Masskara Festival, City of Smiles

Happiest and most colorful festival

It said that Filipinos are one of the happiest people around the world. Be it in the face of tragedies and calamities, Filipinos are resilient who could still put a smile on their faces.

And speaking of smiling faces, Bacolod City is famous for its MassKara Festival known as the “happiest and most colorful festival in the Philippines.”

To lift the spirits of the locals and bring back the smiles on their faces amidst the tragedy they are facing, MassKara Festival was then created.  The MassKara Festival which is a month-long celebration highlights colorful costumes and masks.

What is Masskara mean?

The term Masskara is coined from two words: mass, meaning  many or multitude of people, and the Spanish word cara, for face; It was how MassKara came to mean “face of the masses or a multitude of smiling faces”.

Aside from this, Bacolod has also top tourist spots they could offer. The Ruins of Mariano Lacson’s Mansion or also known as “The Ruins”.

Don Mariano decided to build the magnificent architectural structure in memory of Maria Braga, Don Mariano Lacson’s beloved wife. The story is similar to the Taj Mahal of India. To forget the sadness and sorrow of losing the love of his life,

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Highlight events you could enjoy such:

  • Electric MassKara is a parade with music, lights and floats.
  • Street dancing is a dance style that divided into two categories the school division, and the barangay division
  • Beauty pageant is a local beauty pageant in Bacolod, begun in 1981.
  • MassKara float parade is a decorated platform, it decorated entirely in flowers or other plant material.

Motif of the Festival

Masks influenced by native Filipinos to those influenced by the Carnival of Venice and the Rio Carnival.

Earlier masks made by hand-painted and adorned with feathers, flowers and native beads. While contemporary masks feature plastic beads and sequins.

The MassKara Festival not only brings pleasure and smiles to local people but as well to the tourists who want to experience the happiest and most colorful festival in the Philippines.

From being the source of happiness after tragedies to be one of the most popular festivals in the Philippines.

Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival

Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival

The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival will definitely make you excited. This is an annual 4-day event andthe biggest and longest-running aviation sports event in the Philippines. This is held between January and February at the Pampanga’s Clark Freeport Zone. The event highlights multicolored hot air balloons with more than a hundred balloon pilots from around the world which would definitely be a sight you couldn’t miss. Aside from these multicolored hot air balloons, there are also skydiving, flag jumps, microlight and rocketry demonstrations, small plane fly-bys and fly-ins, remote-control airplane and helicopter flying exhibitions, freestyle aerobatics, precision maneuvers, light airplane balloon bursting, ultra-light flying formation and flour bomb dropping, kite-making and choreographed kite-flying, and so much more.

          This event has expected a more a hundred thousand of visitors including local people and tourists from around the world. And if you’re one of them, you definitely cannot forget your camera. With all the eye-catching colors flying in the air, it is definitely a magnificent sight to behold. Aside from watching these hot air balloons of all shapes, sizes, and designs fly through the skies, people can also participate in a variety of fun activities like tandem paragliding and riding in a helicopter. However, the event would not definitely be for free as you have to pay for a ticket which ranges from 500.00 to 6,500.00 per head for a day. Nonetheless, it is definitely worth it.

            Moreover, if you have acrophobia, you could still enjoy the event by watching paragliding performances, stunts, helicopter maneuvers, radio-controlled aircraft, and fireworks display. You could also bring picnic mats and food to further enjoy the event while having a comfortable and leisure atmosphere. It is also encouraged to dress up in light clothing together with your hats and sunglasses.