La Consolacion College Bacolod, the lone Art School in Bacolod and Negros Occidental, has once again demonstrated its unwavering commitment to fostering creativity and culture. In celebration of the Masskara Festival 2023, the college’s Bachelor of Fine Arts students, under the guidance of the ARFIEN Fine Arts Area, opened a mesmerizing Mask-Making Tribute Exhibition entitled “Dungan” on October 16, 2023, at the ARFIEN Art Gallery. This striking exhibition beautifully encapsulates the essence of the Masskara Festival and its global significance in the realm of mask-making.
The exhibition’s name, “Dungan,” carries profound meaning, as it symbolizes the spirit of togetherness. It is an expression of unity, a testament to the unbreakable bonds that connect the people of Bacolod and, indeed, the world. As the Masskara Festival is celebrated with vibrant masks, this collection of handmade masks stands as an embodiment of diversity, symbolism, and a timeless tradition that unites us all.
The event opened with great enthusiasm, featuring key figures who played pivotal roles in making “Dungan” come to life. Ms. Larissa Pacheco, the Program Head of the Bachelor of Fine Arts, welcomed guests to the exhibition, underscoring the hard work, dedication, and passion of the students and faculty involved.
The inspirational message delivered by School President Sr. Joan BC S. Infante, OSA, reinforced the significance of the Masskara Festival not only to the college but to the entire community. Her words echoed the festival’s spirit of resilience and hope, celebrating the indomitable Bacolodnon spirit.
Mr. Edmund Bacia, ARFIEN Art Gallery Curator and Fine Arts Faculty, presented the rationale behind the exhibition, shedding light on the artistic process, the meanings embedded in each mask, and the historical context that surrounds the Masskara Festival. This insightful presentation helped attendees gain a deeper appreciation for the artistry and cultural value of these remarkable masks.
The Guest of Honor, Hon. Em Ang, Councilor of the City Government of Bacolod, graced the event with her presence, exemplifying the city’s support for the arts and its rich cultural heritage. Her recognition of “Dungan” as a significant contribution to Bacolod’s cultural identity reinforced the importance of such exhibitions in preserving and celebrating traditions.
The event was also graced by artists from the Art Association of Negros, who brought their unique perspectives and appreciation for the arts to the exhibition. Balikbayans from outside the country attended, further illustrating the global appeal of Bacolod’s Masskara Festival and the cultural significance of mask-making as an art form.
“Dungan” serves as a testament to the enduring strength of Bacolod’s Masskara Festival and the vital role it plays in the preservation of cultural heritage. By bringing together talented artists, passionate students, and a supportive community, La Consolacion College Bacolod continues to foster creativity and celebrate the essence of the Masskara Festival.
The exhibition runs until the end of the month, allowing everyone to experience the vibrant world of masks and participate in the collective celebration of unity and tradition. Don’t miss this chance to explore the diverse meanings and symbolism that lie behind these remarkable works of art.
Join us in celebrating the Bacolod Masskara Festival 2023 at the ARFIEN Art Gallery and be part of the “Dungan” experience. Together, we celebrate culture, creativity, and the enduring spirit of togetherness that defines our beloved city. #lccbSARFAID #MasskaraFestival2023 #BuildingDreamsTogetherwithLCCB