It’s October again and Bacolod City is celebrating The Masskara Festival. Known as the City of Smiles, Masskara embodies the people of Bacolod. Smiling even in the midst of problems and struggles. Normally Masskara is celebrated only the week before the Charter Day, October 19 but this year the city started the celebration from the first of the month. It’s a long 19 days of merry making. This year’s MassKara Festival will focus on these new icons—landmarks, structures, institutions, and even personalities—that have dramatically transformed Bacolod in recent years.

The theme also supports the”Balik Bacolod” program that Mayor Evelio Leonardia has launched in the United States. The program is aimed at bringing balikbayans to Bacolod in October for the 32nd MassKara Festival. Bacoleno expats should see these new icons to see how far their city has gone. Balik-Bacolod, Leonardia said, is essentially “a reunion of Bacoleños from all walks of life, brought together to celebrate the joys of life as one big community,”

Some of these new icons are the Bacolod City Government Center, the Blessed Pope John Paul II Tower, SM City Bacolod, East View Hotel, L’Fisher Chalet, Planta Hotel, East Block, Art District, and Forest Park.

Its a pity that I was not able to go home and join the festivities but I am getting updates online. The last one I attended was back in 2009. Lacson Street was closed for the street party. I really miss Bacolod and Masskara. I hope to be able to go home next year and experience it again! I am proud to be a true blue Bacolodnon!

Source : Masskara Festival