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SCHEDULE

updated as of 10:30a.m., Sept. 27, 2012

OCT 1 Mon
1 Opening of the Festival sites @ Bacolod Public Plaza (all-day)
2 Opening of Carnival sites @ SM City (all-day)

8:00 am FSCAB Thanksgiving Mass Elderly Week Celeration @ Bacolod BAYS Center
4:00 pm DepEd Annual Division Athletic and Cultural Meet @ Bacolod Public Plaza
7:00 pm Opening of 2012 MassKara Festival (with fireworks after) @ Bacolod Public Plaza
8:00 pm GMA DanssKara: The MassKara Dance Showdown (Eliminations) @ Bacolod Public Plaza

OCT 2 Tue
7:30 am Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition Nightly Eliminations @ Streets along the Public Plaza, San Juan St., Gonzaga St. & Gatuslao St.
8:30 pm Parade of Masks/Drumbeaters

OCT 3 Wed
7:30 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition Nightly Eliminations @ Streets along the Public Plaza, San Juan St., Gonzaga St. & Gatuslao St.

OCT 4 Thu
4:00 pm FSCAB Coronation Night @ Bacolod BAYS Center
7:30 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition Nightly Eliminations @ Streets along the Public Plaza, San Juan St., Gonzaga St. & Gatuslao St.
8:30 pm Parade of Masks/Drumbeaters

OCT 5 Fri
MassKara Art Weekend (all-day)
6:00 pm Living Rosary @ Bacolod Public Plaza
7:00 pm Unveiling: Majika MassKara 9: Ang Bukid Kag Baybay sa Bacolod @ Bacolod Public Plaza
7:30 pm SMB Music Night (Disco) @ San Juan St., Gonzaga St. & Gatuslao St.
7:30 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition Nightly Eliminations @ Streets along the Public Plaza, San Juan St., Gonzaga St. & Gatuslao St.

OCT 6 Sat
MassKara Art Weekend (all-day)
4:00 pm Aksyon Radyo Blow by Blow…Show No Mercy2, Professional Boxing Competition @ Ampitheather, Casino Filipino Hotel
5:00 pm Opening: LCC Giant MassKara Puppets Replica Exhibits @ Ground Floor, LCC Rizal Main Gate
6:00 pm Living Rosary @ Bacolod Public Plaza
6:00 pm MassKara Queen Talent Night @ SM City Events Centre
6:00 pm Opening: 9D – A Visual Arts Exhibit by the MassKara 9 @ Orange Gallery, Art District
7:30 pm SMB Music Night (Disco) @ Gonzaga St. - Gatuslao St.
7:30 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition Nightly Eliminations @ Streets along the Public Plaza, San Juan St., Gonzaga St. & Gatuslao St.

OCT 7 Sun
MassKara Art Weekend (all-day)
6:00 pm Installation: Majika MassKara floats in host venues: PanAsiatic Call Centers
6:00 pm Living Rosary @ Bacolod Public Plaza
7:30 pm SMB Band @ Gonzaga St. & Gatuslao St.
7:30 pm SMB Music Night (Disco) @ San Juan Street
7:30 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition 1st Weekly Semi-Finals @ Gonzaga St. & Gatuslao St.

OCT 8 Mon
6:00 pm Living Rosary @ Bacolod Public Plaza
7:30 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition 2nd Nightly Eliminations @ Streets along the Public Plaza, San Juan-Gonzaga-Gatuslao
8:30 pm Parade of Masks/Drumbeaters

OCT 9 Tue
6:00 pm Living Rosary @ Bacolod Public Plaza
7:00 pmTandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition Nightly Eliminations @ Streets along the Public Plaza, San Juan-Gonzaga-Gatuslao

OCT 10 Wed
1:00 pm Bacolod-Negros Arnis Federation Arinis Competition @ Bacolod BAYS Center
6:00 pm Living Rosary @ Bacolod Public Plaza
7:30 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition Nightly Eliminations @ Streets along the Public Plaza, San Juan-Gonzaga-Gatuslao
8:30 pm Night of Mardi Gras

OCT 11 Thu
6:00 pm Living Rosary @ Bacolod Public Plaza
7:30 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition Nightly Eliminations @ Bacolod Public Plaza
8:30 pm Night of Mardi Gras

OCT 12 Fri
12:00 pm i-Witness DocuFest wth GMA News and Public Affairs personalities @ SM City Event Centre
4:00 pm MassKara Queen Ramp Modeling & Interview @ SM City Events Centre
6:00 pm Living Rosary @ Bacolod Public Plaza
7:30 pm SMB Music Night (Disco)
7:30 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition Nightly Eliminations @ Streets along the Public Plaza, San Juan-Gonzaga-Gatuslao

OCT 13 Sat
6:00 am RMN Trisikad Race @ Plaza-Lagoon-Homesite
9:00 am Negros Occ. Garden Club “Plant A Tree” Activity @ Bacolod Gov’t Center grounds
4:00 pm MassKara Queen Fantasy Make-up @ Robinsons Place fountain area
5:00 pm Little Miss MassKara (pageant night) @ SM City Events Centre
6:00 pm Living Rosary @ Bacolod Public Plaza
7:00 pm Watchmen Daily Journal & MyPhone MassKara 2012 Concert Party @ Bacolod Public Plaza
7:30 pm Coke Band featuring Rated PG Band & Chakra band @ San Juan St.
7:30 pm SMB Music Night (Disco) @ Gonzaga St. & Gatuslao St.
7:30 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition 2nd Weekly Semi-finals @ Streets along the Public Plaza, San Juan-Gonzaga-Gatuslao

OCT 14 Sun
Dog Show @ 888 Chinatown Square mall (all-day)
7:30 am DepEd Cultural Contest @ BAYS Center
10:00 am Fiesta Mass @ San Sebastian Cathedral
2:00 pm Aksyon Radyo TRIBE WARX Amateur grappling Competition @ Gaisano City
6:00 pm Feast of the Holy Rosary Procession, Floral Offering, Marian Bands @ Bacolod Public Plaza
7:30 pm SMB Band @ Gonzaga St. & Gatuslao St
7:30 pm SMB Music Night (Disco) @ San Juan St.
7:30 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition 3rd Week of Nightly Eliminations @ Streets along the Public Plaza, San Juan-Gonzaga-Gatuslao

OCT 15 Mon
1:00 pm LCC ARFIEN MassKara Puppet Parade @ Capitol Lagoon to Bacolod Public Plaza
7:30 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition Nightly Eliminations @ Streets along the Public Plaza, San Juan-Gonzaga-Gatuslao
8:30 pm Parade of Masks/Drumbeaters

OCT 16 Tue
8:00 am Negros Occidental Agriculture Movement World Food Day Celebration @ Bacolod BAYS Center
6:00 pm
MassKara Preview: A Fashion Show of MassKara Streetdancing Costumes @ Bacolod Public Plaza

OCT 17 Wed
7:30 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition Nightly Eliminations @ Streets along the Public Plaza, San Juan-Gonzaga-Gatuslao
8:30 pm Parade of Masks/Drumbeaters
8:30 pm Kami mga Hubin Bowling Club, National Duckpin Bowling Tournament @ Super Bowling Lanes, Goldenfields Comm’l. Complex

OCT 18 Thu
7:00 pm MassKara Queen Coronation Night @ University of Saint La Salle coliseum
7:30 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition Nightly Eliminations @ Streets along the Public Plaza, San Juan-Gonzaga-Gatuslao

OCT 19 Fri
5:00 pm Handog Pasasalamat ng Bombo Radyo at Star FM @ Bacolod Public Plaza
6:00 pm Electric MassKara Day 1: Lights Up, Music On @ Tourism Strip
7:00 pm “Pagkilita-ay, Pakita-ay” parade kicks off from various parts of Bacolod
7:30 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition 3rd Weekly Semi-Final @ Streets along the Public Plaza, San Juan-Gonzaga-Gatuslao
9:00 pm COKE Band featuring Cooler Spring & Undertow Band @ San Juan Street
9:00 pm Floats converge @ Tourism Strip, Lacson Street
9:00 pm SMB Band Gonzaga St.
9:30 pm Pepsi Party Concert @ Gatuslao St.
9:30 pm Two floats converge on San Juan and Gatuslao Sts. – Plaza
9:30 pm Jollitown Show (On-going until Oct. 21) @ Lacson St..
9:30 pm Negros Occidental Golf & Country Club, Inc. 3rd Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament (On-going until Oct. 21) @ Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club

OCT 20 Sat
2:00 pm 2012 National Dog Agility Competition (K9 Obedience Club of Negros) @ Tay Tung Gym
3:00 pm Streetdance – Schools Category From Libertad Araneta to Bacolod Public Plaza @ Bacolod Public Plaza
4:00 pm Jollitown Cosplay Contest @ Robinsons Place Bacolod
4:00 pm Kapuso Mall Show @ SM City Event Centre
4:00 pm MassKara Arena Competitions (Schools) @ Bacolod Public Plaza
6:00 pm Electric MassKara Day 2: Lights Up, Music On @ Tourism Strip
8:00 pm Electric MassKara Performing Float Competitions Kick off at SM Rizal
9:00 pm Electric MassKara Floats converge @ Tourism Strip, Lacson Street
+ 10:30 pm Cosplay on the Glow: The ABS-CBN/ MOR 101.5 Electric Cosplay competition @ Tourism Strip, Lacson Street
10:30 pm SMB Band featuring Cueshe @ Gonzaga Street

OCT 21 Sun
3:00 pm Streetdance – Barangay Category from Libertad Araneta to Bacolod Public Plaza @ Bacolod Public Plaza
4:00 pm MassKara Arena Competitions (Barangays) @ Bacolod Public Plaza
6:00 pm Electric MassKara Day 3 @ Tourism Strip
7:00 pm SMB Music Night (Disco) @ San Juan St. & Gatuslao St.

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Life’s Good in Bacolod

This year’s MassKara Festival theme, “Life’s Good in Bacolod” is meant to highlight the unique lifestyle in Bacolod City as a tourism draw.

Life is good in Bacolod not only because of its dynamic economy that is now changing its landscape and skyline, but also because of everyday details like a thriving art scene and unique cuisine, the confluence of the best of the urban and rural lifestyles, and of course, the warm hospitality of its people so endearingly reflected in their smiles.

ABOUT THE LOGO

This year’s logo is also a statement on Bacolod’s vibrant, dynamic and thriving art scene – a fact that we should deploy in our tourism campaign as much as we highlight our food, places, and culture.

Other cities in the world are trying to position their places as art destinations because they know that art is fast becoming a huge tourism pull, attracting tycoons and jet-setters to places where art thrives.

For that their governments invite artists to perform, work, and even live with them. Bacolod is gifted. It does not have to do all that because we have artists as gifted and talented as any in the world and just as hard-working. All they need is the venue to showcase this gift and the means to tell the world of their work.

This is the reason why we have encouraged the active participation and involvement of artists in the MassKara, to make it a showcase of our tremendous artistic gifts and thus help in our tourism campaign.

That is what the logo captures: the tourism attractions of our city where life is good, where art, which is the highest expression of man, is an everyday reality.

WHY MASSKARA

One of the most famous festivals in the Philippines today, the MassKara Festival in Bacolod City was born 32 years ago.

One of the happiest festival in the country, it rose from the gloom that enveloped the city in 1980s, a period of tragedy and economic dislocation.
During this period, the prices of sugar in the world market were at an all-time low. Negrenses, including Bacolenos, were in a crisis as the province only relied in the sugar industry then.

The depression was further aggravated when passenger vessel Don Juan sank on April 22, where an estimated 700 Negrenses, including prominent families, perished.

In the midst of these tragic events, the city’s artists, local government and civic groups decided to hold a festival of smiles, because the city at that time was also known as the City of Smiles.

They reasoned that a festival was also a good opportunity to pull the residents out of the pervasive gloomy atmosphere. The initial festival was therefore, a declaration by the people of the city that no matter how tough and bad the times were, Bacolod City is going to pull through, survive, and in the end, triumph.

This act of collectively fighting back at life’s troubles is embodied in the MassKara Streetdancing lyrics: Sige lang… sige na! Bacolod bato kita! (It’s okay… it’s alright! No matter what adversity, Bacolod fights on!)

Etymology

MassKara is coined from two words: Mass, which means “many, or multitude,” and Kara, a Spanish word for “face,” thus MassKara is a mass or multitude of smiling faces.

For Bacolenos, MassKara is a celebration and expression of thanks for the abundance of blessings life brings them.
 
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