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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, October 21, 2016
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Aquino lauds city's
resiliency, optimism

Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, who joined the opening of the 10th Electric MassKara at the Tourism Strip in Bacolod City last night, lauded the Bacoleños' resilience and optimism as he noted that the MassKara Festival was born out of tragedy.

He congratulated its people and city officials for what the MassKara has become today.

The opening was led by Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Rep. Greg Gasataya, and Councilors Caesar Distrito and Em Ang.

Electric MassKara conceptualized by Leonardia in 2007, when he was also mayor, turns the Tourism Strip — the whole 17 blocks of Lacson Street from 5th St. to 22nd St. — into one big street party, with concert stages in five clusters.

The opening night featured the MassKara dancers and Nights of Mardi Gras contestants.

The five concert stages were opened and started the four-night concerts brought by the festival's corporate sponsors Coca-Cola, San Miguel Beer, Pepsi, and Globe.

Today, the second night, will feature the performing float competition with nine groups representing Barangays 3, 7, 8, 22, 23, 28, 37, 41, and Singcang-Airport.

Each float will carry MassKara dancers with lighted masks and costumes. This is the night version of the popular streetdance competition.

The five finalists will come back on Saturday, the third night for the Champions Showdown.

The fourth and last night will still feature street parties and concerts.

Meanwhile, the Sadya ang MassKara with Mayor Bing: The 1st Mayor Evelio Leonardia Fireworks Competition, will be held at the Tourism Strip today, October 21 and tomorrow, Oct. 22 where two participants will compete each night starting at 10 p.m.

The fireworks competition last night at the Bacolod City Public Plaza participated in by Bathans Fireworks of Batangas and Pyro Kreation of Bulacan drew a crowd of more than 8,000 people.*




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