Experiencing the 2013 Mudpack Festival
I’m always excited about Mudpack Festival. For me , the festival is unique, engaging and something that really awakens my senses.
For this year, I blocked my calendar couple of months ahead. In fact, I even made a blog entry about the festival entitled ,” Getting Ready for the 2013 Mudpack Festival”. But as the date comes closer, I started to wonder why I haven’t read any advertisement about the Festival. I thought ,was it canceled for this year? So I started to search the net -searching the google about 2013 Mudpack Festival. I was amazed , It’s my blog which ranks first in Goggle displaying entries about the Mudpack Festival . But wait, wait, wait…!!!! I was surprised, another blog entry of exactly the same title with mine caught my attention. So I clicked the entry and to my BIG surprised the content was exactly the same, copied verbatim as what I wrote in my blog. Of course, I am the original!!!! He uploaded his entry 3 days after mine. Even the photos which I borrowed from my friend, Dr. Ronnie Baldonado was cropped, removing the watermark. QUE HORROR! Anyway, I have already sent the private message to the writer, telling him: “YOU COPIED MY BLOG!” I don’t’ intend to go further into this issue. In fact, after I felt irritated , I realized he was reading my blog—A FAN? Lol. But I will appreciate a formal apology—mag sorry ka kaya? Promise I will never deliver this line to you: “you’re nothing but a second rate, T—-H—-pussy cat!” Anyway, I have revised that blog entry already , but kept a copy of my original entry—just in case.
Going back to the date of the festival, I informed Dr. Baldonado about the issue and asked him about the schedule .It’s June 22-23, 2013. Susmarya! I realized , I was not able to attend the first day of 2013 Mudpack Festival. Anyway, there’s still the second day, I thought.
So the following day, I after I woke up, I checked on my car’s water, oil,etc. At first, I was hesitant to drive for that distance because my car is basically old and I have zero skill in troubleshooting. On the other hand, I don’t like to travel on a public transport, because when I travel I stopped anywhere and take some pictures. So, with some food and much prayer , off I go…
The Bath House in Mambukal
Mambukal is really not that far from Bacolod, so we arrived at Mambukal quite early.
When we arrived we’ve noticed that artists were already busy doing their installation arts. But we opted to proceed to the falls first to take some pictures . (I will be making another entry for Mambukal Mountain Resort).
All over Mambukal Resort I saw tents which were installed by the participants joining the festival. So I started to take pictures and talking with the artist while they were preparing for the event that afternoon.
Mudpack festival provides local artists with the opportunity to show their artistic talents and skills using various kinds of colored clay and some indigenous materials.
Mudpack Festival seemed to me to be a daring festival. While taking pictures, it was noticeable that most participants were wearing almost nothing but clay. But they never looked vulgar as the colored clay appeared to be their very costume.
After a while, I heard drum beats. That was the signal of the start of judging for the various Installation Arts. It was not a simple installation arts competition because the artist does some performances while they are being judged—truly fascinating. All competition at the 23rd Mudpack Festival revolved around their theme:”Our Climate, Our Actions, Our Future”.
After the judging of the Installation Pieces, we’ve proceeded to the Ishiwata Bath Houses Area where the next event will be held, the Solo Dance Improvisation. Again, the Solo Dance Improvisation is a feast for all the senses. They were telling a story while dancing, and the colored clay body paint is another thing which I like the most because they come as a great element for photography.
I didn’t wait for the proclamation of winners anymore as I was scared to drive home late. Besides, to me all of them were winners already. It’s just sad to note that I seemed to feel that the unique Mudpack Festival was not marketed properly. I hope that next year the province will make it a bit bigger to encourage more artists to participate and more people from other places will be able to witness this amazing Mudpack Festival.
Next year, I am planning to stay at Mambukal for the entire Mudpack Festival. Anyone would like to have another Happy Trip with me?Lol
HOW TO GET TO MAMBUKAL
Mambukal is Located at Barangay Minoyan, Murcia, Negros Occidental. Time of Travel: 30-45 minutes from Bacolod City. If you want to take the public transportation, some jeepneys are available at Libertab Market, Bacolod. (Just ask for the terminal, you won’t get lost).