All eyes were on Bicol Christmas Day, when Typhoon Niña, said to be the strongest typhoon to hit the province in 10 years, made landfall.
Little did we know that a day after Christmas, in Puerto Galera, Mount Malasimbo was hammered by Niña just the same.
Artist and Malasimbo Festival curator Olivia D’Aboville-Grgc took to Facebook to show the amount of destruction Typhoon Niña wrecked on Malasimbo, and to ask for help as well.
“Malasimbo Festival and D’Aboville Foundation need your help to rebuild the Malasimbo demo Mangyan Village and other huts,” she wrote on Facebook, adding that about 80% of the huts were destroyed. Thankfully, Mangyans don’t really live there.
As you may already know, one of Malasimbo’s advocacies is the promotion of the local Mangyan tribe of Mindoro. In the spacious Malasimbo grounds, a demo Mangyan Village stands, to give festivalgoers a peak of the eight Mangyan tribes’ way of life and cultural heritage. It is also in the said village where Mangyan crafts are bought and sold, to further empower the local tribe.
This year, Malasimbo will happen from March 10-12. We sure hope the Mangyan Village will be up by then—because what would its seventh year be without it, right?
You can make a donation via Paypal, GoFundMe, or through the age-old method of over-the-counter bank transfer. Malasimbo Festival has a Chinabank account (name: D’Aboville Foundation and Demo Farm Inc, number: 131300000336).