The Bacolod MassKara New York dancers won the grand prize plaque as champions in the marchers’ category at the 115th Independence Day commemoration in The Big Apple recently, a press release from organizers said.
The dancers were Filipino nurses working in Boston, Virginia, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey. Nestor Gargarita and his wife, Pipet, who conceptualized the grand dance parade of authentic Bacolod MassKara in New York City, said they assembled authentic Jojo Vito masks and costumes shipped from Bacolod, and held dance practices over Youtube, the press release also said.
The nurses practiced their dance routine in front of computer monitors, and a day before the grand event last June 2, they gathered at the park for the final rehearsal, Gargarita said.
The event was attended by showbiz personalities Sharon Cuneta, Aga Muhlach, Derek Ramsay, Heart Evangelista, Rafael Rosell and Gary Valenciano, and senators Bong Revilla and Chiz Escudero, the press release also said.
Other ethnic groups added color to the Independence Day celebration, like the Filipiniana presentation of the Kapampangans and the Dinagyang beat of Iloilo that were given special awards.
Philippine Independence Day council president Fe Martinez was reported as saying that Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Cuisia plans to bring the Bacolod MassKara NY edition to Washington, D.C., next year, the press release added.*