3rd week of October || Bacolod, Negros Occidental

    The word Masskara is coined from two words, "mass" meaning "many or a multitude of the people", and the Spanish word cara meaning "face". The highlight is a parade with street dancers wearing beautifully and intricately designed smiling masks and colorful costumes.

    Masskara Festival started in 1980 to add color and fun to Bacolod City's celebration of its Charter Day on October 19. The original idea behind the Masskara Festival was to promote a time of happiness to a down trodden people. It has since boosts Bacolod City's tourism because of the tourists who join the merrymaking as well as buy orchids and handicrafts.

    Masskara Festival
    Masskara Festival

    Throughout the week, people flock to the town plaza to join in the non-stop round of festivities. Even if you don't feel like dancing and singing, the pig catching and pole climbing competitions are musts. Some are also trying their luck and testing their skills in mask-making contests, disco king and queen competitions, coconut-milk drinking to name a few.

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