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Thousands Join Masskara Kick-off

Thousands Join Masskara Kick-off

The fireworks display at the countdown in Bacolod City Government Center

Despite the drizzle, thousands trooped to the Bacolod City Government Center to join the countdown for the official start of the 43rd MassKara Festival.

Police Col. Thomas Martir pegged the crowd at the MassKara Kick-off Salubong at 20,000, many of whom stayed for the countdown at midnight which was capped by a spectacular 8-minute fireworks display.

“This is what we have been preparing for, to give you the biggest and grandest MassKara Festival” Bacolod Mayor Albee Benitez told the crowd.

Thousands Join Masskara Kick-off

Bacolod Mayor Albee Benitez addressed the crowd during the countdown of the official start of the 43rd MassKara Festival at the Bacolod City Government Center

Accompanied by Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya and the city councilors, Benitez enjoined the crowd to “see what we have to offer in the next three weeks. We have prepared a lot of exciting programs and I hope you will enjoy this festival.”

Gasataya dubbed this year’s festival as “super MassKara,” and now, “the smiles are back in this city.”

Rock star Rico Blanco, together with other local entertainers and the contestants of the Miss Bacolod MassKara kept the crowd going till midnight for the countdown.

Thousands Join Masskara Kick-off

Rock star Rico Blanco takes centerstage at the countdown

Festival Director Pinky Ocampo said this is “just a preview of what the people can expect in the succeeding weeks and we promise to keep the momentum going and making it even grander during the MassKara highlights on October 21 to 23.”

The following day, the PNP said over 2,000 participated in the 1st MassKara Bike Fun Ride with Councilor Jason Villarosa and EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon spotted among the participants.

Gift prizes were given to riders who joined in MassKara costumes while grand winner in the raffle draw was Pamela Gargar who went home with a Trek Mountain Bike.

Thousands Join Masskara Kick-off

The MassKara dancers

Sunday night, Martir said the crowd at the Pagcor Night concert at the Bacolod Public Plaza was pegged at 4,000 amidst the rain.

Ocampo also announced that their request for a “signal shutdown” during the streetdance competition and the Electric MassKara was approved by the National Telecommunications Commission.

“This is customary during big events, especially since we are expecting no less than President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. to grace our main event,” Ocampo said. She clarified however that the “shutdown” will only be limited to performances areas such as the major dance routes and the Festival Arena at the Paglaum Stadium.

*Photos by the Bacolod City Public Information Office and Balik Yuhum Foundation

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Dhadha Garcia is a lifestyle blogger from Bacolod, PH. She is a mompreneur, a full-time blogger, and a content creator. She started blogging in 2007 and became one of the pioneers of the Negrense Blogging Society, Inc. (NBSI) in 2009, where she has received several awards and nominations for her blogs. She also writes at www.twenteenmom.com and www.classysweets.com.

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