Malasimbo Festival has yet again proven to be a one-of-a-kind gathering for the creative, free-spirited crowd. Moving from its namesake mountain to White Beach, Puerto Galera, the two-day fest which happened on March 1 and 2 kicked off the season with its signature authentic island vibes that you can't get anywhere as far as homegrown festivals are concerned.
From Grammy award-winning artist Robert Glasper to of-the-moment local acts such as IV of Spades, Coeli, and Carousel Casualties, Malasimbo was the summer gig of our dreams. But aside from the music, the festival also served as a platform for the art community.
Olivia D'Aboville, founder of the festival, showcases her work yearly which includes the dandelion installation which has been part of the Malasimbo identity since 2014. Representing recycled art, one dandelion consists of about 100 bottles and is lit with LED lights.
A fresh set of art that caught our eyes this year is from Willie Garcia, the interior designer behind JunkNot. With a passion for the environment, the pieces of furniture that she crafts are made of plastic waste. During the festival, Willie and her team were gathering plastic on the island and turning them into pillows. As her pilot project, she also teaches proper waste management in a community in Taal and how to turn plastic trash into income-generating pieces. "We're sharing one Earth, so we should all work together," she says.
Aside from Olivia and Willie, artists Agnes Arellano, Hohana, and Denis Lagdameo also exhibited their work amidst the tropical landscape of Puerto Galera.
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