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.
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Bacolod City's annual MassKara Festival is among the country's biggest celebrations similar to Rio Carnival in Brazil.
MassKara, translated literally as "many faces", is held every October and traces its official orgins to 1980 when the sugar industry was struggling and an unfortunate ferry accident left about 750 Negrenses dead.
The festival was first held on October 19, 1980 coinciding with Bacolod City's Charter Day celebration with the intent of uplifting the spirits of the people and bringing back the smiles to their faces through the many masks.
However, in 1979, a group of arti ...
The Masskara Festival is a Bacolodnon's way of expressing their gratefulness for all the plentiful blessings that they received.
The MassKara Festival-inspired design for the Bacolod Welcome Park that will rise on the boundary of the cities of Bacolod and Talisay in Negros Occidental was unveiled Monday afternoon.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Megaworld senior vice president Jericho Go led the unveiling, which was followed by the groundbreaking rites at the site, which is located along the Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road.
The occasion took place on the day Bacolod commemorated the 80th year of the signing of its Charter, by then President Manuel L. Quezon on June 18, 1938.
"For us, this is a symbolism that Bacol ...
Every fourth Sunday of October, Bacolod City celebrates the MassKara Festival. With vibrant costumes coupled with headdresses and masks, the streets of the city come into life. As others say, it is the happiest and most colorful festival among all festivals in the Philippines. This is why Bacolod City is considered as the City of Smiles. This month-long celebration is enjoyed together with food fests, activities, concerts, and even street parties.
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In Bacolod City, everyone can truly feel the warmth and happiness of Negrenses through the MassKara Festival held every October. ...
We celebrate our culture and community spirit in festivals and fiestas. We dance, we sing, we are merry in the company of our family, friends and guests. There are things that bind us, especially for Filipinos, including Negrenses. These are mostly our traditions of street parties and dances.
People come together to join in the fun and make deeper connections that allow life to be colorful. We bask in the collective energy of our local festivals because its part of our cultural identity.
In the same spirit of Bayanihan that makes these celebrations possible, do we also work together to c ...