3rd Summer Peace Festival held in Mindanao-A A +A
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
THE first Mindanao Summer Peace Festival Luna Musikalawaig hailed this year’s event as a successful one as approximately 800 participants joined the 3-day event from April 10 – 12.
The kick-off was in April 10 at Ayala Centrio Garden and camping began on the second day at Ki Bathala Gardens, Talakag, Bukidnon.
The art and music festival’s aim is to gather people from different walks of life by creating a temporary community annually in some privately owned farms.
It is through this that participants get to experience a soulful and harmonious celebration that the organizers are hoping they could bring upon going home.
“Luna is for full moon. Musika is for music. Kalawaig is for the river. And what better way to celebrate it since we advocate to the environment, is to get people’s attention through music,” Felichi Aloyon, one of the organizers said. Local and international musicians played for the festival such as Mush Project, Arthur, FOC Fashion, Nanay Mo, Kaapin, Coco Jam, Esther, Lost Tribe, Kamagong, Bullet Dumas, Lady-I, Yuna Reguerra, Gabrielle Mendez, DJ RB, Ada Dub, Kat Alano, and Tits, Tats & Whiskers.
On the first camp day, the music festival was hosted by Mandy Van de Sky of Magic 89.9 and on the last day, the festival featured Brian Yu of MAGTV Na, Asenso Ta, and later Kat Alano.
Aside from the music, there were food stores which mostly sold organic food, a beer house, a ‘hydration center’ that sold buko and water, a freedom board where people could share their music, a tree filled with quote cards, merchants who sell handmade bracelets like Indie Green Culture, and a bonfire.
To top it all, the organizers implemented a strict rule that bathing could only be done at the river. The trip to the river which included a 10-minute hike downhill and a trek across rice plains definitely thrilled everyone.
“Next year will definitely be a good and a different one since another line-up of cool musicians will be made. That’s one thing people should look forward to,” Aloyon added.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on April 15, 2014.