Who’s up for a fun-filled trip to Bacolod for the Masskara Festival this October? Considered as one of the liveliest and most colorful festivals in the country, the festival is definitely the perfect time to visit Bacolod City.

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October 17’14-Masskara Love Dance

October 18’14-Masskara Street Dance

October 19’14-Electric Masskara 


Going to the festival is worth your money, especially because you get to enjoy not one but two grand Masskara parades: one for the school category and another for the barangay category. It is the barangay category that draws the most viewers, however, and is considered to be the main highlight of the street dancing competition.

Expect to see a splash of color in the stunning dresses and amazingly colorful masks the dancers will be wearing for the parade and street dancing competition. These masks are always painted with smiling faces, bringing cheer to everyone.

The festival was born at a time of suffering, when a crisis hit the sugar industry, which is the main livelihood of the people in Bacolod City at the time. It emerged in the same time frame as the tragedy that claimed 700 lives, many of whom were from the city: the sinking of MV Don Juan.

The happy masks are a tribute to the city’s nickname as the “City of Smiles” as well as a way of uplifting the people’s spirits, bringing smiles and happiness to the gloomy hearts of the people. The Masskara Festival is the city’s way of rising up from the ashes of despair, to survive and triumph over the sad situations.

It was called Masskara as a pun to “mascara” or mask, but the true reason behind its name is “mass” for the people and “kara” for face, a term created by the late artist Ely Santiago. So, the term “Masskara” for the festival means a “multitude or a mass of faces”; that really is something you can look forward to this October.

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