Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentvella will officially open the 33rd MasKara Festival today at the Bacolod City Public Plaza.
Puentevella yesterday assured the people of Bacolod City of a peaceful and orderly celebration of the 20-day MassKara Festival citing, the participation of the Catholic Church, the Department of Education and the security efforts of the police force.
Puentevella and Kasadya Bacolod Foundation Inc. chairman and festival director Rhoderick Samonte have declared that “It is all systems go for the 20-day fun-packed festivities in Bacolod City.”
He reiterated that the MassKara Festival will open with the usual “diana” and mass at the public plaza to be attended by students, teachers, personnel and officials of DepEd.
Considering the expected influx of domestic and foreign tourists, Puentevella said the police forces are appropriately armed with visibility in all areas of the festival sites.
Police force reinforcement from the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office and the Philippine National Police Region 6 are now in place, Puentevella said.
Councilors Sonya Verdefor and Ana Marie Palermo will leave for Korea today with the MassKara Festival Dance group for the city’s participation in the ASEAN Culture and Tourism Fair 2013.
The Bacolod MassKara dancers will perform during the Andong MassKara Festival on October 3 and also in th Jeonju International Sori Festival 2013 on October 5 to 6 at the Sori Arts Center of Jeollbuk-do, Jeonju, Korea.
Andong is located in the south-eastern province, while Jeonju is located in the southern part of Korea.
The MassKara Festival had been winning in various international festivals in the past years.
PNOY NOT COMING
Meantime, Puentevella said President Benigno Aquino III is unable to come for the opening of the 10-kilometer access road to the Airport due to pressing concerns facing the nation.
He said, Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson will represent the President and the Department of Public Highways for the occasion.
He said there are national officials who have indicated their attendance at the festival but will be coming low profile, while business magnate Manny Pangilinan will definitely be the keynote speaker of the 75th Charter Day Celebration on October 19.*CGS