Masskara displays in Bacolod City plaza signals the start of the world-famous Masskara Festival celebration. Flocks of tourist and locals join the annual 23-day festivities starting October 1 every year.
According to the Department of Tourism website:
When you go to the Masskara Festival, the fun pageantry will give you several days of visual overload. People garbed in elegant and ingenious costumes dance on the streets, their masks reflective of the jovial Negrense spirit. Costumes are made with fabrics of different colors and patterns, embellished with exotic feathers, shiny sequins, multicolored beads and paired with towering headgear.
It’s a sea of vibrant colors, eclectic patterns, and huge smiles. And then of course, there’s the Masskara Queen – the girl with the most beautiful smile, epitomizing the spirit of the festival itself.
With the beating drums and the festival songs reverberating in the air, you’d have to fight the urge to dance. At least until the best part: the street dance competition, where performers from different towns dance through a battle of showmanship and creativity. Then the street is transformed into a huge dance floor, and everyone’s a competitor! So don’t worry if your feet give in to the rhythm. No mask? No costume? No problem. Just put on a big smile and you’re good to go in the Masskara Festival!
More information about Bacolod City’s Masskara Festival schedule of events can be accessed at http://www.bacolodcity.gov.ph/masskara_schedule_2016.htm. (Malacañang photo by Rey S. Baniquet)