Sofitel Philippne Plaza Manila has once again supported the Malasimbo Arts and Music Festival this year by sponsoring the venue for the press conference held last 7th of February. I won’t be able to join the team this year but thought of sharing my Malasimbo and Puerto Galera experience from last year’s trip. Some of us from the marketing communications team attended the festival along with some of our blogger friends. It was a 1.5 hour ride from Manila going to Batangas Port. We took the air-conditioned ferry boat from the port and it was a 45-minute ride going to Puerto Galera’s central harbor station.
We were picked up by a PUJ provided by the hotel where we booked our stay. Since it’s already past lunch time, we decided to drop by a restaurant on our way. Elizabeth’s Hideaway restaurant offers a breathtaking view and magnificent surrounds perfect for our Instagram photos and OOTDs so we roamed around the place while waiting for our orders to arrive.
The Music Festival
We arrived at the music festival at 7pm. People were not allowed to bring in food, drinks and even cash, so we had to load up our Malasimbo e-bracelets to purchase items inside the venue. Food costs around 250 php per order depends on what you prefer (you have to try out the dabodobo, cream cheese and buko salad) while drinks cost 70php and above for softdrinks in can, and 150php above for cocktails.
The Hotel Experience
We booked our stay for three days and 2 nights at the Manor Hotel, which is far from the White Beach but has a serene surrounds of lush tropical gardens and green tops. We rented out 2 villas with 3 rooms each.
What Happened in 2015
Here are a few photos of the 2015 Malasimbo crew. I was not able to take a lot of photos during the trip but we managed to have a group photo when we headed back to Sofitel for an event.
About the Malasimbo Festival
Named after a mystical mountain in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, Malasimbo has been held annually since 2011. This is the brainchild of Hubert D’Aboville who first came to the Philippines in the late 1970s , his daughter Olivia, an artist and designer, and Olivia’s partner, Miro Grgic who is a sound engineer. The festival puts spotlight on indigenous communities and advocates environmental awareness. Aside from music, the fest also promotes visual arts through exhibits and installations in Malasimbo’s grass-terraced Amphitheater.