Six Degrees of Smiley

Bacolod City, the Philippines

October 29, 2011

Bacolod, the self-proclaimed City of Smiles, was serious with its nick. City officials in the 80s invented an annual Rio-esque extravaganza around a smiling mask, the MassKara Festival, celebrated in October. Unlike the comedy-tragedy masks of ancient Greek theater, the MassKara showed only half of the pair – the smiling one.

Tourist in my Hometown: Bacolod – The City of Smiles

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