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MASSKARA
Streetdance, electric
float entries due today

Entries for the MassKara Festival barangay streetdance and the Electric MassKara performing float competitions will be accepted at the festival office in Bacolod City starting 9 a.m. today.

There are seven slots left to complete the Final 15 participating groups in the barangay category, and they will be chosen on a first-come first-served basis, streetdancing committee chair Rudy Reveche said in a press release from festival organizers.

Of the 15 slots, 10 have been reserved for the winners in the barangay category last year, however, only eight have signified to join the competition this year, the press release said.

The trimming down of the participants from the usual more than 20 groups into 15 this year is one of the changes that the organizers are implementing this year, festival director Eli F.J. Tajanlangit said.

“This will allow us to tighten the streetdance performance as a whole and come up with a bigger, better show,” he added.

Also, for the first time in 32 years, each group gets to choose its live music through the use of drums and percussion instruments, he added.

As soon as the Final 15 is determined, Tajanlangit said the Silver MassKara Festival Organization will “shepherd” the groups into producing quality music for their barangays.

“Hopefully, from this exercise, we shall finally find the MassKara beat,” he added.

The first of these assistance is a workshop with Gerry Grey, music committee chair of the MassKara Festival, Friday this week from 2 to 6 p.m. at the BAYS Center, Reveche said.

Barangays with entries for the Electric MassKara will also join the workshop, he added.

There will be 10 finalists for the Electric MassKara performing float competitions, he said.

Meanwhile, the streetdance schools category will use the official MassKara Festival music from 2004 to 2009.

Reveche said the streetdance trainers will present their remixed version of these music today, 4 p.m. at Planta Hotel.*

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Bacoleña in US voted
one of most influential

The Filipina Women’s Network has selected Henni Espinosa, senior reporter for Balitang America on The Filipino Channel, as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the United States, a press release to the DAILY STAR said.

Espinosa was among those named as recipients of the Behind the Scenes Leaders award category that recognizes Filipina women who are a driving force behind the success of their U.S.-based employer or community organization, and who have gone beyond the call of duty to devote time, energy, and resources to support their organization, the press release said.

Other awardees are Dancing With the Stars celebrity Cheryl Burke, White House executive Chef Cristeta Commerford, Hollywood actress Vanessa Minillo and fashion designer Monique Lhuillier.

The awardee is the daughter of Henry and Ninfa Espinosa. Born and raised in Bacolod City, she belongs to Class 1994 of St. Scholastica’s Academy, and is now based in the San Francisco Bay Area but still considers Bacolod City her home, the press release added.*

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Book, art show launched

Uncommon Ordinary Magic, a combination art exhibit and book launch of two young Dumaguete artists, will be the first solo art exhibition of Hersley Ven Casero, with the book launches of local fictionist Ian Rosales Casocot’s Heartbreak and Magic: Stories of Fantasy and Horror and Beautiful Accidents: Stories, a press release from Silliman University in Dumaguete said.

Casero explores in Uncommon Ordinary Magic his mastery in painting in three sets of works—“The Crowd,” “The 365 Project,” and “Heartbreak & Magic” (the latter composed of his illustrations for Casocot’s similarly titled book), the press release said.

Casocot, on the other hand, launches two collections of his fiction. Heartbreak and Magic: Stories of Fantasy and Horror, published by Anvil in 2011, collects his speculative fiction—science fiction, fantasy, and horror—some of which have won the top prize in the Philippine Graphic/Fiction Awards given out by FullyBooked and the author Neil Gaiman. His Beautiful Accidents: Stories, published by the University of the Philippines Press, also in 2011, collects his domestic realism, and contains stories that have won the Palanca Award and the NVM Gonzales Award.

All tickets and season passes are available at the College of Performing and Visual Arts Office in Silliman University, and at the theater lobby before the show. For inquires and reservations, those interested may call (035) 422-4365 or 0917-323-5953, the press release added.*

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Bacoleña in US voted one of most influential
Book, art show launched

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