Malasimbo Lights & Dance Festival is the second weekend of the illustrious Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival held annually in the mountains of Puerta Galera on the Island of Mindoro. The three-day festival took place on March 24th – 26th, during Holy Weekend and drew an internationally diverse crowd of music and dance lovers.
The festivities start late in the afternoon giving you ample time to explore the island.
Puerta Galera is a Municipality of the province of Oriental Mindoro on the island Mindoro. A 3 hour trip from Manila, Puerta Galera has become a popular tourist destination and vacation spot for Filipinos and Foreigners.
The Lights And Dance Festival starts around 5:30 in the afternoon. Go early if you want to walk the grounds and see the art installations, or you can hang out and watch the rehearsals.
Tribo Manila kick-starting the festivities, combining Electro Dance with Instrumental for a unique and powerful performance.
DJ Shortkut and Kristian Hernandez team up for an unforgettable set of genre breaking mayhem.
Australia's very own, MC Shureshock is a well known and sought after artist on the international Dance Music scene.
Headlining for the second year in a row was the one and only Goldie. A pioneer of the Rave circuits in London, his influences to Jungle and Drum and Bass has earned him Legendary status within the music industry.
The Silent disco being held at the Mangyan village was a unique experience. People trying it out for the first time may feel a bit awkward — but the trick is to let yourself go, feel the music and dance your socks off, no matter how silly you may look.
The Grilled Sisig Pao From the DTA Pork Store stall was a pleasant twist on a Filipino classic. and for 85 pesos was among some of the cheaper snacks offered by the vendors.
This was our first time to join the Lights And Dance Portion of Malasimbo Festival and found it to be more chill and laid back then the Music And Arts weekend. We highly recommend going if you enjoy EDM and are looking for more of a club vibe.
Congratulations Malasimbo for another great Festival!
You'll have to take a tricycle to get around, as most Jeeps are contracted for Malasimbo during the 3-day Festivities. Prices for tricycles range from 30 – 150 Pesos depending on how many kilometers you travel.
Don't be afraid to ask your driver for the best places to go or what things to try on the Island.
Best to hit the beach early in the morning when the crowds are minimal and the sun isn't directly overhead.
Pan de Kokong Hubad are a popular snack with the locals. A twist on the popular Pan de Coco; coconut and sugar are baked on the outside as a topping, instead of as a filling. The result is a crusty and chewy coconut flavored bread similar almost to a pretzel.
Home to about 200 families of the Indigenous peoples of the island.
The Village is a sort of cultural hub, where tourists can see, and experience the life of the 8 ethnic groups who make up the Iraya-Mangyan peoples.
Don't expect much, however, as the falls are rather small and underwhelming.
MALASIMBO LIGHTS & DANCE FESTIVAL 2016
Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
Festival Date: March 4-6 (Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival) and March 24-26 (Malasimbo Lights and Dance Festival)
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]
The 2016 Malasimbo impressive lineup.
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 (15 min)
Toll Fees (one way)—P306
Batangas Port Parking (per day)—P150
Public Ferry (one way)—P250-280
Jeep to Malasimbo (roundtrip)- Php 200-300
Tricycle Fee— P30 – 150
MALASIMBO 2016 Series:
- Malasimbo: A Backstage Pass To The Beautiful Mindoro Island! @MalasimboFest 2016
- MALASIMBOOO! Transformative Music, Art & Magic @MalasimboFest 2016
– Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival: What to expect @MalasimboFest 2016?
Live an Awesome Life,
Sean & Boom
Team Our Awesome Planet
Disclosure: Our experience is courtesy of the Malasimbo Team. We wrote this article with our biases, opinions, and insights. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here.
P.S. The festivals are a production of Volume Unit Entertainment, Inc. 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.
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