Wednesday, October 15, 2008
sounds of festive beats already surround the town plaza of Bacolod city, Philippine's city of smile. this weekend this city will be celebrating its charter day and one of the country's most colorful festival.when i was there weeks back, streets were already filled with colorful masks. booths and big sound speakers on every corner of the plaza playing different upbeat songs simultaneously.food shops surrounding the city plaza and the nearby business establishments are decorated with masks. it also represents prosperity to the booming business in the city of smile.even malls were already filled with colorful masks showing the smiles that represents Bacolod's hospitality to its visitors.the festival started during the early 1980s when a series of tragedy happened to the city. it was then that the city government initiated to start a festival which will boost the mood of the town being the city of smiles.the festival includes street dancing competition plus all the other activities that comes with it. this is celebrated every third weekend of the month of October. the celebration started during the start of October when we were there.