BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occ. - Members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod City approved during its midweek session a resolution authored by Councilor Sonya Verdeflor which seeks the establishment of a Masskara City on the city's reclamation area as a permanent site of the annual Masskara Festival celebration.
Said site is intended as a tourism destination landmark in the city, Masskara festival being a world-famous activity here.
Verdeflor's resolution states that said Masskara City will be located at a five-hectare property that shall house and showcase permanent booths of Bacolod City's 61 barangays. There will also be a Masskara Museum where Masskara artistry and souvenir products, masks and costumes will be displayed for posterity and tourism promotion.
The venue will make space for food and drink establishments.Overall, said Masskara City will depict the history, arts and culture of Negros Occidental's capital city, Bacolod as well as provide for the development of a cultural heritage tourism zone which is seen as bringing in new investments in tourism and related services.
For his part, City Administrator Atty. John N. Orola, Jr., concurrent officer in charge (OIC) Bacolod City's Tourism Office, expressed appreciation for Verdeflor's resolution, particularly since, he said, the MassKara festival is already in the calendar of activities of travel agencies and tour operators.
Orola further said that the festival should have "a cultural and religious significance and there is a need to have such preparations as MassKara is already known worldwide."
Frank Carbon of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) said, meanwhile, that Masskara City should be situated in a property named after the city.
In Verdeflor's resolution, a budget of P20 million was proposed for the building of said Masskara City which the counselor said can be sourced from the city's General Fund.