Category Archives: Festival

The Masskara Festival in the City of Smiles, Bacolod City Comments Off on The Masskara Festival in the City of Smiles, Bacolod City

“One of the happiest festival in the country, the MassKara Festival rose from the gloom that enveloped the city in 1980s, a period of tragedy and economic dislocation.  During this period, the prices of sugar in the world market were at an all-time low. Negrenses, including Bacolenos, were in a crisis as the province only relied […]






Awa Odori: The Dance of the Fools 4

Awa Odori is a traditional dance festival originating in Tokushima City in 1586, when Lord Hachisuka Iemasa of Awa, the former name of Tokushima prefecture, hosted a celebration of the opening of Tokushima Castle. “The locals, having consumed a great amount of sake, began to drunkenly weave and stumble back and forth. Others picked up […]






Marine Day: Hamaorisai in Chigasaki 3

Hamaorisai is held annually during the Marine Day (Umi-no-hi) in Chigasaki City, Kanagawa. Hamaorisai, which literally means “descend to the beach festival”, is a summer festival in which people take the mikoshi, or the portable Shinto shrine, into the sea. The photos were taken from 4:00 to 7:00 in the morning on the 19th of […]






Tanabata: The Wish Festival 7

Tanabata is a popular celebration in Japan which is, in modern times, held on the the first weekend of July. Also known as wish festival, Tanabata is derived from the Chinese star festival, Qi Xi (七夕 “The Night of Sevens”). It celebrates the meeting of Orihime (Vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair). According to legend, the Milky […]






Novena Mass in Basilica del Sto. Niño Church Comments Off on Novena Mass in Basilica del Sto. Niño Church

Basilica del Santo Niño is a 16th century church in Cebu City in the Philippines. It is known to be the oldest church in the Philippines. It was built on the exact spot where the image of the Santo Niño, a sculpture depicting the Holy Child Jesus was founded by Spanish explorers in 1565 preserved […]