Routes of MassKara Festival street dance changed

Routes of MassKara Festival street dance changed

The routes for this year's MassKara Festival street and arena dance competition was changed by the Bacolod Yuhum Foundation Inc., organizer of the MassKara Festival, as requested by Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, Maria Ester "Mate” Espina, spokesperson of the foundation, said Wednesday, October 4.

Espina said the street dance will start from Araneta Street towards the Paglaum Sports Complex on October 22.

This comes after the foundation earlier announced that the street dance will start from SM City Mall towards the Paglaum Sports Complex, which will affect at least 17 routes of public utility jeepneys (PUJs).

Espina said the mayor suggested to the foundation that they make the street dance simple and ensure that it will not affect the operation of the PUJs.

She said the dancers will assemble along Araneta Street at 12 p.m. and parade towards the Paglaum Sports Complex.

The arena competition will start at 2 p.m.

Major Junjie Liba, head of Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO), said that the representative of the foundation informed him that they changed the routes for the street dance on October 22.

He said the dancers will assemble at Gonzaga Street and head towards Araneta Street and Paglaum Sports Complex.

He added that the new routes of the street dance will not affect the operation of the PUJs, unlike the previous proposal.

Liba noted that they will only implement traffic rerouting for the PUJs starting at 12 p.m.

Aside from Araneta Street, Liba said they will also implement a road closure on Lacson Street from October 16 to 22.

He said they will implement full road closure at Ramos Street and North Capitol Road from 3 p.m. to 5 a.m. on the following day.

He added that the proposed traffic plan was already forwarded to the foundation for the approval of the City Mayor's Office and issuance of permit from the Bacolod Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO).*

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