Bacolod Public Plaza to come alive with nightly MassKara entertainment
The Bacolod Public Plaza—the heart of the MassKara Festival—will come alive every night from Oct. 1 to 22 with nightly events especially prepared to entertain the crowd and the revelers who are eating and drinking at the kiosks.
Festival director Eli F. J. Tajalangit said the 22-day revelries will kick off at the Public Plaza, with the opening of Food and Beer Kiosks at the San Juan, Gonzaga, and Gatuslao sides.
The opening program on October 1 will feature light shows and parade of the 2016 festival winners—street dance, drum beating, and fantasy costume show. It will be followed by a fireworks display and a street party around the plaza.
From Oct. 2 to 22, the crowd drawer “Tanda! Sing Na, Dance Pa!” will entertain the plaza revelers at 6 p.m. with nightly singing and dance contests with participants from schools and barangays. It will have weekly winners and grand finals showdown.
Interspersing with “Tanda!” is the Nights of Mardi Gras—a MassKara fantasy costume show and parade—on Oct. 10, 11, and 12 at 7 p.m.
Semi-professional drum beating groups will compete for three nights in the MassKaraDrum Beating Contest on Oct. 17, 18, and 19 at 7 p.m. They will first parade around the plaza and then perform at the bandstand stage.
The “Sadya ang MassKara with Mayor Bing: National Fireworks Display Competitions,” a contest among 10 fireworks manufacturers from various parts of the country, will be held for four nights: Oct. 19 to 22 at 7 p.m. It will be held at the plaza on Oct. 20.
The highlight of the festival—the street and arena dance competitions—will be held onOct. 21 and 22. The grand dance parade along Araneta Street will start at 3 p.m., while the arena dance at the plaza will start at 4 p.m.
The schools category will be on Oct. 21, while the barangays category will be on Oct. 22.*