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Masskara: Behind the Masks


Have you heard of the Masskara Festival of Bacolod? It’s an exciting event that happens once a year in October. People prepare colorful costumes and decorated masks to wear in a fun parade of dancing and merriment that spreads smiles not only on the faces of the island dwellers, but also of tourists, TV watchers and many more people around the world.

You would think the origins of this lighthearted festival was just as cheerful, but it was actually a lot more serious. Back in the 1980s, the prices for sugar across the globe plummeted. Because sugar cane was Bacolod’s bread and butter, the collapse spelled grave financial news for the people of the small island: Read more...

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