The Masskara Festival is something to look forward to this October. Yep, I know it is still a long way to go before October comes but it is always best to prepare ahead of time.
|photograph courtesy of my travel blogger friend Rob of Palibut.com|
You can book ahead of time to ensure you have plane tickets and accommodations for the entire vacation to Bacolod City. Perhaps, you can even plan a side trip to Iloilo, Boracay, or other parts of the Negros Island.
The Masskara Festival is something you should not miss if you really want to enjoy the best of Bacolod. Considered as one of the most colorful festivals in the country, the Masskara Festival features a burst of colors in the form of lively dresses and large masks that extend to become headpieces as well.
Known as the “City of Smiles”, Bacolod has this wonderful effect of making you happy – especially when you are in the city for the festival, of course.
The festival itself had a dark past. It was born while the city was mourning its heavy loss of around 700 lives from the MV Don Juan tragedy. Not wanting to forever stay in mourning but also needing a fitting memorial for the lost lives, the city stood up on its feet and started the Masskara Festival.
Though their hearts were breaking and tears were flowing down their eyes, they were able to show the whole world that they were still the City of Smiles because of the forever smiling masks they created.
This year’s Masskara Festival is still too far away from today yet we’re excited to share with you the schedule of activities.
Masskara Festival 2015 Schedule of Activities
- October 16, 2015 (Friday) - MassKara Love Dance
- October 17, 2015 (Saturday) - MassKara Street Dancing (Barangay Category) and Charter Day Countdown
- October 18, 2015 (Sunday) - Electric MassKara
Note: The schedule above was based from previous year’s timeline of activities. The actual schedule will be updated once released by the festival organizers.