Last Minute Wanderland Tips

You can’t let excitement make you forget to prep for the most fulfilling music festival in Manila! Coming from experience (and from being a thrifty tita), here are a few tips to guide you through this year’s Wanderland Jungle at the Filinvest Concert Grounds in Alabang! Some of them are just practical, others are for being tipid. Let’s get right to it!

– since it’s still raining (edit: it rained a bit mid-morning so the grass might still be wet) don’t forget to bring ponchos/raincoats and waterproof bags. dress comfortably but practically. bring extra clothes of course! a bimpo/face towel will help a lot.

– pack lightly! don’t bring unnecessary gadgets like iPads/tablets or laptops. DSLRs are a no-no (the event has explicitly said so for the past few years, owing to multiple reasons), the organizer will inspect bags so better to leave professional gear at home. personal note: please for the love of pete don’t bring your selfie sticks. they are a nuisance to most concert goers. for more details visit Wanderland’s official site!

– bring a mat to sit on. Wanderland goes for at least 12 straight hours so you’ll be exhausted if you stand around the whole time!

– even though it is raining, you still will probably need your sunscreen. remember to apply to dry skin only!

– make sure you have credit/load in your phones. for emergencies and such.

– you can’t bring alcohol/flasks into the venue. there are smoking areas provided so cooperate for everyone’s sake!

– don’t bring illegal substances in. meds must be accompanied by a doctor’s prescription. the event also has multiple bouncers inside checking on people so if you’re thinking of doing drugs, better whisk it away from your mind as the PNP will be on standby to accompany you to the nearest jail cell for your overnight – or extended stay. not kidding around here. be good y’all.

– hydrate before going in. don’t bring your water bottles/tumblers inside! they will make you leave those at the gate. it’ll be pretty hard to recover them after the event. water and other refreshments are sold at the venue, may be at Php50 for a 500mL bottle, so manage your consumption wisely.

– make time to eat before going inside the venue. there’ll be long lines at the food area so prepare to wait for your snacks!

– this year, they’ve brought back the wandertokens. they’re like the chits you use at your highschool/cafeteria, only they only come in Php100 and Php50 denominations. safe bet: exchange Php 400 early on so you won’t have to queue so much. Php250 for food and Php150 for water (three bottles). not sure if they have a minimum amount for exchanging wandertokens though! I think last time it was Php300. coordinate with your buds so you can share instead etc.
once “bought” you can’t get wandertokens exchanged back to real money, so budget your spending wisely!!!

– stake out a spot for you and your pals for the rest of the evening. the crowd is pretty respectful when it comes to this, no one moves other people’s stuff (as far as experience goes) but still, don’t leave your belongings unattended.

– GA wristbands have access to Portalets while VIPs have their own facilities. since they changed the venue, I am not sure if the VIPs have a proper restroom to answer the call of nature in. in any case, have tissues and alcohol at the ready. they’re a safer, cleaner, and more eco-friendly bet than wet wipes.

These are the only things I can think of at the moment. I’ll update this post with more if I think of more! Sorry for the messiness of the post but I’m still getting ready for later too!!!
See you all later!

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Your friendly neighborhood titas at their first Wanderland Music Festival ❤

Tagaytay Art Beat 2 (!!!)

Funnily enough, fair weather didn’t say farewell on February 4. Last Saturday had cloudy skies, but thankfully, naught else.

The Museo Orlina was already teeming with tons of folks of all ages by the time we arrived. I, my sister, and her friend made our way down to the amphitheater after claiming our early bird tickets (Php 800 v.s. 1,000 for the regularly priced ones) at the information desk set up outside. We passed the resident collections of mystifying glass sculptures and different pieces (some put up for sale) by the participating artists. I wanted to stay a little bit longer in the gallery but I also wanted to get a good spot for the night so we couldn’t dwell on the pieces for more than a couple of minutes.

Music never fails to bring people together! The place was P A C K E D. No wonder – Tagaytay Art Beat 2 had a solid lineup. I have no idea regarding the situation on the VIP exclusive areas but the amphitheater was already brimming with eagerly waiting ears. Dante and Amigo had just finished playing, crwn was setting up as we squeezed our way into the crowd.

Some artists played early in the afternoon.  We missed Reese Lansangan, Conscious and the Goodness, Bullet Dumas, Rob & The Hitmen, and Banna Harbera since we got there a bit past 5.

Apartel, Autotelic, MotherBasss, Tandems ’91, Sud, and Tom’s Story gave the crowd a bangin’ good time. We got to see Farewell Fair Weather (see what I did there), thesunmanager, The Ransom Collective, Ninno, and Moonwlk.

crooning and the folks go swooning
Apartel onstage. They were a m a z i n g.

I inadvertently skipped a couple of sets while I was wandering around. She’s Only Sixteen, and Fools and Foes could be heard blasting through the museum walls, with people milling around, taking photos of artworks or admiring the view in the sharp but welcome cold of the night. From the sound of the cheers, the two performances I missed were awesome.

An area was set up for food merchants and portalets, thankfully far removed from the amphitheater. Canned beer was Php 100 apiece (a little steep for me), Php 150 for craft beer (not really sure since I just overheard the price), but there was a lot of yummy food.

who even is playing. idk!!!
Who even is playing? Why the grain? We may never know

Favorites? I have a handful. I won’t mention who, so y’all can visit the artists’ Spotify/YouTube profiles to see for yourselves. Seems like the indie music scene will live forever with all the talent that was showcased onstage at Tagaytay Art Beat 2!

Regrets:

1) Crappy photos of the night – I have yet to obtain my own proper camera (phones get drained too easily, and I had MAJOR camera envy at practically everyone surrounding me),

2) I have yet to obtain $$$ cash money $$$ so I can buy more than just stickers (artist Jess De Leon’s “M” was particularly enthralling),

3) We should have gone there earlier! The event officially opened at a little past 12 but the artists had played almost straight away, and

4) I should have scolded more people at the risk of looking unduly uptight. The place was littered with beer cans. Shame.

We had to go home at about 2 AM, even though Mayonnaise and Jensen and the Flips were up next. Our folks drove us up to that rolling-hilly part of Hollywood Subdivision in Tagaytay since they figured the fresh air would do them good (and it’d be hard to commute down at that hour). Others booked rooms in nearby hostels/hotels/inns. Remember that it’s important to stay the night especially if you’ve all been drinking. Sober up before operating heavy machinery!

Overall, we had a great experience – bands, beer, and the cool Tagaytay breeze made relishing the showcased contemporary works wondrous. Museo Orlina and DocDef Productions did an awesome job with that seemingly herculean task of managing Tagaytay Art Beat 2. Surely tiring but definitely uplifting, from the looks of it. In any case, Ramon Orlina made it clear that he’d be happy to have a Tagaytay Art Beat 3, so I’ll make sure I’ll be there.

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P.S. If you want to see more of the sensuous, transfixing, and sublime sculptures by Ramon Orlina, you can visit Museo Orlina on a whim! Just make sure it’s not on a holiday or something. Bring your student ID so you can get a discount! I think they also honor PWD and Senior Citizen discounts, but you should visit their website for more information. If you have questions that need answering, feel free to comment below!