36th MassKara Festival kicks off October 1

CELEBRATION. Winner of last year's Street Dance Competition, Barangay Granada. Photo by Bacolod PIO

CELEBRATION. Winner of last year's Street Dance Competition, Barangay Granada.

Photo by Bacolod PIO

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – The city's world-famous MassKara Festival, now on its 36th year, kicks off on October 1 at the Public Plaza at 7 am.

Activities on the first day include a fun run from the People’s House to the Plaza and a fun walk from the Provincial Capitol Lagoon to the Plaza at 5:30 am. A Zumba party, which aims to set a national record as the biggest Zumba party in the Visayas, will also be held at the People’s House at 5:30 pm

The festival has already opened various festival sites like the Araneta and San Juan Fiesta Alley, the Pet, Art and Garden Exhibits at the People’s House, MassKara Carnivals, and the MassKara Seafood Alley at Punta Taytay viewing decks on September 26.

Highlights 

The highlights this year include MassKara by the Sea in Barangay Punta Taytay on October 10 and 11; pageant and coronation night of MassKara Queen at the SMX Convention Center on October 12; Arena and Street Dance Competition on October 16 and 17; Electric MassKara on October 18; and Charter Day Celebration and MassKaraffle on October 19.

“We are very excited to share the happiness of MassKara to more tourists and visitors this year, that is why, we call on every Bacolodnon to participate and prove why MassKara is at par with the world’s best festivals,” festival director Rhoderick Samote said.

He added that "our festival this year is geared towards raising funds for the Bacolod City Police Office. The city government of Bacolod and KBDFI aspire to provide our peace keepers with new motorcycle units." – Rappler.com