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MassKara Festival 2016 | Bacolod

MassKara Festival is one of popular festivals in the Philippines which started in the early 80’s. The annual celebration held every October by locals in Bacolod, known as as “The City of Smiles.”

MassKara Festival | Photo by Syron Grande Jardeniano

The fun festival features a parade of locals wearing unique and colorful mask and a streetdance competition where participants are wearing also mask and beautiful costume while dancing to the beats of the drums. Other activities include the MassKara Queen beauty pageant, musical concerts, drum and bugle corps competitions, carnivals,  food festivals, sports events,  agriculture-trade fairs, garden shows, and other special events.

The Street Dancing is divided into two categories; the schools division and the barangays.

Meanwhile, the name of the festival is derived from the words ‘mass’ for many, and ‘kara’, a local word that translated to ‘face’. Masskara Festival first began during a period of crisis where accident MV Doña Paz of Sulpicio Lines caught fire and sank, killing of close to 700 people. To uplift the spirit of the people, local artists of Bacolod created an event, which was the birth of what is now known as the MassKara Festival. 

MassKara Festival 2016 Schedule of Activities

October 15 MassKara Festival Streetdance Competition (Schools Category)
October 16 MassKara Festival streetdance competition (Barangay Category)
October 19 Bacolod City Charter Day Parade



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