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December 5, 2018 Visit ASEAN No Comments Email Email

It’s that time of year again – it’s time to plan your trip to the International Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival.  Now in its ninth year, the annual festival returns to the Malasimbo Amphitheater in Puerto Galera for a two-day festival on 1st to 2nd March 2019.   Growing in popularity each year, the festival expects to host approximately 2,500 people per day. 

Situated 250 metres above sea level at the foot of a mountain, overlooking Puerto Galera Bay, one of the most beautiful bays in the world, the festival is set in a grass terraced amphitheatre containing acoustics that are second to none. 

 Previous year’s events have featured Hiatus Kaiyote, FKJ, and Jacob Collier.  The first artist announcement includes Anomalie, IV of Spades, Ian Lofamia Band, and Extrapolation.  The organisers are yet to release a full line-up for this year’s festival, which brings international and local acts together on one stage while promoting the value of environmental sustainability.

 Miro Grgic, the festival’s founder and director, is an Australian who now lives in the Philippines.  Passionate about music, Miro studied to become a Sound Engineer and a Manager in Queensland.  Whilst working in Manila, he was inspired by local musicians and decided to create the annual festival to boost the local music scene.

 “The Malasimbo experience is a celebration of good music whilst maximising the natural and quality acoustics of this beautiful location.  The venue, arts and local culture are also integral to the overall magic.  As the venue takes a bit of effort to get to, our guests can sense that they are somewhere special and tend to arrive and relax right away, leaving the stresses of the city behind,” said Miro.

 At Malasimbo there is no plastic, the food is served in coconut shells and banana leaves and the cutlery is made from corn starch to help sustain and protect the environment.  “Coconut is our preferred energy drink,” said Miro.

 Getting there:

 Puerto Galera is located approximately three to four hours outside metro Manila.  To get there, go by road to Batangas, then a ferry ride to Puerto Galera.

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 Other fun performances and events coming soon to the Philippines: 

·         Maroon 5 will be performing a concert live at Mall of Asia Arena in Manila on 5th March 2019. 

·         Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera’s World Tour will open in Manila at the Solaire Theatre on 20th February 2019 making its long-awaited return to the world stage.  Tickets are on sale now. 

·         Wanderlust Music & Arts Festival 2019 is an annual music and arts festival that will take place on 9th and 10th March 2019 at Filinvest City Events Grounds.

·         Ironman 70.3 Philippines is a destination race in Cebu that passes many luxurious hotels and resorts while taking in the natural beauty of the island.  Register now to participate in the race on 11th August 2019.

Norjamin Delos Reyes, Tourism Attaché at Philippines Department of Tourism Australia and New Zealand, said,

 “With multiple venue options available, the Philippines now hosts more festivals, concerts and events than ever before, helping to attract a diverse range of travellers to our beautiful country.  In 2019, the Philippines will host an array of events of all sizes.  We look forward to welcoming new and returning music artists to festivals or as part of their tour schedule.”

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