Bacolod’s Masskara Festival: Puts an Eternal Smile on Your Face

Unlike some of the popular Visayan festivals that are deeply rooted in religion like the Ati-atihan of Kalibo, Sinulog of Cebu, and Dinagyang of Iloilo, the Masskara Festival of Bacolod is not a tribute to any diety but a celebration of the people’s indomitable spirit and gaiety amid trials and adversities.

The Masskara Festival, began in the early 1980s during the height of the sugar industry collapse, was built upon the Bacoleños inate mirth and cheerfulness. Donning masks with smiling faces, the people gathered together in one huge Mardi Gras-like party organized by the city government, local artists and groups, and private businesses to show to the rest of the country — and the world — that the Negrenses remain full of hope, believing that nothing can put a happy spirit down.

Now on its 34th year, Masskara is held every third weekend of October or on the closest weekend to October 19, Bacolod’s Charter Day. The Masskara Festival reaffirms why Bacolod is the City of Smiles!

Masskara 2014 revolves around the theme: One Rhythm. One Bacolod. A Million Smiles!

The fun pageantry is indeed a visual overload! Street dancers in colorful and ingenious costumes spearhead the merrymaking along the city’s major thoroughfares.


About Seeing with Brahmin eyes
My sense of humor can be keen, sarcastic, silly or corny -- sometimes all at once. I enjoy meeting new people with no preconceived ideas about what or what is not possible. You get much more out of life by being open minded and willing. I'm an easy going, good-natured person who loves life and loves people. I'm both optimistic and realistic and pretty objective when it comes to assessing situations, events, etc. In general I am a very positive person and you'll usually find we with a smile on my face.

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