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Malasimbo Music And Arts Festival 2012 Puerto Galera

Imagine Cool Climate, Beautiful Crowd, Inspiring works of art, Overflowing Booze, Fantastic Music and a natural amphitheater venue that is 250 meters above sea level – These are some of the reasons why you should experience the Malasimbo Art and Music Festival in Puerto Galera.

Joey Ayala in Malasimbo
Our very own Joey Ayala

Together with the members of the press, we arrived in Puerto Galera last friday afternoon to attend the press conference before the opening of the festival. During the Dialogue with the Press, DOT Region 4 Director Louie Jurilla, Mayor Hubert Christopher Dolor, Asec Eugene Kaw, Hubert d’Aboville and Joe Bataan were present to welcome us at the Tamaraw Beach Resort.

Malasimbo 2012 Press Conference at Tamaraw Resort
Malasimbo 2012 Press Conference with DOT Region 4 Director Louie Jurilla, Asec Eugene Kaw, Mayor Hubert Christopher Dolor, Hubert d’Aboville and Joe Bataan

Right after the press conference, we went to Tamaraw falls for a short sight-seing tour then we headed to Marco Vincent Resort where we stayed during the event coverage.

Similar to Coachella of California, Woodstock of Newyork and Zoukout of Singapore, Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro has its own Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival that features music, art installations and motion performances.

Tamaraw Falls
Tamaraw Falls

So what makes this festival unique? You can feel the freedom in every beat of the drums while enjoying the fantastic mountain setting and the overflowing artistry makes this event one of a kind. With a natural amphitheater, the venue’s challenging terrain is being turned into a Musical Paradise by local and international artists.

Art Installations
Art Installations

Within the area, you can find beautiful lighted art installations, food stalls and Booze stations where you can get a bottle of Manila Beer. One interesting architecture that was built in the area is the Mangyan Village Replica where a stage was also installed mainly for alternate performances from participating Music Artists and DJ’s.

Artist from Japan
Artist from Japan

Part of the local governments new campaign “Puerto Galera, the heart of Asia,” is the promotion of Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival as one of the key festivals of the town. Mayor Hubert believes that with these type of events, tourists will have more reason to visit Puerto Galera which recently included in the list of “The most Beautiful Bays in the World”.

Colorful Art Instalations
Colorful Art Installations

Music artists joining the event: Joe Bataan (NYC), Kyoto Jazz Massive (JP), DJ Kentaro (JP), Marcel Rodriguez/Eureka the Butcher (Mars Volta; USA), Heavy Boogie (AUS), Futureboogie DJs, DJ To-Ru (Japan), Deoro (NYC), Papa U-Gee (JP), dOSe (VN), Joey Ayala, Up Dharma Down, JR Kilat, Radioactive Sago, Tropical Depression, Sinosikat, Good Leaf, Chillitees, Waway Saway, Miscellaneous, Feen, June Marieezy, Anygma, Cocojam, Akasha, People’s Future, The, Pharm, Talahib, Paul Zialcita, Similar Objects, Desta, Kawangis ng Tribu and Musikalinganan.

Lets get the Party Started
Lets get the Party Started

This year, another Pinoy International Artist will visit the country to perform in the yearly Music Fesitval.

DJs : Badkiss (GER), Kristian Hernandez (AUS), Complex (AUS), Arbie Won, Angelo Mendez, Big Answer Sound, Caliph8, Don P, D’Tech, Katsunami, Liquid A, Mark Zero, Pasta Groove, Red-I, Rye, Supreme Fist and UMPH.

Papa U-Gee from Japan
Papa U-Gee from Japan

Visual Artists: Gus Albor, Agnes Arellano, Billy Bonnevie, Karla Cachola, Olivia d’Aboville, Kawayan de Guia, IC Jaucian, Niccolo Jose, Dondi Katigbak, Grace Katigbak, Denis Lagdameo, Juliet Lea, Nikki Luna, Leeroy New, Goldie, Poblador, Alwin Reamillo, Risa Recio and Mikai Rodrigo.

Performers at the Tree House
Performers at the Tree House

Motion performers: Astroboy, Funk Roots, Jungle Boys, Philippine All Stars, Planet Zips, Rhosma Prudenciado

Ticket were sold at P1030 per day but you can get a 3-day pass for only P2575.

For providing more fun and entertainment for the visitors who comes for the festival, Malasim Boat Parties are also provided which will give the visitors a memorable view of the lush green area with crystal clear waters in Puerto Galera.

The visitors can also choose to sit on the mats as well as throw pillows in Mount Malasimbo rain forest as the background and surrounded by trees. The festival always provides a limelight on the natural beauty of Puerto Galera in addition to showcasing the Arts as well as Musical richness in Philippines. It is sure a place worth visiting once in a lifetime!


From Manila, to to Gil Puyat corner Taft Avenue and take a bus or van headed to Batangas City Port (bus fare is around P150 one-way). Travel time is about 2 hours. Parking lot is available at the Batangas Port for about P100 a day if you are planning to bring your own car.

From Batangas City Port, take a boat to Muelle or White Beach. Travel time is about 1 hour and 45 minutes.

If you want to bring your car all the way to Puerto Galera, you can take a Ro-Ro (roll-on roll-off barge) to Balatero Port.

If you don’t have a private vehicle, you can take a tricycle or have a 30 minute hike to Mt. Malasimbo. Just follow the event sign to reach the natural amphitheater.

Visit the official website at

Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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