangays will also have their respective booths at the Reclamation area to also showcase the products being produced in their respective villages.
Sigue said the MassKara Festival was conceptualized to celebrate the cityhood of Bacolod.
It was born out of the ingenuity and creativity of the local artists.
The father of MassKara Festival, Ely Santiago, will be honored during the Charter day anniversary on October 19 and his family will be invited to receive the honor, Puentevella said.
Gasataya said the Council is ready to support the needs of the city to bring the success of the festival and Charter day anniversary.
Wearing masks, a must
Samonte said that in this year's MassKara festival, they are enjoining everyone to participate in the celebration by wearing a mask or even do face painting to create a festive MassKara atmosphere that is truly Bacolod.
This will be a MassKara festival with a widest sectoral participation.
All festival sites will be Wi-Fi ready in order to saturate the social media presence of the MassKara Festival.
MassKara Festival will be simply world-class. With the advent of the powerful social media, anybody can just upload their pictures immediately to the net which is an added promotions of Bacolod through the festival, he said.
One Big Smile of unity
This is a celebration of unity in the midst of adversity, thus, everyone is enjoined to wear one big smile of unity for the good of the city and its people.
They will also create a world record of the Boodle fight in the morning of October 19, organizers said.
The famous Electric MassKara will still be held at the Lacson Tourism strip.
There will be a countdown on October 18 to welcome with revelry the 75th Charter Day anniversary celebration of Bacolod.
The MassKara Queen and the streetdance competitions will be a must-see events during the MassKara festival.
Puentevella also announced that his son Rocky who used to work with ABS-CBN Manila for eight years will actively participate in the organization of this year's festival.
The Bacolod City Police Office, the Philippine Army, the Philippine Navy and others will be serving the MassKara festival to ensure a crime-free festival.
Police and other enforcement units will be highly visible in all of the festival sites, Puentevella said.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 30, 2013.