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The MassKara Fever is Felt Around the World MassKara in Dubai

Last October 14, 2017, the Filipino community, particularly the Bacolodnons, celebrated the first “MassKara in Dubai” last October 14, 2017 at Max’s Restaurant Middle East - Karama Branch.


Hon. Paul Raymund Cortez (3rd from left), Philippine Consul in the United Arab Emirates, and FilClub chairperson Engr. Tata Dayot (extreme left) pose with the winners of the MassKara mask-making contest. Darwin Canlas won first place while Jeffrey Alesna (extreme right) won second place.*

President Lauds Bacolod Masskara Festival

President Rodrigo Duterte lauded Bacolodnons and Negrosanons for their resiliency and perseverance despite economic and other difficulties due to the problems of the sugar industry.


PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. DUTERTE delivering his message at the 38th MassKara Festival at the jam-packed Bacolod City Public Plaza last night, To his back are Bacolod Lone District Congressman Greg Gasataya, Mayor Evelio Leonardia, his wife Elsa, and Vice Mayor Elcid Familiaran.*(Jun de los Reyes /NDB photos)

MassKara 2017 Logo and Music Theme Launched

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Silver Masskara Foundation head Eli Francis Tajanlangit, concurrently 2017 MassKara Festival director, launched yesterday morning, September 25, at the NGC lobby, the logo and music theme for this year’s MassKara festival celebration which runs October 1 to 22.

The music was composed and arranged by Roberto ‘Bob’ Aves, while the logo was a creation of Mark Lester Jarmin.

2017 MassKara Theme Underscores ASEAN Integration

This year’s MassKara Festival which is themed, “Bacolod: City of Southeast Asia”, echoes the vital role of the city in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) community.

According to Mayor Evelio Leonardia, the theme highlights the city’s bullish prospects with the ASEAN integration.

“The integration of our country with nine other nations will mean that our horizons will widen, the playing field will be expanded, and we will have a new political and economic order,” Leonardia emphasized.

Kabisig Urges More Participants to Join Expo

Kabisig Chair Daniel Guillen is urging more government institutions in the province to join the Kabisig Philippine Government Expo and Trade Fair at Bacolod SMX on October 17 to 19.


NOLITC AWARD. The Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center staff led by its administrator, Ma. Cristina Orbecido, presented to Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. the Outstanding TECH4ED Center-Emerging Center Category Award won by NOLITC during the 12th Knowledge Exchange Conference held in Manila, last week. The award was given by the Department of Information and Communications Technology.*(Richard Malihan /Capitol photo)