This was stressed by Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia Tuesday, May 7, lauded the MassKara Festival dancers after they were declared the “best foreign group” at the 2019 Daegu Colorful Festival in Daegu City, South Korea on Sunday.
“We are truly proud of our MassKara Festival,” the mayor said.
Leonardia said this is such a momentous event for the MassKara Festival and it also proves that the MassKara dancers are indeed world-class and of export quality as they are in demand internationally.”
““I congratulate our MassKara dancers and choreographers for this recent feat. The MassKara dancers are our tourism treasure,” Leonardia said.
He said this enhances the attraction and image of our very own MassKara Festival.
The MassKara contingent bested 21 other groups in the Foreign category, and took home 7 million Korean won or about P312,000 in prize money.
Daegu is a city nestled in the North Gyeongsang Province in South Korea, with the perfect mix of traditional culture and contemporary charm.
It is home to some of Korea’s coolest festivals including the annual Colorful Daegu Festival with a variety of events that highlight the Colorful Parade which feature cheerful music, spectacular and very colorful performance groups.
Daegu City Mayor Kwon Youngjin had invited the MassKara dancers to join the 2019 Daegu Colorful Festival, when he met with Leonardia, Councilors Em Ang and Cindy Rojas in Daegu City last February.
Kwon was joined by some city council members and city department directors during the meeting, where they also discussed opportunities for cooperation between Daegu and Bacolod cities.
The meeting was the first of its kind since a Memorandum of Understanding between Bacolod and Seogu District of Daegu Metropolitan City in 2012.
Six months ago, the MassKara Festival dancers also won the bronze medal at the 2018 World Mask Dance Competition, one of the highlights of the Andong Mask Dance Festival, held in Andong City, South Korea on September 28 to October 7, 2018.
The MassKara dancers who competed in Daegu City were choreographed by Segundo Jesus “Panoy” Cabalcar, the winningest choreographer in the history of the MassKara Festival.
They were accompanied by Ang, chairperson of the City Council committee on tourism and action officer of the MassKara Festival and executive assistant Tere Manalili.
The overall champion of the 2019 Daegu Colorful Festival is Force Dance Company of Buan Art Center.
Buan is a province in Korea. They had more than 100 dancers who performed during the competition.
The two-day Daegu Colorful Festival had a total of 86 participating groups, with 4,600 performers, 73 competing teams, 13 non-competing groups, and 22 foreign teams.
This year’s Colorful Dance parade included international teams from Japan, China, Russia, Taiwan, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and more, as well as, domestic teams totalling over 5,000 participants, making it Asia’s biggest street parade.