Korean team inspects int’l mask conference venues in Bacolod

By Nanette Guadalquiver

May 2, 2018, 7:24 pm

<p><strong>INT'L CONFAB</strong>. Mayor Evelio Leonardia (center) and Councilor Em Ang with Imaco Secretary-General Byung-Jin Yoon (right) during the latter’s meeting with Local Organizing Committee of the 2019 Imaco International Conference in Bacolod City on Tuesday (May 1, 2018). <em>(Photo courtesy of Bacolod City PIO) </em></p>

INT'L CONFAB. Mayor Evelio Leonardia (center) and Councilor Em Ang with Imaco Secretary-General Byung-Jin Yoon (right) during the latter’s meeting with Local Organizing Committee of the 2019 Imaco International Conference in Bacolod City on Tuesday (May 1, 2018). (Photo courtesy of Bacolod City PIO) 

BACOLOD CITY-- A team from the International Mask Arts and Culture Organization (Imaco) based in South Korea conducted a two-day site inspection of the billeting sites and venues for this city’s hosting of the 7th Imaco International Conference in November next year.

The inspection team, who visited Bacolod on Monday and Tuesday, was led by Secretary-General Byung-Jin Yoon and was joined by World Tour Travel Agency chief executive officer Sang Kwang Cho.
Yoon said the conference will promote Bacolod to the world and connect Bacolod to Korea.

He added that volunteers from Korean civil associations will come to Bacolod for the event.

The local organizing committee, headed by Mayor Evelio Leonardia as chairman, was briefed by the Imaco delegation on the requirements in hosting the international event.

“The MassKara Festival now really belongs to the world. We are now among the world’s most prominent mask festivals. We are truly proud of our very own MassKara Festival which is actually our people’s creation,” Leonardia said.

About 300 delegates from various countries are expected to attend the convention in Bacolod.

Imaco is an organization of 63 countries from Asia, Europe, America, Africa, and Oceania that have mask-based festivals.

In November last year, masks used by performers of the world-renowned MassKara Festival were exhibited at the 6th Imaco International Conference in Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

During the said event, Leonardia signed a memorandum of understanding with Imaco president Kweon Young-sae, the mayor of Korea’s Andong City, which has sisterhood ties with Bacolod. (PNA)

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