Thousands of revelers from around the country and across the world join Bacoleños as they celebrate the MassKara Festival. Here are the seven highlights of the festival:
Watch colorful masked dancers take to the streets to dance to the music and drum beats, to celebrate life and its abundant blessings to their city.
Venue: From Libertad-Araneta Sts. to Bacolod Public Plaza
Time: 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
October 20 (Sat): School category (11 schools)
October 21 (Sun): Barangay category (15 barangays)
For three nights—Oct. 19, 20, and 21, the whole 18-block Tourism Strip along Lacson St. will be converted into one giant street party, with at least 8 music stations all over.
The Electric MassKara is considered one of the country’s happiest and longest street parties, with the entire Tourism Strip jam-packed with partygoers.
Oct. 19 (Fri) 9 pm Pagkilitaay, Pakitaay: Bacolod’s Treasures Descend at The Tourism Strip. A Parade of lighted floats and characters that will kick off 7 p.m. from different parts of the city and meet at the Strip at 9 p.m.
Oct. 20 (Sat) 9:00 pm Electric MassKara Performing Float Competitions begin at the Strip, from Rizal St., where it will take off at 7 p.m.
10:30 p.m. Cosplay on the Glow with ABS-CBN: Parade of lighted cosplayers
Oct. 21 (Sun) 7:00 pm Winners’ Showdown for Electric MassKara float competition
Full cast of LCC MassKara Puppets
MASSKARA ART SHOWS
Launched during the MassKara Art Weekend on Oct. 5 to 7, these shows are ongoing:
Majica MassKara 9: Ang Bukid kag Baybay. Now at Panasiatic Solutions Call Center and Gaisano City Mall
Art is MassKara: Miniatures of the LCC Giant MassKara Puppets and works of the school’s alumni @Ground Floor, LCC Rizal Main Gate
Giant MassKara logo, done by 9 visual artists, ongoing at Robinson’s City Walk. The letters will be distributed to 8 different venues on Oct. 11
Launched in 2004, Majica MassKara is an annual art event of the festival that showcases the thriving art scene of Bacolod
This year’s Majica MassKara, dubbed, “Ang Bukid kag Baybay sa Bacolod (The Mountain and the Sea in Bacolod)” has been unveiled at the Bacolod public plaza Oct. 5.
Two lighted floats carrying figures of “sea and mountain creatures” highlights the geographical gift of Bacolod as a city where the mountains and the seas meet. The floats are now at Panasiatic Solutions call center and Gaisano City Mall until Oct. 18
GIANT MASSKARA PUPPETS
One of the latest features of the MassKara Festival – giant MassKara puppets each standing between 12 and 14 feet tall with unique designs and personalities, and created by the students of the La Consolacion College- School of Architecture, Fine Arts and Interior Design.
Oct. 15, Monday, at 3 p.m. Parade from the Provincial Capitol Lagoon to the Bacolod public plaza.
On Oct. 19, Friday Giant puppets will join the opening parade at the Tourism Strip.
On Oct. 21, Sunday, 73 of these giant MassKara puppets will lead the streetdance competition barangay category at the Bacolod public plaza. They will parade from Sacred Heart Seminary (Lupit Church) going to the plaza.
At 6 p.m., they will join the parade at the Tourism Strip starting 6 p.m.
TANDA! SING NA, DANCE PA!
“Tandậ! Sing Na, Dance Pa!The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition” is meant to showcase the many talents of the 61 Bacolod barangays.
In partnership with the Liga ng mga Barangay, this inter-barangay competition will have two categories—vocal solo and solo dance—which will be held every night at 8:30 from Oct. 2 to 22 at the Bacolod public plaza.
Also called “The MassKara Dance Showdown,” this activity is aimed at highlighting another breed of dancers who wear low-tech masks. Grand finals will be on Oct. 22, 8 p.m. at the public plaza.
MASSKARA QUEEN 2012
The MassKara Queen pageant is organized by ABS-CBN. Coronation Night will be on Oct. 18, 7 p.m. at the University of Saint La Salle coliseum.