After living in Manila for nearly 3 years, the Masskara festival in Bacolod was the first time that I got a real taste of street life in the Philippines. You see, I lived in Taguig. And worked in Makati. Both are very well-developed commercial centers in the Philippines. There was not much of street life that I could see there, except for the rare times that I visited Ermita for the times that I took Spanish classes at Instituto Cervantes.
Bacolod was a revelation, as the people gathered in huge numbers at the festival. There were stalls of all kinds, selling everything from masks (which is how the festival gets its name) to food. It was not just a culture shock, it was an entirely orgasmic revelation of new sights, sounds and smells for me.
I took it all in, and decided that the best way to remember it would be to post my pictures of the street at the Masskara festival.
Further Reading: The street life of Ermita, is worth visiting and photographing too.
Suggested Reading: Similar to Masskara, also check out the Panagbenga festival of Baguio.
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