Posted by October 16, 2008on
Yesterday,Bacolod City Mayor Bing Leonardia opened the Masskara Festival Costumes and Masks Exhibit at the 2nd level of Robinson?s Place Bacolod.
If I am not mistaken this is the first time that the Masskara festival organizers have staged an exhibit of actual costumes prior to the streetdance event itself.
The exhibit is a good opportunity for the people to get a glimpse of what is going to happen later this afternoon until Saturday, when hundreds of dancers garbed in their most colourful costumes and smiling masks troop to the city streets and dance their way to Bacolod Public Plaza.
Later at 1PM, the city streets of Bacolod will be transformed into one big party place as the Masskara Festival Streetdance officially starts with the Elementary and High School Category.
On October 17, twenty two barangays will be competing for the Barangay Category of the Masskara Festival. In the Open Category on October 18 the top 10 barangay of last year?s Masskara contest, together with the top 3 winner?s of this year?s Schools Division and the top 10 winners of this year?s Barangay Category contest.
The criteria for judging the arena performance involve theme/concept (adherence to the 2008 festival theme/ concept) 10 percent; choreography 15 percent; performance (showmanship, mastery, unity) 15 percent and production design (mask, costume, props) 10 percent for a total of 50 percent.
The scores in each area will have equal weight and winners will be based on average ranking system. The winners in the dance competition in the school, barangay and open-category will receive the following prizes: Open category – 3rd prize (P50,000), 2nd prize (P75,000) and 1st prize (P100,000); barangay category – 3rd prize (P50,000), 2nd prize (P75,000) and 1st prize (P100,000); schools category – 3rd prize (P10,000); 2nd prize (P20,000); and 1st prize (P30,000).
Special awards include best concept, best mask, best costume, best in choreography, best in call and response and the people’s choice for the top street dance group.
Special thanks to Anton M. and MM Mojeno for the photos.
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