What You Need for Malasimbo, Other Outside Festivals

Drummers playing at Malasimbo

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Summer is just right around the corner and that means expect to see more major festivals, concerts and shows in the following months! First off for March are few of the most-awaited annual music festivals to feature both international and local artists – Wanderland Festival happening on March 4 and Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival on March 10.

Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival happens annually in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro. The festival will be celebrating its 7th year this year with an amazing line up of artists including Jordan Rakei, Alfredo Rodriguez, Tennyson, and other locals acts you should definitely see – Aparatel, Curtismith, Skarm, and Brass Pas Pas Pas Pas just to name a few.

Now y’all need to expect more of these festivals outside of the Metro and they are definitely worth the effort. First of all, you do not need a better reason to get away from Manila traffic. Not to mention you can get away from your work for a weekend and experience more of the beauty our country has to offer.

So book your next trip to a musical festival outside the metro and here are some of the things you need to prepare!


1. This one is a no-brainer, pack all travel essentials enough for the whole duration of the trip!

Malasimbo happens for maximum of 3-days, make sure to pack them sunscreens, picnic blankets, and jacket. You may be enjoying the festivities from sunrise to sundown so make sure to come prepared. Throw in your best festival OOTD as well!

2. An itinerary will come a long way

I’m sure you would want to explore more of the place – maybe take perfect tourist-photos, or experience the locals’ culture, or just embark on a food trip.

So go on and google some, what-to-do or where-to-eat ideas prior to your trip. But also make sure to not miss out on your favourite artists’ sets and plan your itinerary around the festival schedule.

3. Leave unnecessary stuff at home

Do you really need to work on that paper? Or bring your problems to this trip? I suggest you leave work and issues at home and just enjoy the music, enjoy the nature.

4. Bring pasalubong budget

Bringing home pasalubong definitely means you care. So contain your thrifty Asian ass and bring home the best local products and delicacies you will find.

Malasimbo, for instance, is the home of the Mangyan tribe. Buying their beautiful beadworks, woven bags, and other local artworks will definitely help in sustaining the livelihood of the tribe. You see, buying pasalubong, not only shows how you care for your love ones, but also you care about our people.

5. Self-check! Make sure to be a responsible tourist

Doesn’t matter if you’ve been in a certain place a couple of times or even if it’s your first time, remember that you are just a guest. You may remember this saying from your fieldtrips but Imma use it still – “Kill nothing but time, take nothing but photos, and leave nothing but footprints”.

Photo from Malasimbo Festival website

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