Masskara Festival 2022’s official website and music video unveiled
BACOLOD CITY — The official website and music video of the Masskara Festival were launched at the Bacolod City Government Center on Monday.
The Masskara MTV entitled “Smile Again” that stars Asia’s Pop Heartthrob Darren Espanto and actress-singer Sue Ramirez will be broadcast all over the city through a mobile van to drum up excitement for the festival which will run from October 1-23.
Espanto is a Filipino-Canadian singer who rose to prominence when he joined The Voice Kids Philippines. Since then, he has produced platinum records and has dabbled in acting as well.
Ramirez, on the other hand, is a Negrense born actress and the girlfriend of Victorias City Mayor Javi Benitez, son of Bacolod Mayor Albee Benitez.
The launching was led by the Tourism Committee Chair, Councilor Jason Villarosa, Masskara Festival chair Pinky Ocampo and City Tourism Department head Teresa Manalili.
Ocampo said the music video will be one of the main features in the MassKara website.
“We hope it will catch fire on social media and generate interest among Bacolodnons and Negrenses to participate in our festivities,” she said.
“We tested the song with several groups of people and it elicited much excitement. It is very danceable and we are hoping that it will be included in audio streaming sites like Spotify,” she added.
“Smile Again” which was composed and produced by Red Events showcases sights and sounds of Bacolod. A remix version of the song that will be used for the Street Dance Competition will also be launched while Espanto will perform it live in Bacolod on October 23.
The song’s inspiration comes from the resiliency of the people to smile amid the challenges in life and gives significance to how MassKara Festival came about.
“After two years of missing out on one of the grandest festivals in the country, Bacolod is ready to smile again as we recover from the pandemic and under a new and dynamic leadership,” Ocampo said.
The website will feature official events of the festival, including gastronomic and historical tours that the city and the province of Negros Occidental have to offer for both local and international tourists.
“Countless cultural and sports activities have been lined-up and we are expecting thousands of participants and visitors to visit Bacolod next month, including big names in the sports and entertainment industries,” Ocampo said.
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