Masskara is coined from two words: mass, for crowd, and the Spanish word cara, for face –a double meaning for “mask” and “many faces”. The Masskara festival was first conceived in 1980 to add color and cheer to the Bacolod City’s celebration of its Charter Day anniversary on October 19. The symbol of the festival is a smiling mask – adopted by the organizers to dramatize the Negrenses’ happy spirit despite periodic economic crises experienced in the sugar industry. MassKara then becomes a “mass of faces,” thereby giving Bacolod the nickname since the late 70’s as the City of Smiles. The MassKara Festival of Bacolod City has repeatedly represented the country in major festivals in Asia– Singapore, China, and Japan, emerging as champion in the foreign category and first runner-up in the local category, a first to a foreign participant in the 10-year history of the said Japanese festival. Among the Philippine festivals, MassKara is one of the most colorful which earned a surge of tourism influx from all over. Special thanks to Negros …
Binintiang Malaki is this most photographed false volcano that is often mistaken as Taal Volcano in pictures. The dormant Binintiang Malaki crater was the center of the 1707 and 1715 eruptions.
“When Moses was alive, the pyramids were a thousand years old . . . . Here people learned to measure time by a calendar, to plot the stars by astronomy . . . . Here they developed that most awesome of all ideas – the idea of eternity.” ~ Walter Cronkite
A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, Petra was named among the New7Wonders of the World in 2007 and chosen by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the “28 Places to See Before You Die”.
Wadi Rum Protected Area was declared in 2011 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its most outstanding desert landscapes, lending a surreal feel to the vast environment. If you think this is a scene from a Star Wars movie, there may be a little truth to it.
“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small.” ~Anthony Bourdain
It was a cool misty dawn at 5am when I entered Francisco Bangoy International Airport with a light luggage and camera bag, off to a destination I have yet to find out. Seriously, I have yet to know.
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” ~ Martin Buber
“Life is like the ocean. Waves will try to knock you down and push you back to where you started but once you fight through them, the entire ocean is yours.”
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” — Elliott Erwitt