It's certainly a different feeling to lose yourself in nature, just to be somewhere quiet for a while with only the wind and the birds in the background cradling your senses. Volume Unit Entertainment—the organizers of Malasimbo Music And Arts Festival—surely know this as they got into the festival's 10th year. Taking it down from the mountains of Puerto Galera, Mindoro and to somewhere many people wouldn't expect, La Mesa Eco Park in Quezon City, Malasimbo had its first concert within the metropolitan.
By holding it in one of the city's last lungs, Malasimbo still held true to the spirit of awareness and love for nature that fueled the festival for all these years, and the show they gave was definitely one to remember! With everything from talks under the trees from veterans of the music industry, to classes on everything under the sun, from yoga, to meditation, to capoeira, and with their much-awaited silent disco, Malasimbo had more to offer than just your usual music festival experience.
The music, of course, deserved mentioning. With a lineup that stretched from local jazz acts like Marga Jayy, Malana, and the Tago Jazz Collective, world music bands like Brigada, Kadangyan, and Rhythm Masala, to international acts like Uncomfortable Science, Intergalactix, and Anomalie all pushing the limits of where jazz's spirit of improvisation and exploration could go, Malasimbo definitely didn't disappoint with the jams!
Headlining the show for both days was Hawaiian reggae superstar Mike Love, taking his band with him onstage on the first night. He then let the sun set behind him as he took to the stage nothing but his guitar and a looper pedal on the second, spreading his message of peace, love, and a change for the better in the world with his music.
There was just as much a show for the eyes at Malasimbo, too, with art installations by Olivia D'abboville, Kawayan de Guia, Govinda Jean, and more festooned around the park, and a psychedelic lightshow projected on the trees at night!
At the core of Malasimbo, however, is always the importance of preserving nature and learning to live in harmony with it. The organizers thus took extra steps to make sure all the vehicles taking people to the entrance, and even all the to and from Quezon City, were electric vehicles! Listening to music under the trees, feeling the cool breeze blow past you and watching birds flit and fly by overhead—what more could you ask for?
In case you missed it, scroll through the highlights in the photo gallery above, and try not to miss it the next time they roll into town!
ALSO READ: Hot Stuff: These Celebs Are Taking Part In The Biggest, Most Inclusive Women’s Summit This March!
Photography by Corinne Garcia and Vyn Radovan