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37th MassKara Festival highlights to feature street, arena dance competitions

BACOLOD CITY — The highlights of the 37th MassKara Festival this coming weekend will feature the much-awaited street and arena dance competitions in both school and barangay categories.

On Saturday, seven elementary and four secondary schools are joining the showdown to be held in partnership between the Silver MassKara Festival Organization and the Department of Education Division of Bacolod City.

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MB FILE – Masskara Festival of Bacolod
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Participants in the elementary level are Andres Bonifacio Elementary School-II, Rafael Alunan Elementary School, Bata Elementary School I, Handumanan Elementary School II, ETCS III (District VI), J.R. Torres Elementary School, and Francisco R. Flores Elementary School.

Contestants in the high school category are Domingo Lacson National High School, Luisa Medel National High School, Fr. Gratian Murray, AFCS Integrated School, and Sum-ag National High School.

There will be separate winners for the elementary and secondary categories.

The street competition will start along Lizares-Araneta Sts. at 3 p.m., while the arena competition at the plaza will start at 4 p.m.

On Sunday, 17 barangays will compete in the street and arena dance showdown.

Participants are Barangays 5, 6,7, 8, 26, 29, 33, 39, Alangilan, Alijis, Banago, Bata, Felisa, Granada, Pahanocoy, Punta Taytay, and Tangub.

The street competition will start along Lizares-Araneta Sts. at 3 p.m., while the arena competition at the plaza will start at 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, the 10th edition of the Electric MassKara started Thursday night and will run until Sunday.

Conceptualized by Mayor Evelio Leonardia in 2007, when he was also mayor, the Electric MassKara 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.

Nine performing floats (Barangays 3, 7, 8, 22, 23, 28, 37, 41, and Singcang Airport) paraded in the whole Tourism Strip on Friday night. Each float carries 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 night for the Champions Showdown.

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