In the face of adversity, smile back. When the local sugar industry fell in the late 1970s and made this island’s economy go from riches to rags, the people of Bacolod turned depression into something positive—they created the Masskara Festival in 1981. Coined from two words: “mass” (multitude) and “kara” (face), Masskara not only boosted the morale of the island but also its economy with the growing number of tourists who come there every year. Photos by MANUEL LIBRODO, JR.
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE THIS OCTOBER
1 – Masskara Festival Opening
7 – Majika Masskara Opening
14-15 Electric Masskara SM City, Rizal Street, Public Plaza, Lacson Street Tourism Strip
15 – Masskara Festival Street dance Competition: Schools Category
16 – Masskara Festival Streetdance Competition: Barangay Category
17 – Masskara Queen
19 – Closing ProgramVisit www.themasskarafestival.com for more information.