The Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival

I haven’t been to Puerto Galera in years. I haven’t had a reason to go back until I learned about the Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival.

Foreign and Filipino artists such as Cynthia Alexander, Caliph8, Nyko Maca, Christina “Badkiss” Bartges, Japan’s DJ Krush and South Korea’s Gong Myoung performed their hits at Mt Malasimbo to a crowd of 1,500 last February 18. Part of the proceeds from the ticket sales were used to plant trees around Puerto Galera and for the installation of solar energy for the Iraya Mangyan community’s barangay hall. Moreover, the Department of Tourism has included this as one of its 2012 eco-cultural plans.

The 2011 Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival 2011 was a total success that it left the crowd wanting more. Volume Unit Entertainment, the company behind Malasimbo promised that the 2012 festival would be even better. Next year’s festival will have more musical and visual artists, including the 69 year old Joe Bataan, the African-American-Filipino king of Latin soul from NYC. He’s also the creator of Salsoul Records, one of the most prominent disco labels.

The Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival will be from March 2 to 4.  Tickets may be reserved by emailing For more info, please visit

I don’t know about you but I’m going to ask my college friends to go back to Galera with me for the Malasimbo fest.  I think it will be fun to party again in a place that I used to frequent almost 10 years ago. :p YOU! You should invite your friends too! See you there! 😉


listening to: Cynthia Alexander – Motorbykle

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