Masskara Festival

Masskara Festival
The 2011 MassKara festival logo was designed by Bacolod visual artist and fine arts professor Bamboo Tonogbanua who has also been commissioned to do the trophies that will be given to the winners in the different official festival competitions.

In keeping with a tradition started in 2004, a Bacolod artist is commissioned to capture the year’s MassKara theme and creative impulses in its logo and trophies.

Tonogbanua has been part of the past MassKara festivals in different capacities- as a costume and stage designer for the MassKara Queen pageants, floats, festival arcs, and streetdancing competitions. He is also the organizer of the well-received MassKara Fantasy Costume contests, an annual festival event that is being revived this year.

He is a graduate of Bachelor of Fine Arts major in Advertising of the University of Santo Tomas.

Tonogbanua had taught at the La Consolacion College-School of Architecture and Fine Arts (LCC-ARFIEN) for more than 20 years.

He is a founding member of the 36-year-old Art Association of Bacolod-Negros, and a member of the Circulo de Bacolod.

Tonogbanua said he was both happy and honored to have been commissioned by the Silver MassKara Festival Organization to create this year’s logo that is centered on the theme, “Celebrating the New Icons of Bacolod.”

This year’s logo shows a spectrum of colors that the festival is famous for, he said.

The logo combines the glamorous but realistic portrayal of the mask, itself a symbol of the festival, and the vibrant colors of the MassKara Festival, he said.

The hairs of the mask are illustrated like flowing ribbons to symbolize the lively and festive atmosphere of the festival, he said.

The headdress of the mask showed symbols of the new icons of Bacolod: the Bacolod City Government Center, the Blessed John Paul II Tower, and other rising business structures.

Also in the headdress are the public plaza’s bandstand, where the MassKara streetdancing competitions are held, and the Philippine flag, to symbolize patriotism.

Festival director Eli Francis Tajanlangit said the inclusion of the flag is apt as Bacolod is campaigning for our “kababayan” in the US and other countries to come home in October and join the celebration of the 32nd MassKara Festival.

Among those who have created the MassKara logos are renowned filmmaker Peque Gallaga and visual artists Barry Cervantes, Lee Santiago, Raymond Legaspi. Cervantes and Legaspi had also worked on the trophies along with Jose Carreon, Jr. and Dennis Ascalon.

The MassKara trophies were first designed by Charlie Co in 2006. From the figure Co designed, that of a rising sun and a ship, other artists had painted on.

Last year, the festival logo was designed by Daryl Anthony Jimenea, a young multi-media artist, and a graduate of Computer Engineering of the University of Saint La Salle. (source: )

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