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All set for MassKara Festival 2022

/ 05:37 PM September 28, 2022
MassKara Festival

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BACOLOD CITY — Everything is set for the launching of the MassKara Festival that will commence with the MassKara Kick-off Salubong at the Bacolod City Government Center (BCGC) on Friday, September 30.

“It’s all systems go,” said Festival Director Pinky Ocampo.

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To open the festivities, Bacolod is bringing in music icon Rico Blanco to take centerstage during the Kick-off Salubong, along with other surprise guests.

Blanco is a multi-awarded singer-songwriter who is also known as one of the founding members of the Filipino rock band, Rivermaya.

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He has since launched his solo artist career and has dabbled in films and production.

READ: Masskara Festival 2022’s official website and music video unveiled

Rodney Ascalon, stage director of the event, said the show will start at 4 p.m. leading to the countdown by midnight with a fireworks display.

Bacolod Mayor Albee Benitez and the city councilors are expected to join the countdown.

“We will be showcasing the events that will take place in the festival to give the people a preview of what to expect in these competitions,” Ascalon said, adding that they will also be unveiling the installation art of visual artist Charlie Co.

Joining Blanco on stage are local bands and performers, the Toda Kings, electric and street dance participants, and Miss Bacolod MassKara contenders, among others.

READ: MassKara Festival street dance competition set at Panglaum Stadium

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Ocampo said they have coordinated with the Bacolod City Police Office, the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office, and the military, along with other local enforcers to ensure the safety and security of all revelers.

“We have started to set-up the food and exhibit stalls in both the BCGC and the Bacolod Public Plaza and we are expecting locals and visitors to patronize what we have to offer for them,” Ocampo said.

She also reminded the public to be careful to avoid another spread of COVID-19.

“We are still in the pandemic and we encourage everyone to heed our protocols (including the use of face masks at the very least in enclosed spaces and very crowded places),” Ocampo said.

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