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    The MassKara Festival is a week-long festival held each year in Bacolod City, the capital of Negros Occidental province in the Philippines every third weekend of October nearest October 19, the city's Charter Anniversary.

    The festival first began in 1980 during a period of crisis. The province relied on sugar cane as its primary agricultural crop, and the price of sugar was at an all-time low due to the introduction of sugar substitutes like high fructose corn syrup in the United States.[1] It was also a time of tragedy; on April 22 of that year, the inter-island vessel Don Juan carrying many Negrenses, including those belonging to prominent families in Bacolod City, collided with the tanker Tacloban City and sank. An estimated 700 lives were lost in the tragedy.

    In the midst of these tragic events, the city's artists, local government and civic groups decided to hold a festival of smiles, because the city at that time was also known as the City of Smiles. They reasoned that a festival was also a good opportunity to pull the residents out of the pervasive gloomy atmosphere. The initial festival was therefore, a declaration by the people of the city that no matter how tough and bad the times were, Bacolod City is going to pull through, survive, and in the end, triumph.

    Text source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MassKara_Festival

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    1. Anaïs.GS 43 months ago | reply

      Wonderful colors !

    2. Trina ~ 43 months ago | reply

      The color is stunningly gorgeous! Well done!

    3. Hugo Laporte 43 months ago | reply

      Love the composition and the transition of the depth of field, well captured the "party" there.

    4. Nikki Radloff 43 months ago | reply

      So many beautiful colors. That mask is stunning!

    5. Drlimel 43 months ago | reply

      Nice picture and write-up. Thanks

    6. artland 43 months ago | reply

      This is a wonderful shot!
      You are invited to post it to:


    7. *Lemur* 42 months ago | reply

      Amazing colours, great shot!

    8. Polacalle 42 months ago | reply

      Wow! amazing! i love the colours! fav!

    9. Mike Chen aka Full Time Taekwondo Dad 42 months ago | reply

      Amazing colors and well composed!

    10. pavelcojo 42 months ago | reply

      lense shift?

    11. misskatherinelewis 42 months ago | reply

      great picture!!
      please if you have time add it to my group called Inspiration*bored...
      ..to share ideas and artist connections with others.

      Thank you & have a great day :)

      Katherine xx

    12. JebbiePix 25 months ago | reply

      Great colors and fabulous depth of field!

    13. Ferry J@ansen Six Weeks gone to start a New Future [deleted] 25 months ago | reply

      We wish you Many HAPPY HOURS

    14. Moonlight Walker 25 months ago | reply

      We wish you Many HAPPY HOURS

    15. Elsiry 25 months ago | reply

      We wish you Many HAPPY HOURS

    16. tabithafernan 20 months ago | reply


      I'm looking for photos to be used for the Department of Foreign Affairs' (DFA) cultural website with an aim to share Filipino Culture to the world. I'd really love to include this photo. Although we won't be able to pay you for it, you will be credited for sure :)

      Hoping for your positive feedback! You may contact me at tabitha.fernan@yahoo.com :)

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