Kara: A Mask Collection By Jojo Vito
One clear outcome of the Masskara Festival of Bacolod was the emergence of masks and mask makers from the time of its inception. Today, there are many kinds available in the market during festival time, a good number coming from China, but none of them could compare with those made by mask maker par excellence, Jojo Vito. Last October 15, I was very lucky to be invited to the opening of Kara, an exhibit of limited edition masks conceptualized by Jojo Vito and Anton Manso, Marketing Consultant of Jojo Vito Designs Gallery. The display is inspired by the theme of the 2012 Masskara Festival, “Celebrating the good Life in Bacolod”. Mayor Bing Leonardia with Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue and Masskara Chairman Mr. Eli Tajanlangit did the ribbon cutting. The exhibit is sponsored by of SM City Bacolod and located at it's North Wing main entrance until October 22, 2012.
|Anton Manso, Jojo Vito and Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue|
All these beautiful and captivating masks had names, unfortunately I was not able to list them down. I suggested to Jojo that it is time that all his collections should be catalogued for easy reference. I was told that each of these masks is a representation of gaiety, glamour and the love for life of every Bacolodnon. These were different from the usual designs made by Vito Mask and come in different forms and purpose such as wall lamps, wall decors, wall clocks and table tops. For the KARA collection, materials used were fiber glass, beads, fashion accessories and other indigenous materials such as feathers, twigs, shells and stones. Vito Masks are all handmade and handpainted.
But Jojo Vito is more than his famous masks. He is a management consultant and a motivational speaker as well, plus he blogs too! As an artist entrepreneur, he also makes one of a kind furnitures, house furnishings, fashion accessories, special designed trophies and plaques. Don't just take my word for it, pay him a visit at his wonderful showroom in Metrodome at Corner Araneta-Alunan Avenue, Bacolod City. His products can also be found in both Negros Showrooms.
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