For years I have been asking, what the hell is Malasimbo Festival? I understand it is a celebration of art and music but one cannot really completely grasp what it is about until a first-hand experience. And I finally tried it this year having been invited by Tangram Silent Events Headphones for media coverage. And I can finally say, Malasimbo is a hell of a festival that you should put on your yearly calendar.
The event is centered in Puerto Galera, a resort town in Oriental Mindoro just three hours South of Metro Manila.
Malasimbo used to be a one-weekend event.
This year saw the introduction of two-weekend festivities with the first March 6-8 for Music and Arts and the second March 13-15 for Lights & Dance. I was there on the 2nd week and this post summarizes my experience and observations during Malasimbo Festival 2015.
About Malasimbo Festival
The festival blends traditional & contemporary arts & culture together with music performances while working towards the protection & sustainability of the environment.
The festival is held outdoors in a grass terraced amphitheater at the foot of Mount Malasimbo overlooking Puerto Galera Bay, a member of "The Most Beautiful Bays in the World" club. source
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One of the pleasant surprises on the 2nd night.
I find them really unique and creative.
Security + Payment System
Malasimbo is an international event with a system at par with international standards. At the highway on the way up the mountain, one can already notice people guiding traffic. You also have to go through two security checks before entering the venue so you feel pretty safe. Payment system is also cool. Transactions are cashless. One has to get an RFID-enabled bracelet that you can load at a minimum of 500 pesos that you will use for any purchases including food, booze and beverages, even souvenirs.
Speaking of booze, Malasimbo is best enjoyed with booze so expect it to be overflowing. There are a couple of bars setup all over the venue. Other than that, there are vending machines for drinks too. Prices are not bad with a bottle of San Miguel light at 120 pesos. If you go hungry, there is a section where food stall are lined up. Native delicacies and other comfort food are available. Try dabo-dobo, a local version of adobo which I find a bit more sour and has a different twist because of fried garlic on it. Kesong puti is also another popular dish. If you want souvenirs, there are a few shops too where one can find native products locally produced by ethnic minorities in the area.
Other than the heavy lineup of well known Dj's, one key feature of this year's Malasimbo Festival is Silent Disco. This is something you might have not heard of before. Disco but silent? Yes. That is because Tangram Philippines has introduced Tangram Silent Events Headphones. All you need are enough pairs of wireless headphones for all attendees and a transmitter to stream your audio. The system is user-friendly and can be operated by anyone. Any kind of audio player such as iPods, laptops, DJ mixers or smart phones can easily be connected to the transmitter.
--Idiot's Guide to TANGRAM Silent Events Headphones
--#Tangram SILENT DISCO at Malasimbo Festival 2015 @Tangram_ph
Imagine 150 of these headphones in one venue, two djs streaming their music and a crowd hungry for funky beat. Euphoria! To those who were passing by and were not wearing headphone though, they seemed confused at what people inside the venue were doing-- dancing and chanting but to no music. At first, one might think these people look crazy until you realize that you are the one who is out-of-place. This Silent Events Disco is gonna be the next cool thing in clubbing and even in some small group and private events.
I will write more about #Tangram and #SilentDisco in my next post.
I find Malasimbo really unique among the festival I tried. The perfect blend of art, music, light and nature plus a hip crowd. I really enjoyed the first night where the crowd was noticeably bigger. Sunday night was more of a repetition but the perfect nature setting and cool, breezy weather on the slopes of Mt. Malasimbo gave an air of lightness to me. I remember doing one thing before we finally called it a day, I was by one of the slopes of the terraces , lying, feeling the breeze, watching the lighter leaves of coconut trees as they dance seemingly to the tune of the dj mixing on stage.
Ahhhhh. This is Malasimbo and it is one hell of an event.^^
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