Ask anyone who's been to Malasimbo and they will tell you it’s unlike no other. You get to take your pick from the many pristine Puerto Galera beaches in the morning then go dancing up in the mountain, under the stars at night. Seriously, where else can you experience the beauty of nature and music in one weekend like that? This year marks the 6th installment of the festival and with the increasing turnout every year, it’s safe to say that it’s probably because it’s true: once you Malasimbo, there’s no turning back. Over the years, it's gained a strong cult following and below we give you the reasons why.
1. The acts never fall short of spectacular.
At Malasimbo you get to see true artists, well-curated to give the musically discerning crowd a good mix of local and foreign acts, all passionate about their craft.
Brigada gave the Friday early birds their money’s worth by getting everyone up and dancing with their crowd-pumping beats.
Classical Contemporary Guitar Trio, Triple Fret, mixed things up incorporating some Beatles and OPM realness to their line up.
The musical arrangements of one-man band, Jacob Collier, blew us away.
Girl on fire June Marieezy knew how to put on a performance.
2. There is always something new to look forward to.
Aside from the performances that begin at dusk, an array of morning activities are also laid out.
This year, apart from yoga and capoeira, we were also treated to a Ride Sandals kite boarding exhibition at one of Puerto Galera’s hidden spots, Elizabeth’s Hideaway.
DJ Javi Vargas provided the perfect afternoon seaside beats.
3. Mt. Malasimbo is the perfect venue for a chill night of good music and art.
The amphitheater is surrounded by neon lit palm trees and a view of the sea.
I mean, look at that crowd.
4. The green venue is peppered with IG-worthy works of art.
Dream catchers By Hohana
Libbet Loughman’s Jellyfish
Last year's orange 'Everywhere There You Are' installment by Wawi Navaroza and Ling Quisumbing is now blue.
Launch the gallery to see more scenes from this year's first Malasimbo weekend.
Feeling a tad bit jealous? Don’t be! This coming March 24 to 26, there will be a second serving via the Malasimbo Lights & Dance Festival! Get your tickets now!
Photos by Tonio del Rosario
“The festivals are a production of Volume Unit Entertainment, and the D’Aboville Foundation, supported by Ipanema and Rider; with the participation of Brew Kettle, H&M Loves Music, Coca-Cola; and the support of our official our official TV partners Solar Entertainment Corp., ETC, 2nd Avenue, Jack TV, Solar Sports, Basketball TV (BTV), and CT; official radio partner Wave 89.1; our official airline partner Air Juan; our official hotel partner Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila; and our official ticketing partner TicketWorld. Special thanks goes to Coleman, the Municipality of Puerto Galera and the Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro, Z Hostel, and A-Space Philippines."