Are you ready for Masskara Festival 2015?
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The annually-celebrated Masskara Festival of Bacolod City is going to spice up your October with its colorful street dances, beauty pageants, and endless food trips. Get ready as the City of Smiles will blast open your doors to the most colorful spectrum of the Filipino culture!
About Masskara Festival
The sinking of the MV Don Juan vessel caused the residents of Bacolod to lose around 700 loved ones in the process. It was the ingenuity of the local government and artists that gave birth to the Festival of Smiles, the Masskara Festival, in this gloomy atmosphere. Today, the Masskara Festival continues its legacy of bringing happiness and smiles to everyone’s faces.
Masskara Festival 2015 Schedule and Highlights
The highlights of the Festival of Smiles is, of course, the colorful and lively street parades and the colorfully mascara-wearing (meaning ‘mask’) dancers. Embrace the Festival of Smiles with the vibrant costumes, the food, the music that would make you dance along, and the contagious smile of the people.
Complete 2015 Masskara Festival Schedule of Activities
A tentative schedule of events for this year’s Masskara Festival would be as follows:
- October 16, Friday –Masskara Festival Bacolod Love Dance
- October 17, Saturday – Masskara Street Dancing (Barangay Category) and Charter Countdown
- October 18, Sunday – Electric Masskara
The schedule above was based on last year’s Masskara Festival’s schedule. For this year, all we can do is wait for the official schedule to be released by the local government. If they follow the previous year’s schedule of events, expect that the following events will be starting as early as the first week of October: various opening ceremonies/launching, Bacolod Night, Masskara Fashion Week, Masskara Food Village, even more feasts, various competitions and pageants, and a thanksgiving mass. The highlights of the festival will most likely occur towards the third week of the month, as listed above.
How to get to Bacolod City
The shortest way to get to the City of Smiles is to book a domestic flight from Manila to Bacolod in your preferred carrier. Although you may get to Bacolod via land and water transportation, air transport is still the most recommended option. Book your flight early, as October is definitely a peak season.
Things to do in Bacolod City
Aside from attending the Masskara Festival 2015, there a multitude of ways to spend your vacation in the City of Smiles. Bacolod City offers everyone a delectable gastronomical adventure from sweets (Bacolod is, after all, the Sugar Capital of the Philippines) to local seafood cuisines. Being an island also means that there are a lot of beaches to explore here, aside from the several tourist spots in the town center.
Where to Stay in Bacolod City
The best places to stay in in Bacolod City is O Hotel and Circle Inn, according to TripAdvisor. Other recommended hotels would be Go Hotels, L’Fisher Hotel, and The Sylvia Manner. There are lots more affordable hotels around the town center, but make sure to go hotel-hunting ahead of time. Booking early will save you time and even money.