Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival – Puerto Galera, Mindoro Oriental
March in Puerto Galera: Malasimbo
Against a clean night sky stippled with stars, colored lights dance on spindly palm trees while an eclectic playlist happily echoes across the best natural amphitheater you’ve ever heard. It’s the Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival where the aural and visual conspire to conjure an atmosphere conducive to serious grooving.
What’s a Malasimbo?
2015 is the fifth time Mount Malasimbo has summoned its kaleidoscope of artists, musicians, DJ’s, travel-set hipsters, locals, ASEAN cognoscenti and a handful of fortunate vacationers and divers to Mount Malasimbo.
Together with other forward-thinking music confabs like the Rainforest World Music Festival in Kuching, Malaysia or Music Matters Live in Singapore; the Philippines’ music festival is making some serious noise. It’s a tremendous venue for established and rising talent and as a showcase for Mindoro Oriental’s natural beauty and outdoor attractions: Scuba diving (very close to my heart), snorkeling, biking, hiking and island hopping.
Each year Malasimbo has expanded and improved the event. Last year, with Robert Glasper headlining the show, the event added cashless payment for food and drink inside the venue. This year the event organizers added a second event called Lights and Dance focusing on dance and light show featuring James Brown’s former bandleader Fred Wesley, Australia’s Tom Thum and reggae giant Bob Marley’s son, Ky-Mani Marley.
Dedicated to Eco-protection
Beyond the music and art, what makes the festival great is that the event is dedicated the preservation of the indigenous Mangyan villages and eco-protection of Mindoro Oriental through its partnership with the French organization Noe’ Conservation.