Wednesday, 31 August 2016


Masskara Festival 2016 

(Bacolod, Philippines)

 October 19, 2016

The Masskara Festival is the biggest annual celebration in the city of Bacolod in Negros Island in the Philippines. The city holds this festival every October for the past 30 years and it is now one of the most attended festivals in the country.
The word masskara means ‘mask’ and this explains the festival's distinct characteristic - dancers wearing smiling masks adorned with beads and other ornaments. The festival features carnivals, fairs and a Mardi-Gras style celebration by costumed and masked street dancers. The story behind this festival is quite sorrowful contrary to the smiling faces of the masks worn by people celebrating the festival. 

Other events that characterize the festival include a dance-off contest where participants show off their skills, a beauty pageant, and food frenzies as well as live music. So, do visit the Philippines this October to enjoy the Masskara Festival!!
It's more fun in the Philippines

Crescent-shaped beaches dusted with talcum powder-like sand; uninhabited tropical islands, lush impenetrable jungles bristling with unique wildlife, the thrusting soaring capital of Manila, historic cities, a diverse local cuisine and culture … the Philippines has all this and more. Go there and discover some of the 7,107 islands of this vibrant archipelago where English is widely spoken, the people are fun loving and life moves to a lilting beat.

Notes to Editors:
o   2016 is another banner year as the Department of Tourism has launched the Visit the Philippines Again (VPA) 2016 campaign. It is a retail based campaign to drive urgency and excitement among foreign travellers to visit the Philippines and return in 2016 for more fun, friendship, feel-good adventures, and fabulous memories to cherish.

o   Indian travellers holding any of the valid and current AJACSSUK visas (US, Japan, Australia, Canada, Schengen, Singapore and UK) are allowed visa free entry into the Philippines for a period of 14 days, from all international airports & seaports.

o   To know more about other events in the Philippines, please visit:,,,

For any other information, please contact:
Neha Nirmalkar : Phone:+91-