BACOLOD City officials, with the Silver MassKara Festival Organization (SMFO), launched on Thursday, Sept. 22, the official music and logo of the 37th MassKara Festival themed “Bacolod: Back on Track,” at the lobby of the Bacolod Government Center.
This year’s MassKara Festival will be held from October 1 to 23, the longest festival celebration so far.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia said Bacolodnons are looking forward to an enhanced and much-improved MassKara celebration this year.
He added that his administration considers the MassKara Festival as mission and a commitment to the people of Bacolod and its visitors and tourists.
“For many years now, it has been the practice of the Leonardia administration to pursue the MassKara Festival as a public-private partnership. While it is best that the festival is in partnership with the private sector, the City government should take a more active and direct role in the joint pursuit of a successful festival,” he added.
Councilor Em Ang, action officer of MassKara Festival, said the logo’s smiling mask, representing the present Bacolod, is rendered as a cheerful sun, the Bacolodnons’ hopes and aspirations.
It can also be viewed as a bird in flight, gentle but strong in Bacolod’s desire to reach her dreams, she added.
The MassKara music is also composed of Hiligaynon songs.
Representative Greg Gasataya said this will be the grandest MassKara Festival ever as he vowed to continue his support to the Leonardia administration’s initiatives.
Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said the MassKara is not only the festival of the city officials, but the festival of everyone.
“Let us cooperate and participate for the success of the festival,” he said.
Leonardia also appealed to the public to cooperate with security checks while going around the festival sites.
“Let us cooperate for our own safety. Policemen will strictly implement security measures to ensure a safe MassKara Festival. It is better to be safe than sorry,” Leonardia said.
“The appeal is not to scare people, but to assure that we are doing everything to avoid untoward incidents,” the mayor added.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 23, 2016.
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