Bacolod officials seek to strengthen relationships with California cities

These are the sights and sounds of Bacolod City’s Masskara Festival, held every year in the month of October.

For the first time, the world-famous Philippine festival will be celebrated outside of Bacolod — in the city of long beach.

Organized by the Long Beach Bacolod Association, the festival this weekend underscores the sister-city relationship between Bacolod and Long Beach.

Bacolod vice-mayor El Cid Familiaran, along with councilors Em Ang, Caesar Distrito, Cindy Rojas, Dindo Ramos, Renecito Novero and Bart Orola, and Bacolod City officials John Orola and Jean Ramos are already in Long Beach for the much-awaited event.

They also met with Daly City’s first Filipina mayor Juslyn Manalo and San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa — the officials explained how Masskara Festival was created because of tragic events.

The festival began in 1980 — when the price of sugar was at an all-time low, affecting many Bacolod farmers.

On the same year, an inter-island vessel sank while en route from Manila to Bacolod — and about 750 people lost their lives.

Masskara Festival showcases a multitude of happy faces, meant to uplift the spirits of Bacolodnons in times of despair.


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