Innovations on the mount

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As Hubert d’Aboville, his family and Miro Grgic continue to make the Malasimbo Festival better, they introduced innovations this year, which were well received by a throng of 6,000 attendees.

On top of the list was local dance by talented high school students of Baco, Oriental Mindoro, called “Festival of Lights.” With candles in their hands and fiery headdresses, they graceful movements were an awesome sight as darkness fell upon the mountain.

“I want to keep working with more talented locals and encourage them to take their performances to higher grounds,” enthused Grgic, who proudly informed The Sunday Times Magazine that the Department of Tourism has duly recognized the potential of the Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival to bring in foreign visitors to Mindoro’s beautiful island.

On the other hand, d’Aboville brought in the RFID wallet technology from France this year, a bracelet with a chip where visitors can load money so they can purchase food and drinks without having to deal in cash.


“It’s convenient, simple, and easy to use, and it’s the first time this technology has been used in the Philippines,” Malasimbo’s main man reported.

According to d’Aboville, the success of the 4th Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival would not have been possible without the help of their major sponsors, led by the Department of Tourism, together with Visa, Shell, San Miguel Corporation, TicketWorld, China Bank, Coca-Cola, Lafarage, and The Manila Times as one of its media partner.

Grateful to everyone who supported the event, he promises an even bigger, better—and more magical—Malasimbo Festival in the years to come.

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