October 9, 2014
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What they’ll do? Three bangkeros will hold the rope then pull it abruptly at the count of three to manually start the motor of this banca. Malapascua Island, Cebu
An old t-shirt is the stereotypical head wrap or mask of bangkeros where the neck hole becomes the opening for the eyes. Frequent windy conditions on the job make this t-shirt headwear as the more secure (readily available and cheaper) option than a baseball cap.
Lookout and passenger assistance task for these two banca men in this motorized outrigger boat from Batangas bound for Puerto Galera
October 22, 2013
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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