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Maskarra Festival in Bacolod City, The City of Smiles

Adelfa McCoy from the Philippines

Contestants wearing smiling masks
Photo: Marvin Maning
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Thousands of people go to watch the Maskarra Fertival where contestants wear smiling masks and colorful costumes.


Bacolod City is the Capital of Negros Occidental in Philippines. Every October there's a big event in Bacolod that we call the Maskarra Festival.

Thousands of people go to watch this event where the contestants wear smiling masks and colorful costumes.

The contestants come from schools, businesses, Barangay and cities from Negros.

You can also see a float competition, a dance contest, and a beauty pageant.

The people celebrate all night. They dance in the streets and sing in karaokes.

Many foreigners enjoy this event. You can see lots of rides, games, and people selling food and native goods.


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