Malasimbo Festival returns for a spectacular fourth magical adventure outing from 27th February – 3rd March 2014, amidst the jaw-dropping setting of Mount Malasimbo in Puerto Galera, nestled in the beautiful islands of the Philippines coast.
Festivals don’t get anymore heavenly than this.
The dreamy location is worth the trip alone but that’s only the sun soaked tip of it. This year’s music line up for the Malasimbo Festival is literally a musical luscious landscape of the best worldwide music talent on offer.
THE MALASIMBO FESTIVAL 2014
This year's Malasimbo Festival brings something for every taste -- from emerging and new talent, legendary vocalists, jazz, funk, soul, dance fusion and crossover artists.
There will also be the best local and indigenous talent, arts, boat parties, workshops and immersive local activities.
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THE MALASIMBO FESTIVAL 2014
The performers include:
1) Indie folk singer-songwriter and guitarist Jose Gonzalez
2) Soul-jazz fusion pioneers Roy Ayers and Lonnie Liston Smith
3) Legendary UK vocalist and 2013 Grammy award winners, the Robert Glasper Experiment.
4) US produce and solo artist Osunlade
5) Legendary disco ambassador Greg Wilson
6) Heavy Boogie
Other artists announced so far also include:
1) Mark De Cliv–Lowe
2) Low Leaf
3) June Marieezy and Jordan Rakei
LOCAL CULTURE & ENVIRONMENT
Promoting nature, Filipino tribal culture and ethnic arts are the cornerstones of the festival ethos, with projects for the development of the local community continuously underway.
These include the reforestation efforts and the installation of solar energy for the Iraya Mangyan community's Health Unit in Baclayan, Mindoro.
Every year members of Philippine indigenous communities, namely the Iraya Mangyans and Hanunuo Mangyans as well as the T’Boli from South Cotabato, Mindanao, are invited to perform their local dances, to present their products and to hold workshops teaching weaving techniques or other local crafts at Malasimbo.
As part of a committed effort to educate the public about Mindoro’s indigenous people and culture, the Foundation built a life-size Mangyan Village on the Malasimbo Festival Grounds featuring the lifestyle, handicrafts, language, and music of the seven Mangyan tribes of Mindoro.
MALASIMBO ARTS & SCULPTURE GARDEN
The Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival is a celebration of all art forms.
The Sculpture Garden at Malasimbo is a witness to the festival’s love for the visual arts. The grounds have been blessed by the amazing works of talented contemporary Filipino artists.
In three years, over 30 artists including Agnes Arellano, Gus Albor, Alwin Reamillo, Leeroy New, Denis Lagdameo, and Niccolo Jose have used the venue as their canvas for their art installations.
Whether permanent or degradable, loud or discreet, phantasmagoric or natural, interactive or silent, the works all have a synergy with the mountain, the landscape, the wind, the ocean or the festival’s creative energy.
NEW ARTISTS FOR MALASIMBO
The Malasimbo Visual Artists family is growing, welcoming new faces for 2014 as the likes of Ling Quisumbing Ramilo and designers Jinggoy Buensuceso, Wataru Sakuma and Daniel Latorre Cruz.
The Sculpture Garden at Malasimbo is definitely a platform to watch out for in the Philippines.
WHAT ELSE TO DO
IMMERSING IN LOCAL ACTIVITIES
THE MALASIMBO AREA
Approximately 2 kilometers from White Beach, these can be reached by trekking on the riverside through lush jungles
2) TUKURAN RIVER
Tukuran River is about 25 kilometers from the town proper. Experience the lush green vegetation while riding in “kangga.”
3) EXCAVATION MUSEUM
A museum showcasing artifacts and antiques excavated within the municipality. The precious jars highlight Puerto Galera as an important trading port between China, Malay and other Asian continents.
4) CORAL GARDENS
Corals and coral reefs are seen or viewed while in a motorboat near Tangalan point, enjoy crazy coloured fish zigzagging through kaleidoscope reefs and corals.
5) MANGYAN SETTLEMENT
Baclayan and Talipanan Mangyan settlement areas, where the native local tribes reside.
6) WHITE SAND BEACHES
White sand beaches and attractive coral deposits line the entire coasts of Puerto Galera. Most famous are White Beach, Big and Small Lalaguna, Talipanan, Aninuan, Haligue, Long Beach, Dulangan (Bulabod), Boquete and Villaflor.
Located in Sinandigan, the lighthouse offers a closer view of the dive sites located nearby.
Located 2,000 ft. above sea level, all inland bays and coves of the town are captivated here. A 9-hole golf course and a clubhouse with spectacular view also awaits.
9) MANGROVER FOREST PARK
A stunning protected area bursting at the seams with exotic and massive trees of different species.
10) PARADISE ZOO
Over 1,000 reptiles and other animals live here. Featuring the stars of the show - king cobras, black mambas, giant snakes, spitting cobras and lizards.
11) HISTORICAL SITES
Visit local historical sites such as Black Rice and the Cross with two Canyons at Muelle, Poblacion and Garita or Guardhouse at Behiya, Lalaguna this was the guarding point for the entry of pirates and marauders to the coves of Puerto Galera.