I've been joining in the pomp and pageantry of MassKara Festival five years in a row and yes, year after year, the festival never failed to excite, surprise and involved the senses! Starting off with the innovative electric masskara, endless street parties and of course the highlight of the festival which is street dancing. There's more! This year's MassKara will have live drumbeats as music for the streetdancing competition. A first in MassKara history!
The First Time
Coming from a small town in Bohol, I first joined as an outsider. Painfully shy and with no friends who are based in Bacolod, I gathered enough courage and threw caution to the wind. The gentility of the Bacolodnon is disarming so even before I knew it, I felt welcome already like a long lost brother.
String of Good Juju
But those previous trips were all work-related. In a twist of fate last year, the school where I worked suspended, for some reasons, the annual students' responsible travel program in Bacolod. In the last four years, it always coincided with the MassKara Festival week. For the first time, I attended the MassKara Festival with no work load attached. And boy, it was so much fun!
Next Layer of the Onion
But it was not just a trip to take beautiful photos nor to party, get drunk and dance on the streets. It was a trip to celebrate new friendships. To give FREE HUGS to total strangers. To celebrate the resilience of the Pinoys in times of crisis!
Create Inspiring Experiences
|drum rolling the FREE HUG event at Killer Bee Bacolod|
In the course of my travel last year, I forged meaningful connections with a band of travelers whose sole mission is to create inspiring experiences with the people and places they encounter. It appears to me that coming to Bacolod during the MassKara week has become an annual pilgrimage of sorts already for the group.