The 2014 Masskara Festival and the celebration of the 76th Charter Day of Bacolod City were both highly successful.
Thus said Mayor Monico Puentevella at the end of the Charter Day parade yesterday afternoon.
CHARTER DAY. Confetti and fireworks illuminated the city skies last October 19 as Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella together with several councilors and the 2014 MassKara Queen top 3 finalists celebrated the 76th Charter Day Anniversary of Bacolod.* (CMO-PIO photo)
Sen. Cynthia Villar (4th from left) and Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) Chief Operating Officer (COO) Mark Lapid (3rd from left) leads the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the opening of Masskara City Trade Expo and Conference at the newly-opened new wing of SM City Bacolod, with Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella (center), Silay City Mayor Oti Montelibano and councilors Carl Lopez, Em Ang, Jocelle Batapa-Sigue and Sonya Verdeflor.
The heavy downpour before the start of the parade at 1pm did not hinder the enthusiasm of participants and spectators alike.
Riding the first float were city officials led by Puentevella and Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya, followed by the 2014 MassKara Queen beauties, and the floats of various business firms, organizations, clubs and civic groups.
Puentevella during the program at the Bacolod plaza after the civil-military parade expressed thanks to the people for supporting the MassKara festival and Charter Day celebrations, saying the huge turnout of people showed strong support to the festivities.
Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr., chairman, Committee on Publicity, Promotions and Documentation of the 76th Charter Day rites, yesterday’s parade highlighted the culmination of the 20-day festivity of Bacolod.
The daily MassKara events were spread into four venues since October 1.
The venues were the Bacolod People’s House (formerly the Bacolod Government Center or NGC) where trade fair exhibits and other programs were held; the Lacson Tourism Strip where street parties and concerts were held; the Bacolod Public Plaza, and the Baywalk-BREDCO port area.