16 local artists design MassKara 2016 trophies
This year’s MassKara trophies, that will be awarded to winners of various major events of the festival, were created and painted by Bacoleño and Negrense artists.
Some of them were also the same artists who designed the trophies in previous years, when the festival was handled by the Silver MassKara Festival Organization (SMFO), also this year’s festival organizer.
What’s more, it’s not just one or two, but 16 artists who designed this year’s trophies. Each artist was assigned two trophies, while some got three. Altogether, they designed 33 trophies.
Dubbed the “MassKara 16,” the artists painted on similar wooden form that was created by Charlie Co, who was the first artist to do the hand-crafted and hand-painted MassKara trophies in 2006.
Since then, different local artists would paint on the same wooden form carved as a sun and boat—symbols from the story of the MassKara Festival.
Festival director Eli Francis Tajanlangit said the trophies are a concrete expression of the support of the local artistic community for the MassKara festival.
We hope to institutionalize this to remind everyone that local artists serve as the soul of this festival, he stressed.
The “MassKara 16” are JayR Delleva, Hilario Campos III, Susanito Sarnate, Roderick Tijing, Junjun Montelibano, Alan Ong, Mark Espuerta, Daryl Feril, Francine Varcas, Barry Cervantes, Jovito Hecita, Darel Javier, Karina Gonzaga, Frelan Gonzaga, Roedil Geraldo, and Mikiboy Pama.
Each artist made their own paintings on the trophies. Here are their concept.
The trophies designed by Ong played with different colors that represent the different barangays of Bacolod. The paper boats represent travel and journey of the MassKara Festival and the fish speaks about how the festival goes with the flow.
Feril’s designs look like building blocks. These blocks represent the different personalities which make up a community.
A “sense of earthliness” is what Varcas is going for. She said the colorful festival should not forget the treasures of the Negros Island.
His design has a hand, a sun and a plant. The hand represents the hand of an artist and the involvement of art in the festival. The plant blooms which represents the progress of the city, and the sun represents the smile despite the struggle that the people have been facing since the start.
HILARIO CAMPOS III
A certified lover of underwater creature, Camps designed his trophy with coral reefs to represent the colorful MassKara Festival.
His trophies represent the Bacoleños crying colorful tears with the same spirit as that of a tiger.
The La Carlota native’s trophy has a mask in the middle of the sun and a bunch of sugarcane. The mask and the sun both represent light and smile which also equate to hope. The sugarcane simply represents Bacolod.
The charcoal-like painting on the trophy represents the smiling faces of Bacolenos, the ‘banderitas’ represents the festival, and the black and white checkered design represents Bacolod City.
His design symbolizes the current situation of the country: a person riding a bicycle with a mask on hand and the head covered with an umbrella. The use of the mask is a way of showing others that everything is okay despite the struggles and riding the bicycle shows that whatever happens, everything must keep going. The paint drippings also represent the colorful sheds of blood.
The design is simple—colorful on the front and plain black at the back. Geraldo describes his trophy as a representation of life—that everything must be balanced, like light and darkness.
Pama’s design is very minimal—he only used the colors red and white but highlighted the eyes and the smile. The colors symbolize the political and economic status of the country.
The eyes and the smile were used to show that whatever is happening, sometimes, we just “disregard what we see and smile.” The triangular head also symbolizes the different levels of our society.
His trophy shows his signature piece as a visual artist, and the mask symbolizes the festival of Bacolod as “The City of Smiles.”
Mark’s design represents the people of Bacolod. According to Mark, “Hiding under those masks and smiles are people with hearts of gold—they are not easily defeated, smiling amidst tragedy, and laughing at struggle and hardships.”
The design of trophies he painted symbolizes the people of Bacolod and how they stay happy. He believes that happiness is not the absence of struggles but the ability of dealing and overcoming them.
The use of flaglets and the checkered black and white, mimicking the Bacolod Public Plaza, are incorporated with the female subjects, which are her usual subjects in her paintings. “Choosing bright and vivid colors is my way of celebrating life in these dark times. We are a flexible race, we always come out smiling and surviving.”
According to Tijing, the apple represents success, the eye represents the judge, the ladder represents the struggles and challenges, the monkey and the pig represent the critics of life waiting for you to fall. In order to be on top of the ladder, one has to endure the struggles and challenges.*