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  • Friday, September 19, 2014

    Masskara Festival 2014

    Inline with the 35th Masskara Festival celebration is the Masskara Queen. It is the search for the next ambassador of goodwill of Bacolod City. The pageant is not only focuses on beauty but also brain and cause. Who will be the next Masskara Queen? Lets find out on October 10, 2014 at University of Saint La Salle Coliseum.

    DATE

    EVENT

    LOCATION

    September 18, 2014 6PM
    Masskara Festival Costumes
    Fountain Area, Robinsons Place
    September 19, 2014 6:30PM
    Zumba Fitness with Masskara Queen 2014
    The District Ayala North
    September 21, 2014 3PM
    Photo Exhibit
    Robinsons Place
    September 27, 2014 2PM
    Press Presentation and Pre-pageant Swimsuit Competition
    Chalet Poolside, L’Fisher Hotel
    September 28, 2014 3PM
    Photo Exhibit
    The District Ayala
    October 4,2014 6PM
    Talent Competition
    City Walk, Robinsons Place
    October 10,2014 7PM
    Pageant and Coronation Night
    USLS Coliseum

    Masskara Queen Schedule of Events

    Posted at  3:54 AM  |  in  Schedule of Events  |  Read More»

    Masskara Festival 2014

    Inline with the 35th Masskara Festival celebration is the Masskara Queen. It is the search for the next ambassador of goodwill of Bacolod City. The pageant is not only focuses on beauty but also brain and cause. Who will be the next Masskara Queen? Lets find out on October 10, 2014 at University of Saint La Salle Coliseum.

    DATE

    EVENT

    LOCATION

    September 18, 2014 6PM
    Masskara Festival Costumes
    Fountain Area, Robinsons Place
    September 19, 2014 6:30PM
    Zumba Fitness with Masskara Queen 2014
    The District Ayala North
    September 21, 2014 3PM
    Photo Exhibit
    Robinsons Place
    September 27, 2014 2PM
    Press Presentation and Pre-pageant Swimsuit Competition
    Chalet Poolside, L’Fisher Hotel
    September 28, 2014 3PM
    Photo Exhibit
    The District Ayala
    October 4,2014 6PM
    Talent Competition
    City Walk, Robinsons Place
    October 10,2014 7PM
    Pageant and Coronation Night
    USLS Coliseum

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    The most beautiful and smart ladies of Bacolod gathered together for one purpose. To be the next ambassador of goodwill. It is the battle of beauty, brain and cause. Who will be the next #MassKaraQueen among 11 finalist. Who will stand out and shine like a diamond. 11 candidates is vying for the crown of the 2014 Masskara Queen. The pageant night will be on October 10, 2015 7:00PM at USLS Coliseum. The next Masskara Queen will win as much as P 100,000 in prize. Additionally, she can represent Bacolod in a national beauty pageant. Share and comment below to support your bet. Sharing is caring!





    Masskara Festival

    1.Arriana Demi Montealegre

    SCHOOL: Riverside College
    COURSE: Bachelor of Science in Radio Technology
    FOLLOW: FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM


    Masskara Festival

    2.Cate Antoinette Dedoyco Pirote

    SCHOOL: San Agustin Bacolod
    COURSE: BSHM 4th yr
    INTEREST: adventure, swimming, acting, writing quotes and poems, watching reality shows and model search, surfing the net, eating fruit salad, collecting clothes and accessories, jogging
    ACHIEVEMENT: Mr. and Ms. Freshmen 2011 1st runner-up, Miss Tourism and Hospitality Management 2011, Lin-ay sg. Talisay 2012 1st runner-up and miss congeniality, Mr. and ms. CSAB finalist and best in runway 2012, TravelExchange young ambassador 2014 2nd runner-up / consistent dean's lister performer of the year awardee 2014.
    MOTTO: Nobody cares when you're miserable so might as well be happy.
    ADVICE: Uhm, i would really encourage you girls out there to never ever forget to just be you even when you're in the process of trying to make a good impression to the judges. Always keep trying. I attempted three times before i finally became an official candidate of this pageant. It was tough but my determination was bigger than my fears, so if you really want something, you have to work for it, work hard for it. And don't think your not beautiful just because the others are taller, skinnier, whiter. Deal with your insecurities and make these your motivation to be better. Lastly, smile! this makes a whole lot difference.

    FOLLOW: FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM @catepirote

    Masskara Festival

    3.Maria Danielle Diaz

    FOLLOW: FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM

    Masskara Festival

    4.Riah Angelica De Ocampo

    SCHOOL: La Consolacion College Bacolod
    COURSE
    FOLLOW: FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM

    Masskara Festival

    5.Kristine Kaye Castro Necir


    SCHOOL: Collegio San Agustin Bacolod
    COURSE: Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology
    ACHIEVEMENT: Ms. Medtech 2009 2nd runner-up, Manang Pula Queen 2011 1st runner-up, Mr. and Ms. CSA-B 2011 finalist.
    MOTTO: In life, what you really want, will never come easy. You have to work hard for it.
    ADVICE: If you have what it takes to be a Masskara Queen, be an inspiration to others and make an impact. You have to believe yourself and dream big.
     FOLLOW: FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM @kayenecir

    Masskara Festival

    6.Sweetzel C. Lima

    SCHOOL: Carlos Hilao Memorial State College - FT Campus
    COURSE: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Major in Financial Management
    INTEREST: Modeling, Playing Badminton, Dancing, etc;
    ACHIEVEMENT: Sinulog Queen 2012- Finalist, Mr. & Ms. CHMSC 2012(intercampus meet) 3rd runner-up, Brgy. 18 Buylogan Queen 2009-Queen, Kauswagan Queen 2014 (Brgy. Estefania) First runner-up.
    MOTTO: Beauty can be deceiving but attitude speaks everything.
    ADVICE:  Pursue your dreams and never stop believing on your capabilities and on what you can do because extra ordinary things begins on believing in your self. 
    FOLLOW: FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM

    Masskara Festival

    7.Melresa Tiu

    SCHOOL: Riverside College, Inc. Graduated last March 2014
    COURSE: Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology
    INTEREST: Playing Badminton, Internet Surfing, Swimming, Playing Rondalla, violin and singing.
    ACHIEVEMENT: 2nd Runner-up Riverside College "Ms. Junior 2011," Pasalamat Festival Queen - Top 3, Best in Talent and Smart Texters Choice Award.
    MOTTO: In everything you do, do it for the glory of GOD.
    ADVICE: As an official candidate of Masskara Queen 2014, I would like to encourage young women who are planning to join such pageant to become more confident in pursuing their dreams. Have a strong will in pursuing your advocacies to benefit others as well as to inspire more lives. Have patience and be determined in whatever you do. Moreover, i always want to inculcate this in mind of everyone, you don't need to be somebody else just to please other people. Just show them the real you, so that the world may know how beautiful you are without any pretensions, Furthermore, you cannot please everyone in this world. Show them how great you are and you'll get to know how many will embrace you or how many will forsake you. As what Newton's law of motion said, "In every action there is always a negative and positive reaction."
    FOLLOW: FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM


    Bacolod Masskara Festival

    8.Sheen Liberty Abong Cuenza

    SCHOOLCentral Philippine University
    COURSE: Bachelor of Science in Nursing  now: Staff Nurse at Bacolod Adventist Medical Center
    INTEREST: books, literature, art and music
    MOTTO: Do it again, rehearse it again, run it again, try it again. Because again is practice and practice is improvement, and improvement only leads to perfection. 
    ADVICE: By the end of the day, you will only regret the chances you didn't take. So, if an opportunity comes in front of you, just grab it and don't let go of it, learn from it. Because, in joining a contest there's no losing, there's only winning.
    FOLLOW: FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM @100kalayaan

    Masskara Queen

    9.Jiian Yusay Tsukada

    SCHOOL: St. Sebastian International School (4th yr high school)
    INTEREST: music, art, anime, books, reading the bible, videogames
    MOTTO: Around here however don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious. And curiosity keeps leading us down doing new paths. 
    ADVICE: The piece of advice that i can share to those ladies who want to become the next candidate for MQ are be yourself, be broadminded, take a step, feel the breeze of being beautiful. Lastly, love and have faith in God! Thank Him for His wonderful blessings. 
    FOLLOW: FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM @Jinakutsu

    Masskara Queen

    10.Raxel Ann B. Gonzales

    SCHOOL: University of Negros Occidental Recoletos
    COURSE: BS Education Major in English
    INTEREST: public speaking, journalistic and creative writing, books, traveling
    ACHIEVEMENT: 2010 Champion, USLS Speechfest Extemporaneous Speaking. First runner-u ABS-CBN Newscasting Competition Tertiary level. Campion, NOPSSCEA Tertiary level Impromptu Speaking (English). Silver Medalist, WVPRISSA Tertiary level Impromptu Speaking(English). Silver Medalist, National Artifacts Day  Impromptu Speaking Competition.  2012, Third Place, Toastmasters Intl. Club Level Speech to Evaluate Contest. Second Placer, Toastmasters Intl. Club Level Impromptu Speaking Contest. Competent Communicator Award, Toastmasters Intl. Miss college of education 2013, University of Negros occidental-Recoletos. Second Place. UNO-Recoletos  University Week 2013 Essay Writing Competition. Second Place EDC-BINHI Youth conference 2013 Project Development Competition National Level. Third Place 1st Gawad Tolentino Awards for short story writing.Best EDC-BYC2013Article "Four days for the environment article was published in the Philippine daily Inquirer (February 19, 2014 issue). Outstanding Student Leader, UNO-R Search for The standing Student Leaders 2014.Outstanding Marketing Student Ambassador, UNO-R Outstanding Students Leaders Award. Champion Impromptu speaking COED Day 2014 LITMUS UNO-R Recoletos. Service Award for Exemplary Contributions to the UNO-R Debate Team and Society, UNO-R Outstanding Student Leaders Award. Champion Impromptu Speaking, UNO-R University week2014. Miss Tolentine Missosology 2014, UNO-Recoletos.
    MOTTO: Good things come not to those who wait, but to those who work hard for their dreams.
    ADVICE:Take the challenge, be yourself, be confident and ENJOY. If you think you got what it takes , go ahead and give it a shot. Just be confident and show them your're beautiful in your own skin and that you have the qualities of a true Bacolena beauty. More importantly, ENJOY the time that you're in MQ. The people you will meet and the experiences you'll get will be all worth treasuring. 
    FOLLOW: FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM @raxeegonzales

    Masskara Festival, Bacolod

    11. Christine Joy Madamba

    SCHOOL: University of Saint La Salle
    COURSE: Bachelor of Science in Management Accounting
    INTEREST: Reading Books, Playing Sports
    ACHIEVEMENT: Dean's lister, currently a college editor for the La Salle Yearbook 2015
    MOTTO: Make yourself your own standard, not others.
    ADVICE: Don't be afraid to go out of your comfort zones and experience this ones in a lifetime opportunity to showcase the not just the beauty you have outside but also inside. You are beautiful so don't let others tell you otherwise.
    FOLLOW: FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM


    Masskara Queen Schedule of Activities

    Schedule of Activities





    Note: All photos above were taken from Masskara Official Photographers. If anyone would like re blog this please give a proper credit. All the statement above were true and correct based on the candidates response. We will be updating this as soon as the candidates response were receive. 

    VOTE YOUR BET!

    Meet The Masskara Queen 2014 Finalist

    Posted at  1:00 AM  |  in  USLS  |  Read More»

    The most beautiful and smart ladies of Bacolod gathered together for one purpose. To be the next ambassador of goodwill. It is the battle of beauty, brain and cause. Who will be the next #MassKaraQueen among 11 finalist. Who will stand out and shine like a diamond. 11 candidates is vying for the crown of the 2014 Masskara Queen. The pageant night will be on October 10, 2015 7:00PM at USLS Coliseum. The next Masskara Queen will win as much as P 100,000 in prize. Additionally, she can represent Bacolod in a national beauty pageant. Share and comment below to support your bet. Sharing is caring!





    Masskara Festival

    1.Arriana Demi Montealegre

    SCHOOL: Riverside College
    COURSE: Bachelor of Science in Radio Technology
    FOLLOW: FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM


    Masskara Festival

    2.Cate Antoinette Dedoyco Pirote

    SCHOOL: San Agustin Bacolod
    COURSE: BSHM 4th yr
    INTEREST: adventure, swimming, acting, writing quotes and poems, watching reality shows and model search, surfing the net, eating fruit salad, collecting clothes and accessories, jogging
    ACHIEVEMENT: Mr. and Ms. Freshmen 2011 1st runner-up, Miss Tourism and Hospitality Management 2011, Lin-ay sg. Talisay 2012 1st runner-up and miss congeniality, Mr. and ms. CSAB finalist and best in runway 2012, TravelExchange young ambassador 2014 2nd runner-up / consistent dean's lister performer of the year awardee 2014.
    MOTTO: Nobody cares when you're miserable so might as well be happy.
    ADVICE: Uhm, i would really encourage you girls out there to never ever forget to just be you even when you're in the process of trying to make a good impression to the judges. Always keep trying. I attempted three times before i finally became an official candidate of this pageant. It was tough but my determination was bigger than my fears, so if you really want something, you have to work for it, work hard for it. And don't think your not beautiful just because the others are taller, skinnier, whiter. Deal with your insecurities and make these your motivation to be better. Lastly, smile! this makes a whole lot difference.

    FOLLOW: FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM @catepirote

    Masskara Festival

    3.Maria Danielle Diaz

    FOLLOW: FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM

    Masskara Festival

    4.Riah Angelica De Ocampo

    SCHOOL: La Consolacion College Bacolod
    COURSE
    FOLLOW: FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM

    Masskara Festival

    5.Kristine Kaye Castro Necir


    SCHOOL: Collegio San Agustin Bacolod
    COURSE: Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology
    ACHIEVEMENT: Ms. Medtech 2009 2nd runner-up, Manang Pula Queen 2011 1st runner-up, Mr. and Ms. CSA-B 2011 finalist.
    MOTTO: In life, what you really want, will never come easy. You have to work hard for it.
    ADVICE: If you have what it takes to be a Masskara Queen, be an inspiration to others and make an impact. You have to believe yourself and dream big.
     FOLLOW: FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM @kayenecir

    Masskara Festival

    6.Sweetzel C. Lima

    SCHOOL: Carlos Hilao Memorial State College - FT Campus
    COURSE: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Major in Financial Management
    INTEREST: Modeling, Playing Badminton, Dancing, etc;
    ACHIEVEMENT: Sinulog Queen 2012- Finalist, Mr. & Ms. CHMSC 2012(intercampus meet) 3rd runner-up, Brgy. 18 Buylogan Queen 2009-Queen, Kauswagan Queen 2014 (Brgy. Estefania) First runner-up.
    MOTTO: Beauty can be deceiving but attitude speaks everything.
    ADVICE:  Pursue your dreams and never stop believing on your capabilities and on what you can do because extra ordinary things begins on believing in your self. 
    FOLLOW: FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM

    Masskara Festival

    7.Melresa Tiu

    SCHOOL: Riverside College, Inc. Graduated last March 2014
    COURSE: Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology
    INTEREST: Playing Badminton, Internet Surfing, Swimming, Playing Rondalla, violin and singing.
    ACHIEVEMENT: 2nd Runner-up Riverside College "Ms. Junior 2011," Pasalamat Festival Queen - Top 3, Best in Talent and Smart Texters Choice Award.
    MOTTO: In everything you do, do it for the glory of GOD.
    ADVICE: As an official candidate of Masskara Queen 2014, I would like to encourage young women who are planning to join such pageant to become more confident in pursuing their dreams. Have a strong will in pursuing your advocacies to benefit others as well as to inspire more lives. Have patience and be determined in whatever you do. Moreover, i always want to inculcate this in mind of everyone, you don't need to be somebody else just to please other people. Just show them the real you, so that the world may know how beautiful you are without any pretensions, Furthermore, you cannot please everyone in this world. Show them how great you are and you'll get to know how many will embrace you or how many will forsake you. As what Newton's law of motion said, "In every action there is always a negative and positive reaction."
    FOLLOW: FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM


    Bacolod Masskara Festival

    8.Sheen Liberty Abong Cuenza

    SCHOOLCentral Philippine University
    COURSE: Bachelor of Science in Nursing  now: Staff Nurse at Bacolod Adventist Medical Center
    INTEREST: books, literature, art and music
    MOTTO: Do it again, rehearse it again, run it again, try it again. Because again is practice and practice is improvement, and improvement only leads to perfection. 
    ADVICE: By the end of the day, you will only regret the chances you didn't take. So, if an opportunity comes in front of you, just grab it and don't let go of it, learn from it. Because, in joining a contest there's no losing, there's only winning.
    FOLLOW: FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM @100kalayaan

    Masskara Queen

    9.Jiian Yusay Tsukada

    SCHOOL: St. Sebastian International School (4th yr high school)
    INTEREST: music, art, anime, books, reading the bible, videogames
    MOTTO: Around here however don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious. And curiosity keeps leading us down doing new paths. 
    ADVICE: The piece of advice that i can share to those ladies who want to become the next candidate for MQ are be yourself, be broadminded, take a step, feel the breeze of being beautiful. Lastly, love and have faith in God! Thank Him for His wonderful blessings. 
    FOLLOW: FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM @Jinakutsu

    Masskara Queen

    10.Raxel Ann B. Gonzales

    SCHOOL: University of Negros Occidental Recoletos
    COURSE: BS Education Major in English
    INTEREST: public speaking, journalistic and creative writing, books, traveling
    ACHIEVEMENT: 2010 Champion, USLS Speechfest Extemporaneous Speaking. First runner-u ABS-CBN Newscasting Competition Tertiary level. Campion, NOPSSCEA Tertiary level Impromptu Speaking (English). Silver Medalist, WVPRISSA Tertiary level Impromptu Speaking(English). Silver Medalist, National Artifacts Day  Impromptu Speaking Competition.  2012, Third Place, Toastmasters Intl. Club Level Speech to Evaluate Contest. Second Placer, Toastmasters Intl. Club Level Impromptu Speaking Contest. Competent Communicator Award, Toastmasters Intl. Miss college of education 2013, University of Negros occidental-Recoletos. Second Place. UNO-Recoletos  University Week 2013 Essay Writing Competition. Second Place EDC-BINHI Youth conference 2013 Project Development Competition National Level. Third Place 1st Gawad Tolentino Awards for short story writing.Best EDC-BYC2013Article "Four days for the environment article was published in the Philippine daily Inquirer (February 19, 2014 issue). Outstanding Student Leader, UNO-R Search for The standing Student Leaders 2014.Outstanding Marketing Student Ambassador, UNO-R Outstanding Students Leaders Award. Champion Impromptu speaking COED Day 2014 LITMUS UNO-R Recoletos. Service Award for Exemplary Contributions to the UNO-R Debate Team and Society, UNO-R Outstanding Student Leaders Award. Champion Impromptu Speaking, UNO-R University week2014. Miss Tolentine Missosology 2014, UNO-Recoletos.
    MOTTO: Good things come not to those who wait, but to those who work hard for their dreams.
    ADVICE:Take the challenge, be yourself, be confident and ENJOY. If you think you got what it takes , go ahead and give it a shot. Just be confident and show them your're beautiful in your own skin and that you have the qualities of a true Bacolena beauty. More importantly, ENJOY the time that you're in MQ. The people you will meet and the experiences you'll get will be all worth treasuring. 
    FOLLOW: FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM @raxeegonzales

    Masskara Festival, Bacolod

    11. Christine Joy Madamba

    SCHOOL: University of Saint La Salle
    COURSE: Bachelor of Science in Management Accounting
    INTEREST: Reading Books, Playing Sports
    ACHIEVEMENT: Dean's lister, currently a college editor for the La Salle Yearbook 2015
    MOTTO: Make yourself your own standard, not others.
    ADVICE: Don't be afraid to go out of your comfort zones and experience this ones in a lifetime opportunity to showcase the not just the beauty you have outside but also inside. You are beautiful so don't let others tell you otherwise.
    FOLLOW: FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM


    Masskara Queen Schedule of Activities

    Schedule of Activities





    Note: All photos above were taken from Masskara Official Photographers. If anyone would like re blog this please give a proper credit. All the statement above were true and correct based on the candidates response. We will be updating this as soon as the candidates response were receive. 

    VOTE YOUR BET!

    Thursday, September 11, 2014

    Bacolod City

    The Masskara Festival 2014 was officially launched on Tuesday. This year the theme was "One Rhythm. One Bacolod. A million Smiles." Mayor Monico Puentevella together with the Kasadya Bacolod Foundation Inc. led the rites at the grand lobby of the Bacolod People's House.

    The event will start with a mass on October 1 at the Bacolod public plaza. Although the final schedule is not yet posted, among the main events were the following: Masskara Queen 2014 Coronation Night on October 10; Masskara by the Sea, October 12; Street Dance School Category and Masskara Land, October 17 ; Street Dance Barangay Category, October 18; and the Kaadlawan sang Bacolod and the opening o the Masskara Float Parade, October 19.

    In behalf of Kasadya Foundation festival director Rhoderick Samonte, Nestor Guilaran said that opening of the festival sites will be announced on September 27, 5:00 PM at the Bacolod People's House. Identified festival sites were the following: Sm City Bacolod, Bacolod People's House, Lacson Tourism Strip and Bacolod Public Plaza.

    In line with this activities, some sporting events were also be featured like autocross, volleyball, karatedo, golf, softball, ultimate frisbee, wakeboarding, motorcycle drug racing, basketball, boxing and eskrima. Also Guilaran had said that 11 scholls will participate in this years Masskara Street Dance School Category. While, 20 barangayas will compete in the Barangay Category. Participating schools were the following: Mandalagan Elementary School, Pahanocoy Baybay Elem. School, F.F. Gonzaga Elem. School, Rizal Elem. School, Education and Training Center School-1, and C.L. Montelibano Elem. School. High School Category includes Sum-ag NHS, Domingo Lacson NHS, Generoso Vilanueva NHS and Bacolod City NHS.

    In Barangay Category participants were 2, 5, 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 26, 29, 33, 34, 35, 36, 38, Villamonte, Tangub, Granada, Alijis and Handumanan. The city of Bacolod provided P 100,000  subsidy each participating elementary and high schools and P 200,000 each for barangays. This year the champion in barangay category will bring home P 300,000; P 250,000, second runner-up; and 200,00 for third runner-up. In High School  Category, P 150,000 for the champion, P 120,000, second runner-up, P 100,000, third runner-up. and P 75,000, fourth runner-up while for Elementary, P 120,000 for the champion, P 100,000, second runner up, and P 75,000 for third runner up. For non winning school, they will receive P 10,000 each.

    Masskara Festival 2014 Officially Launced

    Posted at  12:36 AM  |  in  street dance  |  Read More»

    Bacolod City

    The Masskara Festival 2014 was officially launched on Tuesday. This year the theme was "One Rhythm. One Bacolod. A million Smiles." Mayor Monico Puentevella together with the Kasadya Bacolod Foundation Inc. led the rites at the grand lobby of the Bacolod People's House.

    The event will start with a mass on October 1 at the Bacolod public plaza. Although the final schedule is not yet posted, among the main events were the following: Masskara Queen 2014 Coronation Night on October 10; Masskara by the Sea, October 12; Street Dance School Category and Masskara Land, October 17 ; Street Dance Barangay Category, October 18; and the Kaadlawan sang Bacolod and the opening o the Masskara Float Parade, October 19.

    In behalf of Kasadya Foundation festival director Rhoderick Samonte, Nestor Guilaran said that opening of the festival sites will be announced on September 27, 5:00 PM at the Bacolod People's House. Identified festival sites were the following: Sm City Bacolod, Bacolod People's House, Lacson Tourism Strip and Bacolod Public Plaza.

    In line with this activities, some sporting events were also be featured like autocross, volleyball, karatedo, golf, softball, ultimate frisbee, wakeboarding, motorcycle drug racing, basketball, boxing and eskrima. Also Guilaran had said that 11 scholls will participate in this years Masskara Street Dance School Category. While, 20 barangayas will compete in the Barangay Category. Participating schools were the following: Mandalagan Elementary School, Pahanocoy Baybay Elem. School, F.F. Gonzaga Elem. School, Rizal Elem. School, Education and Training Center School-1, and C.L. Montelibano Elem. School. High School Category includes Sum-ag NHS, Domingo Lacson NHS, Generoso Vilanueva NHS and Bacolod City NHS.

    In Barangay Category participants were 2, 5, 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 26, 29, 33, 34, 35, 36, 38, Villamonte, Tangub, Granada, Alijis and Handumanan. The city of Bacolod provided P 100,000  subsidy each participating elementary and high schools and P 200,000 each for barangays. This year the champion in barangay category will bring home P 300,000; P 250,000, second runner-up; and 200,00 for third runner-up. In High School  Category, P 150,000 for the champion, P 120,000, second runner-up, P 100,000, third runner-up. and P 75,000, fourth runner-up while for Elementary, P 120,000 for the champion, P 100,000, second runner up, and P 75,000 for third runner up. For non winning school, they will receive P 10,000 each.

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    Street Dance
    Photo Courtesy : http://indencioseyes.wordpress.com/

    Bacolod City is known as the City of Smile, also the capital of the sugar bowl of Philippines, Negros Occidental. It symbolizes progress and business opportunities. Its fast pace towards progress enable them to become one of the most progressive cities in the Philippines. Bacolod, a home of Masskara Festival is a living proof of ups and downs way back then. The Masskara Festival which symbolizes hope is a tool of escapism during dark and dire times.

    When immigrants from the neighboring island like Iloilo came here for business ventures, the province of Negros propelled its economic growth. Prominent families started to cultivate sugar and became the province main source of income. The sudden growth of income means more business opportunities and jobs. More and more immigrants most especially “sakada” came here to plant and harvest sugar cane. Haciendas and villages sprout like mushroom that makes landlords and sugar barons. Sugar industry by that time is at its peak. Sugar is exported from different countries which make the province and its people rich and wealthy.


    Mask
    Designed by Bacolod's Pride Jojo Vito
    It was in 1979 when the luxury liner of Negros Navigation MS Don Juan crashed with a tanker. It carries hundreds of passengers including some prominent people. Seven hundred lives estimated were lost in the tragedy. Five years after a big drop in sugar production happened. Caribbean sugar crisis and the introduction of sugar substitute like High Fructose Corn Syrup in the United States added additional factor for sugar crisis in Negros. Negrense suffered from obscure situation. Everybody is in grief as if the world crumbles and turn back to them. Later on a Negrense, Ely Santiago, a cartoonist, painter and artist together with some government official, civic groups and prominent people molded the first Masskara Festival. The word Masskara came from “mass” means crowd and Spanish word “cara” for faces meaning “many faces.” It was on 1980 when the firs Masskara Festival took place. The original plan of Santiago was to hold an annual parade using mask to capture the crisis in Negros. It was change by the local elite into a street dancing and merry making. Twenty days of merry making, street party, street dancing, beer drinking, fluvial parade and garden shows were being practice hitherto. 

    A smiling masks which symbolizes hope and to conceive grief of every Negrense is a way to show the happy spirit of Negrense despite experiencing hard times in the sugar industry. The festival is held every third week of October. Several activities were lined up during these festivities. Thousands of tourists including the locals from neighboring cities were drawn by this occasion. Grand parade and street dance were only few of the most awaited activities during Masskara. Dancers clad in an elaborate costumes and colorful painted mask vying for the prizes. This year during the highlights of the event is also the opening of the biggest convention center not only in Bacolod but also in Southeast Asia.

    Check the Schedule of Activities HERE:

    A Brief History of Masskara Festival

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    Street Dance
    Photo Courtesy : http://indencioseyes.wordpress.com/

    Bacolod City is known as the City of Smile, also the capital of the sugar bowl of Philippines, Negros Occidental. It symbolizes progress and business opportunities. Its fast pace towards progress enable them to become one of the most progressive cities in the Philippines. Bacolod, a home of Masskara Festival is a living proof of ups and downs way back then. The Masskara Festival which symbolizes hope is a tool of escapism during dark and dire times.

    When immigrants from the neighboring island like Iloilo came here for business ventures, the province of Negros propelled its economic growth. Prominent families started to cultivate sugar and became the province main source of income. The sudden growth of income means more business opportunities and jobs. More and more immigrants most especially “sakada” came here to plant and harvest sugar cane. Haciendas and villages sprout like mushroom that makes landlords and sugar barons. Sugar industry by that time is at its peak. Sugar is exported from different countries which make the province and its people rich and wealthy.


    Mask
    Designed by Bacolod's Pride Jojo Vito
    It was in 1979 when the luxury liner of Negros Navigation MS Don Juan crashed with a tanker. It carries hundreds of passengers including some prominent people. Seven hundred lives estimated were lost in the tragedy. Five years after a big drop in sugar production happened. Caribbean sugar crisis and the introduction of sugar substitute like High Fructose Corn Syrup in the United States added additional factor for sugar crisis in Negros. Negrense suffered from obscure situation. Everybody is in grief as if the world crumbles and turn back to them. Later on a Negrense, Ely Santiago, a cartoonist, painter and artist together with some government official, civic groups and prominent people molded the first Masskara Festival. The word Masskara came from “mass” means crowd and Spanish word “cara” for faces meaning “many faces.” It was on 1980 when the firs Masskara Festival took place. The original plan of Santiago was to hold an annual parade using mask to capture the crisis in Negros. It was change by the local elite into a street dancing and merry making. Twenty days of merry making, street party, street dancing, beer drinking, fluvial parade and garden shows were being practice hitherto. 

    A smiling masks which symbolizes hope and to conceive grief of every Negrense is a way to show the happy spirit of Negrense despite experiencing hard times in the sugar industry. The festival is held every third week of October. Several activities were lined up during these festivities. Thousands of tourists including the locals from neighboring cities were drawn by this occasion. Grand parade and street dance were only few of the most awaited activities during Masskara. Dancers clad in an elaborate costumes and colorful painted mask vying for the prizes. This year during the highlights of the event is also the opening of the biggest convention center not only in Bacolod but also in Southeast Asia.

    Check the Schedule of Activities HERE:

    Sunday, September 7, 2014

    Brief History

    Sugar Beach in Sipalay
    Phot by: http://s2kd.blogspot.com/
    Sipalay – Hundreds of years ago “tumandoks” or the natives were the first settlers of the place. They were a Malay and Bornean roots. Sipalay is bounded by Hinobaan in the south, Cauayan in the north, and Candoni in the East. To its west is the Sulu Sea. The unspoiled beauty of Sipalay is a living testimony of its rich marine and natural resources. Several shipwrecks can be found in its pristine beaches including the S/S Panay during World War II. Forty two dive sites were Sipalaynons jewel and treasures.

    Early inhabitants settled in the river banks. The Canman-og River (Sipalay River) in where the tumandoks built their houses in rows along the roads is the source of living at that time. Plaza and Church were also constructed. Although there was already a church in the community it could not become a town. During Spanish rule in order to become a town there must be a resident priest. The place doesn’t have a resident priest at that time. Instead, a priest from Iloilo came to visit once a year.
     
    Under the leadership of Basilio Debuyan the established community was happy and prosperous. But they are not aware that this happiness is short-live. Debuyan became the first Cabeza under Capitan Mayor at Isio, about 52 kilometers to the north. Later on the Canman-og River (Naga River and recently Sipalay River) brought havoc and destruction through flood and inundation. The place was swallowed up little by little until the plaza and the church were also carried away by the flood. The villagers decided to abandon the dilapidated community and transfer the place to a flat terrain. The new village was across the river to the north. It was a forestland and Debuyan himself felled down the first Narra tree to start building new homes. The place testifies a happy and prosperous place that once lived. The place is now called Sipalay Diotay.

    During the first half of the 19th century several towns were created. In 1813 Cauayan was established as a town. Sipalay was a full pledge barrio of the Municipality of Cauayan when the Americans arrived. It was the most biggest and progressive district in the community. During American regime Debuyan became the first Barrio Delegado. The villagers noticed that the officials do not have time for the construction of new roads going to Poblacion in Cauayan which is 54 kilometers away. They asked for the separation of Sipalay from its mother town. They perceive the following reasons why they should be separated: no roads connecting the barrio from Poblacion of Cauayan which is very hard for travelers, the danger and hardships of the villagers during travel on both places, and also the much delayed of mails due to no of access roads. Due to the separation of the barrio from Cauayan, a society, La Liga del Sur was formedin 19 20’s. Leaders of the society came from prominent families they were: Don Severo Alejano, Mariano Mueda, Sr., Maximo Selveron, Inocencio Debuyan, Sr., Amando Zaragoza, Basilio Debuyan, and Alfonso Custioso. Sipalay became the chief advocate for the southern district separation movement.

    The term Sipalay came from the old native phrase “si paray” which means “there is rice,” in which rice is abundantly growing and freely traded. During that time many Chinese traders came here to trade rice. These Chinese traders could not pronounce the letter “R” in the word paray, believe to played a big role disseminating the term Sipalay which later on became the town’s name.

    What to expect:


    Silapay is perfectly a hideaway for nature lover, adventurer, beachcombers and divers. Bounded by Sulu Sea on the west, its crystal clear water is a tempting retreat. It hosts forty two dive sites and several shipwrecks including the sunken S/S Panay during World War II. Stalagmites and stalactites from numerous cave abound the coastal and upland areas of Sipalay, is an additional spice to its beauty. Beaches of Nauhang (Sugar Beach) and Punta Ballo are perfect place for eco-tour, adventure, and relaxing. A few minutes boat ride from the city proper is a marine protected area, Campomanes Bay, host the city eco-port and two shipwrecks. To make a worth visit, one must experience the Pasaway sa Sipalay Festival. This is celebrated every last week of March which is also the town’s charter anniversary.

    Attractions:

    Dive Site
    Campomanes Bay Photo by: markstravelandadventure from flickr

    Philex Gold Mines - Located at Brgy. Nabulao, it is one of the special destinations ideal for industrial tour. A training center and condominium were some of its amenities. The area is 15 kilometers away from the national road.

    Maricalum Mines - A two kilometers away from the highway. It has an open pit that looks like a big lagoon. It has a complete facility before like school, wet market, hospital and an airship until it was shutdown. The place is accessible all year round. 

    Tinagong Dagat - Tinagong dagat is a local term which means "hidden sea" which is surrounded by islets and green hills. Naturally formed corals were its main attraction. The place is accessible during dry season. 

    Campomanes Bay - The place is perfect for nature lover and adventure traveler. Several water sports can be done at Campomanes including artistic diving, easy diving, kayaking, snorkeling, jet skiing, boating and island hopping. The bay has an eco-port which can cater small to medium size sea craft. What makes Campomanes interesting is that shipwrecks are just around the bay. It is one of the favorite tourist attractions in the city. 

    Malinab Lagoon - A hectare wide freshwater lagoon. It is ideal for picnics, fishing and family bonding. Malinab Lagoon is located at Brgy. Mamboroto.

    Mamara Cave - Another attraction in Brgy. Mamboroto which is 25 minutes’ drive from the city proper and another 10-15 minutes hike to reach the cave. 

    Matlag Cave - It was discovered in 1972 and during the road construction to Punta Ballo on 1992. The cave is not totally explored. Only 5% of it was reached by human due to the gaping hole in its entrance.

    Canturay Mangrove Plantation 
    Sunset in Sipalay
    Photo by: http://s2kd.blogspot.com/

    Sugar Beach - A 20 minute boat ride is a long stretch sugary light brown sand beach. It was formerly called Langub Beach. Several resorts can be found along the stretch like Taka tuka Beach and Diving Resort, Bermuda Beach Resort, Driftwood Village Resort, Sulu Sunset Resort, and Langub Beach Resort. 

    Punta Ballo Beach - Blessed with white sand and crystal clear water, Puntal Ballo hosts first class diving resorts and several accommodations. Located at Brgy. IV which is a 3o minutes ride from the city proper. Punta Ballo is one of the frequently visited tourist attraction in Sipalay.


    Festivals: 

    Pasaway sa Sipalay - Pasaway sa Sipalay is an annual celebration held every last week March. It showcases streetdancing and merry making as participants from seventeen barangays were clad in mardigras and exotic costumes in the semblance of copper minerals.



    Handurawon Fetival - An annual fiesta celebration to commemorate the official declaration of Sipalay as a town in 1948. The festival is held every December 18-20.

    Accomodations: 


    note: The list below was taken from http://tourism.negros-occ.gov.ph/places-to-go/cities/sipalay-city/

    Artistic Diving and Beach Resort
    Punta Ballo, Brgy. IV, Sipalay City
    Contact Person/s: Arthur & Evalyn Mueller
    Cell #: +63194095594
    Landline #: (034) 453-27-10
    Website: www.artisticdiving.com
    E-mail Add: info@artisticdiving.com
    Total # of cottages: 16 (4 villas, 4 dive lodge, 6 deluxe rooms, and 2 family rooms)
    Capacity: 55 pax
    Easy Diving and Beach Resort
    Punta Ballo, Brgy. IV, Sipalay City
    Contact Person: Christian Reinwald
    Cell #: +639189792804, +639104926622
    Website: www.sipalay.com
    E-mail Add: diving@sipalay.com
    Total # of rooms: 22 (20 aircon, 2 non-aircon)
    Capacity: 48 pax
    Nataasan Beach Resort
    Punta Ballo, Brgy. IV, Sipalay City
    Contact Person/s: Lou & Joyce Simkins,John & Gisela Allertz
    Cell #: +639216119107
    Landline #: (034) 453-89-36
    Website: www.nataasan.com
    E-mail Add: nataasan@aol.com
    Total # of rooms: 8
    Capacity: 32 pax
    Robinson @ Cruse Beach Resort
    (Special Interest Resort)

    Punta Ballo, Brgy. IV, Sipalay City
    Contact Person/s: Jozsef and Elmie Lakatos
    Cell #: +63208890139, +639203318508
    Website: www.robinsoncruse.com
    E-mail Add: robinsoncruse@sipalay.com
    Total # of rooms: 8
    Capacity: 25 pax
    Takatuka Lodge and Dive Resort
    (Special Interest Resort)

    Sugar Beach, Brgy. Nauhang, Sipalay City
    Contact Person’s: Evarose, Marc, Cathy, and Kalle Kalitta
    Cell #: +639202309174, +639206792349
    Website: www.takatuka-lodge.com
    E-mail add: relax@takatuka-lodge.com
    Total # of rooms: 9
    Capacity: 25 pax
    Bermuda Beach Resort
    (Special Interest Resort)

    Sugar Beach, Brgy. Nauhang, Sipalay City
    Contact Person/s: Francis and Zenaida Buchwalder
    Cell #: +639205292582, +639195913805
    Website: www.bermuda-beach-resort.com
    E-mail: francis.buchwalder@bluewin.ph
    Total # of rooms: 10
    Capacity: 28 pax
    Tawhay Beach Resort
    Sugar Beach, Brgy. Nauhang, Sipalay City
    Contact Person/s: Norma Hubscher/Eriberto Enriquez
    Cell #: +639292976554
    Total # of rooms: 8
    Capacity: 45 pax
    Driftwood Village Resort
    (Special Interest Resort)

    Sugar Beach, Brgy. Nauhang, Sipalay City
    Contact Person: Peter and Daisy Ganz
    Cell No. 09202529474
    Website: www.driftwood-village.com
    Email Ad: info@driftwood-village.com
    LANGUB BEACH RESORT
    Sugar Beach, Brgy. Nauhang, Sipalay City
    Contact Person: Redemy Palic
    Cell Phone #: 09185738952
    Total # of Cottages: 17 cottages (8 aircon, 9 non-aircon)
    Capacity: 66
    Sulu Sunset
    Sugar Beach, Brgy. Nauhang, Sipalay City
    Contact Person/s: Jurgen Fahrner
    Cell Phone #: +63 9197167182
    Website: www.sulusunset.com
    Email: mail@sulusunset.com
    Total # of rooms: 9 (3 bungalows, 1 family room, 2 economy rooms, 3 standard rooms)
    Capacity: 24 pax
    Campomanes Beach Resort
    Brgy. Mariclaum, Sipalay City
    Contact Person: Linda Balag
    Cell Phone #: + 63 9076432233
    Total # of rooms: 12 rooms
    Capacity: 69 pax
    Aussie Inn
    Brgy. 3, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental
    Contact Person: Jessan Palaraw
    Cell Phone #: +63 9392001055
    Landline: 034 473-0611
    Total # of rooms: 11
    Capacity: 22
    Langub Pension
    Brgy. 1, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental
    Contact Person: Redemy Palic
    Cell Phone #: +63 9185738952
    Email: langub_beachresort@yahoo.com
    Total # of rooms: 13 (6 aircon, 7 non-aircon)
    Capacity: 32 pax
    Manna Pension
    Brgy. 1, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental
    Contact: Asunce Clarito/Elsie Villaflor
    Cell Phone #: 09197754391
    Total # of rooms: 13 (3 aircon, 10 non-aircon)
    Capacity: 28 pax
    Matlag Farm House
    Brgy. IV, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental
    Contact Person: Anthony and Judith Nicolas
    Cell Phone #: + 63 9208881200
    Total # of rooms: 10 (4 aircon and 6 non-aircon)
    Capacity: 20 pax
    Sipalay Suites (DOT-Accredited)
    Mercedez Blvd., Brgy. 1, Sipalay City
    Contact Person: Mrs. Jane Montilla
    Cell Phone #: + 63 9269248410
    Telephone #: (034) 473-0350
    Website: www.sipalaysuites.com
    Email Ad: sipalaysuites@yahoo.com.ph
    Total # of rooms: 27 aircon rooms
    Capacity: 82 pax

    How To Get There:

    Sipalay is almost four hours drive south of Bacolod by public utility vehicle and over three hours by private car.  

    The Jewel of Sugar Island, Sipalay City

    Posted at  10:13 AM  |  in  Sugar Beach  |  Read More»

    Brief History

    Sugar Beach in Sipalay
    Phot by: http://s2kd.blogspot.com/
    Sipalay – Hundreds of years ago “tumandoks” or the natives were the first settlers of the place. They were a Malay and Bornean roots. Sipalay is bounded by Hinobaan in the south, Cauayan in the north, and Candoni in the East. To its west is the Sulu Sea. The unspoiled beauty of Sipalay is a living testimony of its rich marine and natural resources. Several shipwrecks can be found in its pristine beaches including the S/S Panay during World War II. Forty two dive sites were Sipalaynons jewel and treasures.

    Early inhabitants settled in the river banks. The Canman-og River (Sipalay River) in where the tumandoks built their houses in rows along the roads is the source of living at that time. Plaza and Church were also constructed. Although there was already a church in the community it could not become a town. During Spanish rule in order to become a town there must be a resident priest. The place doesn’t have a resident priest at that time. Instead, a priest from Iloilo came to visit once a year.
     
    Under the leadership of Basilio Debuyan the established community was happy and prosperous. But they are not aware that this happiness is short-live. Debuyan became the first Cabeza under Capitan Mayor at Isio, about 52 kilometers to the north. Later on the Canman-og River (Naga River and recently Sipalay River) brought havoc and destruction through flood and inundation. The place was swallowed up little by little until the plaza and the church were also carried away by the flood. The villagers decided to abandon the dilapidated community and transfer the place to a flat terrain. The new village was across the river to the north. It was a forestland and Debuyan himself felled down the first Narra tree to start building new homes. The place testifies a happy and prosperous place that once lived. The place is now called Sipalay Diotay.

    During the first half of the 19th century several towns were created. In 1813 Cauayan was established as a town. Sipalay was a full pledge barrio of the Municipality of Cauayan when the Americans arrived. It was the most biggest and progressive district in the community. During American regime Debuyan became the first Barrio Delegado. The villagers noticed that the officials do not have time for the construction of new roads going to Poblacion in Cauayan which is 54 kilometers away. They asked for the separation of Sipalay from its mother town. They perceive the following reasons why they should be separated: no roads connecting the barrio from Poblacion of Cauayan which is very hard for travelers, the danger and hardships of the villagers during travel on both places, and also the much delayed of mails due to no of access roads. Due to the separation of the barrio from Cauayan, a society, La Liga del Sur was formedin 19 20’s. Leaders of the society came from prominent families they were: Don Severo Alejano, Mariano Mueda, Sr., Maximo Selveron, Inocencio Debuyan, Sr., Amando Zaragoza, Basilio Debuyan, and Alfonso Custioso. Sipalay became the chief advocate for the southern district separation movement.

    The term Sipalay came from the old native phrase “si paray” which means “there is rice,” in which rice is abundantly growing and freely traded. During that time many Chinese traders came here to trade rice. These Chinese traders could not pronounce the letter “R” in the word paray, believe to played a big role disseminating the term Sipalay which later on became the town’s name.

    What to expect:


    Silapay is perfectly a hideaway for nature lover, adventurer, beachcombers and divers. Bounded by Sulu Sea on the west, its crystal clear water is a tempting retreat. It hosts forty two dive sites and several shipwrecks including the sunken S/S Panay during World War II. Stalagmites and stalactites from numerous cave abound the coastal and upland areas of Sipalay, is an additional spice to its beauty. Beaches of Nauhang (Sugar Beach) and Punta Ballo are perfect place for eco-tour, adventure, and relaxing. A few minutes boat ride from the city proper is a marine protected area, Campomanes Bay, host the city eco-port and two shipwrecks. To make a worth visit, one must experience the Pasaway sa Sipalay Festival. This is celebrated every last week of March which is also the town’s charter anniversary.

    Attractions:

    Dive Site
    Campomanes Bay Photo by: markstravelandadventure from flickr

    Philex Gold Mines - Located at Brgy. Nabulao, it is one of the special destinations ideal for industrial tour. A training center and condominium were some of its amenities. The area is 15 kilometers away from the national road.

    Maricalum Mines - A two kilometers away from the highway. It has an open pit that looks like a big lagoon. It has a complete facility before like school, wet market, hospital and an airship until it was shutdown. The place is accessible all year round. 

    Tinagong Dagat - Tinagong dagat is a local term which means "hidden sea" which is surrounded by islets and green hills. Naturally formed corals were its main attraction. The place is accessible during dry season. 

    Campomanes Bay - The place is perfect for nature lover and adventure traveler. Several water sports can be done at Campomanes including artistic diving, easy diving, kayaking, snorkeling, jet skiing, boating and island hopping. The bay has an eco-port which can cater small to medium size sea craft. What makes Campomanes interesting is that shipwrecks are just around the bay. It is one of the favorite tourist attractions in the city. 

    Malinab Lagoon - A hectare wide freshwater lagoon. It is ideal for picnics, fishing and family bonding. Malinab Lagoon is located at Brgy. Mamboroto.

    Mamara Cave - Another attraction in Brgy. Mamboroto which is 25 minutes’ drive from the city proper and another 10-15 minutes hike to reach the cave. 

    Matlag Cave - It was discovered in 1972 and during the road construction to Punta Ballo on 1992. The cave is not totally explored. Only 5% of it was reached by human due to the gaping hole in its entrance.

    Canturay Mangrove Plantation 
    Sunset in Sipalay
    Photo by: http://s2kd.blogspot.com/

    Sugar Beach - A 20 minute boat ride is a long stretch sugary light brown sand beach. It was formerly called Langub Beach. Several resorts can be found along the stretch like Taka tuka Beach and Diving Resort, Bermuda Beach Resort, Driftwood Village Resort, Sulu Sunset Resort, and Langub Beach Resort. 

    Punta Ballo Beach - Blessed with white sand and crystal clear water, Puntal Ballo hosts first class diving resorts and several accommodations. Located at Brgy. IV which is a 3o minutes ride from the city proper. Punta Ballo is one of the frequently visited tourist attraction in Sipalay.


    Festivals: 

    Pasaway sa Sipalay - Pasaway sa Sipalay is an annual celebration held every last week March. It showcases streetdancing and merry making as participants from seventeen barangays were clad in mardigras and exotic costumes in the semblance of copper minerals.



    Handurawon Fetival - An annual fiesta celebration to commemorate the official declaration of Sipalay as a town in 1948. The festival is held every December 18-20.

    Accomodations: 


    note: The list below was taken from http://tourism.negros-occ.gov.ph/places-to-go/cities/sipalay-city/

    Artistic Diving and Beach Resort
    Punta Ballo, Brgy. IV, Sipalay City
    Contact Person/s: Arthur & Evalyn Mueller
    Cell #: +63194095594
    Landline #: (034) 453-27-10
    Website: www.artisticdiving.com
    E-mail Add: info@artisticdiving.com
    Total # of cottages: 16 (4 villas, 4 dive lodge, 6 deluxe rooms, and 2 family rooms)
    Capacity: 55 pax
    Easy Diving and Beach Resort
    Punta Ballo, Brgy. IV, Sipalay City
    Contact Person: Christian Reinwald
    Cell #: +639189792804, +639104926622
    Website: www.sipalay.com
    E-mail Add: diving@sipalay.com
    Total # of rooms: 22 (20 aircon, 2 non-aircon)
    Capacity: 48 pax
    Nataasan Beach Resort
    Punta Ballo, Brgy. IV, Sipalay City
    Contact Person/s: Lou & Joyce Simkins,John & Gisela Allertz
    Cell #: +639216119107
    Landline #: (034) 453-89-36
    Website: www.nataasan.com
    E-mail Add: nataasan@aol.com
    Total # of rooms: 8
    Capacity: 32 pax
    Robinson @ Cruse Beach Resort
    (Special Interest Resort)

    Punta Ballo, Brgy. IV, Sipalay City
    Contact Person/s: Jozsef and Elmie Lakatos
    Cell #: +63208890139, +639203318508
    Website: www.robinsoncruse.com
    E-mail Add: robinsoncruse@sipalay.com
    Total # of rooms: 8
    Capacity: 25 pax
    Takatuka Lodge and Dive Resort
    (Special Interest Resort)

    Sugar Beach, Brgy. Nauhang, Sipalay City
    Contact Person’s: Evarose, Marc, Cathy, and Kalle Kalitta
    Cell #: +639202309174, +639206792349
    Website: www.takatuka-lodge.com
    E-mail add: relax@takatuka-lodge.com
    Total # of rooms: 9
    Capacity: 25 pax
    Bermuda Beach Resort
    (Special Interest Resort)

    Sugar Beach, Brgy. Nauhang, Sipalay City
    Contact Person/s: Francis and Zenaida Buchwalder
    Cell #: +639205292582, +639195913805
    Website: www.bermuda-beach-resort.com
    E-mail: francis.buchwalder@bluewin.ph
    Total # of rooms: 10
    Capacity: 28 pax
    Tawhay Beach Resort
    Sugar Beach, Brgy. Nauhang, Sipalay City
    Contact Person/s: Norma Hubscher/Eriberto Enriquez
    Cell #: +639292976554
    Total # of rooms: 8
    Capacity: 45 pax
    Driftwood Village Resort
    (Special Interest Resort)

    Sugar Beach, Brgy. Nauhang, Sipalay City
    Contact Person: Peter and Daisy Ganz
    Cell No. 09202529474
    Website: www.driftwood-village.com
    Email Ad: info@driftwood-village.com
    LANGUB BEACH RESORT
    Sugar Beach, Brgy. Nauhang, Sipalay City
    Contact Person: Redemy Palic
    Cell Phone #: 09185738952
    Total # of Cottages: 17 cottages (8 aircon, 9 non-aircon)
    Capacity: 66
    Sulu Sunset
    Sugar Beach, Brgy. Nauhang, Sipalay City
    Contact Person/s: Jurgen Fahrner
    Cell Phone #: +63 9197167182
    Website: www.sulusunset.com
    Email: mail@sulusunset.com
    Total # of rooms: 9 (3 bungalows, 1 family room, 2 economy rooms, 3 standard rooms)
    Capacity: 24 pax
    Campomanes Beach Resort
    Brgy. Mariclaum, Sipalay City
    Contact Person: Linda Balag
    Cell Phone #: + 63 9076432233
    Total # of rooms: 12 rooms
    Capacity: 69 pax
    Aussie Inn
    Brgy. 3, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental
    Contact Person: Jessan Palaraw
    Cell Phone #: +63 9392001055
    Landline: 034 473-0611
    Total # of rooms: 11
    Capacity: 22
    Langub Pension
    Brgy. 1, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental
    Contact Person: Redemy Palic
    Cell Phone #: +63 9185738952
    Email: langub_beachresort@yahoo.com
    Total # of rooms: 13 (6 aircon, 7 non-aircon)
    Capacity: 32 pax
    Manna Pension
    Brgy. 1, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental
    Contact: Asunce Clarito/Elsie Villaflor
    Cell Phone #: 09197754391
    Total # of rooms: 13 (3 aircon, 10 non-aircon)
    Capacity: 28 pax
    Matlag Farm House
    Brgy. IV, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental
    Contact Person: Anthony and Judith Nicolas
    Cell Phone #: + 63 9208881200
    Total # of rooms: 10 (4 aircon and 6 non-aircon)
    Capacity: 20 pax
    Sipalay Suites (DOT-Accredited)
    Mercedez Blvd., Brgy. 1, Sipalay City
    Contact Person: Mrs. Jane Montilla
    Cell Phone #: + 63 9269248410
    Telephone #: (034) 473-0350
    Website: www.sipalaysuites.com
    Email Ad: sipalaysuites@yahoo.com.ph
    Total # of rooms: 27 aircon rooms
    Capacity: 82 pax

    How To Get There:

    Sipalay is almost four hours drive south of Bacolod by public utility vehicle and over three hours by private car.  

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

    Located in the western part of Negros Island, Negros Occidental is known for its colorful and diverse festivals in which the world famous Masskara Festival is one of the most awaited festival every 3rd week of October. The province is approximately 375 kilometers long from south to north and known as the sugar bowl of the Philippines.

    Colorful festivals was part of Negros Occidental's cities and municipalities.  This is how the province gave thanks for the good harvest, city or municipalities charter days and veneration of Saints. Let me now introduce to you the best, culturally unique and colorful festivals of Negros Occidental. 

    Bacolod City


    City of Smiles
    Credits : Arnel Dats


         * Masskara Festival -  Bacolod City is known as the city o smile. The home of Masskara festival. The festival is simply world class and unique. It is a combination of two words "Mass" which means many and a Spanish word "Kara" for face. It was conceptualized during the downfall of sugar industry and the sinking of MV Don Juan where many Negrense perished. Thereafter, a group of  people from local government, civic groups and city's artist organize an event that will showcase a merry making activities, street dance and street parties. The festival of Smile takes it center stage. People wearing mask to hide their grief from the province downfall. Latin music were played and dancers dance to the beat. Celebrated every 3rd week of October at Bacolod City Public Plaza.

    Bacoloadiat Festival
    Bacoloadiat Festival

         * BacoLaodiat Festival - Bacolod's very own Chinese New Year. Bacoloadiat came from the words "Bacolod" and "Lao Diat" a Fookien word which means celebration. The festival showcases the harmony between the Bacolod and Chinese culture and its co-existence.  It also features cultural activities, lantern dance parade, dragon and lion dances, live bands, fireworks display and a taste of Chinese cuisine. 

         * Panaad Sa Negros - Also known as " Mother of All festival" in Negros Occidental. Panaad is a Hiligaynon word for " Vow ".  Held every 1st week of April where festival of different cities and municipalities gathered to showcase there own unique festivities.  It also comprises of food expo, agriculture expo, products expo and a whole lot more. It is celebrated and held at Panaad Park and Stadium.

    Bago City

    Bago City
    Photo: http://www.choosephilippines.com/


         * Babaylan festival - Held every 19th of February during the charter anniversary of Bago City. Babaylan festival showcases the story of a healer, priest, herbalist, alchemist and more to heal the afflicted and sick. During old times, the babaylan is the village historian, keeper of oracles, folklore and trivia.  This festival aims to rediscover the lost identity of the Negros Province, its literature, dances, indigenous music and rituals.

    Cadiz City


         * Dinagsa Festival - Last January i visit Cadiz and experience a fun way of celebrating their festival. Colorful paints were being painted all over your body wherever you go. Street were occupied with party goers. Street party is one best highlight every Dinagsa. The festival gave honor to Senior Sto. Nino.

    Escalante City


         * Manlambus Festival - A traditional way of catching fish practiced by the fisherfolks of the city is where the Manlambus festival originated. It is a Cebuano term for  'to strike with a club". The festival dance showcases the unique way of catching fish using the "lambus". The dance characterized by jums, leap and hops as if you were fishing and playing. This festival is held every last week of May.

    Himamaylan City


         * Himayaan festival - An annual celebration every April 14 - 25 to gave honor and praise God for good crops and good life.Street dancing and merry making is main highlight of the city done in the major streets.

    Kabankalan City


         * Sinulog de Kabankalan - A localize Sinulog of Negros occidental. It is indeed a cultural and religious way of honoring Senior Sto. Nino. It is their way of giving thanks when Sto. Nino help them to cast the Moro pirates according to folklore. The festival is celebrated every third Sunday of  January.

    La Carlota City


         * Pasalamat Festival - Famous for its Sambita, a samba beat composed by late Mayor Luis "Nonoy" Jalandoni which was started in 1980 as a thanksgiving for the harvest and recognition for the sugar industry workers. The festival falls on to the nearest Sunday to May 1.

    Sagay City


         * Sinigayan Festival - The rich coastal and marine resources of Sagay is reflected in the Sinigayan Festval, the annual celebration in honor of Saint Joseph and showcase Sagay at its best. This annual celebration is held every third week of March. It also showcases food festival, agri-aqua festival, and art cultural festival. The highlight of the festivals is a merry making and street dancing in which the dancers and performers were clad in a colorful costumes decorated with shells locally known as "Sigay", from where the city and festival got its name.

    San Carlos City


         * Pintaflores Festival - A very colorful, fun and prestigious festival. It was my first time last November to witness this festivity. The festival depicts the story about  tragedy and triumph  of Princess Nabingka. Pintaflores derived in Spanish words "Pinta" which means tattoo and "Flores" meaning flowers. Celebrated every November 5 in honor of the city's patron saint St. John Borromeo.

    Silay City



    Silay City
    Photo By: Icee Ledesma
         * Hugyaw Kansilay Festival - It is the story of a brave Princess Kansilay who fought to protect her people. The kansilay tree who was believed to grow where the body of the princess were buried is the symbol of Silay City where the city derived its name because of abundance of the Kansilay tree. It is held every 12th day of June to commemorate the city's charter anniversary.

    Sipalay City


         * Pasaway sa Sipalay Festival -Pasaway sa Sipalay is an annual celebration held every last week of March. It showcases street dancing and merry making as participants from seventeen barangays were clad in mardigras and exotic costumes in the semblance of copper minerals.

    Talisay City


         * Minuluan Festival - Minuluan Festival is a celebration of courage, bravery, heroism and passion of Kapitan Sabino "Sabi". It is also n old name of Talisay City. Likewise, the festival celebrates the feast of  its patron saint, San Nicolas de Tolentino which falls every September 10.

    Victorias City


         * Kadalag-an Festival - Victorias City is dubbed as the City of victory. It commemorates the glorious and victorious past of the people of Victorias. t is a weeklong celebration that highlight every 21st of March. Activities like the Search for Kadalag-an Queen, street and arena dance where only few of the lined up activities.

         * Malihaw Festival - It is an annual celebration in honor of their patron saint Nuestra Senora de las Victorias. It falls on April 26 with a fluvial parade in the shoreline of the city as the highlight of the event.

    Municipalities in Negros Occidental and its Festivals


    Binalbagan

    Binalbagan
    Photo from: flickr.com/photos/21905294@N03/3536505313/


         * Balbagan festival - Possessed in a rich historical, cultural and folkloric events regarding its origin. Binalbagan is rich in shrimp production and locals found remedy to preserved the shrimp while in transit which is called " balabag " in which locals believed the place were derived. Another great story of its origin is about a giant snake which blocked the mouth of Binalbagan river. Binalabagan in english is blocked where other folks believe the place got its name. The celebration of the festival is to commemorate the place origin and giant snake icon and street dancing where the highlight of the event. Binalbagan is held every 15th day of June.

    Caltrava


         * Lilas Pandan Festival - The festival  features Pandan weaving where this town was known. Mat weaving industry put the town in the map. The abundance of Pandan plant gives a lucrative means of livelihood in every barangays. The festival is also a way of thanksgiving for a natural beauty and bounty every Calatravanons enjoyed.

    Candoni


         * Pabalhas sa Tablas -  Celebrated every February 11 in honor of the town's patron saint, Our Lady of Lourdes. Pabalhas sa Tablas originated from the actual history of Candoni. When a group of settlers lead by Santiago " Tagoy " Diego settle in Tabla Valley which is now Candoni.

    Cauayan


         * Lubay-lubay Festival - An annual celebration as a thanksgiving for bountiful harvest. Dancers moved to the beat of bamboo poles and sticks. It portrays camaraderie and unity upon Cauyanons.

    Don Salvador Benedicto


         * Kali-kalihan Harvest Festival - The festival is all about the traditional martial art " arnis " or " escrima ". Held every February 9. the Kali is designed for physical training, mental development and spiritual upliftment of the individual practitioner to strengthen moral values.

    EB Magalona


         * Ugyunan Festival - The word ugyunan is a Hiligaynon word which means to join, cooperate or unite. The festival falls every May 1 which is also the feast of towns patron saint, Saint Joseph the Worker. it also showcases the abundance of marine life like shrimp, prawns, bangus and blue crab which is the main products of the town.

    Hinigran


         * Hinugyaw festival - A week-long celebration of merry making and street dancing where performers dressed in vibrant costumes. "hinugyaw" is a local word which means jubilation or rejoicing. according to legend a long haired woman protected the town from Moro invasion. That woman believed to be Saint Mary Magdalene. There was rejoicing and celebration, thus, the term hinugyaw came. The festival held every April 30.

    Hinoba-an


         * Pagbana-ag Festival - The festival expresses people's faith, unity and cooperation. The word "Pagbana-ag" depicts an optimistic Hinuba-on struggling to surpass challenges of time, i.e. a midst economic and global unrest. The hinuba-on common vision is to make a livable community. Artistically designed visually painted with a rising sun and 13 rays rays representing 13 barangays that comprise the municipality whose life engulf the entire municipality in abundance of marine resources, agriculture, mineral resources, industry, preserved arts and culture, eco-tourism and coping technological advancements. It manifested a livable municipality in a common and and advance era.

    Ilog


         * Kisi-kisi Festival - Kisi-kisi Festival was conceptualized because Ilog was rich in marine resources like crabs, oyster, fish and shrimps. The word "kisi-kisi" refers to the fast movement of the fishes when they were hauled during bountiful harvest. Celebrated every 3rd week of March. Participants are all clad in colorful underwater inspired costumes and mimicking sea creatures gestures.

    Isabela

    Municipality of Isabela
    Photo from: http://www.choosephilippines.com/



         * Tigkalalag festival - Paying respect to departed loved ones is what the Tigkalalag festival of Isabela known for. This unique way of merry making and a way of giving reminisce for the mythical beings in which our forefathers believed in. It falls every 2nd day of November.

    La Castellana


         * Bailes de Luces - An annual celebration of town charter anniversary and thanksgiving. Bailes de Luces is a Spanish word which means the "dance of light". Its highlight is dance competition in which participants were clad in colorful costumes using light emitting materials and dance to the beat of Latin music. The celebration starts from December 30 unti January 5.

    Manapla 


         * Manang Pula Festival - It was conceptualized based on a story of a woman who is Crispula Gala, the wife of the town's Kapitan. She was so kind, passionate and loving to the villagers that everbody loves her. The locals called her Manang Pula where the town was named and later made it shorter into Manapla. The festival was once called Pinta Puto in which the town was known, puto is the town's specialty. The festival not only showcases puto products but also fishing, sugar planting and thanksgiving was part of the choreography. This celebration is held every 16th day of August which is also the feast of the town's patron saint, Saint Roque.

    Moises Padilla


         * Magayon Festival - As the livestock capital of Negros Occidental, the festival features different animals in which dancers are dressed resembling any livestock animals found in the town. This annual celebration is highlight with street and arena dance competition held every last Tuesday of March.
     

    Murcia


         * Tinabu-ay Festival - An annual celebration held every December 8 in honor of the town's patron birthday, Immaculate Conception. The festival is a reenactment of the town's market day or weekly tabu, which is the biggest in the province. It is also a way to thank the Almighty for good harvest.

         * Mudpack festival- Considered as the festival of arts and culture, where artist gathered together to showcase their talent in clay body painting, ethnic music, drum beating, dances and crafts and solo dance improvisation. The festival instill awareness in caring for the environment. It is a symbolic celebration of oneness of man with nature. The colorful mud painted all over the body of participants is abundant on the area, which also believed to have healing power. Mudpack festival is held every third week of June at Mambukal Resort.

    Pulupandan


         * Salapan Festival - The festival depicts the town's rich marine resources, livelihood and origin. Salapan was derived from "salap" and "pan". The term salap was a native word for "fishnet" which is also link to guinamos industry. Meanwhile, the term pan came from "pandan" in which the town was derived "Pulo sang Pandan" or the isles of pandan. Another thing about the term pan was believed to came from the word "pantalan" or port that basically the factor of the town's growth. The festival is held every February 15.

    San Enrique


         * Bulang-bulang festival - Celebrated every 9th day of February, Bulang-bulang or cock fighting is a character dance presentation which depicts the life and character of cock fighting. Cock fighting is one of the major sources of livelihood of the town. The festival gives honor and recognition to the game fowl industry.
     

    Toboso


         * Sag-ahan Festival - Sag-ahan is definitely the reenactment of the lives of the fishermen of Toboso. The term "sag-ahan" is a local dialect which means to take or to catch fish with the hands. This culturally rich festival is manifested with joy, thanksgiving and gratefulness for all the blessing and abundance the town has received through the years. It is celebrated every July 1.
     

    Valladolid


         * Pasundayag Festival - A farmer's festival in honor of the town's patroness, Nuestra Seniora de Guadalope. It features a merry makng and street dancing competition. This is also a thanksgiving for the good and abundant harvest. This merry making is held every February 28.






    Colorful Festivals of Negros Occidental

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    Located in the western part of Negros Island, Negros Occidental is known for its colorful and diverse festivals in which the world famous Masskara Festival is one of the most awaited festival every 3rd week of October. The province is approximately 375 kilometers long from south to north and known as the sugar bowl of the Philippines.

    Colorful festivals was part of Negros Occidental's cities and municipalities.  This is how the province gave thanks for the good harvest, city or municipalities charter days and veneration of Saints. Let me now introduce to you the best, culturally unique and colorful festivals of Negros Occidental. 

    Bacolod City


    City of Smiles
    Credits : Arnel Dats


         * Masskara Festival -  Bacolod City is known as the city o smile. The home of Masskara festival. The festival is simply world class and unique. It is a combination of two words "Mass" which means many and a Spanish word "Kara" for face. It was conceptualized during the downfall of sugar industry and the sinking of MV Don Juan where many Negrense perished. Thereafter, a group of  people from local government, civic groups and city's artist organize an event that will showcase a merry making activities, street dance and street parties. The festival of Smile takes it center stage. People wearing mask to hide their grief from the province downfall. Latin music were played and dancers dance to the beat. Celebrated every 3rd week of October at Bacolod City Public Plaza.

    Bacoloadiat Festival
    Bacoloadiat Festival

         * BacoLaodiat Festival - Bacolod's very own Chinese New Year. Bacoloadiat came from the words "Bacolod" and "Lao Diat" a Fookien word which means celebration. The festival showcases the harmony between the Bacolod and Chinese culture and its co-existence.  It also features cultural activities, lantern dance parade, dragon and lion dances, live bands, fireworks display and a taste of Chinese cuisine. 

         * Panaad Sa Negros - Also known as " Mother of All festival" in Negros Occidental. Panaad is a Hiligaynon word for " Vow ".  Held every 1st week of April where festival of different cities and municipalities gathered to showcase there own unique festivities.  It also comprises of food expo, agriculture expo, products expo and a whole lot more. It is celebrated and held at Panaad Park and Stadium.

    Bago City

    Bago City
    Photo: http://www.choosephilippines.com/


         * Babaylan festival - Held every 19th of February during the charter anniversary of Bago City. Babaylan festival showcases the story of a healer, priest, herbalist, alchemist and more to heal the afflicted and sick. During old times, the babaylan is the village historian, keeper of oracles, folklore and trivia.  This festival aims to rediscover the lost identity of the Negros Province, its literature, dances, indigenous music and rituals.

    Cadiz City


         * Dinagsa Festival - Last January i visit Cadiz and experience a fun way of celebrating their festival. Colorful paints were being painted all over your body wherever you go. Street were occupied with party goers. Street party is one best highlight every Dinagsa. The festival gave honor to Senior Sto. Nino.

    Escalante City


         * Manlambus Festival - A traditional way of catching fish practiced by the fisherfolks of the city is where the Manlambus festival originated. It is a Cebuano term for  'to strike with a club". The festival dance showcases the unique way of catching fish using the "lambus". The dance characterized by jums, leap and hops as if you were fishing and playing. This festival is held every last week of May.

    Himamaylan City


         * Himayaan festival - An annual celebration every April 14 - 25 to gave honor and praise God for good crops and good life.Street dancing and merry making is main highlight of the city done in the major streets.

    Kabankalan City


         * Sinulog de Kabankalan - A localize Sinulog of Negros occidental. It is indeed a cultural and religious way of honoring Senior Sto. Nino. It is their way of giving thanks when Sto. Nino help them to cast the Moro pirates according to folklore. The festival is celebrated every third Sunday of  January.

    La Carlota City


         * Pasalamat Festival - Famous for its Sambita, a samba beat composed by late Mayor Luis "Nonoy" Jalandoni which was started in 1980 as a thanksgiving for the harvest and recognition for the sugar industry workers. The festival falls on to the nearest Sunday to May 1.

    Sagay City


         * Sinigayan Festival - The rich coastal and marine resources of Sagay is reflected in the Sinigayan Festval, the annual celebration in honor of Saint Joseph and showcase Sagay at its best. This annual celebration is held every third week of March. It also showcases food festival, agri-aqua festival, and art cultural festival. The highlight of the festivals is a merry making and street dancing in which the dancers and performers were clad in a colorful costumes decorated with shells locally known as "Sigay", from where the city and festival got its name.

    San Carlos City


         * Pintaflores Festival - A very colorful, fun and prestigious festival. It was my first time last November to witness this festivity. The festival depicts the story about  tragedy and triumph  of Princess Nabingka. Pintaflores derived in Spanish words "Pinta" which means tattoo and "Flores" meaning flowers. Celebrated every November 5 in honor of the city's patron saint St. John Borromeo.

    Silay City



    Silay City
    Photo By: Icee Ledesma
         * Hugyaw Kansilay Festival - It is the story of a brave Princess Kansilay who fought to protect her people. The kansilay tree who was believed to grow where the body of the princess were buried is the symbol of Silay City where the city derived its name because of abundance of the Kansilay tree. It is held every 12th day of June to commemorate the city's charter anniversary.

    Sipalay City


         * Pasaway sa Sipalay Festival -Pasaway sa Sipalay is an annual celebration held every last week of March. It showcases street dancing and merry making as participants from seventeen barangays were clad in mardigras and exotic costumes in the semblance of copper minerals.

    Talisay City


         * Minuluan Festival - Minuluan Festival is a celebration of courage, bravery, heroism and passion of Kapitan Sabino "Sabi". It is also n old name of Talisay City. Likewise, the festival celebrates the feast of  its patron saint, San Nicolas de Tolentino which falls every September 10.

    Victorias City


         * Kadalag-an Festival - Victorias City is dubbed as the City of victory. It commemorates the glorious and victorious past of the people of Victorias. t is a weeklong celebration that highlight every 21st of March. Activities like the Search for Kadalag-an Queen, street and arena dance where only few of the lined up activities.

         * Malihaw Festival - It is an annual celebration in honor of their patron saint Nuestra Senora de las Victorias. It falls on April 26 with a fluvial parade in the shoreline of the city as the highlight of the event.

    Municipalities in Negros Occidental and its Festivals


    Binalbagan

    Binalbagan
    Photo from: flickr.com/photos/21905294@N03/3536505313/


         * Balbagan festival - Possessed in a rich historical, cultural and folkloric events regarding its origin. Binalbagan is rich in shrimp production and locals found remedy to preserved the shrimp while in transit which is called " balabag " in which locals believed the place were derived. Another great story of its origin is about a giant snake which blocked the mouth of Binalbagan river. Binalabagan in english is blocked where other folks believe the place got its name. The celebration of the festival is to commemorate the place origin and giant snake icon and street dancing where the highlight of the event. Binalbagan is held every 15th day of June.

    Caltrava


         * Lilas Pandan Festival - The festival  features Pandan weaving where this town was known. Mat weaving industry put the town in the map. The abundance of Pandan plant gives a lucrative means of livelihood in every barangays. The festival is also a way of thanksgiving for a natural beauty and bounty every Calatravanons enjoyed.

    Candoni


         * Pabalhas sa Tablas -  Celebrated every February 11 in honor of the town's patron saint, Our Lady of Lourdes. Pabalhas sa Tablas originated from the actual history of Candoni. When a group of settlers lead by Santiago " Tagoy " Diego settle in Tabla Valley which is now Candoni.

    Cauayan


         * Lubay-lubay Festival - An annual celebration as a thanksgiving for bountiful harvest. Dancers moved to the beat of bamboo poles and sticks. It portrays camaraderie and unity upon Cauyanons.

    Don Salvador Benedicto


         * Kali-kalihan Harvest Festival - The festival is all about the traditional martial art " arnis " or " escrima ". Held every February 9. the Kali is designed for physical training, mental development and spiritual upliftment of the individual practitioner to strengthen moral values.

    EB Magalona


         * Ugyunan Festival - The word ugyunan is a Hiligaynon word which means to join, cooperate or unite. The festival falls every May 1 which is also the feast of towns patron saint, Saint Joseph the Worker. it also showcases the abundance of marine life like shrimp, prawns, bangus and blue crab which is the main products of the town.

    Hinigran


         * Hinugyaw festival - A week-long celebration of merry making and street dancing where performers dressed in vibrant costumes. "hinugyaw" is a local word which means jubilation or rejoicing. according to legend a long haired woman protected the town from Moro invasion. That woman believed to be Saint Mary Magdalene. There was rejoicing and celebration, thus, the term hinugyaw came. The festival held every April 30.

    Hinoba-an


         * Pagbana-ag Festival - The festival expresses people's faith, unity and cooperation. The word "Pagbana-ag" depicts an optimistic Hinuba-on struggling to surpass challenges of time, i.e. a midst economic and global unrest. The hinuba-on common vision is to make a livable community. Artistically designed visually painted with a rising sun and 13 rays rays representing 13 barangays that comprise the municipality whose life engulf the entire municipality in abundance of marine resources, agriculture, mineral resources, industry, preserved arts and culture, eco-tourism and coping technological advancements. It manifested a livable municipality in a common and and advance era.

    Ilog


         * Kisi-kisi Festival - Kisi-kisi Festival was conceptualized because Ilog was rich in marine resources like crabs, oyster, fish and shrimps. The word "kisi-kisi" refers to the fast movement of the fishes when they were hauled during bountiful harvest. Celebrated every 3rd week of March. Participants are all clad in colorful underwater inspired costumes and mimicking sea creatures gestures.

    Isabela

    Municipality of Isabela
    Photo from: http://www.choosephilippines.com/



         * Tigkalalag festival - Paying respect to departed loved ones is what the Tigkalalag festival of Isabela known for. This unique way of merry making and a way of giving reminisce for the mythical beings in which our forefathers believed in. It falls every 2nd day of November.

    La Castellana


         * Bailes de Luces - An annual celebration of town charter anniversary and thanksgiving. Bailes de Luces is a Spanish word which means the "dance of light". Its highlight is dance competition in which participants were clad in colorful costumes using light emitting materials and dance to the beat of Latin music. The celebration starts from December 30 unti January 5.

    Manapla 


         * Manang Pula Festival - It was conceptualized based on a story of a woman who is Crispula Gala, the wife of the town's Kapitan. She was so kind, passionate and loving to the villagers that everbody loves her. The locals called her Manang Pula where the town was named and later made it shorter into Manapla. The festival was once called Pinta Puto in which the town was known, puto is the town's specialty. The festival not only showcases puto products but also fishing, sugar planting and thanksgiving was part of the choreography. This celebration is held every 16th day of August which is also the feast of the town's patron saint, Saint Roque.

    Moises Padilla


         * Magayon Festival - As the livestock capital of Negros Occidental, the festival features different animals in which dancers are dressed resembling any livestock animals found in the town. This annual celebration is highlight with street and arena dance competition held every last Tuesday of March.
     

    Murcia


         * Tinabu-ay Festival - An annual celebration held every December 8 in honor of the town's patron birthday, Immaculate Conception. The festival is a reenactment of the town's market day or weekly tabu, which is the biggest in the province. It is also a way to thank the Almighty for good harvest.

         * Mudpack festival- Considered as the festival of arts and culture, where artist gathered together to showcase their talent in clay body painting, ethnic music, drum beating, dances and crafts and solo dance improvisation. The festival instill awareness in caring for the environment. It is a symbolic celebration of oneness of man with nature. The colorful mud painted all over the body of participants is abundant on the area, which also believed to have healing power. Mudpack festival is held every third week of June at Mambukal Resort.

    Pulupandan


         * Salapan Festival - The festival depicts the town's rich marine resources, livelihood and origin. Salapan was derived from "salap" and "pan". The term salap was a native word for "fishnet" which is also link to guinamos industry. Meanwhile, the term pan came from "pandan" in which the town was derived "Pulo sang Pandan" or the isles of pandan. Another thing about the term pan was believed to came from the word "pantalan" or port that basically the factor of the town's growth. The festival is held every February 15.

    San Enrique


         * Bulang-bulang festival - Celebrated every 9th day of February, Bulang-bulang or cock fighting is a character dance presentation which depicts the life and character of cock fighting. Cock fighting is one of the major sources of livelihood of the town. The festival gives honor and recognition to the game fowl industry.
     

    Toboso


         * Sag-ahan Festival - Sag-ahan is definitely the reenactment of the lives of the fishermen of Toboso. The term "sag-ahan" is a local dialect which means to take or to catch fish with the hands. This culturally rich festival is manifested with joy, thanksgiving and gratefulness for all the blessing and abundance the town has received through the years. It is celebrated every July 1.
     

    Valladolid


         * Pasundayag Festival - A farmer's festival in honor of the town's patroness, Nuestra Seniora de Guadalope. It features a merry makng and street dancing competition. This is also a thanksgiving for the good and abundant harvest. This merry making is held every February 28.






    Sunday, August 31, 2014

    Schedule of Activities

    The most awaited festival everybody is waiting for will take place again this October! Masskara festival is not only a 20 days of celebration, beer drinking and merry making, but also to commemorate the tragedy happened in Negros Occidental. A tragedy that put the City of Smiles in the map. The very famous Masskara festival will give happiness and spread good vibes to every visitors that will witness the best of Bacolod City.

    The festival is expected to happen on October 17 to 19, 2014. Though it is tentative, we will be updating this post as soon as the final schedule will be release. Below is the tentative schedule of the highlights of Masskara Festival. So better book your flights and hotels as soon as possible. You can search hundreds of flights and hotels below which you can compare so book now!

    Masskara Festival 2014

    Events for Masskara Festival




    There are things you can do when visiting Bacolod City. Below are some list to help you enjoy your stay in Bacolod and nearby cities.

    * Visit the 7 water falls in Mambukal Resort, Murcia
    Masskara Festival
    Photo Credit: Arnel Dats
    * Visit the 12th most fascinating mansion in the world in Talisay City
    * Enjoy panoramic view at Campuestohan Highland Resort, Talisay City
    * San Sebastian cathedral visit, bacolod City
    * San Diego pro-Cathedral, Silay City
    * Cultural walk in the Museum City, Silay City
    * Try the famous Bacolod Chicken Inasal, guapple pie of El Ideal
    * Climb the Pope John Paul II tower.
    * Don't forget to bring home some pasalubong like Piaya, Napoleones, Biscocho, Pinasugbo and other delicacies.

    Note: The schedule is only tentative, we will be updating this as soon as we have the final schedule. If you want to witness this famous event navigate below and search flights and hotels to book. 

      

    Masskara Festival 2014 Schedule of Activities

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    Schedule of Activities

    The most awaited festival everybody is waiting for will take place again this October! Masskara festival is not only a 20 days of celebration, beer drinking and merry making, but also to commemorate the tragedy happened in Negros Occidental. A tragedy that put the City of Smiles in the map. The very famous Masskara festival will give happiness and spread good vibes to every visitors that will witness the best of Bacolod City.

    The festival is expected to happen on October 17 to 19, 2014. Though it is tentative, we will be updating this post as soon as the final schedule will be release. Below is the tentative schedule of the highlights of Masskara Festival. So better book your flights and hotels as soon as possible. You can search hundreds of flights and hotels below which you can compare so book now!

    Masskara Festival 2014

    Events for Masskara Festival




    There are things you can do when visiting Bacolod City. Below are some list to help you enjoy your stay in Bacolod and nearby cities.

    * Visit the 7 water falls in Mambukal Resort, Murcia
    Masskara Festival
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    * Visit the 12th most fascinating mansion in the world in Talisay City
    * Enjoy panoramic view at Campuestohan Highland Resort, Talisay City
    * San Sebastian cathedral visit, bacolod City
    * San Diego pro-Cathedral, Silay City
    * Cultural walk in the Museum City, Silay City
    * Try the famous Bacolod Chicken Inasal, guapple pie of El Ideal
    * Climb the Pope John Paul II tower.
    * Don't forget to bring home some pasalubong like Piaya, Napoleones, Biscocho, Pinasugbo and other delicacies.

    Note: The schedule is only tentative, we will be updating this as soon as we have the final schedule. If you want to witness this famous event navigate below and search flights and hotels to book. 

      

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