From America to Africa and other parts of the globe, one thing is sure that you will find some fantastic events and festivals, which will make you feel special and crazy at the same time.The versatility in the traditions and cultural festivals all around the world forces you to recognize the beauty of nature.
The versatility in the traditions and cultural festivals all around the world forces you to recognize the beauty of nature.
The colorful Caribbean carnivals, the water festival in Thailand, and the cheese-rolling fest in the United Kingdom are all different to each other, but still, it fascinates the people from all the backgrounds.
The Philippines also hosts some celebrates events like Masskara Festival and Sinulog Festival that just showcase the brilliance of this amazing country.
What is MassKara Festival?
MassKara is a combination of two words “Mass” which means many and a Spanish word “Cara” man’s face. Hence, collectively you can say that MassKara means many faces.
During the days of the festival, the Bacolod city turns into a hub of mask-wearing people. As far as I am concerned, this festival is on the top of your bucket list at any cost.
MassKara Festival History:
MassKara Festival 2017 Dates:
MassKara Festival 2017 Schedule of Activities:
Well, the Bacolod Festival celebrations will be well and truly underway from the 1st of October. The celebrations will begin from the October 1st until the end of the month.
People from all the world flocks to Bacolod City to participate in one of the most entertaining festivals in the globe.
Now, for the first time in the history of the festival that the schedule is fixed, as the Bacolod Festival, 2017 highlights will begin from the 21st of October.
The main event of this year is the highly anticipated Street dance Competition where you will see the dancers dressed in brightest costumes and wonderful masks. In the beats of drums and Latin music, the dancers will display their skills in front of tens and thousands of viewers.
We are not through yet.
After the Dance Competition, there will be a list of multiple MassKara Festival Activities that includes Electric MassKara, where you will get the luxury of live music in an electrifying atmosphere.
Apart from that, the MassKara Queen Beauty Pageant, Food Festivals, Carnivals, Sports competitions, Mask Making Competitions, Drumming contests are also the part of this wonderful festival.
With the latest progression in the IT sector, the field of graphics has changed dramatically, hence there is also massive clothes in the design of Logos from the past years. The MassKara Logo 2017 is out now. so here is the Logo.
Here are the pics of Logos started from 2008.
MassKara Logo 2008-2014
MassKara Festival Logo 2015:
MassKara Festival 2016:
Arguably, this Festival is right at the top when it comes to displaying the brightest and the most creative costumes made by the local artists.
The Headdress and Masks are the most attractive parts of the costumes, and that’s where they get the upper hand from the others.
Indeed, the secrets of their attractiveness behind the costumes are the combination of the colors along with the selection of masks to the particular outfit.
And get this.
Not only that but also the Bacolodnon artists know the art of making the costumes, extremely vibrant by merging the colors and produce some wonderful shades that make the outfits out of this world.
After displaying all the costumes, the jury chooses the Best in the Costume and Mask and declares the winner of the competition.
Bacolod Festival Foods:
Well, the Smiling festival of the Bacolod City is not only confined to dancing, singing and partying. In this festival, you will also get the chance to taste some of the most delicious foods of the world.
The city of Bacolod is famous for its chicken dishes, seafood, and desserts. So, here are some of the mouth-watering MassKara Festival Foods youmust have to try in this event.
- Chicken Inasal.
- Traditional Cakes.
Without any doubt, MassKara designs are just matchless, and many notable designers can’t take the place of the local Bacolodnan artists.
To be very honest, the delicacy in the hands of local artists is just out of this world, and it’s almost impossible to describe their talent and skills in words.
The creativity in the designs and costumes of the Festival of Smiles distinguishes it from many other crowd-pulling festivals. Apart from that, you can’t deny the fact that it’s impossible for anybody to find more colorful event than this one from all over the globe.
How can you beat that?
So, the matter of the fact is that this Festival has its class and charm and it’s a tough job to compare this particular festival to any other.
Another brilliant thing about the MassKara masks and designs is that it changes every year, and you have to expect something new and creative in this year as well.
Events and Activities:
Unquestionably, Street dancing should be on the top of your list if you are a party or a dance lover. The street dancing competition in the festival is one of the highly anticipated competition, and people take a special interest in this competition. It is divided into two categories.
- The School division.
- The Barangay division.
This competition is actually a highlight of the MassKara festival, and honestly, it’s a treat to watch for all the viewers.The participants march towards the streets and stun the people with their creative costumes along with their dancing.
You just get the feeling that a rainbow is dancing in front of you and fairly, it’s impossible to describe the scenes in words.
From one group to another, you will see people dancing with unique costumes and masks, hence turning the atmosphere into their own style.
So, if you want to enjoy the street dancing to the highest level, then you just need to come at least a couple of hours before the time to get the front row.
Otherwise, you just have to view all the activities from Bacolod City Hall or Rizal Elementary School.
Parties and Celebrations:
Although the entire festival is a celebration and party, still there are some occasions where you have to be fully ready to enjoy the party scene to the maximum level.
Yes! you read that right.
On the 19th of October, the city holds a celebration for a “Charter Day” and that is the best time for you to party alongside hundreds of participants.
As the clock approaches 12 am, the countdown begins and everyone starts singing “ Happy Birthday Bacolod” and that then the fireworks erupts, and that’s the perfect time for you to just open your arms and sing whatever you want.
Apart from that, don’t forget to attend the “Electric MassKara Parade” on the weekend of the Bacolod City festival.
Marathon and Pole Climbing:
Apart from partying, there are some other events like Pole Climbing and Running competitions in the festival as well. Usually, on the 18th of October, you can take part in a MassKara Ultramarathon in a 5k,10k solo or 35 and 65k relay running contests.
Guess what? if you don’t like running then?
If running is not your thing, then don’t worry because you can be a part of a Pig-catching contest only if you like to get down and dirty,
Again, if you don’t like to get down and dirty, then no problem, as you can test your skill and strength level by making your name in a Pole Climbing competition.
So, the bottom line is that there are a lot of options for you to get yourself entertain in a Bacolod Festival.
Another crowd-pulling event in the Bacolod festival is the MassKara Queen Beauty Pageant. It is quite a dynamic contest as the pageant includes different competitions like:
- Fitness Contests.
- Makeup competitions.
- Talent competitions.
Alongside all these contests, there is also a photo shoot of the newly crowned Masskara Queen. Other than that, the Queen also has the luxury to attend the largest celebration of the Charter Day Countdown.
So, these are the some of the popular events and activities, you will get in the MassKara festival.Hence, I don’t think that you have to think twice in order to visit the Bacolod city for the happiest festival on earth.
Bacolod Festival is a wonderful festival for all the fun goers and entertainment lovers, and indeed it is highly recommended from my side.