The most popular festival in Bacolod, is held the third weekend of October closest to October 19, the anniversary of the city. Masskara comes from two words: “mass” which means a crowd of people and “Kara”, a Spanish word that clearly means face. The festivities start with exhiciones and sale of food, masks contests, competitions for bands, talent and beauty, a windsurfing regatta, drinking, eating and more competitions, fairs and exhibitions. The climax is a kind of parade of Carnaval masks whose participants are drawn together costumes and dance to Latin rhythms resemblance makes Rio Festival
Pasalamat held every Sunday closest to May Day or Labor Day is a celebration of thanksgiving for the harvest of the city of La Carlota. The festival is based on an old practice of giving thanks to God of agriculture within the Kanlaon Volcano. The celebration has an Ecumenical Mass of Thanksgiving, different games, and a street dancing competition with “tribes” dressed with local materials and swaying to the rhythm of Sambita. The celebration concludes with the selection of Ginoong Pasalamat Pasalamat and Queen. La Carlota is 42 kilometers southeast of Bacolod.
Ati-Atihan in the city of Cadiz is held annually in the next week of January 20 with a street parade in honor of its patron saint, Santo Nino Lord. Ati costumes, various tribes dance to the beat of drums while the image of Santo Niño is cover their shoulders. Devotees believe that is the Holy Child, who saved the village from attack by pirates in the past through his intercession.