The Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival at the La Mesa Ecopark is happening soon and we hope that you check it out!

Last Thursday, January 16, we were able to attend the press conference for the Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival that is happening soon from February 29 to March 1. And honestly, we are glad that we didn’t miss out on the chance to do so.

To be frank, when I did an article on Malasimbo just a few weeks ago, I was really curious as to what really goes on during the said music and arts festival. After all, words are a lot different when you experience them yourself. So when we were invited to the press conference of Malasimbo, I was thrilled to be able to see personally how it would go. 

Star 8 Buses

It started when we rode on the bus that served as our – along with other media outlets’ – transportation to Malasimbo’s venue. On a good note, it was nice that at the Star8V Green buses we rode, the environmental advocacy of the whole event was already evident.

The two vehicles we used were both electrically-powered and equipped with solar panels! Talking to their marketing manager Iñigo Sandejas too, we saw that they were just really the perfect transportation partner for the festival. Other than that, the water that we received for drinking was from Hydrabox H2O, a brand known for its environmental-friendly packaging. Overall, our ride was refreshing as we got to have a good ol’ dose of air blowing on our face.

Eventually, we arrived at the venue of Malasimbo, La Mesa Ecopark. And even though it was my second time being there, it was still breathtaking. Just look at a random but still absolutely beautiful shot of the park below!

What’s fun is that at the initial part of the press conference, we got to join a 30-minute walking tour of the massive green space. We got to learn about the trees that populate the area, and we also experienced trying their different amenities!

Our tour guide

There were the Go Kart and the basketball and archery zone where we tried firing some arrows. Of course, it surely was a brilliant way to give us a taste of what La Mesa Ecopark has to offer to the attendees of the Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival.

A permanent home and staple venue for Malasimbo

Later that day when we arrived at the Amphitheater, Miro Grgic who is the festival creator and director of Malasimbo, proceeded to talk to us all. Of course, he took the opportunity to introduce a little bit about himself. Apparently, he is from Croatia and he is also a sound engineer!

However, his words were not purely about Malasimbo or him or anything specific about the event itself. He stood in front of us all, and he preferred to gush upon the beauty that is La Mesa Ecopark.

La Mesa Ecopark

During his talk, he also frequently mentioned the late Ms. Gina Lopez and her vision regarding the environment. Moreover, he gave these remarks on how the green space is one of the best venues he has ever seen. As someone who lives in Alabang, he had no clues that a place like La Mesa Ecopark existed. But now that he knew, he immediately wanted it to be the new home of Malasimbo.

Also per his words, Miro claims that La Mesa Ecopark is the Best place in Metro Manila. And compared to other places in Croatia and Australia that he has been to, the said place is the best festival music venue possible. We haven’t been to those other countries yet, but we believe Miro anyways!

First time with the silent disco, some final words

After a few more walks in the park, we finally entered the Drilon Orchidarium. There, some chairs, food and – more importantly – the silent disco were waiting for us. And honestly, I was excited because it was really interesting how this new concept of listening to music goes.

Again, Miro Grgic spoke to the audience to share some final thoughts plus an invitation to the festival itself.

“The annual Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival here, now happening for the tenth time, at La Mesa Ecopark, Quezon City. We’d like to invite you and your friends, and parents and children – which is you – to come and see what La Mesa Ecopark is all about.

Basically, in a nutshell, we used to do this in Puerto Galera on a mountain – very cool destination kind of thing. But then, we got offered this venue which is much better because most of our guests come from Quezon City, Makati, The Fort, etc. So it’s just a lot more feasible to do it here.”

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Moreover, all I can say about the silent disco is that it’s a really different experience. Other than that, I think you should check it yourself by attending the Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival. It will take place from February 29 to March 1 at the La Mesa Ecopark, Quezon City.

For a more visual experience, you can also watch the video we prepared for you below.

Are we convincing enough? Because if yes, you can buy your tickets by simply clicking here, so what are you waiting for?

What do you think of Malasimbo making La Mesa Ecopark its home? Are you looking forward to attending the festival this year? Let us know your thoughts or opinions by sharing them through the comments below! Or just simply hit us up on our Facebook or Twitter account, @udouph.