IN PHOTOS: 2013 MassKara Festival Street Dance and Arena Performance Winners

Champion, First Place, Barangay 16, Barangay Street Dance, Arena Performance, Bacolod Masskara Festival 2013 Winners

Masks so vibrant, colorful and intricate they almost look alive. Dancers carrying the weight of these masks – some as heavy as four or five kilos – on their faces under the heat of the midday sun as they ran, skipped, whirled, and even bobbed up and down. To me, these are what makes Bacolod’s MassKara Festival dancers especially amazing to watch.

The origin of this festival is in itself admirable. The first MassKara Festival (mass – many, kara-faces) was held in the 1980s during the great sugar crisis in Negros Occidental. Negros, once the land of sugar and wealth, was troubled because of the plummeting prices of sugar and the introduction of cheaper sugar substitutes.

The Philippine Ministry Of Tourism was then requesting a festival representing the identity of each locality. While Negros is known for sugar, morale was at an all-time low in its sugar industry. Also, the situation was aggravated with the tragedy of the Bacolod-bound MV Don Juan’s accident in 1980, where 200 Negrenses died.

To restore the morale of their people and help them get up again, Negros’ artists, local government and civic organizations, introduced the Festival of Smiles, which became the MassKara Festival. The smiles in the MassKara dancers’ masks are a sign of the Negrenses’ resilience.

This year, 19 contingents battled it out at the festival’s main event yesterday, the barangay street dance and arena performance competition. Below are the overall winners:

Fifth Place, 5th place, 4th runner-up, Barangay 15, Barangay Street Dance, Arena Performance, Public Plaza Performance, Bacolod Masskara Festival 2013 Winners5th place (4th runner-up), Barangay 15

Barangay 22, Fourth place, 4th place, 3rd runner-up, Barangay Street Dance, Arena Performance, Public Plaza Performance, Bacolod Masskara Festival 2013 Winners

4th place (3rd runner-up), Barangay 22

3rd Place, Third Place, 2nd runner-up, Barangay Alijis, Barangay Street Dance, Arena Performance, Bacolod Masskara Festival 2013 Winners

3rd place (2nd runner-up), Barangay Alijis

Masskara Festival 2013 Barangay Category Best In Costume - Barangay Alijis, Bacolod, Philippines, also 3rd place overall in street dance and arena performance, public plaza performance

Barangay Alijis also won Best Costume.

Second Place, 2nd place, 1st runner-up, Barangay Cabug, Barangay Street Dance, Arena Performance, Public Plaza Performance, Bacolod Masskara Festival 2013 Winners

2nd place (1st runner-up), Barangay Cabug

Best in Concept, and overall Second Place, 2nd place, 1st runner-up, Barangay Cabug, Barangay Street Dance, Arena Performance, Public Plaza Performance, Bacolod Masskara Festival 2013 Winners

Barangay Cabug also won Best Concept.

Champion, First Place, Barangay 16, Barangay Street Dance, Arena Performance, Public Plaza Performance, Bacolod Masskara Festival 2013 Winners

First place, Champion, Barangay 16. This group, with their elaborate masks and props, easily stood out from the already colorful dancers.

Masskara Festival 2013 Barangay Category Street Dance, Arena Performance, Public Plaza, Best In Choreography - Barangay 16, Bacolod, Philippines (Champion, 1st place)

Barangay 16 also bagged Best Choreography.

Masskara Festival 2013 Barangay Category Best In Mask - Barangay 16, Bacolod, Philippines (Champion, 1st place)

And, Best Mask! I tried lifting one of their masks. It was heavy!

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