This year’s Malasimbo Arts and Music Festival began last week, on February 27, and ran until yesterday, March 3. An annual event held in the foothills of Mount Malasimbo in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines, it is recognized by the Philippines’ Department of Tourism as a prime catalyst for the country’s continued advance in music, arts and culture. It is also a fundraising activity for the sustainable development of the area, the environment being important to the festival’s organizers, and the preservation of indigenous people’s cultures.
Sustainable development, the core ethos of the Malasimbo Festival, is supported by the d’Aboville Foundation, which helps provide electricity to the Mangyans, the indigenous people of Mindoro. Giving due importance to the indigenous people is the fourth pillar of the festival.
Liter of Light was one of the projects presented to the Mangyan people as a sustainable and cost-effective solution for light. The workshop was given by representatives of the MyShelter Foundation and was attended by Mangyans and rural folk.