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MassKara Festival 2017

Bacolod City, Philippines

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December 7, 2017
[caption id="attachment_16890" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Photo of first prize winner, Jerome Batain of Agdao, Davao.[/caption] The entry of Jerome Batain of Agdao, Davao bested 60 other Read more »
October 23, 2017
TANDA! Sing Na, Dance Pa Singing: Champion: THERESE BEATRIZ 1st Runner Up: LIFT JOHN DEMONTEVERDE 2nd Runner Up: RONALYN DELA CRUZ Dance Duo: Champion: JOHN CARL GUZMAN AND RENZEL Read more »
October 23, 2017
  Champion: Barangay 18 Best in Costume: Barangay 18 Best in Choreography: Barangay 18 Best in Mask: Barangay 18 Best in Concept: Barangay 18   1st Runner Up: Barangay Read more »
October 23, 2017
ELEMENTARY LEVEL CHAMPION - Apolinario Mabini Elementary School Best in Choreography - Apolinario Mabini Elementary School Best in Concept - Apolinario Mabini Elementary School Best in Read more »
October 22, 2017
Champion: Brgy. 22 Trophy + P50,000 1st runner-up: Brgy. 5 Trophy + P30,000 2nd runner-up: Brgy Singcang-Airport Trophy + Read more »
October 21, 2017
DRUMBEATING. Barangay Pahanocoy drumbeating group bagged the first place during the MassKara Drumbeating Competition Grand Finals Thursday [Oct.19], as part of the 38th MassKara Festival.* Read more »
October 20, 2017
    Zumba enthusiasts joined the First Electric Zumba sa MassKara which opened the first night of the Electric MassKara at the Bacolod Tourism Strip Friday night (October 20). Read more »
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Schedule of Events

Click here to view the complete list of Schedule of Events
    Oct. 1
    Sunday, 6 PM

    Festival Opening

    Bacolod Public Plaza
    Bacolod Public Plaza Opening of Food and Beer Kiosk Parade of 2016 winners Street Dance, Drumbeating, Fantasy Costume Show, Fireworks, parade around the plaza Learn more »
    Oct. 2 to 21
    Nightly w/ Weekly Grand Finals Winners

    Tanda! Sing Na, Dance Pa!

    Bacolod Public Plaza
    Singing and dancing contests among school and barangay contestants Learn more »
    Oct. 7 to 22
    Nightly | Opening Rites: 6pm Oct 7, 2017

    Magical MassKara

    Fountain Area, BGC Grounds
    An installation art featuring 4 floating tableaus of MassKara dancers done by four Bacolod artists: Emiljune "Tata" Bantolo; Joedem Casabuena, Segundo Jesus "Panoy" Cabalcar, Jr.; William G Bangcaya, Jr. Bamboo Tonogbanua, curator. OPENING RITES: OCT. 7, 6 PM Learn more »
    Oct. 7
    Saturday, 9 PM

    MassKara Red Party

    BGC Grounds
    A party will rock at the BGC Grounds open to 18 years and above. Free tickets available starting October 2 with Israel Salanga at FB account isingsalanga Learn more »
    Oct. 10, 11, 12
    7 PM

    Nights of Mardi Gras

    Bacolod Public Plaza
    Wear the grandest Mardi Gras Fantasy Costume celebrating Masskara 2017. Learn more »
    Oct. 19
    7 PM

    MassKara Queen

    L'fisher Hotel
    Beauty Pageant. 10 Candidates Learn more »
    Oct. 17, 18, 19
    7 PM

    MassKara Drumbeating Contest

    Bacolod Public Plaza
    Semi professional drum beating groups compete for three nights with a parade around the public plaza. Learn more »
    Oct. 20 & 21
    5 PM

    Electric Zumba sa MassKara

    Tourism Strip, Lacson St.
    Electric Zumba sa MassKara Learn more »
    Oct. 21, 22
    4 PM

    Merry Making

    Araneta-Lizares Sts. to Public Plaza
    Groups usually representing companies, parade after the last of the MassKara dance contingents have taken off. Learn more »

Festival Highlights

    Sadya ang MassKara with Mayor Bing

    National Fireworks Display Competition
    A contest among 10 fireworks manufacturers from different parts of the Philippines
    Oct 19
    11 PM
    Bacolod Public Plaza
    Oct 20
    11 PM
    Tourism Strip
    Oct 21
    11 PM
    Tourism Strip
    Oct 22
    11 PM
    BGC Grounds Winners Showdown
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    Street Dance and Arena Competitions

    Araneta-Lizares Sts. to Public Plaza
    The grand MassKara parade featuring 11 schools and 15 barangays competiting for prizes in this dance contest of masked and costumed participants. Special prices for the best in costumes.
    Oct. 21
    3 PM
    Schools Category
    Oct. 23
    3 PM
    Barangay Category
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    Electric MassKara

    Bacolod Tourism Strip [2nd St. to Lacson North Drive]
    Oct. 20, 21, 22
    Opens at 5 PM
    Oct. 20, 21
    5 PM
    Electric Zumba sa MassKara

    At least 10 Zumba groups in electric outfits will fill the strip in an attempt to hold the longest Zumba party ever.

    Oct. 20, 21
    7 PM
    Electric MassKara Performing Floats Competition

    Electric MassKara Performing Floats

    Two major and 1 minor concert stages will have live music which will be relayed in LE screens throughout the strip.

    Learn more »
Click here to view the complete list of Schedule of Events

About the Logo

For the first time in its 38 years, the MassKara Festival is using a character-logo, one that pays tribute to the MassKara dancer. Indeed, the logo is a character rendered as a stylized MassKara dancer, with the national colors of the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations members in its
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About the theme

“Bacolod, City of Southeast Asia” celebrates the city’s participation in the Philippine hosting of the ASEAN summit, even as I emphasizes its membership in the regional aggrupation. It is also a declaration that the city now looks beyond the Philippine borders, and out into the ASEAN
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Born at a time of crisis and mourning, the MassKara Festival is our people’s collective declaration that no adversity nor difficulty will bring us down.

This year's theme underscores our membership in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, to remind us all that henceforth, all our development efforts have to be geared towards the wider world of Southeast Asia and the rest of the planet.

The MassKara is at once a celebration as well as a renewal of the values we hold dear: an annual festivity that celebrates who we are and what we hope to be.

Welcome to the 38th MassKara festival. Kari na!

Mayor Evelio R Leonardia

From Oct. 1 to 22, Bacolod opens its doors to the world. For three weeks, we shall have street parties, singing and dancing in the streets, fireworks and a lot more as we celebrate the 38th MassKara Festival.

While these fiesta activities showcase the dynamic lifestyle Bacolenos are known for, they also celebrate the artistry of our people – from performing artists to visual artists, musicians, mask makers, costume designers and even culinary artists.

Kari sa Bacolod! Dala sang Maskara!

Vice-Mayor El Cid Familiaran

I join our people in celebrating the 38th MassKara festival and welcoming our friends from other parts of the Philippines and the world.

With pride, we open our doors to the world to showcase the best of what our city can offer: our food, culture, the festival and of course our smiles.

Welcome to MassKara and welcome to Bacolod!

Rep. Greg Gasataya

In the last 38 years, the MassKara has grown from a simple people’s celebration of hope to become a major tourism plank for Bacolod as people from the rest of the country and even the world came to join us.

This year, the MassKara assumes an even more interesting dimension: it is the first one we are celebrating under an unprecedented unity we did not have for a long time.

Indeed, as we celebrate the resilient spirit of our people, we are also happy to celebrate the many blessings that have been showered on us, not the least of which is the new found unity among us.

Councilor Em Ang
MassKara 2017 Action Officer