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MassKara 2020 suspended; revelries, activities halted

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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia has signed an Executive Order suspending the public celebration of Masskara Festival, and all other related revelries and activities during the month of October.

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ARTISAN FOR A MONTH, SIKAD DRIVER FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR. Renante Pajes is a mask designer | He is a former government employee | Now he is back to plying the streets, earning a few pesos for every passenger | But he sets aside a part of his earnings to designing masks during the MassKara Festival | He has been at it, he says, for more than 15 years | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles.

The mayor, through E.O. 62, said the suspension is in observance of and compliance to the health and safety protocols stemming from the spread of CoViD-19.

Bacolod City had earlier been placed under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) from 8 September 8, 2020 until September 30, 2020 by the National Inter-Agency Task Force.

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Among the activities to be suspended parades, street dance competitions, exhibits, road shows, dance/talent/singing/beauty/costume/pyrotechnic contests, concerts, sports events, cockfights, open market/food/plants/wares/apparel fairs, industrial/commercial fairs,  or any other form of peddling/interactions/transactions in open places at public roads/streets/alleys/parks/squares.

The Business Permits and Licensing Office, the E.O. said, will not issue any business permit or license to operate for any form of activities or events in connection with the 2020 MassKara Festival.

Any permit and license that may have already been issued/granted prior to this Executive Order is revoked or cancelled.

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Hannah A. Papasin
Hannah A. Papasinhttp://facebook.com/hannah.mariveles
Writer. Critic. Professor. She started writing since primary school and now has two published textbooks on communication. A film buff, she's a Communication, Media Literacy and Journalism Professor of the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod, and has a Master's Degree in English.
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