By: Dolly Yasa
Bacolod City – The International Mask Art and Culture Organization (IMACO), A South Korean group established in 2006 to safeguard and promote mask cultures, is expected to hold a mask exhibit today, Oct.31, 2019 at SM City Bacolod.
Dawon Ginny Lee, chief of IMACO’s international cooperation team, said their group is “very delighted” to host their second event in the city.
Lee said they brought more than 400 masks from 22 countries for the exhibit, which will run until Dec 26.
She also said they will host a grand opening on Nov 6 which will be participated by more than 200 delegates from 17 countries.
The mask exhibit will be opened to the public at 2 p.m. with Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran in attendance.
The masks include not just those from the Philippines but also from South Korea, China, Thailand, and Indonesia.
IMACO is a UNESCO accredited non-government organization, which has been providing advisory services to the intergovernmental committee in the framework of the 2003 UNESCO convention for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage.
This year’s event aims to deepen the research of mask culture from a broad perspective, including the origin, transmission, myths, rituals, communities, performers, and more.