Events And Nightlife

Saving The Environment & Partying Can Be Fun In Puerto Galera

, Oriental Mindoro

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Choose Philippines | May 08, 2017

Very few festivals have the privilege of calling themselves the most sustainable in the Philippines. However, that is of no issue to the organizers of the Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival, essentially being touted as the longest-standing and most sustainable music festival in the country. The organizers—the D’Aboville Foundation, VUE, and the local government of Malasimbo—have banded together since 2011 to bring to a discerning audience a musical and artistic experience that was not only enjoyable, but sustainable as well.

Hubert D'Aboville poses with Rochelle Fortu, Puerto Galera LGU staff

This year saw art installations from renowned visual artists from the country, including works by Agnes Arellano, Russ Ligtas, Agus Leodin, and many more. DJs and live performers included both Filipino and international acts, such as OPM hip hop prodigies Curtismith and sKarm, and jazz wonderband Brass Pas Pas Pas Pas, as well as international acts like RH Xanders and Tennyson.

It was a weekend that saw like-minded individuals, hailing from all walks of life, come together to celebrate music, the arts, and their mutual love for the environment. Thankfully, the festival afforded intrepid travelers and adventurers free time in the morning and early afternoon to see the beautiful islands that made up Puerto Galera, giving festival-goers ample time to relax and recharge in the ocean or mangrove plantations before heading back for another night of partying. See photos taken by Rafael Reynante in the gallery above.

The Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival 2017 was held last March 10-12 at Mt. Malasimbo in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro. Ever since its inception, the festival has always strived to be more than just a celebration of music: one of the organizers, the D’Aboville Foundation has utilized the festival in order to bring about awareness of the plight of the indigenous Mangyan, as well as the Mindoro-endemic Tamaraw, and the numerous mangrove plantations that keep the beautiful island of Puerto Galera alive and vibrant. 

Surat Mangyan

The festival has since increased awareness regarding the rich—yet often overlooked—culture of the Hanunuo Mangyan, giving them not only an opportunity to teach outsiders their heritage, but also grant them opportunities to sell their handmade crafts to visitors of their land. Every year, the D’Aboville Foundation plants one mangrove seedling for every Malasimbo Festival ticket sold, and oftentimes even more. Learn more about their mission here.

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