Masskara in Bacolod
The MassKara Festival, a popular celebration that traces its beginnings to the early 1980s, is a fun-festival held every October by locals in Bacolod.-Philippines Travel Hub
Bacolodnon's exhibit their exquisite craftsmanship and artistry in the mask-making competition hosted by a local mall.
Details of Chinese-themed mask entry
The term Masskara is created from two words: mass, meaning crowd, and the Spanish word cara, for face; thus the double meaning for "mask" and "many faces".-Philippine Country
Mask decorations and souvenirs sold in the streets
The Provincial Capitol of Negros Occidental at Bacolod which followed Daniel Burnham's Beaux Art style.
We visited the Capitol Park and Lagoon. One of the features of the park are matching sculptures depicting a woman standing alongside a water buffalo and that of a man pulling another water buffalo. These sculptures are located at the northern and southern ends of the lagoon. These figures were executed by Italian sculpture Francesco Riccardo Monti who also did the sculptures of the Metropolitan Manila Theater and the University of the Philippines - Visayas Iloilo campus. Guillermo Tolentino also contributed as a sculptor of the figures.-Wiki
Negros, being the sugar capital of the Philippines, boasts it's delectable pastries and cakes. Calea is one of the most recommended cafes in the city.
British feels in Calea
Cheese cakes and coffee!
We visited the mask workshop of Jojo Vito, famous for his masks souvenirs and trophies.
At the workshop
At the Manokan Country where you can taste the best chicken inasal. We ate at Aida's.
The best Chicken Inasal ever!
Electric Masskara displayed at Calea
Even though we don't get to watch the street dance competition, we're happy to have a preview of the costumes at Robinsons Mall. These are the costume designs from the Barangay contingents
Souvenirs at the Negros Showroom
For decades, Bacolodnons have mastered the craft of creating these colorful and sparkling mardi gras inspired costumes.
Brgy. Banago's flamboyant costume design eventually won the award for Best Costume design. Beautiful!
I also love the costume design of Brgy Granada. They won the street dance competition for many years now.
Some of the best costumes for this year's #MasskaraFestival streetdance.🎭😍They're mesmerizing to look up close in person. Too bad I won't be able to witness it this Saturday 😔 #WhenInBacolod #Masskara #CookieTravels #costumedesign #Bacolod #travelph #travelgram #VisitPhAgain2016 #ChoosePhilippines #MasskaraFestival2016 #wanderlust
Too bad we won't stay long enough to watch the costumes in motion. We will surely come back and watch the actual street dance performances. For now, we're off to our next stop: Iloilo!