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Feb 20, 2013
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Neo-hippies who love art and music and nature will once again flock to picturesque Mt. Malasimbo in Puerto Galera in Mindoro this coming March 1 to 3, 2013 for another
mountain-shaking romp courtesy of the Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival 2013.

Now on its third year, the festival has built up tremendous hype in the hipster and nagpapaka-hipster communities. From 1,500 attendees in its inaugural year, attendance doubled to more than 3,500 attendees the following year—filling the terraces of the Malasimbo Amphitheatre to the grassy brim. Proudly, we were able to take part in the festivities last year, which was headlined by Joe Bataan, the King of Latin Soul. There we were able to verify for ourselves that Malasimbo's claim of being the first international music and arts festival of its caliber in the Asia-Pacific region is for realz.

Even the Department of Tourism is excited, giving the festival an endorsement, and recognizing it as a “prime catalyst for the country’s continued advance in music, arts, and culture.”

On the other hand, we recognize it as fun and different and trippy, which are three things that have always placed high in our priority list. If those aren’t enough for you, maybe the other reasons listed below might just encourage you to go!

1) Catch a reggae legend

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Cliff is taking his smooth, peace-love-and-harmony tunes to the Malasimbo stage on the evening of March 2, Saturday. A pioneer in his field, the Grammy winner has inspired an entire legion of rastafari including its most famous son, Bob Marley.  

2) A girl who got soul

Joss Stone, that is. And if you’ve followed her career you’d know that her talents are as inspiring as she looks. Also a Grammy award winner, one of the best soul hit-makers of the world is set to grace the Malasimbo stage on March 3, Sunday.

3) Local heroes Grace Nono and Bob Aves

The Grace Nono-Bob Aves Group headlines Friday night, March 1. More than just talented musicians, the group is recognized as proponents of Filipino arts and culture. If you’ve been raring to see what this local ethno-folk phenom has to offer, Malasimbo just might be the perfect place to catch them at. For the full schedule and list of performers, check this link.

4) Outing ba kaniyo?
What better way to kick of summer than with Malasimbo? If you’re going to get out of the city, we say, go all-in—and by all-in we mean, taking a bus straight to the Batangas port, a ferry to Puerto Galera, and then a jeep ride to Mt. Malasimbo. Once you get there, get a load of the view atop this inactive volcano, and spot a magnificent view of Puerto Galera Bay. Now that’s a sight pretty enough to make us forget about the city for a moment. With legit camp clearings, you can even pitch your own tent and make a bonfire or something!

NEXT: A forest concert filled with weird art!