Nature and arts to come together at the Malasimbo Festival in Puerto Galera



By Marjorie Gorospe

PUERTO GALERA, ORIENTAL MINDORO–Music, arts, and nature will once again be celebrated at the Malasimbo Festival in Puerto Galera.

The Malasimbo Festival will be held on February 18 to 19 coinciding with a full moon making the celebrations more interesting. The festival will be held at foot of Mt. Malasimbo overlooking the bay.

The Malasimbo Festival is a reunion of traditional and contemporary arts and culture with the indigenous art of the Mangyan tribe including the Mangyan’s ethnic jewelry, weaving, and native houses.

The festival also aims to promote the protection and sustainability of the area’s natural resources.

This year, the festival will also feature live performances of local and international artists in the open-air natural amphitheater. Performers include DJ Krush from Japan, Gongmyoung from Korea, and Filipino artists including Cynthia Alexander, and Diwa De Leon, among others.

Another major highlight of the festival is the a cultural program featuring contemporary art installations by Filipino artists Agnes Arellano, Billy Bonnevie, Denis Lagdameo, Kawayan de Guia, Chitz Ramirez, Dondi and Grace Katigbak, Alma Quinto, Mark Salvatus, Goldie Poblador, Maïa and Olivia d’Aboville.

Schedules of performers can be seen at the festival’s official website. Visitors can also buy festival tickets which includes transportation from four stations in Puerto Galera to the festival area.

For more information, you may e-mail

Photos courtesy of the Malasimbo Festival official website.

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