Malagos Garden Resort’s Mga Handuraw Sa Baul 2017 : A Night of Music, Movies & Mythology at Malagos Garden Resort, was a Halloween celebration that brought friends and families together for a fun night of music, games, film and food. The resort’s advocacy is to “Support Local,” and this particular event was a celebration of the cultural significance of Philippine mythology and superstitious beliefs through local arts.
We went there on a rainy Saturday night of October 28, 2017, I rode the van of Malagos Garden Resort along with six other DDI momshies as we were picked up near Ateneo Roxas meeting place. Passing through the almost deserted road of Magtuod and New Carmen (according to the driver) to avoid the traffic on the usual route to Malagos was in itself quite a spooky ride fit for a Halloween event adventure when the view outside was gloomy and dark for four o’clock in the afternoon. There were parts when the road was close to zero visibility because of the rain. I was thinking that ride set us in the mood for Handuraw at Malagos.
The thought crossed my mind of those group of college friends who they said in 1999 went on an excursion in the remote part of Purok Dos and they never returned. I was telling mommy Pal who was riding at the front passenger seat of the van not to tell us if ever she sees anything scary on the road or during the entire ride. I reserved the act of screaming for the Malagos horror house.
Gratefully blessed to arrive safely at Malagos resort. When we were in Calinan already, I was calm yest excited inside. It was still drizzling a little in the resort but rain or shine, the fun continued. We were met by Sir Jaydee the resort manager. We were then led into the hall where the “Listen Lokal” Indie Music Fest event was happening. I spotted the Puentespinas especially Ms. Charisse who warmly welcomed us. The crowd was mostly young millenials and mostly fans of the indie music bands and artists performing there that night. Seeing them made me more excited inside. It’s gonna be a fun night of music to be among the younger ones for a night that Halloweekend.
Indie musicians both from Davao and Manila, such as CRWN, Jensen and the Flips, Clara Benin, Anne Mendoza, BP Valenzuela, RJ Manulid and She’s Only Sixteen performed at the resort’s hall that night.
Though this “Tita” from Davao wasn’t so familiar anymore on most of the songs, I am sure the younger crowd there liked and appreciated the music that the local bands and artists performed that night as you would see from the official aftermovie video of Malagos (credits to Joe Studios).
Earlier that day in the resort, there were events laid out to give fun activities for the young ones who joined their Halloween celebration.
Story telling and treats for the kids are an important and cherished part of any Halloween event these days.
The not so young ones had fun playing games in the neon playhouse set up at the resort for the occasion.
Spark Coffee & Crafts conducted a Calligraphy Workshop participated by teens who came to the resort for some artsy fun with their friends and family.
They also had a Treat & Trivia activity in partnership with Trivia Nights Pinas participated by these young teens shown in the photo below who surely had fun in the trivia game.
They also had a Halloween Costume contest called “Dress to Kill”. It was more of dress to thrill! This scary looking lady was actually friendly and accommodating.
She and her friend with a little lady posed for a photo for us during that night.
These DDI mommies posed for a photo opp before daring to enter the Malagos horror house where we screamed and laughed our way through the dark house. Yes it turned out that it was fun to be scared at the same time with these momshies hence we found ourselves laughing out to relieve ourselves from the fright that we saw. At one point, I realized my hair was being pulled as we were screaming our way through it. Should be quite sure it was just one of the mommies. Otherwise, it would have really freaked us out. We did not avail of the emergency exits that were available in case you could not handle the fear and fright anymore. After that we continued to enjoy the night with the various food stalls and ate our fright away. Ms. Charisse even gave each of us a treat and we had a cup of their delicious hot Malagos chocolate perfect for that rainy night. Thank you, Ms. Charisse!
The resort had a lot of guests that particular weekend. We are happy to be part of it and to experience this event with my fellow momshies and also of course, Sir Ian Garcia. Wishing to go back there once again with my boys and enjoy the other resort amenities for relaxation, food trip and more fun bonding with the family to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life for some time.
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Photos by Malagos Garden Resort