In the midst of these unfortunate events, the local government and two local artists initiated the community and the artistic community to come up with a “festival of smiles.” One of the reasons is to lift up the gloomy atmosphere brought about by the sinking of MV Don Juan and the economic crisis.
This is how Masskara Festival was born – families, barangays and the entire city instituted to put a Mask to their sad faces, covering life’s tragedies with festive colors, dancing on the streets, celebrating and counting the still so many blessings that we have – most of all, having God as the ultimate precious gift in our life.
That’s why Masskara was and is and will be celebrated on the streets- for the public to see, for the world to see- so that eyes could see that “we fall seven times, but we rise up eight times.” (Prov 24:16-18)
I believe this is the essence of Masskara is – a story, a plight, a fight – a people who chose to battle the tragedies of life with celebration, with smiles and with colorful hope. We held hands together, we enjoy together, we eat together and laugh together because together is stronger.