By Rocky Puentevella
It took a lot of emails with the DOT region and the DOT in Hongkong. We complied with all the requirements despite the December holidays and there was a lot of pressure because of the deadlines. We were to send the Passport numbers, the video rehearsals via email, a sample costume. Then, the handbook arrived. It was then when I realized how big this was going to be. I saw the other groups who were performing - Taiwan, USA, St Lucia, France, Japan, among others, the route of the parade - it was going to be at Tsim Sha Tsui, the famous shopping center for most Filipinos on vacation, the expensive part, the layout, the program, the other set requirements. I went thru youtube to see samples of the parade. I had some sort of panic moment, I called the choreographer to come over to the house and meet with him. I studied the entire handbook and explained every single detail of it. I didn’t want us to look like fools when we get there. I didn’t want to be embarrassed.
Champion MassKara Dancers from Barangay Granada parading in Hongkong.*