I’ve been hankering to go to the beach (well, do something, really) while I was browsing through the events in the Couchsurfing app when I came across an event called Incantatus.
With press like that? Of course, I wanted to go. I figured a beach weekend filled with music is the best kick-off to Summer 2015. Luckily, 3 of my friends decided to join me, though they didn’t know that overnight camping might mean no proper toilet facilities and no shower.
Incantatus Festival was organized by Vulan. I think they’re a community that organizes events that are mostly focused on nature appreciation and non-mainstream music (Incantatus is mostly trance and deep house).
Zambales has always been my go-to when it comes to beach weekends. Yes, it’s much farther than Batangas but it’s really beautiful and peaceful. So, I was happy when I found out that Incantatus will be in Zambales. A three-hour bus ride and a one-hour boat ride later, we set foot on paradise.
And what did we do when we got there? Pitch our tents, take a dip, and enjoy a couple of bottles of beer until The Brasspackers gave us a fun sunset serenade. The Brasspackers, I said? Well, they’re a French brass band and I just fell in love with them. Check out this short clip of them playing Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise. In brass.
In the evening (sorry, no photos. Having too much fun to take some), fire dancers performed by the bonfire and to the music provided by the Adinkra Lumads Djember Community. After that, The Brasspackers performed again.
The evening was a bit of blur – it was basically one huge alcohol and music-filled beach party with people we just met. I think I went back to the tent to sleep around 4am already.
The morning was pretty slow. Sun, sand, beer in hand? Heaven.
As always, do not litter, take care of your belongings, respect the people, culture, and environment, leave it as you found it (or better), and take only photos and memories with you.