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Big Mountain, Hiatus Kaiyote, Micki Miller, Ruby Ibarra joins Malasimbo Festival 2018

Discover the nature of music and art in Puerto Galera on March 23-25, 2018

This year's Malasimbo will be held at th Amphitheater in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
This year’s Malasimbo will be held at th Amphitheater in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

The much-anticipated International Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival returns for its eighth year at the Malasimbo Amphitheater in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro for a three-day event on March 23-25, 2018.

This year’s festival features to showcase of the world’s most inspiring artists and rising new talent.

Malasimbo Amphitheater in Puerto Galera
Malasimbo Amphitheater in Puerto Galera
RnB Soul Artist Micki Miller joins this year's Malasimbo performers.
RnB Soul Artist Micki Miller joins this year’s Malasimbo performers.

Big Mountain is the headliner for this year. They are one of reggae’s signature bands, famous for their eternal hit “Baby I Love Your Way” to Malasimbo Mountain. Joining them will be Grammy-nominated future soul, Australian quartet Hiatus Kaiyote, along with up and coming songwriter Micki Miller, Laneous and formidable Filipino Californian rapper/femme-cee Ruby Ibarra.

Malasimbo will also showcase some of the country’s best young talent including MC Skarm, along with CRWN and Yung Bawal, two of the country’s best producers. Joining them will be percussion duo Hernandez Brothers and Triple Threat DJs, considered some of the best turntablists on the planet.

This year’s Silent Disco will feature Girl vs. Boy DJ battles as one of the highlights of the festival. Other standouts in the lineup include David De Barce, Badkiss, Turntables & Rhythm with many more names yet to be announced.

New Activities at this year’s Malasimbo

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Create memorable memories with your friends in the three-day Malasimbo Festival.
Create memorable memories with your friends in the three-day Malasimbo Festival.

Every year sees new pieces added to the venue’s sculpture garden, and 2018 will be no exception. A new theatre programme has been added to this year’s event, adding another element to the arts program – a performance of the play Lorax performed by the children of Stairway Foundation featuring the young Izana, a talented 14 year old singer, who has been wowing audiences with her voice since a very young age. The play is based on the environmental classic by renowned children’s book author, Dr. Seuss.

Social and environmental sustainability

Non stop fun and music under the towering coconut treees here at MAlasimbo.
Non stop fun and music under the towering coconut trees here at Malasimbo.

Malasimbo draws 5,000 festival-goers to Puerto Galera and continues to champion Filipino tourism and culture by placing the best of international and local music side-by-side. It brings people from all over the world together whilst sharing indigenous Mangyan Filipino culture through local crafts and customs, raising awareness and helping preserve the unique heritage of the area.

In line with its environmental sustainability value, the festival ensures limited to no plastic use on the site.

A festival for all ages

As a family-friendly festival, the organisers this year have decided to hold the event during the school holidays, further encouraging visitors of all ages. Children ages 0-6 can attend free of charge, while tickets for 7-13 year olds are 50% off. Students, PWD & senior citizens get a 20% discount on tickets and the group package offers a buy 4 get 1 free pass.


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About the venue

The festival is held outdoors in a grass-terraced amphitheater, in a coconut tree plantation at the foot of Mount Malasimbo overlooking Puerto Galera Bay, a member of ‘The Most Beautiful Bays in the World’ club.

Getting there & accommodation

Mayor Rocky Ilagan has been working overtime to prepare a new mode of transport for tourists traveling from Batangas to Puerto Galera. A fully enclosed fast craft, with aircon, sitting up to 200 guests, will further improve that standard of transfers. Brand new villas and resorts have been opening up in the past few years. Make sure to check out the accomodation options online and remember that the Malasimbo grounds are close to White Beach.

Visitors should book accommodation early, as the festival is happening during the peak school holiday time.



Festival and day tickets are available. A 3-day pass is only p5600 when you buy the group package (buy 4 get 1 free). For more information about Malasimbo 2018, please contact: [email protected]

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Written by Denise Alyssa G. Villamar

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