Duterte to open Bacolod’s 37th Masskara Festival on October 1


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will formally open the 37th Masskara Festival in Bacolod City this coming October 1.

This was announced by Mayor Evelio Leonardia who said the Chief Executive’s arrival was confirmed by Bureau of Internal Revenue Deputy Commissioner Jesus Clint Aranas.

Aranas, who hails from Negros Occidental, said that Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea will be joining the President on Saturday’s opening ceremonies.

Leonardia said the “acceptance” of the President of his invitation has generated so much excitement.

“It is overwhelming and by his (Duterte) presence alone, we can say that MassKara Festival 2016 is off to its greatest start,” he added.

He added that other national officials who have confirmed attendance during the MassKara opening are Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Secretary Ismael Sueno of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Secretary Alfonso Cusi of the Department of Energy, Secretary Emmanuel Piñol of the Department of Agriculture, Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino, Road Board Chairman Chito Clavena, and Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano, chairperson of the League of Cities of the Philippines.

“(That) the President’s coming to Bacolod straight from Vietnam is very flattering for us here in Bacolod,” Leonardia added.

He said the President’s presence will definitely boost the image and the tourism and commercial value of the festival.