The contingent of Brgy. 17 grabbed the championship crown in the 2012 MassKara Festival street and arena dance competitions at the Bacolod public plaza last night.
Bested 14 other participants, Brgy. 17 was the last performer in the arena competition, and its sterling performance served as the show’s finale. It won a MassKara trophy and a cash prize of P100,000.
Aside from the championship title, Brgy. 17 was adjudged Best in Mask, Best in Concept and Best in Choreography. The winning barangay is under barangay captain Rogelio Pabiania Jr., and was choreographed by Segundo Jesus Cabalcar Jr., the winningest choreographer in the 33-year history of the MassKara Festival.
Cabalcar also designed the mask and costumes of Brgy. 17, which was last year’s first runner-up in the streetdancing competitions.
Winning first runner-up last night was Brgy. Cabug, under barangay captain Juan Zonuel Malayang and choreographed by Glenn Recaido, who also designed the mask and costumes. Brgy. Cabug won P75,000 as cash prize.
Second runner-up was Brgy. 6 with P50,000 cash prize, third runner-up was Brgy. 32 with P30,000, and fourth runner-up was Brgy. Alijis with P20,000. Brgy. Alijis won Best in Costume, which was designed by Emile June Bantolo.
Judging the arena competition at the Bacolod public plaza were Julius Sollesta, member of the Karilagan Dance Theater and choreographer of the 23rd SEA (Southeast Asian Games opening ceremonies in Bacolod; Larry Gabao, president of Philippine Folk Dance Society; and Paul Morales, independent filmmaker and theater director.
Judging the street dance along Araneta St. were ID Acaylar, former festival director of Kadayawan sa Davao; Sonny Villares, producer of Ms. Zamboanga Beauty Pageant; and Kenneth Fernandez, senior counselor of the United States Department of State Cultural exchange program.
The street performance, comprising 50 percent of the total score, was judged based on dance consistency, choreography, performance, and production design; while the arena performance, comprising the other 50 percent, was judged based on concept, choreography, performance , and production design.*