A taste of the Brazilian carnaval

In Brazil, the month of March is all about one thing:  THE CARNAVAL!

The country's annual festival officially kicked off last March 1-5.  And while it was nothing compared to the videos of the recent parades my cousin sent us, I feel so lucky we were able to attend a rehearsal for the carnaval when we were there last year and got a glimpse of what the world-famous festival has to offer.

My cousin Melisa brought me and my sister Ainna to the rehearsal of G.R.E.S. Acadêmicos do Salgueiro, a popular school of samba in the city of Rio De Janeiro.

TRIVIA:  Every year, different schools of samba compete each other for the best performance during the festival.  Salgueiro was the vice champion of this year's carnaval while the Unidos da Tijuca was the grand winner.

Initially, I thought we were just going to be mere spectators as the performers showed off their moves.  But four glasses of caipirinhas later, us ladies found ourselves partying the night away!

Luckily, I was able to take a couple of shots before I got carried away by all the singing and dancing.

Malasimbo 2014: A fusion of music, arts, nature and heartbeats

The Malasimbo 2014 stage set right in the middle of the forest of Mount Malasimbo.

When someone says "Puerto Galera", one would automatically think, beach! 

I've been there a couple of times what with the island so close to the city.  But during the first week of March, my friends and I went there for somethings else besides the sun, sand, and the sea.

We came for the Malasimbo experience.

"The Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival is the first international music and arts festival of its calibre in the Asia-Pacific. It is set amidst the tropical gardens of Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines; truly one of the world’s most enchanting backdrops for a festival. The festival grounds is situated on the foothills of the majestic Mount Malasimbo where its most prominent feature is a grass-terraced amphitheatre that overlooks the bay, renowned as one of “The Most Beautiful Bays in the World”....
The festival is produced annually by a group of individuals who are passionate about music, arts, nature and the Filipino heritage. Adventure, environment, and eco-cultural tourism are its cornerstones. "  (Read more here.)

It was my first time to attend a music festival.  Let alone a music and arts festival.  And the experience was spellbinding, to say the least.

I wish I'm as good a writer as my friend PJ (Read his review of the festival here.) but I'm afraid my limited vocabulary isn't enough to describe everything.

So I'll just take you through the Malasimbo experience as captured by my lens.

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