So the verdict on my first ever Masskara festival experience? 10 out of 10 points! I must admit, I wasn’t expecting much. Not that I didn’t think Bacolod was awesome (I’ve heard plenty of great things about it actually), but I was a bit exhausted from all the work and traveling prior to this trip that my mind just wasn’t capable of forming any judgement whatsoever. At the very least, I knew I was going to have fun. I was with my SMART family after all and it’s always a good time whenever we’re together. I just didn’t know I’d have THIS MUCH FUN.
For those who don’t know, Masskara is a festival held every third week of October in Bacolod. It started in the early 1980s when Bacolod was under a major crisis. In an effort to lift people’s spirits, the city’s artists, local government and civic groups decided to hold a festival of smiles. People would wear colorful masks and costumes as they danced on the streets. Street dance competitions, pageants and music festivals/concerts liven up the entire city for 3 days. Of course, we participated in all of these. We joined the parades, ate the yummiest food (Calea cakes and chicken inasal are mandatory) and partied the night away at Love Dance, Masskara Invasion and Masskaraland. I don’t have any photos from the parties though but I did manage to take a few snaps of the sights and the parade so check those out below. I must say, the pparade is a visual feast and the people of Bacolod is as colorful as their costumes! No wonder this city is called the City of Smiles.
Thank you SMART for bringing me to Bacolod! And thank you Bacolod for showing me such an amazing time!