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Sunday, August 11, 2013

HOW TO SURVIVE MASSKARA 2013: Schedule, Where to Stay, What to Eat, Where to Go + More Tips

PS: This post is for those who made last minute decision to attend Masskara 2013.
at sa mga hanggang ngayon ay undecided at kailangan pa ng kaunti push. Toinks!

We are nearing the end of rainy season again and the entry of ber-months means the start of festivals in the Visayas with Masskara Festival being one them.It was my first time ever to join the festivities last year and it was really fun.

Whilst it is impossible for me to join the festival this year, I am posting the schedule here just in case you planning to fly to the "city of smiles" for Masskara 2013.

Festivities start as early as the 1st day of October and the highlights will be on the 3rd week. Oct.18-20 are the one's you should mark on your Calendar.


You can already find many Online write-ups about the event.


FRIDAY:October 18, 2013
02:00 pm - MassKara Street Dancing School Category
11:30 pm - Mass Kara Lights Show
11:55 pm - Countdown to Bacolod's 75th Charterday Anniversary
12:00 mn - Fireworks Display

SATURDAY:October 19, 2013
09:00 pm - Electric Dance Parade

SUNDAY:October 20, 2013
09:00 am to 03:00 pm - MassKara Street Dancing Barangay Category in Paglaum Sports Complex
**Street dancing will start at Araneta Avenue and will end at Paglaum Sports Complex.

Byahilo has the complete schedule listed in his blog



How to Get to Bacolod:

Via SILAY AIRPORT  --It's the main Airport entry to Norther Negros.Located in Silay City which is only around 45 minutes away from Bacolod City.
Via ILO-ILO City >>>>>Iloilo-Bacolod via Ferry + TO GO TRAVEL ferry schedule

Check Inn Bacolod

Where To Stay:
".....But if you are not choosy,okay na.Although I think you can find a better room with the same price range.Just book early :)"

Here are more TIPS on What and Where to Eat
from Pinasmuna's blog

"Unlike the dry and rubbery chicken inasal in Manila and other places in the Philippines, Bacolod's chicken inasal on the contrary is juicy and tender and they are cooked fresh as you order. So if you are looking for the best place to eat this classic Ilonggo favorite, don't fail to drop by Manokan Country located along Father M. Ferrero Street (near SM City Bacolod). Tip: It is said that Nena's serves the best inasal at Manokan Country."

PinoyAdventurista beautifully summarized it.

**Swim and Hike at Mambukal Resort in the nearby town of Murcia
**Visit "The Ruins" in Talisay City
**Go Cultural and Explore Silay City
**Drop by the Capitol Grounds and Lagoon
**Visit San Sebastian Cathedral and Bishop’s Palace
**Climb Pope John Paul II Tower
**Walk through the heritage houses in Silay
more on his blog

Read the rest of my Silay Entries here:
A Museum in Silay City
Jose B. Gamboa Ancestral House


Try the Roof Deck Party at L'Fisher Chalet

HolidayAsia website posted the following tips on how to survive the festival:
Read the Complete GUIDE FOR FIRST-TIMERS here.

**Book hotel rooms in advance as every accommodation from the biggest hotels to the smallest inn is sure to be jam-packed. If you are up for an adventure, stay an extra day or two and go see nearby tourist spots including Guimaras, Mambukal, Mt. Kanlaon, Iloilo, or the stunning beaches in Southern Negros.
***Wear light clothing. You may bring an umbrella or a hat so you are prepared in case it rains on your parade. A touch of sun block would also be a very good idea.

LIST OF 2012 WINNERS from my blog coverage last year.
Street & Arena Dance Competition BARANGAY CATEGORY

CHAMPION: Barangay 17
1st Runner Up: Barangay Cabug
2nd Runner Up: Barangay 6
3rd Runner Up: Barangay 32
4th Runner Up: Barangay Alijis

Like any other Festival, Masskara is true to its name ----colorful, gay, exciting. The flood of people from all over the Philippines and recently, from other countries could entail certain challenges in getting there and where to stay.It pays to have a little research.

If you haven't had your 1st Festival ever, Masskara could be a good introduction.Be warned though, like in my case, it could spark your love for Festivals.And once it's in your system, you will keep craving for it.

Enjoy Masskara 2013!!!



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