2023 Bacolod Masskara Festival
2023 BACOLOD MASSKARA FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
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ABOUT BACOLOD MASSKARA FESTIVAL 
The Bacolod Masskara Festival is celebrated every fourth Sunday of October. Masskara means many smiling faces, the festival’s highlight, explicitly featuring smiling faces on masks for the city, which is well-known as the city of smiles.
This was initially started in the year 1980 and is still being celebrated up to this present time. It emerged during a time of crisis. The locals rely on sugar cane as their primary source of living in agriculture. Because of the trend of newly released high fructose corn syrup from the USA, the local business of the people became difficult, so much so that they no longer earn their basic earnings just like before. Aside from that, it was also a tragic beginning since on the 22nd of April that same year, the inter-island vessel MV Don Juan, with a lot of Negrenses passengers and the well-known families of Bacolod City, collided with the tanker of the Tacloban City. Due to this, the MV Don Juan sank in Mindoro on its way to Bacolod coming from Manila. This tragic and unfortunate event took 750 lives in total. To uplift the citizens’ spirit and create a lively confidence in town after the tragic events, City Mayor Jose Montalvo proposed the beginning of the “Festival of Smiles,” commonly known nowadays as the Masskara festival.
The highlight of the Bacolod Masskara Festival is the street dance competitions. Locals per Barangay are free to form their respective groups and participate in the said competition. They will have to prepare for the majestic costumes and props, practice stunning choreography, and do all other effects to make their presentation exceptional.
Other activities include the Masskara Queen, where locals will open a competition. Women will vie for the crown, and the one who exhibits true Bacolodnon beauty and she will be hailed as the queen of the festival. Similarly, other small competitions are simultaneously happening in all parts of the city. These are the agriculture-trade fairs, bugle corps tournaments, carnivals, drums, food festivals, garden shows, musical concerts, and sports events.
Throughout the week of the celebration, people gather to enjoy the non-stop activities, which will surely make anyone dance and sing joyfully! But if you are more of an observer than a participant, you may opt to watch the other simple yet delightful games prepared by the locals. Indeed, the Bacolod Masskara Festival is filled with many enjoyable and entertaining activities that visitors, both locals and foreigners, may enjoy. This is a world-class celebration prepared by the people of Bacolod City. As you go here, do not forget to bring your camera and be ready to capture the one-of-a-kind smiles of the locals, living to its legacy as the City of Smiles!
HOW TO GET TO THE BACOLOD MASSKARA FESTIVAL 2023
Please visit this page to learn how to get to Bacolod City. This link has detailed schedules of fast crafts and detailed bus schedules. Transportation Guide to Bacolod City
WHERE TO STAY DURING THE BACOLOD MASSKARA FESTIVAL 2023
If you plan to witness the Bacolod Masskara Festival, booking your hotel as early as possible would be best. Hotel rooms may not be available anymore during the highlight week.
WHERE TO EAT IN BACOLOD CITY WHEN VISITING THE MASSKARA FESTIVAL 2023
Food is one thing which the city is proud of. Numerous restaurants offer various cuisines are found all over the place.
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