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Masskara Festival is one of the most renowned festival in the Philippines and in the world. Life’s Good in Bacolod - this year’s theme centers on Bacolod City as one of the better places to live in. It also reflects a more prominent and highly-urbanized city with the feel of rural living. Now, Bacolod City is quickly changing its topography and skyline with the warmth of the people still parallels the dynamism of its economy. 

To give you a backgrounder, the festival started in 1980 amidst the period of crisis in the sugarlandia (a term which refer to the island of Negros). It was the time when the sugar industry was in its lowest point; and the tragedy when Don Juan (an inter-island vessel) which carriers hundreds of Negrenses (most belonging to prominent families in Bacolod City) collided with a tanker in Tacloban City. Despite of the tragic loss and recession; local artist, city officials and concerned organizations had conceptualized a festival of smiles. It was then when Masskara (“many faces” in Spanish) emerged as the scapegoat of the people, and yet a better diversion for the aim of rising up again. 

Masskara Festival 2012: Life’s Good in Bacolod Schedule (as of September 28, 2012)

October 1, 2012

- Opening of the Festival sites @ Bacolod Public Plaza (all-day)
- Opening of Carnival sites @ SM City (all-day)
8:00 am FSCAB Thanksgiving Mass Elderly Week Celeration @ Bacolod BAYS Center
4:00 pm DepEd Annual Division Athletic and Cultural Meet @ Bacolod Public Plaza
7:00 pm Opening of 2012 MassKara Festival (with fireworks after) @ Bacolod Public Plaza
8:00 pm GMA DanssKara: The MassKara Dance Showdown (Eliminations) @ Bacolod Public Plaza

October 2, 2012
7:30 am Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition Nightly Eliminations @ Streets along the Public Plaza, San Juan St., Gonzaga St. & Gatuslao St.
8:30 pm Parade of Masks/Drumbeaters

October 3, 2012
7:30 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay TalentCompetition Nightly Eliminations @ Streets along the Public Plaza, San Juan St., Gonzaga St. & Gatuslao St.

October 4, 2012
4:00 pm FSCAB Coronation Night @ Bacolod BAYS Center
7:30 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition Nightly Eliminations @ Streets along the Public Plaza, San Juan St., Gonzaga St. & Gatuslao St.
8:30 pm Parade of Masks/Drumbeaters

October 5, 2012
- MassKara Art Weekend (all-day)
4:00 pm RONA Media “Dalan sa Kadalag-an” Amateur Singing Contest
6:00 pm Living Rosary @ Bacolod Public Plaza
7:00 pm Unveiling: Majika MassKara 9: Ang Bukid Kag Baybay sa Bacolod @ Bacolod Public Plaza
7:30 pm SMB Music Night (Disco) @ San Juan St., Gonzaga St. & Gatuslao St.
7:30 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition Nightly Eliminations @ Streets along the Public Plaza, San Juan St., Gonzaga St. & Gatuslao St.

October 6, 2012
- MassKara Art Weekend (all-day)
4:00 pm Aksyon Radyo Blow by Blow…Show No Mercy2, Professional Boxing Competition @ Ampitheather, Casino Filipino Hotel
5:00 pm Opening: LCC Giant MassKara Puppets Replica Exhibits @ Ground Floor, LCC Rizal Main Gate
6:00 pm Living Rosary @ Bacolod Public Plaza
6:00 pm MassKara Queen Talent Night @ SM City Events Centre
6:00 pm Opening: 9D – A Visual Arts Exhibit by the MassKara 9 @ Orange Gallery, Art District
7:30 pm SMB Music Night (Disco) @ Gonzaga St. - Gatuslao St.
7:30 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition Nightly Eliminations @ Streets along the Public Plaza, San Juan St., Gonzaga St. & Gatuslao St.

October 7, 2012
- MassKara Art Weekend (all-day)
4:00 pm RONA Media “Dalan sa Kadalag-an” Amateur Singing Contest
6:00 pm Installation: Majika MassKara floats in host venues: PanAsiatic Call Centers
6:00 pm Living Rosary @ Bacolod Public Plaza
7:30 pm SMB Band @ Gonzaga St. & Gatuslao St.
7:30 pm SMB Music Night (Disco) @ San Juan Street
7:30 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition 1st Weekly Semi-Finals @ Gonzaga St. & Gatuslao St.

October 8, 2012
6:00 pm Living Rosary @ Bacolod Public Plaza
7:30 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition 2nd Nightly Eliminations @ Streets along the Public Plaza, San Juan-Gonzaga-Gatuslao
8:30 pm Parade of Masks/Drumbeaters

October 9, 2012
6:00 pm Living Rosary @ Bacolod Public Plaza
7:00 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition Nightly Eliminations @ Streets along the Public Plaza, San Juan-Gonzaga-Gatusla

October 10, 2012
1:00 pm Bacolod-Negros Arnis Federation Arinis Competition @ Bacolod BAYS Center
6:00 pm Living Rosary @ Bacolod Public Plaza
7:30 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition Nightly Eliminations @ Streets along the Public Plaza, San Juan-Gonzaga-Gatuslao
8:30 pm Night of Mardi Gras

October 11, 2012
6:00 pm Living Rosary @ Bacolod Public Plaza
7:30 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition Nightly Eliminations @ Bacolod Public Plaza
8:30 pm Night of Mardi Gras

October 12, 2012
12:00 pm i-Witness DocuFest wth GMA News and Public Affairs personalities @ SM City Event Centre
4:00 pm MassKara Queen Ramp Modeling & Interview @ SM City Events Centre
6:00 pm Living Rosary @ Bacolod Public Plaza
7:00 pm Jazz Musician’s Lab Bacolod “Jazzkara 2012” @ USLS Courtyard
7:30 pm SMB Music Night (Disco)
7:30 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition Nightly Eliminations @ Streets along the Public Plaza, San Juan-Gonzaga-Gatuslao

October 13, 2012
6:00 am RMN Trisikad Race @ Plaza-Lagoon-Homesite
9:00 am Negros Occ. Garden Club “Plant A Tree” Activity @ Bacolod Gov’t Center grounds
4:00 pm MassKara Queen Fantasy Make-up @ Robinsons Place fountain area
5:00 pm Little Miss MassKara (pageant night) @ SM City Events Centre
6:00 pm Living Rosary @ Bacolod Public Plaza
7:00 pm Arnis Phil. Mayor’s Cup Eskrima Sa MassKara Int’l. Invitational Championship @ University of Negros Occidental - Recolletos
7:00 pm Watchmen Daily Journal & MyPhone MassKara 2012 Concert Party @ Bacolod Public Plaza
7:30 pm Coke Band featuring Rated PG Band & Chakra band @ San Juan St.
7:30 pm SMB Music Night (Disco) @ Gonzaga St. & Gatuslao St.
7:30 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition 2nd Weekly Semi-finals @ Streets along the Public Plaza, San Juan-Gonzaga-Gatuslao

October 14, 2012
- Dog Show @ 888 Chinatown Square mall (all-day)
7:30 am DepEd Cultural Contest @ BAYS Center
10:00 am Fiesta Mass @ San Sebastian Cathedral
2:00 pm Aksyon Radyo TRIBE WARX Amateur grappling Competition @ Gaisano City
6:00 pm Feast of the Holy Rosary Procession, Floral Offering, Marian Bands @ Bacolod Public Plaza
7:30 pm SMB Band @ Gonzaga St. & Gatuslao St
7:30 pm SMB Music Night (Disco) @ San Juan St.
7:30 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition 3rd Week of Nightly Eliminations @ Streets along the Public Plaza, San Juan-Gonzaga-Gatuslao

October 15, 2012
1:00 pm LCC ARFIEN MassKara Puppet Parade @ Capitol Lagoon to Bacolod Public Plaza
7:30 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition Nightly Eliminations @ Streets along the Public Plaza, San Juan-Gonzaga-Gatuslao
8:30 pm Parade of Masks/Drumbeaters

October 16, 2012
8:00 am Negros Occidental Agriculture Movement World Food Day Celebration @ Bacolod BAYS Center
6:00 pm MassKara Preview: A Fashion Show of MassKara Streetdancing Costumes @ Bacolod Public Plaza

October 17, 2012
7:30 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition Nightly Eliminations @ Streets along the Public Plaza, San Juan-Gonzaga-Gatuslao
8:30 pm Parade of Masks/Drumbeaters
8:30 pm Kami mga Hubin Bowling Club, National Duckpin Bowling Tournament @ Super Bowling Lanes, Goldenfields Comm’l. Complex

October 18, 2012
7:00 pm MassKara Queen Coronation Night @ University of Saint La Salle coliseum
7:30 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition Nightly Eliminations @ Streets along the Public Plaza, San Juan-Gonzaga-Gatuslao

October 19, 2012
5:00 pm Handog Pasasalamat ng Bombo Radyo at Star FM @ Bacolod Public Plaza
6:00 pm Electric MassKara Day 1: Lights Up, Music On @ Tourism Strip
7:00 pm “Pagkilita-ay, Pakita-ay” parade kicks off from various parts of Bacolod
7:30 pm Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition 3rd Weekly Semi-Final @ Streets along the Public Plaza, San Juan-Gonzaga-Gatuslao
9:00 pm COKE Band featuring Cooler Spring & Undertow Band @ San Juan Street
9:00 pm Floats converge @ Tourism Strip, Lacson Street
9:00 pm SMB Band Gonzaga St.
9:30 pm Pepsi Party Concert @ Gatuslao St.
9:30 pm Two floats converge on San Juan and Gatuslao Sts. – Plaza
9:30 pm Jollitown Show (On-going until Oct. 21) @ Lacson St..
9:30 pm Negros Occidental Golf & Country Club, Inc. 3rd Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament (On-going until Oct. 21) @ Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club

October 20, 2012
2:00 pm 2012 National Dog Agility Competition (K9 Obedience Club of Negros) @ Tay Tung Gym
3:00 pm Streetdance – Schools Category From Libertad Araneta to Bacolod Public Plaza @ Bacolod Public Plaza
4:00 pm Jollitown Cosplay Contest @ Robinsons Place Bacolod
4:00 pm Kapuso Mall Show @ SM City Event Centre
4:00 pm MassKara Arena Competitions (Schools) @ Bacolod Public Plaza
6:00 pm Electric MassKara Day 2: Lights Up, Music On @ Tourism Strip
8:00 pm Electric MassKara Performing Float Competitions Kick off at SM Rizal
9:00 pm Electric MassKara Floats converge @ Tourism Strip, Lacson Street
10:30 pm Cosplay on the Glow: The ABS-CBN/ MOR 101.5 Electric Cosplay competition @ Tourism Strip, Lacson Street
10:30 pm SMB Band featuring Cueshe @ Gonzaga Street

October 21, 2012
3:00 pm Streetdance – Barangay Category from Libertad Araneta to Bacolod Public Plaza @ Bacolod Public Plaza
4:00 pm MassKara Arena Competitions (Barangays) @ Bacolod Public Plaza
6:00 pm Electric MassKara Day 3 @ Tourism Strip
7:00 pm SMB Music Night (Disco) @ San Juan St. & Gatuslao St.
7:00 pm Winners’ Showdown Electric MassKara float competition

October 22, 2012
- Closing Ceremonies @ Bacolod Public Plaza (all-day)
7:00 pm MassKara Festival Closing Ceremonies @ Bacolod Public Plaza
7:00 pm Part I: Awarding
7:30 pm Part II: Tandâ! Sing Na, Dance Pa! The MassKara Inter-Barangay Talent Competition FINALS @ Bacolod Public Plaza
8:00 pm Part III: DanssKara Grand Finals/Kapuso Night


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