Wear Your Biggest Smile at the MassKara Festival

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Belle Piccio | Sep 12, 2018
Wear Your Biggest Smile at the MassKara Festival
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Are you excited for the biggest festival of Bacolod City?

The Silver MassKara Festival Organization, organizing committee of the MassKara Festival, has announced that the festivities is set to open on October 8 and will conclude on October 28, 2018.

The festival events will include the Sadya ang MassKara, National Fireworks Competition, Electric MassKara, Street and Arena dance competitions. The festival venues will be the Lacson Tourism Strip, Bacolod Public Plaza and the Bacolod City Government grounds.


The festival began in 1980 during a period of crisis on the sugar industry and the collision of inter-island vessel M/V Don Juan and M/T Tacloban City. These tragic occurrences lead into the organization of MassKara by Bacolod City’s local government, artists and civic groups for making the locals merry despite the difficult period.

A celebration of unity in the midst of diversity, the MassKara Festival is touted as the Negrense version of Brazil’s Mardi Gras.

The Masskara Festival—portmanteau of mass (English for “a multitude of people”) and cara (Spanish for “face”), as well as a play on maskara (Filipino for “mask”)—was born, and it has remained popular with tourists from all over the archipelago.

The festival is the people’s testimony that Bacolod City will endure and triumph through the years.

Here the schedule of event highlights for the 2018 MassKara Festival. *Note: Schedule may subject to change without prior notice.

October 8, Monday

  • Festival Opening

October 26, Friday

  • Electric MassKara Performing Floats Competition


October 27, Saturday

  • Street Dance and Arena Competitions - School Category
  • Electric MassKara Performing Floats Competition

October 28, Sunday

  • Street Dance and Arena Competitions - Barangay Category
  • Electric MassKara

For the street and arena dance a total of 28 groups, barangay and school categories combined, will join the competitions on October 27(Saturday) and October 28 (Sunday).


In partnership between the Department of Education - Bacolod City Division and Silver MassKara Festival Organization, the 11 participating schools for the streetdance schools category are:

Elementary Level

  • ABKASA Elementary School
  • A.L. Jayme Elementary School
  • Crispino V. Ramos Elementary School
  • Education and Training Center School II
  • Montevista Elementary School
  • Patricia Homes Elementary School
  • Sum-ag Elementary School

Secondary Level

  • Bacolod City National High School
  • Brgy. Singcang-Airport National High School
  • Mandalagan National High School
  • Mansilingan Agro National High School


For the streetdance barangay category, the 17 participating barangays are:

  • Barangay 7
  • Barangay 8
  • Barangay 12
  • Barangay 18
  • Barangay 26
  • Barangay 27
  • Barangay 29
  • Barangay 38
  • Barangay 39
  • Barangay 40
  • Barangay 41
  • Barangay Alijis
  • Barangay Handumanan
  • Barangay Mandalagan
  • Barangay Pahanocoy
  • Barangay Tangub
  • Barangay Villamonte


For inquiries about the MassKara Festival, contact the Silver MassKara Festival Organization at (034) 432-6697.

How to Get There

From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (Php3500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle, or a cab and ask to be dropped off at your destination.

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