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Friday, October 31, 2014

Masskara Festival - Bacolod City (The City of Smiles)



The Masskara Festival is held each year during the 3rd week of October in Bacolod City, known for being a relatively friendly city and it bears the nickname "City of Smiles". The word "Masskara" was coined by the late AAB president Ely Santiago from the two words "mass" which means "many or a multitude of the people" and the Spanish "kara" meaning "face", thus means a multitude of smiling faces. A smiling mask created by the organizers to dramatize the Negrenses happy spirit.

Like any other Festivals they also have Masskara Street Dance Competition, competing different Barangays in Bacolod City with their colorful masked dancers gyrate to the infectious rhythm to the Latin musical beat in an astonishing display of proficiency, array, coordination and stamina.

Some highlights of their Festivals are the beauty pageant, drum and bugle corps competitions, sports events, food festivals, carnivals, musical concert and electric masskara (so sad :( I was not able to witness their electric masskara) better luck next time :).



Masskara Dance Competition

 Masskara Street Dance Contest

Masskara Dance Competition

Me in the crowd, great experience indeed. I really enjoyed the Festival and I would like to say thank you/we (Me, Neil and Jed) THANK YOU! Darwin Asuncion for providing the accommodation free of charge during our stay in Bacolod City.
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Sinulog 2015 Schedule of Activities





December 01 – January 31, 2015 : Sinulog Street Fair, Osmeña Blvd.
December 27, 2014 – January 24, 2015 : Sinulog 2014 Photo Exhibit @ SM City Cebu
December 30, 2014 (Tuesday) : Sinulog Fun Run
5:00 A.M. : Elimination Sinulog 2015 Dance Crew

January 8, 2015 (Thursday)       Opening Salvo: Walk with Jesus
4:00 A.M. : Assembly Time (Area) Fuente Osmeña
4:30 A.M. : Start of Walk-Fuente Osmeña Blvd. – Basilica del Sto. Niño
5:30 A.M. : Installation of Hermano & Hermana Mayores 2015

January 9, 2015 (Friday)     Sinulog 2015 Kick Off
10:00 A.M. : Sinulog Trade Fair @ SM City Cebu by Department of Trade and Industry
2:00 P.M. : Solemn Mass (Basilica del Santo Niño)
3:00 P.M. : Launching Parade (Basilica del Santo Niño to CCSC)
7:00 P.M. : Opening and Launching Program, Fuente Osmeña
8:00 P.M. : Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 P.M. : Street Party Bands

January 10, 2015 (Saturday)       Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan
1:00 P.M. : Parade of Participants, Capitol Site to Cebu City Sports Center
2:00 P.M. : Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan @ Cebu City Sports Center
6:30 P.M. : Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)

January 11, 2015 (Sunday)     Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan
4:00 P.M. : Cebu City 2015 Marathon – www.cebumarathon.com
1:00 P.M. : Parade of Participants, Plaza Independencia to Cebu City  Sports Center
2:00 P.M. : Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan @ Cebu City Sports Center
6:00 P.M. : Grand Finals of Sinulog Choral Competition
6:30 P.M. : Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
8:00 P.M. : Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña)
9:00 P.M. : Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 12, 2015 (Monday)    
6:30 P.M. : Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
8:00 P.M. : Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña)
9:00 P.M. : Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 13, 2015 (Tuesday)                  
6:30 P.M. : Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
8:00 P.M. : Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña)
9:00 P.M. : Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 14, 2015 (Wednesday)       
9:00 A.M. : Airport Welcome (Balikbayan Flights)
6:30 P.M. : Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
7:00 P.M. : Ms. Cebu 2015 Coronation Night

January 15, 2015 (Thursday)    Sinulog 2015 Idol Grand Finals
Sinulog Festival Queen Runway Competition and Photoshoot

January 16, 2015 (Friday)      Visual Merchandising Contest (Dept. Stores and Malls)
4:00 A.M.   Sinulog 2015 Dance Crew Finals
                 Sinulog Festival Queen 2015 Coronation Night

January 17, 2015 (Saturday)            
6:00 A.M. : Fluvial Procession of the Miraculous Image of the Sto. Niño
9:00 A.M. : Re-enactment of the Baptism of Queen Juana and Rajah   Humabon Bsilica del Santo Niño
2:00 P.M. : Solemn Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Niño
7:00 P.M. : Sinulog Fireworks Comkpetition @ SM City Cebu
7:00 P.M. : Street Party @ Fuente Osmeña and Plaza Independencia

January 18, 2015 (Sunday)   Sinulog Grand Parade
4:00 A.M. : Mañanita Mass @ Basilica del Sto. Niño
6:00 A.M. : Pontifical Mass with His Eminence Jose S. Palma
8:00 A.M. : Holy Mass @ Cebu City Sports Center
9:00 A.M. : Sinulog Grand Parade Carousel Kick Off
7:00 P.M. : Grand Finale and Grand Fireworks @ Cebu City Sports Center
7:30 P.M. : Street Party Bands, Fuente Osmeña
9:00 P.M. : Pyrospectacular Show (Pyromusical Show @ SM City Cebu)
5:00 P.M. – 2:00 A.M. : Concert Series sa Sugbo @ SRP Grounds
12:00 MN : Sinulog Fireworks @SRP

January 19, 2015 (Monday)   Awarding Ceremonies @ Cebu City Sports Center
January 23, 2015 (Friday)     “HUBO”
January 24, 2015 : Judging of Finalists Short Film/Video Documentary Contest
                               Sinulog 2014 Photo Contest Winners Exhibit

January 31, 2015                                 
1:00 P.M. : Judging of Finalists Sinulog Short Film Festival @ SM City Cebu
6:00 P.M. : Awarding Ceremonies Photo Contest, Short Film and
                  Video Documentary Contest @ SM City Cebu

January 31, 2015 – February 8, 2015      
                   Photo Exhibit “Winning Photos Sinulog 2014 @ SM City Cebu


Source: Sinulog.Ph