Negocc to show­case Masskara, Babay­lan at ‘Fi­es­tas in the City’

Sun Star Bacolod - - Business -

NE­GROS Oc­ci­den­tal is show­cas­ing two of its best fes­tiv­i­ties dur­ing the “Fi­es­the tas in the City,” an event or­ga­nized by the Depart­ment of Tourism (DOT) in Western Visayas to boost the re­gion’s travel desti­na­tions.

prov­ince will again take pride of the world renowned Masskara Fes­ti­val of Ba­colod City, and Babay­lan Fes­ti­val of Bago City dur­ing the six­day event at North­point Event Cen­ter of SM City Iloilo from May 25 to 31 this year.

Cris­tine Mansinares, provin­cial su­per­vis­ing tourism op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer, said fes­ti­vals are among the tourism events and of­fer­ings that have been at­tract­ing lo­cal and for­eign tourists.

The prov­ince, through its par­tic­i­pa­tion in the event, could fur­ther posi

tion it­self as a top travel des­ti­na­tion in the coun­try, she added.

The “Fi­es­tas in the City” is in col­lab­o­ra­tion with SM City Iloilo and provin­cial gov­ern­ments in Re­gion 6.

The event tagged as Western Visayas Re­gional Travel Des­ti­na­tion Ex­hibit presents the dif­fer­ent tourism of­fer­ings of var­i­ous desti­na­tions in the re­gion.

Dur­ing the grand open­ing on Satur­day, the re­gional line agency show­cased var­i­ous fes­ti­vals in the re­gion in­clud­ing the Masskara Fes­ti­val and Kan­si­lay Fes­ti­val of Silay City.

There will be a daily show­case of cul­tural per­for­mances from each of the com­po­nent provinces and highly-ur­ban­ized cities.

The Capiz and An­tique Day was held on May 26 while Ak­lan is to­day, May 27; Guimaras - May 29; Iloilo Prov­ince - May 30; and Iloilo City, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal and Ba­colod City - May 31.

“Our Masskara and Babay­lan dancers will stun au­di­ence from Western Visayas and other parts of the coun­try,” Mansinares said, adding that these fes­ti­vals re­flect the rich cul­ture, his­tory and tra­di­tions as well as artistry and creativ­ity of the Ne­grenses.*

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

DOT Western Visayas Re­gional Direc­tor He­len Catal­bas (cen­ter) with Provin­cial Su­per­vis­ing Tourism Op­er­a­tions Of­fi­cer Cris­tine Mansinares (sec­ond from right), Alphonsus Tesoro of Capiz Tourism and Cul­tural Af­fairs Of­fice (left), Lorna Longno of Smal­lville Travel and Tours (sec­ond from left), and Lili­beth Tras­padillo of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Tourism Di­vi­sion at the side­lines of the on­go­ing “Fi­es­tas in the City” at North­point Event Cen­ter of SM City Iloilo.

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