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Masskara Festival website and music video debut in Bacolod City.

After a two-year absence owing to the coronavirus epidemic 2019, the legendary Masskara Festival will return on October 1 and organizers revealed the official website here on Monday. The three-week celebration is expected to be the biggest ever (Covid-19).

Visitors at www.masskara.com.ph can access the calendar of events, lodgings, special tours, and a brief history of the Masskara, according to festival chair Pinky Mirano-Ocampo, who led the launching in front of city employees at the Government Center grounds.

Ocampo continued, “Bacolod is ready to grin again as we recover from the pandemic and under a new and vibrant leadership after missing out on one of the biggest festivals in the country for two years.

The official music video for the song “Smile Again,” which includes actress-singer Sue Ramirez and “Asia’s Pop Heartthrob” Darren Espanto, is one of the website’s key attractions.

“We are hoping that it will go viral on social media and spark enthusiasm in Bacolodnons and Negrenses to attend our celebrations. We are hopeful that it will be included to audio streaming services like Spotify because it is incredibly danceable, according to Ocampo.

“Smile Again,” written and produced by Red Events, highlights the sights and sounds of Bacolod.

On October 23, when the festival concludes, Espanto will also provide a live performance of the song, a remix version of the song will be used for the street and arena dance competition, one of the festival’s highlights.

According to Ocampo, the song was motivated by the Bacolod people’s ability to remain positive in the face of hardship and shed light on the history of the Masskara Festival.

This year’s festival of “many faces,” which is already in its 43rd year, has as its subject “Balik Yuhum,” which translates to “smile again” or “bring back the smile,” a reference to Bacolod’s slogan as the “City of Smiles.”

There will be six locations set aside for the celebrations, including the major festival locations at Lacson Street, Bacolod Public Plaza, and Bacolod City Government Center as well as extension locations at Baywalk at the Reclamation Area, Upper East, and Pana-ad Park and Stadium.

The Masskara Sports Olympics will take place in the first week of October from 1 to 8; the Masskara Trade Fair will take place in the second week from 10 to 16; and the Masskara cultural activities, which are primarily the festival highlights until the 23rd, will take place in the third week.

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