Masskara Festival Highlights + Festival Costumes
Masskara Festival Highlights | 8 Things to Do + Festival Costumes
So, you are planning to experience the world-renowned Masskara Festival? Being a local, I have outlined below 8 Masskara Festival Highlights to help you to enjoy the festivity on a budget.
[Masskara Festival Highlights]
1.Book your Airfare in Advance
First thing first, the airfare could be one of the most significant portions of your overall budget when visiting the Masskara Festival. It would be best to book your airfare in advance.
Bacolod Masskara is held usually on the last weekend of October. However, please do visit the Masskara Schedule link below for the final schedule. The city government would normally announce any changes 2 months before the actual event.
Click here to see the Masskara Festival Highlights
Arena Dance Competition [Masskara Festival Highlights]
Bacolod City offers various types of accommodation to fit your budget. If you are a backpacker and all you need is a place to sleep, wash and keep your things, Bacolod definitely has a place for you.
Of course, you need to book in advance as well as most hotels get fully booked during the festival.
Click here to compare prices or book your room.
3.Budget-Friendly Yet Delicious Food
While I want you to save much for your Masskara trip, I will not also recommend a place which will give you stomach disorders.
Here’s a list of where to eat during the festival:
Lacson Street will turn into a huge party and dining place during the highlights of the festival. Most of them are selling Bacolod’s famed delicacy, the Chicken Inasal.
Just beside SM City is the Manokan Country, apart from Chicken Inasal, they are also selling talaba.
Masskara Festival Highlights /Costume Exhibit
4. Take your Masskara Selfie
If you can, it would be great if you can have your selfie with the dancers.
Another Selfie at the festival costumes and masks exhibit. Robinson’s Place is the usual place where the costumes and masks which will be used by the dancers for the dance parade.
5. See Bacolod’s Tourist Attractions For Free or at a Minimal Cost
To give you more ideas about what Bacolod has to offer, please click these guides:
6. Get Around Using the Jeepneys
Instead of taking a taxi, take the PUJ. Getting around Bacolod City is very easy. Just ask around for some directions. Well, there might be some rerouting during the highlights, the best thing to do if you are tired is to take a trike or simply walk if the destination is just near.
I created a 3-day Itinerary for people who would want to visit Bacolod. In this guide, I also detailed where to go and how to get there using the jeepneys.
7. Take Advantage of the Free Masskara Festival Highlights and Events
Free entrance for the Arena Dance Competition [Masskara Festival Highlights]
Unlike in other major festivals in the country where seats are being sold during the highlights, Masskara Arena dance competition is just for free.
Masskara Queen [Masskara Festival Highlights]
For so many years Masskara Queen Coronation night is always for free. However, since it is staged on a private venue, tickets are usually given in advance. Now if you have a friend in Bacolod, maybe you can ask them to secure a ticket for you.
Street Dance Parade [Masskara Festival Highlights]
If you are not lucky enough to get a ticket at Masskara Queen pageant, make sure that you can see the dancers on the street. The best time to go is even before, and the best place to go is where the parade usually starts. I hope that they will not change the assembly point, but they typically start at Lizares Street. It would be best to come at around 11:30 am if you want to see the dancers up close and even have your picture with them.
The Street Parties [Masskara Festival Highlights]
Lacson Street, one of the longest and main streets in Bacolod is converted into one big and most extended party place during Masskara. Street food abounds, and many brands are there giving so many freebies in this area.
Electric Masskara dance Parade [Masskara Festival Highlights]
This evening version of Masskara Dance parade showcases dancers in their LED Lighted costumes and flashy floats. This is also for free and highlights of this event also happen along Lacson Street.
Masks by Jojo Vito Designs Gallery
8. Bring home a Beautiful Yet Reasonably Priced or Free Souvenirs
Surely, you would want to bring home with you a piece of Masskara Festival. Here are some of my best suggestions:
Buy Souvenirs? At the public plaza, you will see tons of souvenirs for sale. You can buy there.
But here’s my suggestion and a catch. If you would want to buy masks as a souvenir, the pieces sold at the Public Plaza or at the streets are made of fiberglass. Honestly, they don’t sell it at a low price as well. Last year, I saw that they are selling one wearable mask made of paper mache at 750/pc. Well, this is a shameless plug, we are selling a fiberglass mask at 790/pc or even lower depending on the size and design. Our gallery can also give you a discount (because you are reading this post) at 20% if you come and buy your souvenir in our shop. All you have to do is to comment below and mention it to our staff during your visit. Fair enough?
Jojo Vito is located at #119 Kapitana Dicang St. Alunan Avenue, Bacolod City. You may call (034) 704-2378.
There are actually so many things that you can do and see in our gallery:
- Take Your selfie with our giant Masks
- You can see some of our staff in action doing Bacolod Masskara.
- Paint Your Own Mask
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