Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival | Review
Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival! What started as an underground three-day Music and Art Festival in the mountains of Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines roughly about 3 years ago has turned to become one of the most awaited concert event benefitting the business and tourism of the Philippines.
The vibe resembles the Woodstock of the 70’s with its natural outdoor amphitheatre, overlooking one of the 35 most beautiful bays in the world –the bay of Puerto Galera, where the stage is located.
The event has drawn thousands of music, art, nature lovers and travellers locally and internationally who all seek for the same exciting “Malasimbo” experience while donning their most easeful festival outfits, sitting on the green grass terraces of Mt. Malasimbo, and enjoying good music by the biggest names in reggae, soul, and all sorts of local ethnic artists and musicians.
Grace Nono, and Grammy Award Singers Jimmy Cliff and Joss Stone headlined the three-day event paying tribute to the sound that makes people feel good and makes them move not just their feet, but hearts as well. The concert event and party usually runs from 6pm-6am with upbeat and inspirational tracks from different artists.
Art installations were set up by over 20 visual artists. The music was interspersed with the art installations, complementing the captivating surrounding of Mount Malasimbo, greeting the festival-goers as they hike down the grassy hills to where the stage is located.
Part of the proceeds from the festival contributes to the reforestation of Mindoro and to the preservation and proliferation of the indigenous Mangyan written language.
To know more about the festival, visit www.malasimbofestival.com.
Text & Images by: Kristina Carillo
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