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    Go To Bacolod's Masskara Festival

    by cyndymc Updated Oct 24, 2010

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    I thought the word MASSKARA was misspelled, thinking it should have been spelled MASKARA, but it was really meant to be MASSKARA. MassKara is derived from the two words MASS, meaning "many" or "multitude" and KARA, a Spanish word meaning "face". Put together, MASKARA means "a mass or multitude of smiling faces".

    Masskara Festival is a celebration/expression/manifestation of Bacolenos' thanksgiving "for the abundance of blessings life brings them". It was conceived 31 years ago. Borne out of the city's woes in the 1980s (the Don Juan tragedy where about 700 Negrenses, including affluent families sank with the ship and perished; and economic dislocation when the prices of sugar in the world market hit an all-time low, thus affecting most of the Negrenses, including Bacolenos who relied in the sugar industry.

    Amidst all these unfortunate tragic events, the local government joined hands with the city’s artists and civic groups, and decided to hold a festival of smiles that will hold true the city's nickname at that time as the City of Smiles. They believed that such a festival would be a good opportunity to perk up the residents out of the depressing atmosphere. The first festival was both an affirmation and declaration by the Bacolenos that notwithstanding any crisis, Bacolod City could "pull through, survive, and in the end, triumph".

    Masskara festival is held every October, culminating on the the weekend nearest October 19, which is the Charter anniversary of Bacolod City. We visited the city for their 31st MassKara Festival.

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    Join In The Fun: Electric Masskara

    by cyndymc Updated Oct 24, 2010

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    Aside from the Street Dance competition, another highlight of the Masskara festival is the Electric MassKara at the Tourism Strip in Lacson Street. Every year, for two nights before the street dance competition (Note: this year it was from October 15 to 16, starting at 8PM), Lacson St. (from the 5th St. to North Drive) is converted into a Tourism Strip.

    Before, I had the misconception that the Electric MassKara would be a presentation of dancing neon lights. On the contrary, it was much more! There was a float parade where dancers wearing intricate headgear, masks and colorfully lighted costumes performed on the ledge, wowing the audience and the panel of judges. As dancers swayed and gyrated to the beat of festival music, many people in the crowd screamed with excitement. The atmosphere at the Tourist Strip then became ala- mardi gras, with all the merriment, dancing, glitter and color.

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    Play Golf in Negros/Bacolod

    by lizaresandrea Updated Sep 9, 2010

    Negros Occidental has a number of golf courses. Marapara Golf and Country Club is in the northern part of Bacolod. Take the Bata road going east and travel straight til you see the country club's sign. Another favorite of Bacolod players is the Binitin Golf Club which is just a little bit past the Bacolod-Murcia border. Victorias Milling Compound, 45 kilometers north of Bacolod also has a golf course.

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    Mountain lady

    by shohman Updated May 20, 2010

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    So, there is a local legend here about a woman who was banished and went off to the hills and somehoe turned into a mountain. Locals will point out that the mountain range resembles a nude woman who is laying on her back. I would argue that any mountain range would fit that desription, but it is a beautiful sight.

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    flying foxes

    by shohman Updated May 20, 2010

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    Flying foxes, or fruit bats, are all over the place here, yet they are an endangered species. Locals do eat these sometimes. If you look into the trees your will see them hanging upside down. The best time to see them in flight is around dusk where hundreds will circle the sky and screech in high pitch tones. These things are big, with about a 3 foot wingspan.
    I actually shot some great video of some flying, but I'm having trouble uploading it. Check back because the video is very impressive.

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    7 falls

    by shohman Updated May 20, 2010

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    Everyone told us we had to go up 7 falls. Being a big fan of waterfalls, we quickly found a guide and negotiated a price (tips, they work for whatever you feel like giving them.) The climb is sometimes steep, but nothing someone in decent shape should shy away from. The falls themselves are beautiful and you may focus just on them, but as you look at the landscape surround the falls, it will take your breath away. Simply beautiful. The trek also takes you though a small village where natives live in bamboo huts. These may be the happiest poor people I've ever seen, their friendly smiles are heartwarming. It takes about an hour to hike to the seventh fall, which can be exhausting because of the heat, but you can always cool off in the chilly water.

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    sulphur springs

    by shohman Updated May 20, 2010

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    the sulphur springs are hot enough to cook and egg, in fact they smell a bit like rotten eggs, but a dip here can be very relaxing. If it gets too hot there are regular swimming pools nearby that you can cool off in. You won't see many kids in this pool due to the heat (although they are allowed) and that is a bonus in my book :)

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    Balaring in Silay

    by limledi Updated May 15, 2010

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    Balaring in Silay is a place where you can relax & enjoy sea breeze, fascinate your eyes with green scenery & amuse your ears with the sounds of birds. This eco-tourism area for mangrove reforestation started in 1996. Here you will see different species of mangrove trees & creatures that thrive like fish, crabs & seashells. You can also rent a cottage for picnic with family & friends. The coastal area could be viewed from a bamboo watch tower called Tom Tower. Donations are welcome. Opens 7am-6pm.
    Brgy Balaring is also famous for its fresh seafood. There are several eateries lining the bay.

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    Nature's Village Resort

    by limledi Updated May 14, 2010

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    Nature's Village Resort is located along the highway of Talisay City, just 10-15 minutes from Bacolod City. The resort has a driving range, tennis court, restaurant, resort swimming pool, kiddie pool, children's park, gazebos and picnic grove, function hall, and standard hotel.

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    Merci Pasalubong Center

    by limledi Updated May 14, 2010

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    Take your pick at various goodies on display at Merci Pasalubong Center. You can present your plane or bus tickets to get a 10% discount. We bought 6 boxes of biscocho, polvoron, barquillos & mango tarts back home. Check your items coz the sales lady can be careless. She forgot to pack the rest of the barquillos we paid for that she left in the counter. There are branches of Merci's in SM City, Araneta & Lacson Streets. We bought our pasalubong from SM City. There's also a TV screen there showing the process of how their various goodies are made. Piaya is also very famous but we found it too sweet.

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    Bacolod Public Plaza

    by limledi Updated May 14, 2010

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    The City Plaza across San Sebastian Cathedral provides a cool place for relaxing after a stroll around the city. It has benches under shady trees, where cultural events are often held on Sunday afternoons & special occasions.

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    San Sebastian Church

    by limledi Updated May 14, 2010

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    San Sebastian Church is made of coral stones from Guimaras while the wooden parts were made of hardwood from Palawan. This huge structure looks imposing & grand. You wouldn't miss this church coz it's located at the downtown area of Bacolod City across the public plaza. It's just a short walking distance from SM City.

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    ANP Negros Showroom

    by limledi Updated May 14, 2010

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    ANP Negros Showroom has a wide display of local crafts & workmanship. It showcases here the creativity of the Negrense, their talent and ingenuity. Their products are all created by local manufacturers. You can buy gifts here as pasalubong to bring back home.

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    Negros Forest Ecological Foundation

    by limledi Updated May 14, 2010

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    Negros Forest Ecological Foundation is a non-profit making, non-governmental organization dedicated to protect, conserve and restore the Negros environment and to safeguard the sustainable use of its resources for the present and future generations.

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    Negros Museum

    by limledi Updated May 14, 2010

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    I loved our visit to Negros Museum. The guide is very informative & friendly. She happens to be a Cebuana also so she mixed English & Visayan languages. The museum has full of historical anecdotes of the elite families of hacienderos as well as their old memorabilias. I particularly enjoyed the Doll Museum with collections coming from all over the world. Quite interesting sugar & other Negros tales from our guide.
    Opens from Monday-Saturday, 9am to 6pm. Entrance Fee P40.
    Tip: Picture taking is not allowed inside the museum.

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