Keychains #7 and #8: Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines

My dad’s hometown is the ‘sweet’ island of Negros located in the Visayas. It is divided into two regions: the Occidental and the Oriental. My father came from Negros Occidental. Its capital is Bacolod City, also known as the City of Smiles.

Negros is known as the Sugar Bowl of the Philippines. You’ll see wide sugar cane plantations in the island.

There are also festivals there. The most famous for me is the Masskara Festival held in Bacolod City every third weekend of October. The festivity has an interesting history. It first began in 1980 when the island suffered from economic crisis as artificial sweeteners dominated the market. The festival was used to divert people’s attention from the misfortunes and to sort of give hope. Masskara means “many faces”. Participants wear smiling face masks.

Both keychains are made from porcelain. Here’s Negros Occidental’s location on the Philippine map (Thanks to Wikipedia):

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