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Masskara blog is a Sun.Star microsite that highlights Bacolod City’s vibrant Masskara Festival.

 

The MassKara Festival is a festival held each year in Bacolod City, the capital of Negros Occidental province in the Philippines every third weekend of October nearest October 19, the city’s Charter Inauguration Anniversary.

The word “MassKara” is a portmanteau, coined by the late artist Ely Santiago from mass (a multitude of people), and the Spanish word cara (face), thus forming MassKara (a multitude of faces). The word is also a pun on maskara (Filipino for “mask”), since a prominent feature of the festival are the masks worn by participants, which are always adorned with smiling faces.

The festival features a street dance competition where people from all walks of life troop to the streets to see colorfully-masked dancers gyrating to the rhythm of Latin musical beats in a display of mastery, gaiety, coordination and stamina. Major activities include the MassKara Queen beauty pageant, carnivals, drum and bugle corps competitions, food festivals, sports events, musical concerts, agriculture-trade fairs, garden shows, and other special events organized ad-hoc every year. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MassKara_Festival)

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