A student of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) won the grand prize in the MassKara Festival Nights of Mardi Gras fantasy costume contest Thursday night (Oct. 11) at the Bacolod public plaza.
Ismael Jallorina, 23, a second year Civil Engineering student of UNO-R, wins P15,000 cash prize with his octopus-inspired fantasy costume, and modeled by his cousin Nochie Jallorina.
Winning first runner-up with P10,000 cash prize is Ed-je Simbajon, with his theme “Aqua Man.” Owin Presente was second runner-up with a cash prize of P5,000 with his peacock-inspired metallic costume.
The rest of the Top 10 received P1,000 in cash each.
Jallorina, who hails from Brgy. Vilamonte in Bacolod, said it took him a week to create the costume made of indigenous materials like rubber slice, fruit seeds, plastic spoons, coffee beans, and corn stalks.
Judging the contest for three nights were streetdance committee chairman Rudy Reveche, Harold Limbo and Marigold Tupaz of ABS-CBN, and Dr. Adrian Torres.
The Nights of Mardi Gras is a partnership between ABS-CBN and MOR 101.5 and the Silver MassKara Festival Organization.
Fifty participants dressed in fantasy costumes and masks sashayed on stage and romped around the Bacolod public plaza on the first night of the Mardi Gras last Oct. 9. The list was trimmed down to 30 for the second and third performance nights.
The Nights of Mardi Gras has expanded the festival to a larger creative dimension, Reveche said.*