In Photos: Bacolod Masskara Festival

The City of Smiles! Bacolod is best known for their incomparable world-known hospitality and delectable food – one cannot just avoid digging in, no time for degustation! Bacolod is also the largest urbanized city in Negros Occidental, where the gateway to the “Taj Mahal of Negros” (The Ruins) is located.

One of the biggest Philippine festivals is also celebrated in Bacolod – The Masskara Festival. It is held every third weekend of October. The grand street parade and the street dance competition is always held on a Sunday. Since I love going to PH festivals, I had to be there to capture the festivity, also to meet with my co-Instagrammer friends – who I also had the most wonderful time hanging out with.

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How to go to Bacolod?

There are 11 flights per day from Manila:

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Or if you are coming from another location in the Philippines, you can check flight schedules and fares here: Philippine Airlines or Cebu Pacific Air.

Find out more about the Beautiful City of Bacolod by going to their Government Website.


Here are the photos I took the morning of the street parade, hope you like them!

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Masskara is a Mardi Gras-like festival, complete with colorful costumes, upbeat music, and impressive mix of dances.

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Bacolod is also known as the “Sugar Bowl of the Philippines” because it is the major producer of sugar cane and sugar in the country.

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The term “masskara” is actually a combination of the words “mass” (an assembly of people) and “kara” (derived from the Spanish word cara, which means “face”)

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My friend told me that yearly, on the day of the street parade, even if the weather is good, there’s rain. But luckily, the time I was there, it didn’t. So I was able to capture photos such as what I posted above. Thank Heavens!

Thank you for taking time reading! See you on my next blog post!


If you have any questions, clarifications or if you found details that are incorrect, please feel free to comment on this blog post and I will respond to you ASAP =)


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