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.

Kadayawan Festival in Davao City, Life is Here

Kadayawan Festival in Davao City, Life is Here

If you are planning a trip to Davao City, then get yourself ready as Davao City has a lot of fun to offer as what it’s a slogan “Life is Here” live up to what it says.

Be it any time of the year, it sure has many events you could join to celebrate with especially during August which has the highly anticipated Kadayawan Festival also known as the “Mother of all Mindanao Festival”.

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Its name is derived from the Mandaya word “madayaw” meaning treasured or valuable, as the ethnic tribes of Davao use this time to give thanks for the season’s bountiful harvest and offer rituals and dances to the gods of nature.

Kadayawan Festival has many highlight events you could choose from such as

  • HiyassaKadayawan Coronation where 11 candidates from each tribe will battle for the crown through their talents and wits.
  • DulaKadayawan which gives chance for tourists to interact with the locals and tribes through games
  • SayawKadayawan show casing the traditions, folklore, and cultural uniqueness of the different tribes through dance performances.
  • Indak-Indak sa Kadayawan which is street-dancing competition inspired by Mindanao’s rich cultural heritage.
  • PamulaksaKadayawawhichis a gorgeous floral float parade of different tribes, groups and organizations in Davao City.

And finally, a trip is not complete without shopping for souvenirs. Kadayawan also open up markets, booths and exhibits showcasing local products which tourists and local people could buy from. In conclusion, Kadayawan is indeed a fun filled festival which bring tourists and locals great pleasure and enjoyments.

Exploring Sinulog Festival in Cebu, Philippines 

Exploring Sinulog Festival in Cebu, Philippines

Start your new year with eye-catching colors and lively dance performances from the Sinulog Festival or the Santo Nino Festival in Cebu City.

The Sinulog Festival is celebrated during the third Sunday of the month of January. It is an annual and cultural festival in Cebu which celebrates one of the country’s most famous historic relics: the Santo Niño de Cebú. The word Sinulog is a Visayan term for a dance that imitates the rhythm of the river which depicts the forward-backward step of Sinulog dance.

This grand festival is filled with colorful procession bearing the basilica’s venerated image of Santo Niño. Aside from the religious celebration, Sinulog also has street parties accompanied bypyromusical shows and colorful displays of fireworks. Additionally, people attending the street parties could also enjoy face painting and beer showers. This festival definitely brings joy and pleasure to tourists and local people.

Another thing to watch out for is the Kaplag Festival which is a smaller festival but part of Sinulog celebration. The highlight of this festival is play where in the actors and actresses re-enact the Baptism of Queen Juana and Rajah Humabon as Catholics. Includes the scenes when Ferdinand Magellan gave the image of the Santo Niño as a baptismal gift to the Queen.

Furthermore, apart from the Sinulog Festival, Cebu City also known for its rich history which tourists could add up in their bucket list. They could take part on a sightseeing tour, pilgrimage visit to old churches and a tour to those historical places.  Cebu City has many undiscovered gems hidden through and you just have to explore it to experience its magnificence. A tour would not be completed without having those souvenir products made by the local people to bring at home for family and friends.