Maskara Festival 2006

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Bacolod’s most popular fiesta, is celebrated on the third weekend of October closest to October 19, the city’s charter day anniversary.

Festivities kick off with food fairs, mask-making contests, brass band competitions, beauty and talent pageants, a windsurfing regatta, drinking and eating contests, trade fairs and exhibits.

The climax is a mardi-gras parade where revellers don elaborate mask and costumes and dance to Latin rhythms Rio de Janiero style.

Bacolod City is known as the the “City of Smiles”. The Bacolod, as they are called, are proud of their culture as being strong willed with a warm heart.

Bacolod also boasts of antique houses, old churches that dates back during the Spanish time, and other cultural sites.

Photos by kieron via flickr.com

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