President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in his message to the people of Bacolod, said the MassKara Festival, otherwise known as the “festival of many faces”, has stood as a testament to the tenacity, optimism, and faith of Bacolodnons despite the burden of their adversities.
“As you celebrate this significant occasion, I am one with the Filipino people in commending your profound determination to conserve your shared identity and present what Bacolod City has to offer, from its vibrant culinary scene to its flourishing artistic landscape,” he said.
“As you embark on the path of progress, may you continue to nurture creativity and compassion by sharing your talents and skills to all sectors of society,” he added.
May Bacolod bring smiles not only to the citizens of Negros Occidental, but also to the entire nation, the president said.
“More than its portrayal of your town’s abundant history, this festival glaringly reflects your innate ability to seek joy and give strength to your fellow Bacolodnons amidst difficulties,” he said.
May the MassKara Festival “inspire you to appreciate your cultural heritage and support your local talents who have kept your indigenous knowledge and traditions alive over the years. I also hope that it will hearten you to take pride in and sustain the spirit of solidarity of your community so that you can make Bacolod an exemplar of peace for the rest of our country to follow”, Marcos added.
Bacolod Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez said he is waiting for the final confirmation on the president’s visit to Bacolod for the MassKara Festival.
The president will be coming from Saudi Arabia so we are waiting for the final confirmation, he said.
First Lady Liza Araneta Marcos might not join the trip to Saudi Arabia and will proceed to Bacolod, he added.
The first couple were expected to arrive for the MassKara street dancing and arena competition on October 22.
Benitez said the MassKara Festival is picking up with more guests, including celebrities and VIPs, arriving.
The advance party of the TVG (Tito Vice and Joey) noontime television show have already arrived, the mayor said.
He said an offer also been made for It’s Showtime of Vice Ganda to also come to Bacolod for the MassKara.
They were offered the same amount as TVJ, he is just waiting to see if they will accept the offer, Benitez said.*