Zamboanga City get ready for Summer Peace Festival 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 February 2013 10:04

From the Kalawaig River running through the mountains of Bukidnon to the coastline of the Celebes Sea in Zamboanga. Mindanao comes alive with art, culture and music in 2013 with one clear message to the rest of the country and to the world: Mindanao is ready for peace and ripe for exploration. Speraheaded by Good Karma Productions, Muni Productions and Ministry of Mushrooms, Inc., a week-long collaborative peace festival for Mindanao this summer of 2013 will be held in Northern and Western Mindanao. This is the first peace seed of the Summer Peace Festival 2013 (SPF13).

Through the vision of a young group of individuals with roots in Mindanao, the southern island will take the spotlight from Friday, April 26 to May 1, Labour Day with two festivals that will marry world music with local traditional culture and contemporary art in the name of peace, with nature, through culture and between people.

For decades the island has been considered taboo as stories of war, kidnapping and political violence are continuously highlighted by mainstream media, ignoring the fact that most of Mindanao is peaceful. SPF13 has no political agenda and takes no sides but rather wishes to break boundaries and look at humanity and nature as a whole without prejudice.

SPF13 also offers a unique opportunity for an extended vacation this summer, which is educational, uplifting, inspirational and best of all fun! Guests will get to explore Mindanao’s true beauty and experience its unique culture while we all come together to celebrate peace.

SPF13 dots the month of April with activities to uplift the environment and people’s collective well-being in Cagayan de Oro, Bukidnon and Zamboanga City. SPF13 culminates with two festivals Luna Musikalawaig, at the Ki Bathala Gardens in Talakag, Bukidnon on April 26-28 and Paz Musica del Mar at Fort Pilar, Zamboanga City April 30- May 1.

After the successful launch of the full moon festival by the river last year, Luna Musikalawaig, spreads its influence and will extend its activities to three days and two nights, allowing its guests more time to explore and immerse into Northern Mindanao.

Artists gather to express themselves and bring back to consciousness our traditional music, games, art and culture at the Ki Bathala Gardens, a protected jungle only 40 minutes from Cagayan de Oro City.

Day activities from white water rafting to seminars and workshops on environmental concern create venues for the exchange of creative ideas and the formation of new friendships. The moon illuminates the evenings and the forest gets filled with carefully music. Carefully hand-picked ensembles, genre’s including, Reggae, World Music (from Mindanao), Rock ‘n Roll, Electronica and Blues.

Paz Musica del Mar will highlight Zamboanga’s rich and colorful history and culture,which is intimately connected to the sea. Breaking the barriers of beliefs that separate our cultures, through the universal language of art and music, Paz Musica del Mar and the month-long events leading up to it will allow its audience to experience true Mindanaoan culture, soul and identity while celebrating life and being a catalyst for peace.

Pre-events every weekend of April are all surrounding the weekend market by the sea at the Vista del Mar Resort featuring classic dishes revisited and new dishes created by celebrity chefs partnered with local restaranteurs, local produce and gourmet products, local art and handicrafts. Yoga workshops, drive-in movies/film showing, water sports and coastal clean-ups are all in the works.

As guests arrive for the festival they may enjoy the historical tours of the Zamboanga City, Eco-Tours to the pink sands of Sta. Cruz Island or Merloquet Falls, Cultural Tours to tribal communities and Food tours, tailored for them during the day.

SPF13 culminates with a chill-out sunset session by the Celebes Sea, followed by the 7 iconic bands playing music with one message, peace. For more information and how you can be involved, visit their facebook account at

By Dante Corteza