Despite the heavy rains and traffic, thousands made it out to witness the official opening of the 2017 MassKara Festival.
Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia called last night’s opening the “tip of the iceberg,” saying more surprises await festival goers, along with festival highlights scheduled for October 21 and 22.
Among the guests included Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Deputy Commissioner Jesus ‘Clint’ Aranas, who is originally from Bacolod City.
Aranas congratulated the city on a successful opening despite the weather and announced President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to appear at this year’s festival.
“Last year, [Duterte] was here and, for a second time, he will be here,” the BIR officer announced.
The president is expected on October 20.
Aranas also wanted to assure those gathered the president does not “hate” Negros, following the signing of an executive order dissolving the Negros Island Region.
“That’s why Duterte is coming here to assure us,” he added.
Also taking part in the opening ceremonies were Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran; and Bacolod City Councilors Em Ang and Bartolome Orola, Jr./WDJ