In Himamaylan town proper (about 1 1/2 hr from Bacolod on the way to Kabankalan to the south), a few stalls in front of the town plaza by the national road are selling rice cakes that are selling like hotcakes (hmmm, does that make sense?). These stalls have their wood-fired mini-oven set-up just beside the stalls.
We were intrigued by the hotselling phenomena of it that we decided to give it a try. It was indeed appetizing. Better-tasting when it's hot just out from the oven. Great food to go while on the road.
Masskara = "mass" + "kara" ???
Impossible, it is just a joke. "Mass" is an english word and "cara" is spanish. It is only a playing with the spelling of the word.
The word mask is of Arabic derivation and probably from the Arab population of North Africa, but now is almost international. In Arabic, "maskharah" = "man in masquerade", "jester" or "buffoon". The root mask- has the original sense of "black" or "of dark origin" (blackening the face being a simple form of disguise), and was introduced in Latin language with the words "mascus", "masca" (="ghost"), "mascha", and later the Old Italian word "maschera", now in modern Italian "mascara". "Mascara" in the language of the Coran means a "joke" and is also the name of an Arabic city.
In many other languages it came from the Latin:
Italian: "maschera", "mascara",
Spanish & Portugese: "máscara",
The words "mascot", "mascotte" are also related. In Old Occitan, "masco" = "witch", but probably the similarity is only a coincidence.
"Un ballo in maschera" ("a dance in masks") is an opera of Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901).
In the Tagalog and the other Philippine languages the word "Maskara" came from the Spanish "máscara".
MassKara Festival is celebrated every 3rd week of October, main event (parade and street dancing) is on 3rd Sunday of the month of October, nearest to the Charter Anniversary of Bacolod City.
MassKara is a word coined by a certain Mr Ely Santiago, 26 years ago from 2 words "mass" means many people and "kara" , Spanish word for face. It means a multitude of smiling faces, all masks worn during the parade are always smiling.
The main event is a dance and costumes competition, Masskara Street Dance Competition, local barangay unit, public and private schools create a group that dances to a Latin musical beat all wearing colorful masks.. Its very similar to the costumes of Brazil mardi gras.
During the whole week celebration, drum and bugle corps competition, several trade fairs, bazars, beauty contests and concerts on almost every corner.
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