Merrymaking Festival

Masskara is an annual festival of Bacolod City with no folk Catholicism connotations. Most festivals in the country are associated with religious icons like for example the Sinulog of Cebu, Ati-atihan of Kalibo and Dinagyang of Iloilo were all for the veneration of the Sto Nino, the Pahiyas harvest festival of Lucban is the feast of San Isidro Labrador and so on. Even the fiestas at the barangay level are dedicated to their patron saint.

Partying in an urbanite sense isn’t my thing but folk fiestas and city festivals are enjoyable mainly for their cultural touch.

Masskara partying includes eating inasal and you go home smelling like inasal and then looking forward to the festival highlight – street dancing. So here are some of the photographs among the many masks of Masskara 2013.


Best in mask


Reason why Bacolod is the City of Smiles


Street dancing started at 1 pm and the city was booming with Latin beat as they dance their way towards the plaza


Even walis tambo can be mask material


Not just elaborate masks but costumes too


Not just having masks and costumes but props too



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