March 9, 2016 Update: MALASIMBOOO! Transformative Music, Art & Magic @MalasimboFest 2016
People who attend it rave about it, leaving the uninformed curious as to what Malasimbo is about.
Here's a glimpse of the awesome Malasimbo experience...
Play this first before reading the post --> Malasimbo Mood (Main Stage) by MissBadKiss
How to Get to Malasimbo: From Manila --> Take SLEX-STAR Tollway-Batangas Port (60-90 mins) --> Ride a boat from Batangas to White Beach (60-75 mins) --> Take a Jeep shuttle up to Mt. Malasimbo (15mins)
It had traces of the Burning Man drama.
Joe Bataan, the King of Latin Soul was the highlight of the festival. It was his first time to perform in the Philippines. His father is Filipino and his mother is African-American.
Another highlight was DJ Kentaro from Japan, one of the first ever Asians to win the DMC World DJ Finals. He performed on the last day of the festival.
(Check out the DJ Kentaro @ Malasimbo Video)
Malasimbo is like an inside joke or a shared moment that is only understood by the people who had first-hand experience with it. The "outsiders'" curiosity builds for over a year and only gets satisfied when the next Malasimbo fest comes around.
My wife started with the question, "Why should we go to Malasimbo? Are there people going to Puerto Galera for this?" and ended with the agreement, "Let's go to the entire three days of the Malasimbo Festival next year!"
See you next year, Malasimbo!
Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival
Villa Malasimbo, Balatero, Puerto Galera, Mindoro
Official Website: www.MalasimboFestival.com
Facebook: Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival
Ticket Prices: 3 Day Pass - P2,500, 1 Day Pass - P1,000
Live an Awesome Life,
Full Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. We paid for our tickets. We are not connected in any way with the organizers or promoters of Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival.
P.S. Thanks to Gene Paolo del Mundo for sharing with us the Malasimbo experience! :)
P.P.S. The only thing I didn't like about the Malasimbo Festival was the traces of greed when they hiked up the prices of food from P100 to P150, and the small mineral water was priced at P50, 3x the price of water from White Beach. People already pay P1,000 per day, travel all the way to Puerto Galera, and hike up the mountain to attend this. Why milk the festival-goers up to the last possible peso possible?
Tip: What to bring to Malasimbo Festival?
1. Mineral Water
2. Food and Snacks
3. Picnic Mat
4. Rain Coat/Umbrella
5. Waterproof bag
6. Video and Digital Camera
7. Extra Shirt and Towel
8. Good company who enjoy music and art
9. Your signature Malasimbo Indie look
10. An open mind :)