This postcard is one of the most colorful postcards I’ve ever received since I started postcard swapping. It’s Masskara Festival, a popular festival in Bacolod City, Philippines. This postcard came from a Pinay blogger, Ruby R. Thanks a lot mamiRubz!
The MassKara Festival is a festival held each year in Bacolod City, the capital of Negros Occidental province in the Philippines every third weekend of October . The word “MassKara” is a portmanteau, coined by the late artist Ely Santiago from the word “mass” meaning “many or a multitude of the people”, and the Spanish word cara meaning “face”. A prominent feature of the festival is the mask worn by participants; these are always adorned with smiling faces. MassKara thus means a multitude of smiling faces. The word is also a pun on maskara, the Filipino term for “mask”.
The festival features a street dance competition where people from all walks of life troop to the streets to see colorfully-masked dancers gyrating to the rhythm of Latin musical beats in a display of mastery, gaiety, coordination and stamina.