BACOLOD City – With their engaging performance, the MassKara Festival dancers of this city wowed delegates and guests at the 8th Asean Culture and Tourism Fair (ACTF) in Gwangju, South Korea.
Other participating countries were all praises of the Bacolodnon dancers, according to Councilor Em Ang, chairperson of the Sangguniang Panlungsod’s committee on tourism.
The dancers were from Barangay Granada. They were the grand champions of the MassKara Festival street and arena dance competitions in 2014 and 2015.
Ang, who leads the Bacolod delegation on Oct. 1, said the theme of the 8th ACTF focused on the unique masks and drums in the dances of the 10 member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
The other participating countries were Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The performance of the MassKara dancers at the Asia Culture Center in Gwangju was their first.
After Gwangju, they were also scheduled to do two performances at the famous Andong Maskdance Festival in Andong City, north of Seoul. Andong is a sister city of Bacolod.
Aside from Ang, also representing the Philippines were Councilor Caesar Distrito and Janet Canoy of the Tourism Promotions Board of the Department of Tourism.
In Bacolod City, the 2016 MassKara Festival opened on Oct. 2./PN