The City of Smiles
It is 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 which is a city in the Philippines is named as the City of Smiles. As such, Bacolod City is famous for their 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. The term MassKara was coined from the English word “mass” meaning “many or multitude of people” and the Spanish word “cara” meaning “face” which therefore means “face of the masses or a multitude of smiling faces”.
In addition, MassKara Festival has many highlight events you could enjoy such as Electric MassKara which is also a street dancing competition but dancers wore masks with colorful lights and this is done at night; MassKara beauty pageant; drum competitions and MassKara float parade. Aside from this, Bacolod has also top tourist’s spots they could offer. One of them is the Ruins of Mariano Lacson’s Mansion or also known as “The Ruins”. This place was built in memory of Maria Braga, Don Mariano Lacson’s beloved wife. The story is similar to the Taj Mahal of India.
Nonetheless, the MassKara Festival not only brings pleasure and smiles to local people but as well to the tourists who wants 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 festival in the Philippines.