Since its beginnings in 2011, the Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival and the D’ABOVILLE Foundation have been partners and working hand in hand in promoting music, arts, Filipino tribal culture, and environment. Projects for the development of the local community such as reforestation efforts and the application of solar energy for the Iraya Mangyan community in Barangay Baclayan, Mindoro, are examples of the work completed through this partnership. Every year, for the Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival, members of Philippine Mangyan indigenous community are invited to perform their local dances, present and sell their products and to hold workshops teaching weaving techniques or other local crafts. Also, as part of a committed effort to educate the public about Mindoro’s indigenous people and culture, the Foundation built a life-sized Mangyan Village at the Malasimbo Festival Grounds that features the lifestyle, handicrafts, language, and music of the seven Mangyan tribes of Mindoro.
Malasimbo Festival has four pillars – music, arts, indigenous people, and environment.