October is the month of the Masskara Festival, so it’s not hard to see why it is the most anticipated month of the year for Bacolodnons. Filled with parties, competitions, and special events, the Masskara Festival is a three-week celebration in the City of Smiles. The streets will be alive with the sound of jubilant music and the sight of spectators from all over the world attending the attractions of the festival
. Take a peek at some of the biggest events prepared by the city government below.
1. Pawasak Festival 2019
Where: One Love Sports Resto Bar, Magsaysay Ave., Bacolod City
When: October 5, 2019
Ticket price: PhP70
Heavy metal artists and bands coming from all over the country will perform in this event.
Image: Old Colony Official Facebook Page
Metalheads! Old Colony PH is hosting Pawasak Festival 2019, an underground music event featuring heavy metal bands like Suwail from Laguna, Soul Engrave from Manila, and three guest bands from Iloilo: Trauma, Bloodreich, and Mongrel Blood. “Pawasak” means “going for broke” or “pawala” which translates to “being unbothered or carefree.” Although this festival is perfect for rock music lovers, it is exclusive to people aged eighteen and above since alcoholic drinks will be sold during the event.
Tip for a better experience: Come early to have a better seat since there are no ticket reservations. The tickets will be available at the venue.
How to get to One Love Sports Resto Bar
: Find a Pta. Taytay-Central Market PUV near the Bacolod Public Plaza located at the downtown area. The jeepney should head south of the city. Ask the driver to drop you off at Shell gas station in front of Star Oil gas station located along Magsaysay - Araneta Avenue. From there, cross the street going to Star Oil and ride a trisikad or tricycle. Ask the driver to drop you in front of One Love Sports Resto Bar.
2. Tawag ng Bacolod
Where: SMX Convention Center, SM City Bacolod
When: October 6, 2019; 8:00 PM
Kahit Maputi Na Ang Buhok Ko (Even When My Hair Turns White) is one of Rey Valera’s greatest compositions.
Image: TOPher Entertainment Production Facebook Page
Hosted by Topher Entertainment Production, Tawag ng Bacolod is a concert for a cause held for the benefit of St. Vincent’s Home Inc., a home for the aged. In this event, iconic Filipino singer, songwriter, composer, film scorer, and television host Rey Valera will serenade Negrenses together with Dulce, a Filipina singer and actress.
Tip for a better experience: You can purchase your tickets at this link: https://smtickets.com/events/view/8058 or call Topher Entertainment Production (09150422860)
How to get to the SMX Convention Center
: If you are from the eastern area of the city, ride either a Fortune Towne-Central Market or Homesite-Central Market PUV heading to the downtown area. PUVs with Bata-Libertad, Mandalagan-Libertad, Pta.Taytay-Central Market, and Shopping La Salle-Central Market routes coming from the north and south of Bacolod will also pass by SM City Mall. Get off at the north wing of the mall. The SMX Convention Center is located at the 3rd floor.
3. BaCon Pop Vol. 2
Where: Ayala Malls Capitol Central, Gatuslao St., Bacolod City
When: October 11 to 13, 2019
One-day pass: PhP150
Two-day pass: PhP250
Three-day pass: PhP350
A fun-filled environment for anime lovers and cosplayers!
Image: BaCon Pop Inc. Facebook Page
BaCon Pop Vol. 2 is a a yearly convention that gathers hobbyists, pop culture enthusiasts, local talents and artists, and cosplayers. The event will feature a cosplay group and solo competition, a cosplay parade, a Mobile Legends Tournament, a K-pop dance crew competition, and art contests. The cosplay competition is particularly interesting as it features a twist: participants should perform a skit presentation, and this covers 30% of the criteria for judging. For ticket reservations and inquiries, you can contact Jeh (09477776324).
Tip for a better experience: This event is child-friendly. Real weapons or objects are prohibited in the convention.
How to get to Ayala Malls Capitol Central
: From the North Ceres Terminal, ride a Bata-Libertad jeepney. Meanwhile, if you are from Libertad or downtown area, find a Mandalagan-Libertad PUV. Ask the driver to drop you off in front of the Ayala Malls Capitol Central at the back of the Lagoon. You will see the mall as you get off from either of the PUVs.
4. Born Brave
Where: SMX Convention Center, SM City Bacolod
When: October 12, 2018
Gen ad: PhP500
This event aims to empower people who are suffering from mental conditions.
Image: Born Brave Facebook Page
Born Brave is a charity gala event that will showcase works from reputable designers. Models comprising of past contestants of Binibining Pilipinas, Mutya ng Pilipinas, and Mr. Philippines will show off the designers’ works on the runway. The proceeds of the event will go to children with Down Syndrome at the Happy Hearts Foundation. It would also support the Youth for Mental Health Coalition, an organization that helps people with depression.
Tip for a better experience: The event’s dress code requires a formal evening dress for the ladies and a classic suit for the gentlemen. For ticket reservations, you can contact this number: 09204192721
How to get to the SMX Convention Center: Please refer to the instructions in item number two.
Where: Negros Occidental Multipurpose Gym, Aguinaldo St., Bacolod City
When: October 18, 2019
Gen ad: PhP350
VIP: PhP700 (limited to 200 pax)
VVIP: PhP1,000 (limited to 100 pax) w/ meet and greet plus event shirt
The organizers named the event “Resurgence” to bring back the Negrosanons’ interest in Philippine rock music.
Image: Singularity Productions Facebook Page
Resurgence is the biggest rock music festival in Visayas, and it aims to bring the band and rock scene back to life. Pinnacle performances from Typecast, Valley of Chrome, Greyhoundz, and Sickpig will be featured during the show. If you are a fan of punk/rock music, these popular Philippine rock bands will spice up your Masskara experience.
Tips for a better experience: You can purchase tickets in this link: https://metromanila.platinumlist.net/event-tickets/76350/resurgence-rock-music-festival?fbclid=IwAR3-wevbeFQ8jtV0FdT0YslJD99DM1aPoJpLM_Coqgl135eKOA0K50TCftY. Come to the venue in your most comfortable attire since the gym is not air-conditioned.
How to get to the Negros Occidental Multipurpose Gym
: From the North Ceres Terminal, Mandalagan area, or Lacson Street, take the Bata-Libertad PUV which passes by the Provincial Capitol Lagoon near the multipurpose gym. Meanwhile, if you are coming from Libertad, Downtown, or SM City Mall, find a Mandalagan-Libertad PUV. In either vehicles, ask the driver to drop you off along the North Capitol Road at the corner of Aguinaldo Street. Walk a few meters and you will see the Negros Occidental Multipurpose Gym beside the ARB Call Facilities building.
Time to bring out the energetic and carefree vibe during this month’s festive and musical events! Fill your calendars and make it the busiest month you’ve ever had.
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