BACOLOD: Food & Festival Guide of Masskara Festival! (VIDEO)

  ROCKY PUENTEVELLA: Bacolod City is the capital of Negros Occidental. It’s in the Negros Island in the Visayas in the Philippines. Its population is five hundred to six hundred thousand. The Masskara Festival happens on the weekend nearest to October 19, which is the Charter Day of Bacolod. Normally we open in October 1 and it ends on October 19. It usually starts with a fun run, walk, jog, hike, and then they [the Bacolodnons] all meet at The Plaza. That happens every October 1 to open the festivities.   JOJO VITO: “Well, the Masskara Festival started in the eighties during the downside of the sugar industry. Also the ship, Negros Navigation sunk at the time, the Don Juan. And Negros was basically gloomy and sad. There was a group of artists who gathered together to think about how they can lift up the spirit of the people in Negros. Because it was at a time that we were so gloomy, and we would like to somehow alleviate the spirit of every Bacolodnon at the time. And they thought of a festival. They came up with a festival. Since they were artists, they thought of the masks, a smiling mask as putting on something that would somehow represent what happiness is all about. It’s the reason why our masks in Bacolod City are smiling—because they are representations of the spirit of every Bacolodnon and every Negrense. Whatever crisis that we are experiencing, we have the ability to rise up and allow ourselves to rise above the situation that we are in. So the Masskara Festival came from two words. The “Mass”, which “many” or “multitude”, and the “Kara”, which is face, meaning “Multitude of Smiling Faces”.   ROCKY PUENTEVELLA: Bacolod is well known for its food among others. We are so proud of our Chicken Inasal, which was born in Bacolod City and now is spreading all over the country. But to be honest, there is a really different taste, especially if you go to Manokan Country, or Chicken House, or Chicken Deli. Another thing that we are proud of about Bacolod and Negros is our culture. We have a lot of museums and old houses that you can visit. Bacolod City has now one international airport. We are getting ready with our international flights. Hopefully, soon we’ll have direct flights to many parts of Asia. But for now, flights come in from Manila, Cebu, Davao, and you could also ride a boat from Iloilo by an hour to get here. You could ride a boat from Manila come here. And when you get here, there are many vans you could rent to get to your destination. People here are so friendly, that’s why you can just ask around, and then maybe [inaudible] to ask for brochures. Basically to walk around by yourselves in these walking tours. What I’m most proud of about Bacolod is the food and definitely its people. The people are what make this city special. We go an extra mile to make our visitors feel comfortable, feel safe, happy, and that they’re really going to have fun, and they’re going to keep on coming back. If you want to more about the City of Smiles, you can check out the hashtag #BLOOMINGBACOLOD on Facebook and Instagram. And then you’re going to see everything that’s happening here, the atmosphere, and background. Bu fFor the rest of the year, we make festivals as much as we can, almost every few months, so that people could do more than travel here. When you visit Bacolod, we’re going to make sure that you’re going to gain five pounds and a big smile!   Bacolod Series in Our Awesome Planet: • BACOLOD FOOD TRIP: Eat Like a Local in Bacolod!  MASSKARA: Our Awesome Guide to Bacolod’s MassKara Festival! • SILAY FOOD GUIDE: What to Eat in Silay & KAON TA! Food Festival? • LAKAWON: Negros’ Secret Paradise Retreat & TawHai Floating Bar! • 10 Awesome Places to Visit Around Bacolod! White Hotel vs. Hometown: The Old and New Backpacker Hotels in Bacolod City!  BACOLOD PASALUBONG: What to Bring Back Home from Bacolod?   Contact Information: MassKara Festival 2015

JOJO VITO GALLERY 119 alunan ave, Bacolod City (Near Metrodome) Operating Hours: 8:00am-7:00pm Website: Facebook: Phone: +63 34 435-1256 Mobile: +63 92285-16729

AIDA’S CHICKEN – Manokan Country Fr. M. Ferrero St., Nenas Rose II, Bacolod City 6100 Phone: +63 34 433 8727 Operating Hours: Sun-Sat 7:30am–3am

MASSKARA CHICKEN B.s. North Drive 6100 Bacolod City, Philippines Phone: +63 34 435- 1749

CHICKEN HOUSE Araneta Ave, Bacolod, Negros Occidental Phone: +63 34 433-4623, +63 34 434-8201 24th Lacson Street, Bacolod, Negros Occidental Phone: +63 34 434-940

SHARYN’S CANSI HOUSE C-58 Narra Avenue, Capitol Shopping Center, Bacolod City Phone: (034) 433 1374 Mobile: +639 405 3969 Facebook: sharynsbacolod

DIOTAY’S 12th st., Gatuslao, 6100 Bacolod City, Philippines Mobile: +639 4881-40037 Facebook:

BOB’S RESTAURANT B.S. Aquino, North drive, 6100 Bacolod City, Philippines Facebook: BOBS-RESTAURANT Phone: +63 34 434-2409

La Salle/+63 34 709-7646 Gaisano City/+63 34 708-0807

Robinson’s Place Lacson SM City

21 RESTAURANT 21st Lacson Street, 6100 Bacolod City, Philippines Operating Hours: Daily 7am – 7pm Phone: +63 34 433 4096 Mobile: +639 08891-3588, +639 32257-5175 Facebook: 21-Restaurant E-mail: Website:

PENDY’S 25th Lacson St, Bacolod, Negros Occidental Phone: +63 34 434-0269 Operating Hours: 7:30am- 8:00pm

ROLI’S La Salle Ave., Bacolod City Facebook: Rolis-Napoleones

Lopues East, Bacolod City Operating Hours: Mon- Sun: 10am – 10pm Phone: +63 34 709-3161, +63 34 433-3257 Facebook: Rolis-Napoleones

CALEA G/F Balay Quince, 15 Lacson St., Bacolod City, Negros Occidental Operating Hours: Mon – Thur 8AM to 10PM, Fri- Sun 9AM to 11PM Phone: +63 34 433-3143

G/F The District North Point, National Highway, Talisay, Negros Occidental Operating Hours: Mon–Sun 9:00 AM–9:00 PM

1st Level, Robinsons Place Bacolod, Lacson St, Bacolod, 6100 Negros Occidental Phone: +63 34 441 0505

FELICIA’S PASTRY CAFE 6th lacson street, DOLL building, 6100 Bacolod City, Philippines Operating Hours: Sun-Thu: 9:00 am-11:00 pm, Fri-Sat: 9:00 am-11:45 pm Phone: +63 34 709-1123 Mobile: +639 27140-7892, +639 2898- 6253 Facebook: E-mail:

EL IDEAL 118 Rizal Street, 6116 Silay City Operating Hours: Mon-Sun 6:30 am-6:00 pm Phone: +63 34 495 4430 E-mail: Facebook: EL-IDEAL-Bakery

NEGROS SHOWROOM Mandalagan, Bacolod, Negros Occidental Facebook: TheNegrosShowroom Phone: +63 34 441-0142

9th Lacson Street, Bacolod, Negros Occidental Facebook: TheNegrosShowroom Phone: +63 34 441-0142

VIRGIE’S HOMEMADE PRODUCTS 59 San Sebastian Street Bacolod City, Neg. Occ. Phone: +63 34 434-1788, +63 34 434-1588 Website: Email:

THE RUINS Hda. Sta. Maria, Talisay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines Numbers: +63 34 476-4334, +63 917 832-6003 E-mail: Facebook: TheRuins Website:

DON MARIANO’S GARDEN Hda. Sta. Maria, Talisay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines Numbers: +63 92580-00401, +63 34-4764334 E-mail:

THE BERNARDINO JALANDONI MUSEUM Rizal St., Silay City Negros Occidental, Philippines Operating hours: Tuesday – Sunday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (closed on Mondays) Phone: +63 34 495-5093

BALAY NEGRENSE Barangay III, Cinco De Noviembre Street, Silay City, 6116 Negros Occidental Operating Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Phone: +63 34 714-7676 Website:

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