The Latest

THE LATEST

THE LATEST THINKING

THE LATEST THINKING

The opinions of THE LATEST’s guest contributors are their own.

Conservationism Is Key At Malasimbo Music & Arts Fest

Philip Fairbanks

Posted on February 6, 2020 23:10

0 user

Malasimbo festival's 10th anniversary is coming up later this month. As usual, a main theme for the family-friendly show is the environment, conservation and sustainability.

Malasimbo fest is back for it's 10th year! The arts and music festival will be taking place in Manila for a change. Previously it has taken place on the beautiful island of Puerto Galera or up in the mountains.

In keeping with the theme of ecology and environmentalism the concert will still occur in nature. Quezon City's La Mesa Eco Park, a rainforest preserve nestled in the urban jungle of the Metro. The concert will feature jazz, funk, soul and world music artists from all over the world as well as some local Filipino artists.

It's also a chance to hear DJ sets in a rainforest if that's on your bucket list. La Mesa Nature Reservoir was renovated in 1999 resulting in 680,000 more trees being planted. The area now has 98.3% of its 2,700 hectares covered with trees.



Headlining the show are Corey Henry and the Funk Apostles and Mike Love. They are joined by Melbourne's Laneous, Canadian artist Anomalie, Colombian jazz pianist Jesus Molina Quartet and local artists like Brigada, Yosha, Kadangyan, Project Yazz and many more. A silent disco and DJ's like The Reflex, David de Barce, Squid 9, Kristian Hernandez, Abdel Aziz and others.

At sunrise and sunset the weekend event will feature group Kundalini and Hatha yoga, Tai Chi, shamanic sound meditation, dance and journaling sessions. Simple and sustainable transport within the area will be provided by solar-powered green energy sources.

A conference for aspiring music professionals will also take place in the Drilon Orchidarium. The conference will feature the likes of Rolling Stones tour manager Sam Cutler as well as managers for Quincy Jones, Warner Music and Filscap.

In addition to supporting local artists at the conference, Malasimbo has been involved closely with other cultural and environmental conservation efforts including mangrove planting, reforestation, beach clean-up projects, and supporting indigenous people’s livelihood.

On my most recent visit to Angono's Higantes Festival I remember driving past Eco Park's entrance and putting it on my "to see" list. Fingers crossed, I'll be making that first trip February 29-March 1st to take in the festivities.

If you are interested in making your way to the festival, be advised there are two-day passes, one day passes and you can even just purchase day or night program passes for a half-day experience. On top of all of that, 10% of proceeds, or a minimum of 250,000php (around $5,000) go to Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation's environmental arm Bantay Kalikasan.

 

Philip Fairbanks

Posted on February 6, 2020 23:10

Comments

comments powered by Disqus
THE LATEST THINKING

Webisode

Meet Jeff UPDATED FINAL

Video Site Tour

The Latest
The Latest

Subscribe to THE LATEST Newsletter.

The Latest
The Latest

Share this TLT through...

The Latest