Last Sunday was a pretty exhausting yet fun-filled day for me. I went to Bacolod for the first time to cover the MassKara Festival 2011 Baranggay Streetdance Competition. Together with Hannah, we flew all the way from Manila to Bacolod to witness this colorful event and at the same time support BARANGAY 17, the team spearheaded by Enrico Dee of Byahilo.com. Thanks to AirPhil Express for choosing us to cover this special event! It is a dream come true, actually. It is a rare moment to spend some time with both Eric and Hannah in their hometown!
Bacolod City is dubbed as ‘the City of Smiles’ thus the creation of the MassKara Festival. Last month, Eric was convincing me to go to Bacolod in time for the festival and he even mentioned some of the preparation secrets of the group. I am excited for him because he is really passionate with this yearly festivity.
It is fun to witness him mobbed by kids and adults while he was dancing on the street with his bonggang mask and costume on. You already!
Just in case you’re curious, I call him ‘yaya’ as a term of endearment LOL. It all started with our sponsored trip to one of the most luxurious resorts in Mactan. It’s just fun to think that he’s my yaya and i’m his Senyorita LOL. More of our story here.
Meanwhile, here are some of the pictures I took from the street dance competition. BARANGAY 17 bagged the 1st Runner-Up Award (Just like last year) and the BEST IN CHOREOGRAPHY. I am not really a fan of festivals, but the MassKara Festival changed my perception towards it.
For the complete list of winners, you can check it out here.
Embedded below is the Street Dance entry of Barangay 17:
Just like the rest of the competing dance groups, Hannah and I also lined up with the dancers before the Plaza Dance Performance. Barangay 17 is the last group to perform that’s why we had to patiently wait and endure the heat. I admire the determination of the dancers. Dancing with that giant mask on and hot costume is no joke!
Here’s the video of the Plaza Performance courtesy of Flaircandy.com:
Again, congratulations to BARANGAY 17 for bagging the 1ST RUNNER-UP and the BEST IN CHOREOGRAPHY! I am proud of Byahilo because his hardwork and sacrifices paid off. Now I understand why you’re very dedicated to your group. You already! 😛
While the street dance is ongoing, we took some photos and videos with co-bloggers too! Am still waiting for the Tres Marias Dance Video (Hannah, Eric and Me LOL) courtesy of Berniemack (pressure!), Hannah’s sudden tumbling and some random clips that I need to compile. It feels good to dance on the street with live music. Yebbah! I’m glad that AirPhil Express supported this event. It’s about time to make their presence felt in the most colorful festival of the Philippines 😀
More photo stories and videos to come! Also, I am eager to share the rest of our overnight Bacolod trip – Inasal, Talaba, Masskara, Pala-Pala, Manokan Country, Calea, Bob’s, El Ideal and The Ruins of Talisay! Want to visit Bacolod? Book a flight via http://www.airphilexpress.com. 😀
thanks teh! kmusta naman ang manukan natin mag kaiba tyo kinainan. cyclone wire lng ang nag hahati sa atin lol.
balik ka nxt yr
Oo nga eh para lang tayong nasa preso LOL. Dapat pala pinikturan ko hehe. I’m glad na finally nakapag-Bacolod na ako woot 😀
ang saya naman! babae ba talaga yung mga sumasayaw?
Halo ‘ata eh hehe 😛
ang kulay ng maskara festival!! nakakatuwa yung mga costumes nila at mga steps talagang pinaghandaan ng bonggang bongga!! sana makapunta ako dyan next year!!
BONGGA! YOU ALREADY TALAGA BYAHILO! WIN!
The one and only queen of Philippine Festivals! 😀
i really waited to see byahilo’s dance. bongga lang kasi front liners silang tatlo! i knew it was him right away. hehe ansaya! sana makasayaw din ako sa ganyan!
Kung nakita lang sana kita nun sa street, hihilain kita at super kembot din tayo haha 😀
Saya siguro manood ng mga ganitong events. I haven’t had a chance to do so. Mukhang nag enjoy ka talaga Mica. Sana one day ako din 🙂
Punta ka next year hehe. Bihira din akong mag-attend ng festivals, pero this is extra special because of Byahilo’s presence hihi
Wow, beautiful photos!! Move over Carnival….this festival looks amazing!
Thanks Jess! Hope you could visit the Philippines soon. We have a lot of interesting festivals here 😀
Bongalicious ang dance moves ni Byahilo, love it!
Kembotera ftw! 😀
Mukhang masaya talaga ang masskara festival. =)
Yupyup 😀 Lalo na if you’re with the right company 😀
What a fun and colorful festival! Love it!!
Thanks Chris! Convinced now to go to the Philippines? 😛
Napaka colorful and cheerful. I like it!
Ang taray akoy napapasayaw din!hahahaha
Unkabogable sina Byahilo! Congrats!,
teh, ikaw ba yung tili ng tili dun..hahahaha, infairness ang lakas ng cheer mo..hahah
Kapag pinapanood ko din ulit hindi ko mapigilang umindak LOL. tenenenenenenen tenenenen! =))
Ako na ang cheerleader. Dapat may talent fee din ako LOL
great photos! so festive ^_^
Hahha! Kasama talaga ang panaka-nakang tili mo sa background e no? hahah! nakaka-aliw. OMG mica! hindi ko alam pero goosebumps ang inabot ko sa mga videos mo. Ang galing! Dahil siguro sa live at festive na music. Nanghinayang ako bigla kasi 4 days after Maskarra chaka ako nakatungtong ng Bacolod. hay!
Wow, this looks awesome! The costumes are so colorful and it looks like a lot of fun! I would love to go there! It’s a yearly festival, right?
@ria puta ka nxt year! kaw din mica balik!!!!!
after new year mag sisimula na naman kmi sa planning. paaga ko sila pinapa drawing ng costume design ang plano, para by summer workshop na kmi. ahahaha
OA ang pagod sumayaw. naligo ako sa kalsada ng tubig. pero kebs! masaya pa rin! LOL sa January sasayaw ako ulit, ibang festival naman. ako magbibitbit ng santo nino LOL
ay! typo itetchiwa!
PUNTA hind PUTA lolels