MassKara Festival's Street Dance Competition

As early as February of this year, I already booked Kat and myself tickets to Bacolod. I promised to myself Im going to experience one of the most raved festivals in the country today.

Tale of the Masskara
There was a time when Bacolod was badly hit by different crisis and economic problems. Everyone was feeling down. So to hide the despair, the people thought of wearing colorful and lively masks and costumes. They danced in the streets with happy smiles and high spirits. And so MassKara Festival is born.


Last October 15, Kat and I flew to Bacolod to witness MassKara festival. Since we arrived late in the downtown plaza on day 1, we weren't able to find a good spot to watch the most awaited MassKara Street Dance competition. Good thing the following day, there was another one. Much more exciting, the barangay competition.

As I said in my last post, we arrived in the plaza as early as 1pm. The sun was striking hot but all spectators endured the almost-heat-stroke temperature and waited patiently for the show. At 4pm, the show finally started.

the jampacked plaza 2 hours before the competition
see, lahat kami may payong na dala..

the best seat in the house


After 3 hours of sun bathing, the show finally started. The crowd became alive as these large MassKara puppets entered and danced all the way inside the floor. Sulit ang paghihintay.






it was so fun to watch how graceful these MassKara puppets danced. aliw!


All of a sudden, two people asked our group if there's still a sitting space. We moved a little of course and made a seat for them. Few seconds later, I noticed everyone was smiling and handshaking the man. We found out in a little while that he is the congressman. Malay ko ba, sa Manila kasi ang congressman merong mga bodyguards na naka-barong! Hehe

front row seats with congressman!
thanks Peng for this shot


Not very long when the Street Dance Competition finally began. There are 15 participating barangays this year. There's only 1 song to use, but the rhythm depends on the barangay's preference. This comes the creativity part. And btw, the music is live. Each team brought their own set of drummers. Spell effort!


oohhhlala



participants come in all sizes ^_^



Taking photos of these wild dancers is very challenging. The absence of the sun made it harder.





the show must go on
at least 3 participants fell on the ground (nahilo sa pagod or sa init ng costumes maybe) but no worries because the medic is on stand by


i like the costume, simple yet attractive



this is my top pick. the costume is un-kabog-able! they wowed the audience with their stunts and props. and they even had a singer, birit kung birit si ate!

outshine them all!

they danced crazily in their roller blades and on top of those giant sticks. kayo na talaga!


peek a boo - but again, the show must go on..




mr.Byahilo doing the front act for his barangay
winner!

pang-showtime!


Aside from the glam and shiny costumes, the very inviting music, and the lively dance - I also see the dedication of each and every participant. From the dancers to the choreographers to the props carriers to the drummers, all of them gave their best performances. I felt they're competing for the pride, and not for any prize at stake. Saludo ako!


Overall, it was very fulfilling to feel the vibes, cheer with the locals, and watch the street dance up close. The sun and the rain that we endured just to have a front seat was paid off. And yes, flying all the way to Bacolod to experience this world class festival is just priceless.

Next on my To-Do-List: watch Dinagyang and Sinulog! =)

46 responses:

Chyng said...

i cant find the time to blog and blog hop.. napaka-antukin ko na. old age!

Nicole said...

waaah! first after you! :P

Nicole said...

Nakakatuwa ang mga maskara nila, nadadala ako, napapangiti din ako. :) Gusto ko din maranasan ito, makapanood pala! Hehe! Pero parang masaya din na makasama sa mga sumasayaw, hindi ka naman makikila saka sabi mo nga participants come in all sizes! :)

Markyramone said...

Best seats in the house nga. Sa gilid lng kami ng kalsada though nakapasok kami inside the cordoned area but it was tiring while you get to watch the whole program.

Chyng said...

true!
kaya nga deadma kung mahubaran ka at makita ang undies mo. naka-maskara ka naman, di ka nila makikilala. haha!

adventurousfeet said...

love the pics! next year nalang ako jan! ang saya ng pwesto nyo parang kitang kita talaga. At kinakarir mo na ngayon ang festival after aliwan ha! hehe! Nga pala ok na po ang blog ko pwede na maad sa bloglist mo :) (months ago pa hehe)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

panalo naman! katabi nyo si Congressman... daig ng maagap talaga ang masipag... hehehe!

eric said...

tara mag sinulog at dinagyang sa 2012! di man lng tayo nag kita sa masskara! bwahaha

m@noy en nin@y said...

wow ang saya naman! love the colors, galing ng shots! nun first time din namin makanood ng festival (kadayawan) sobrang nakakaexcite... hopefully maranasan din namin to! Galing!

sometimes kim & sometimes mj said...

Ang saya at ang gaganda ng photos as usual!

The Gasoline Dude™ said...

INGGIT!!!

MarLiesTravels said...

ganda ng mga shots as usual ms. chyng! it exudes a happy vibe! :) sana maka-attend din kami nito next year.. :)

Hi! I'm LiLi! said...

I was invited by friends back in college several times for Masskara Festival and now I regret it for not coming.

Thinking Out Loud

empi said...

Kainggit!


Sana makapunta ako next year.

Robbie said...

Natawa naman ako slightly ever sa mga wardrobe malfunction! And kaloka may mga casualties din pala to! Pero wagi ang effort at ang ganda ng mga costumes.

Hopefully ma-experience ko din ito! :D

kay said...

Gusto ko to ... next year, pupunta ako. Promise.

Sumi Go said...

This is soooo nice. Ang bongga ng costumes nila and you had really nice shots ms. Chyng! My mom is from Bacolod pero never pa kami nakapanuod ng MassKara Festival.. Hopefully, we'll get to attend one soon! :)

gillboard said...

ang colorful ng post na 'to. natawa ako dun sa nahuhubaran.

at ngayon ko lang nalaman ang history ng masskara festival. nice one. :)

khantotantra said...

nakakatuwa naman ang masskara fest. sana next year makabook din me at makapasyal dyan.

ganda ng shots... angkukulay. naiisip ko, kung digicam kaya ginamit sa event, magiging colorful din kaya? hahaha

marxtermind said...

Sana maexperience ko din tong maskarra festival! I'm going to Sinulog next year! :)

tabian said...

Nice!! drooling over your gala at pics..inggit mode na naman ako!! hehehe

ardee sean said...

galing ng mga kuha mo.. beautiful.. ang saya-saya naman jan.. sana makapanood din ako nyan some time.. :P

Anonymous said...

ang ganda nman ng pictures! parang gusto kitang i-friend. I like your adventurous spirit :)

-michelle

Maudey said...

amazing photos, chyng! as usual! mukhang masaya nga manood ng masskara festival.. one day soon.. :)

Bonzenti [Con Tour] said...

Hello Chyng,

First of all, our family's best regards.:-). Marami pala kayong nakapunta sa Masskara festival ano? BTW, sino si KAT pala? Surely, you enjoy this year's festival. I miss this one when we where in Bacolod last time. We weren't aware that masskara festival is as lively as that like any other festivals. Cool pics.....

Bonzenti [Con Tour] said...

erratum : we were, and not we "where".:

Arvin U. de la Peña said...

grabe ang gastos niyan.......pinaghahandaan talaga ng bawat contigent...

dong ho said...

ganda talaga ng masskara costumes and mask sa pictures at ang sipag mong kumuha pati yung mga night shots.

sulit pagpunta mo.

first time ata na may mga higantes.

Rizalenio said...

Colorful and full of energies! Showtime!!!

kg said...

love your pic chyng. so colorful. gusto ko din maka attend ng maskarra festival!

docgelo said...

FUNtastic, chyng! akala ko rio de janeiro, naks! ...i wish i took the fourth photo, peborit!
ang kulay, ang sayang manood.
patawa ang mga labas ang tyan at peek-a-boo shots mo! iba talaga ang humor ng noy-pi, natural! spontaneous.. nakaka-miss! dito kasi kanya-kanya ang mga lahi. deadma kung deadma...

dinagyang and sinulog? WOW!

ps : kailangan talaga tongue-out with the congressman? hahaha! :)

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

ganda ng mga photos Chyng! too bad i missed this one. but thanks for the virtual tour!

Malditang "Kura"cha said...

mukang masaya nga ang festival. Mali din kasi ako na naibook na dates. Di tayo nag-abot. haahaha! Shongak lang. Ang ganda ng mga outfit in fairnezz. Iba talaga ang fiesta sa Pinas. Kaabang-abang.

Ian | Going Places said...

Sana ako makaattend next year, gusto ko makita itong festival na 'to ng Bacolod... pero hindi ba punuan flights at hotels during this time in Bacolod?

deLLyghtER said...

Chyng said...

i cant find the time to blog and blog hop.. napaka-antukin ko na. old age!

-----wahahaha, me too..dami ko tuloy backlogs.. Great set of pictures. Sana makapunta din ako sa Bacolod. Idol kita Chyng. (^^,

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

ang ganda ng mga constumes at masks - obviously these cost a good deal of money! Did you get one good mask for a souvenir - or may pinagbibili ba?

JeffZ said...

same here.. one post per week na nga lang sana hindi pa magawa... :P

grrrreat shots.. vibrant in full blast! :)

Mitch said...

Come in all sizes at habang nahuhubaran na, keri pa rin! two thumbs up sa happy faces ng masskara!

Pang said...

Their vibrant costumes and maskaras indeed brought a very colorful festivity that you've successfully captured in your photos Chyng. Hope to experience the festival next year. :)

Manila Girl said...

Your photos are amazing!!!

Shucks, gusto ko manood ng ganito, I think I can guess the sort of vibes that you're talking about. Para sigurong nanonood ng UP Pep Squad for us UP grads! Goosebumps!

SunnyToast said...

Ayan naka festival ka na....ang cute nung malaki ang tyan...hahaha:)

captured moment! pak!

Lovely said...

Wow, tama ka pang world class talaga ang Maskara Festival at sulit talaga ang pagpunta mo sa Bacolod. Ang ganda ng mga shots mo. I super love the colorful costumes. Sana makapanood na ko nito next year :)

Lyndsay/Discount Travel Blogger said...

Wow, I heard Guimaras is awesome but it hasn't caught my attention to research much about it until I sw your post. Girl, Guimaras is stunning!

Kat said...

You were here in Bacolod pala during the Masskara. Sayang hindi tayo nagkasalubong. Hehe

You should really experience Sinulog. Ibang klase ang vibe! But be prepared lang dahil sobrang siksikan talaga. Also, many roads are closed so expect to do a lot of walking. :)

abeng said...

nanalo sila sa showtime.galing!

Street Dance said...

MassKara Festival's Street Dance Competition having so many colors. It's really amazing. Love it.

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