Going to Bacolod for the Masskara Festival has been one of the items on my Bucket List for 2010 since the start if the year. Several weeks ago, fellow travel blogger Jepoi Ordaniel, a native of Bacolod, reminded me to make sure that I don’t miss this year’s Festival and blogged about it.

Together with travel buddy Patrick Mineses, we made a day trip to Bacolod to experience at least a part of the 3-week long festival. We arrived earlier that day and spent most of the morning taking in the city and eating in a few Bacolod famous foodie sites including Chicken House and Calea.


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Wandering around the city in the early morning was amazing. Vendors lined the streets setting up their various festival paraphernalia.

Masskara Festival 2010

Masskara Festival 2010

Masskara Festival 2010

Walking around, we stopped and paid our respects at the Bacolod Cathedral.

Masskara Festival 2010

Masskara Festival 2010

After lunch, while witnessed some groups preparing for the afternoon parade.

Masskara Festival 2010

Masskara Festival 2010

Photographers are everywhere!

Masskara Festival 2010

The parade that day got started around 3:30pm

Masskara Festival 2010

Masskara Festival 2010

Masskara Festival 2010

Masskara Festival 2010

Masskara Festival 2010

Masskara Festival 2010

Masskara Festival 2010

Masskara Festival 2010

Masskara Festival 2010

One of the more fascinating sights are the horde’s of photographers. This group of 3 was oddly uniformed in camouflage with matching hydration packs.

Masskara Festival 2010

Masskara Festival 2010

Masskara Festival 2010

The Festival was definitely a colorful festival in the same breadth as Cebu’s Sinulog Festival. Definitely one of the “must see” Philippine Festivals.