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The MassKara Festival is a week-long festival held each year in Bacolod City, the capital of Negros Occidental province in the Philippines every third weekend of October nearest October 19, the city's Charter Anniversary.
The festival first began in 1980 during a period of crisis. The province relied on sugar cane as its primary agricultural crop, and the price of sugar was at an all-time low due to the introduction of sugar substitutes like high fructose corn syrup in the United States.It was also a time of tragedy; on April 22nd of that year, the inter-island vessel Don Juan carrying many Negrenses, including those belonging to prominent families in Bacolod City, collided with the tanker Tacloban City and sank. An estimated 700 lives were lost in the tragedy.
In the midst of these tragic events, the city's artists, local government and civic groups decided to hold a festival of smiles, because the city at that time was also known as the City of Smiles. They reasoned that a festival was also a good opportunity to pull the residents out of the pervasive gloomy atmosphere. The initial festival was therefore, a declaration by the people of the city that no matter how tough and bad the times were, Bacolod City is going to pull through, survive, and in the end, triumph.
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Wow, what colours! I suppose the cliche is a riot of colours and doesn't Olympus capture them well....
The downside is that this is a very busy picture for the eye to take in.
Mike Bywater at 16:46 CET on 14-Feb-2010 [Reply]
I like the colours as well and I think that the face of the guy comes out nicely despite all detail in the image because it has much more contrast and colour than the rest of the image
Alfred Molon at 21:30 CET on 19-Feb-2010 [Reply]
Mike Bywater wrote:
> Wow, what colours! I suppose the cliche is a riot of colours and doesn't Olympus capture them well....
> The downside is that this is a very busy picture for the eye to take in.
Thanks for the comment. This festival burst with myriad colors from the masks to the costumes. fun and challenging.
Czaldy Garrote at 05:09 CEST on 06-Oct-2010 [Reply]
Alfred Molon wrote:
> I like the colours as well and I think that the face of the guy comes out nicely despite all
> detail in the image because it has much more contrast and colour than the rest of the image
Thanks for the nice comment!
Czaldy Garrote at 05:10 CEST on 06-Oct-2010 [Reply]