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Friday, May 27, 2016

Masskara Festival Philippines 2016

Masskara Festival is the annual celebration in the city of Bacolod in Negros Island in the Philippines. The city has held this festival every October for the past 30 years and now is without doubt one of the most attended festivals in the country. And for a country that has a festival in almost all cities for as old as hundreds of years, Masskara Festival is one success story when it comes to promotion to tourists both local and international.

The word "masskara" means "mask" and this explains the festival's distinct characteristic - dancers wearing smiling masks adorned with beads and other ornaments. Philippine festivals would be nothing if it does not involve street dancing and partying and the festival's highlight is its street dancing that happens on a weekend closest to October 19 which is the foundation day of the town.

The story behind this festival is quite sorrowful contrary to the smiling faces of the masks worn by people celebrating the festival.

When to Go to Masskara Festival

The city of Bacolod is the capital of Negros Occidental in the western part of the Visayan group of islands in the Philippines. Dubbed as "Sugarlandia", Bacolod and the rest of Negros Island strive on sugar production with its vast sugarcane plantations.

Want a Guide?

- Next Stop Negros Tours
It offers tours to different parts of Negros Island. Some of their tours include journey to old sugarcane plantations with packages that let participants experience the life of a "haciendera" or sugar baron.

- Places to Eat
Ripples Restaurant is the in-house restaurant of L'Fisher Hotel, one of the best hotels in the city of Bacolod. Serving both international and local dishes in a formal setting, Ripples is one of the most elite hotels in the city.

Manokan Country
"Manok" means "chicken" and Bacolod City is noted throughout the country for its chicken "Inasal" or grilled chicken. Poultry Country is actually a small section of the city where various chichen
"Inasal" eateries can be found. It is located near the port of Bacolod and SM Bacolod, a popular department store.

L'Kaisei Japanese Restaurant
The most famous and sought-after Japanese restaurant in the city. Located in the heart of Bacolod, L'Kaisei serves Japanese food like sushi, maki, gyoza and sobas.

The perfect place to satisfy your sweet tooth while in Bacolod. This cake shop offers the most sumptuous cakes and pastries at affordable price.

Recommended Places to Stay
L'Fisher Hotel Bacolod
Recognized as the Best First Class Hotel in Western Visayas by the Philippine Department of Tourism. Upscale accommodation in Bacolod with plenty of amenities and facilities like no other in the city.

Circle Inn Bacolod
Hotel in downtown Bacolod that has a family room, spacious enough for eight people.

The Sylvia Manor Hotel
Bacolod City's only boutique hotel and recognized as the best hotel in Western Visayas under the Standard Class.


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