Congratulations to Lynn Layson, winner for Name the Mask Contest

Mask Contest
We use to call this mask “Senora”….she was rebaptized by LYN LAYSON as “Rhodora”

Congratulations to Lynn Layson, winner for our name the Mask Contest



Name: “Rhodora”

With it’s opalescent color of pink, lavender, and blue; this mask perfectly reminds me of the strikingly beautiful flower called the Rhodora. Thriving even in wastelands and harsh environments, the Rhodora (like the Bacoleños) adds a colorful infusion into a drab and even challenging external condition. Just as the people of Negros strive to appear optimistic and cheerful despite life’s adversities, the Rhodora is a simple reminder that we should always live life to the fullest no matter what situation we are in. Ralph Waldo Emerson even wrote a poem dedicated to this beautiful flower and said that: ” if eyes were made for seeing, Then Beauty is its own excuse for being”

The transcendentalist poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson was so taken with this species in 1839 he penned an entire poem in its honor. (

“Rhodora”the Flower

The Rhodora

by Ralph Waldo Emerson

On being asked, whence is the flower?

In May, when sea-winds pierced our solitudes,
I found the fresh Rhodora in the woods,
spreading its leafless blooms in a damp nook,
to please the desert and the sluggish brook.
The purple petals, fallen in the pool,
Made the black water with their beauty gay;
Here might the red-bird come his plumes to cool,
And court the flower that cheapens his array.
Rhodora! If the sages ask thee why
this charm is wasted on the earth and sky,
tell them, dear, that if eyes were made for seeing,
Then Beauty is its own excuse for being:
Why thou wert there, O rival of the rose!
I never thought to ask, I never knew:
But, in my simple ignorance, suppose
the self-same Power that brought me there brought you.

1834 [1839]

Thank you to all those who sent their entries…:)


Project Dungganon Catarman Branch

Name :  “Falsas Sonrisas”

 a spanish word for a smiling false face….false face- means “mask”, in which a person hide their true identity and emotion, just like us “filipino” we do hide our real emotions, we tend to smile were even deep inside our hearth is a sorrowful misery, we use this mask as our external appearance to the public for them not recognize who we are.

Raniel Castañeda

Name: “Diwata”

In Philippine mythology, a Diwata, also known as Encantada or Lambana, is a mythological figure similar to fairies or nymphs, although this trivializes the importance of diawata in pre-colonial Philippine culture. 400+ years ago, diawata were seen as gods and goddesses.

Ace Viñarta

Name: “Maanyag”

Maanyag is a Bisaya word for beautiful. The mask will catch your attention almost immediately with its striking and vibrant colors.


Name: “Aura Gande”

fabulous smile,teasing colors,and it makes a face a right to be tag as YUHUM sang BACOLODNON KA GRANDE GID…!

Elmer Cario

Name: ” Bog-os da-og”

Biskan dn man e butang ang Pinoy may kadalag-an, sa cini nga masskara symbolo ang pag-asa, Kita nga mga pinoy madamo na sang experiencya, sa pihak sang kapi-ot sang kabuhi padayun kita nga naga tindog sa pag asa nga sa pihak sang kadulom may kasanag.”lupad Bacolod,lupad Pinoy” epadayon asta sa adlaw nga maka siling ka……….bog-os na ang aton pag da-og!!!.



Name: “Sota”

 — it is rare — exquisite — winner, Bacolodnons are optimistic..we always find a reason to smile no matter what the problem is. Sota – the mask has different colors on each side. sign of being possite –IKADLAW ang LIBOG –



Mark Will Mayo – Magallanes   

Name: Lin-ay sang Kalipay

Nothing beats the smile of a Bacoleño especially the beautiful Bacoleño women. Their smiles bring joy to some seemingly hopeless situations. A smile is something we can give even in the face of great adversity.


Heintje Gonzales

Name:”La Dolce Vita”

It stands for “the sweet life”. For me that best describes the mask above.

Genio Dominic B. Alojado

Name: “Dagway Yuhum Dagyaw”

The three Hiligaynon words that describe on what is Masskara Festival. Its “the face”, “the smile” and “the celebration”. The face that we show amidst its sorrowful beginnings in 1980 that showcases the famous smile that made us known here and abroad, and the the celebration and revelry that everybody would love to join and enjoy.


Name: “Feliz”

meaning cheerful..Bacolodnon are cheerful.The mask reminds me of the happy faces,memories and good life here at the city of smiles

Barry de la Cruz  

Name: “Cotton Candy Mask”

The mask reminds me of the common festival fare, blue and pink cotton candy. The beads also look like the multi-colored puffed candy rice me and my parents feed the fish in the Lagoon. I would imagine anyone wearing this mask to look like a candy head.


Jing Duatin

Name : “Ilongga”

simple yet outstanding. just like the ilongga woman.


Marivic Rio

Name: “Tessa”

for Tessa Valdes Prieto

Jun Inquig  

Name: “Cara Bonita”

Cara Bonita stands for pretty face as depicted in the mask design. It simply hides the exploitations and oppressions that the Ilonggos had experienced long before and the Bacoleños griefs and sorrows over the lose of their love ones during the 1979 MV Don Juan tragedy which inspired the creation of the Masskara Festival.

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