This festival held each year in Bacolod Philippines. It is being held every 3rd weekend of October or in the closest weekend to Octover 19.
History of Masskara Festival
The festival 1st began in 1980 during the period of crisis. The province of Bacolod is relying on sugar cane as its primary agricultural crop, and the price of the sugar that time is low because of the introduction of sugar substitutes like high fructose in the United States. This was the 1st Masskara Festival and a time tragedy, April 22 of that year, the island vessel MV Don Juan carrying many Negrenses, including the belonging to prominent families in Bacolod City, collided with the tanker Tacloban City and sank. A estimated of 700 lives were lost in the tragedy. The local government, civic groups, and city’s artist decided to make a festival of smiles, because the city at that time were also known as the City of Smiles.
The Mask in history of the festival is constantly changing from masks influenced by the native Filipinos which slowly was influenced by Rio Carnival and Carnival of Venice. Earlier Masks were hand painted and design with feathers, native beads, and feathers, while the modern mask is feature plastic sequins and beads.
The Masskara Festival features a street dance competition where the people from all walks of life troop to the streets to see colorful masked dancers, rhythm at the Latin musical beats in a display of mastery, coordination, stamina, and gaiety.
When you go Masskara Festival, the fun of pageantry will give you a several days to see overload. The people wears elegant and ingenious costumes dance in the streets.
The Street Dancing
The street dancing is divided in to 2 categories, which is the school division and barangays, the latter is the highlight of the street dancing competition.