Masskara Festival

Bacolod City, Negros Occidental

The Masskara Festival (Hiligaynon: Pista sang MassKara, Filipino: Fiesta ng MassKara) is a festival held each year in Bacolod, Philippines, every third weekend of October nearest October 19, the city's Charter anniversary.

The word "Masskara" is a portmanteau, coined by the late artist Ely Santiago from mass (a multitude of people), and the Spanish word cara (face), thus forming Mas ...

sKara (a multitude of faces). The word is also a pun on maskara, Filipino for "mask" (itself from Spanish máscara), since a prominent feature of the festival are the masks worn by participants, which are always adorned with smiling faces.

Masskara Festival News

  • All Smiles For MassKara

    The making of the iconic smiling masks used during the famous MassKara Festival here is an art in itself.

    In the early days of the MassKara, masks were made of papier mach?, but these would end up damaged when rain poured during performances a not unusual occurrence since the festival is held every October during the rainy season.

    Now, dancers are using masks made of fiberglass that can withstand heavy rains and can last to about 10 years.

    And the masks are not light weight- and price-wise.

    These could weigh from one to 5 kilograms and cost between P2,500 and P8,000 each, depending ...

  • 400 Cops Beef Up Security For MassKara Fest

    400 Cops Beef Up Security For MassKara Fest

    The Police Regional Office (PRO)-6 deployed 400 policemen here Tuesday to augment the security forces for the ongoing 38th MassKara Festival.

    The arrival of the augmentation group coincided with the assumption of Superintendent Rhoderick Minong as officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) after Senior Superintendent Jack Wanky was relieved and transferred to the PRO-6 headquarters in Iloilo City.

    Senior Superintendent Jesus Cambay Jr., deputy regional director for operations of PRO-6, led the arrival ceremony held at the BCPO grounds Tuesday afternoon.

    The 400 policem ...

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  • 38th MassKara Festival Opens In Bacolod On Sunday

    The 38th MassKara Festival themed Bacolod: City of Southeast Asia officially opens on Sunday, October 1.

    City officials headed by Mayor Evelio Leonardia will lead the opening rites at the Bacolod public plaza at 6 p.m.

    There will also be a simultaneous opening of carnival sites in SM City Bacolod and Bacolod Government Center (BGC).

    Bacolod City Lone District Representative Greg Gasataya said on Friday the public plaza will be operational at the start of the festivity after it underwent rehabilitation to boost its physical appearance.

    The highlights of the festival will be on Octob ...

  • MassKara Music Logo Launched

    MassKara Music Logo Launched

    Officials of Bacolod City, with the Silver MassKara Festival Organization (SMFO), launched Monday, September 25, the official music and logo of the 38th MassKara Festival themed ?Bacolod: City of Southeast Asia.

    This years MassKara Festival will be held from October 1 to 22.

    Happy days are here again. Were having this festival in the light of having just held what was probably the biggest and most successful MassKara ever, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said in a press conference held at the lobby of the Bacolod Government Center (BGC).

    He said in 2016, thousands of people joined the MassKara ...

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