Showing posts with label Bacolod. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bacolod. Show all posts

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! =)

Lessons on the Road | Bacolod - Iloilo - Guimaras

Not as grand compared to some holidays to benidorm, but I had a quick getaway to the city of smiles Bacolod, plus a side trip to neighboring provinces Iloilo and Guimaras.

Sharing some lessons and realizations thru these snapshots.


The Tale of 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.


Lord Byron's BBQ Ribs for only P150!
In Bacolod, we tried this excellent plus-sized meat slabs pork bbq ribs that is fall of the bones and super tender-tasty, for an unbelievable price of P150 only! This is the best ribs Ive tried for its price. Thanks Ayi and Melvin for recommending this to us.


Must-Buy-Umbrella
The sun is unforgiving in Bacolod. At 8am, it's already striking hot. Ansakit sa balat. But still, it's up to you if you can endure the sunburn. Obviously I cant. May tinatawag namang payong, P78 lang!


Masskara Street Dancing
Due to the irresistible food tripping in Bacolod, I arrived late in the plaza and missed the 1st day of street dancing competition. I cant go home to Manila without achieving my goal. So on the 2nd day, I arrived in the plaza 3 hours before the show and saved a 1st row seat. The striking sun and the rain didn't make anyone moved from their seats. The experience to witness the festival upclose, feel the vibes, and cheer with the crowd was all worth it.


Congressman without Bodyguards, with Peng, Jaz, and Verns
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


Bacolod Inasal
The default way to eat Inasal is eating it with bare hands. Spoons and forks aren't served at all. Manokan Country is a strip in downtown Bacolod where every restaurant serves Inasal. Lance, Lex, Ram, Kat, and I feasted the authentic inasal. Deadma muna sa carcinogens!


Swish saves the day
The day was just very exhausting. And after everything that I ate, I badly needed to freshen up my mouth. It was really a life saver to see the Swish Booth in the streets. The promodizers invited us to use Swish mouthwash. It was sooo refreshing to gargle! Not only that, the promodizers gave us free Swish bottles each! Thank goodness, now we're ready to celebrate all day and all night.


Ambot sa "Kambing" na may bangs
All this time I thought I was hearing "Ambot sa "Kambing" na may bangs!" Haha Okaayy, so it's Kanding not Kambing. Can anyone translate this phrase please?


Sweetest Mangoes
..at P90/kilo! Prices become steep when this precious fruit of Guimaras is not in season. And by the way, it's prohibited to bring seeds or any part of a mango when entering Guimaras. This way, the locals can maintain the pure breed of their mangoes.


Half Day Tour in Guimaras
Lesson learned the hard way. For a change, I didn't read blogs or forums in preparation for this trip. I thought sometimes knowing-it-all spoils the excitement in a trip. Well, it could be true. But most of the time, it's best to know the directions and normal rates about a foreign place. It saves time and money, and headache in negotiating with the very few opportunist people.


La Paz Batchoy
Okaaay. So La Paz is a place in Iloilo pala. I thought it was a brand.


Coffee Break, anyone?
The Iloilo airport is one of the few decent ones in the Philippines. The design reminds me of NAIA Terminal2. I appreciate the efficiency of getting in and out of the airport. Vans are available to take you to the city or the port. Convenient and cheap. Talking about cheap, this Iloilo's signature Coffee Break sells their coffee for only P90!


Salonpas plasters, Katinko, and Omega pain killer
Aside from the umbrella, here are my new travel essentials. Cant handle a fully packed itinerary anymore as Im beginning to feel back and muscle pain. Welcome to old age it is! ^_^

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