Seventy-three giant MassKara puppets will add colors and fun to the 33rd MassKara Festival.
The puppets, each standing between 12-foot to 14-foot tall and with unique design and personality, are created by all 808 students of the La Consolacion College—School of Architecture, Fine Arts and Interior Design (ARFIEN).
Last year, the LCC-ARFIEN also joined the festival with their 50 giant MassKara puppets.
This year, the giant puppets have corresponding miniature replicas, which are on exhibit at the LCC campus at the Rizal main gate from Oct. 6 to 21, from 8 a.m. to 8 p. m. with free admission.
The exhibit is part of the three-day MassKara Art Weekend on Oct. 5 to 7.
LCC ARFIEN dean Architect Rialino Alisbo said the giant MassKara puppets will have a parade on Oct. 15, at 3 p.m. from the Provincial Capitol Lagoon to the Bacolod public plaza, where they will have an awarding ceremony.
On Oct. 19, which is the first night of the Electric MassKara, the giant puppets will join the opening parade at the Tourism Strip
On Oct. 21, Sunday, the giant MassKara puppets will perform as a non-competing entry in the streetdance competition barangay category at the Bacolod public plaza. Before the arena performance at the plaza, they will parade from Sacred Heart Seminary (Lupit Church) going to the plaza.
On the night of Oct. 21, the third night of the Electric MassKara, they will join again the parade at the Tourism Strip starting 6 p.m.
Festival director Eli F. J. Tajanlangit said the participation of LCC
ARFIEN, through the giant MassKara puppets, has “expanded the visual dimension of the festival.”
Tajanlangit said the MassKara Festival has become successful because of the active support of Bacolod artists. In fact, he said, most of the artists involved in the MassKara for nine years now, come from LCC ARFIEN Department.
A press conference was held yesterday (Oct. 4) of LCC giant MassKara puppets at the school’s lobby, where miniature replicas are on exhibit.
Also present were Bacolod Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson, LCC vice president for finance Sr. Jennifer Dela Cruz, LCC ARFIEN dean Architect Rialino Alisbo, Fine Arts Department head Dr. Antonio Tejado.
Watching the press conference were LCC ARFIEN students who were very proud of their art works.*