The colorful and crowd-catching MassKara Festival in Bacolod City marked its 41st-year celebration on Sunday, Oct. 25, an event which aired on Skycable Channel 53, had only a scant audience at the city’s plaza.
The celebration is dubbed “Bato’, Bacolod, bato’!” (Fight on, Bacolod, fight on!) and featured the festival’s champion performances.
On a sad note, Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia was quoted as saying that through the pandemic the joyful and fantastic MassKara commemoration for the past 40 years is now like a “ghost town.”
“Covid19 has changed everything for us. This is the day that MassKara should have been celebrated with the highlights. Can you imagine for 40 straight years we had the MassKara and it is only now that the festival has been suspended,” the mayor said.
The public plaza, considered as the hub of the much-anticipated street dance competition, only had a few people sitting on benches and roaming around to while away a quiet Sunday afternoon.
Leonardia last Sept. 21 issued Executive Order 62 suspending this year’s festival’s public celebration and all related revelries or activities to comply with the health and safety protocols to prevent the surge of the coronavirus infections in the city and neighboring towns.
Photo: Amaia Land