Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival is a two weekend event, it is something many people looks forward to including many of my friends who urged me to join them this year and despite my limited time in Manila, knowing how awesome it is, thinking twice wasn’t an option, so I decided to join them and it’s a plus that the destination is just four hours away; a two hour drive to Batangas port and a two hour boat ride to White Beach Puerto Galera. It is close to the busy streets of Metro Manila and thousands of people gather every year to experience the festival which is set within the tropical gardens of Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines.
The event is now on its fourth year and it is estimated that over 30 countries come to learn and experience first-hand indigenous cultures through arts and music.
A natural outdoor amphitheater situated at the foot of Mt. Malasimbo, the area overlooks one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Other that the interesting art installations found all over the venue, various workshops being offered during the day and amazing performances at night, the cool wind, the relaxing smell of the ocean and the festival’s powerful energy completes the experience.
Lights installed among the fronds cast psychedelic rays across the tree line and pieces of sculpture scattered beneath.
It’s fun to dress up for the event, think of Coachella or Burning man, however, make sure to bring a jacket to keep you warm as it gets really chilly in the evening. Also bring a mat where you can sit on.
This magnetic wristband is used to purchase anything in the vicinity of the event, you will have to reload it first by purchasing points through money. (I suppose, this wristband was unused from last year’s event)
Day after the event, we had the luxury to swim and do a little shopping, we opted to spend our remaining time at the right hand side of the beach as it is the quietest part
Next year, we are planning to properly achieve that festive vibe by camping around the festival grounds, that way, we expect to experience the event’s pro-environment pro-cultural advocacies.
For more info, visit Malasimbo’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Malasimbolights