MerSea: Fête de la Musique PH 2023 Focuses on Ocean Conservation

June 23, 2023



Rick Formalejo

Hundreds of artists will gather across 43 stages nationwide as Fête de la Musique Philippines broadens its horizons for its 2023 edition to advocate for the oceans with a series of events happening this June.

“In spite of all our differences, music – just like the oceans – connects us humans with each other,” says Xavier Leroux, Executive Director of Alliançe Française de Manille.

Over the years, Fete PH has used music to champion various initiatives beginning with Music Heals and partnering with beneficiaries such as the Virlanie Foundation and Maestro Ryan Cayabyab’s Bayanihan Musikahan.

Entitled “MerSea” – a play on French words for ‘sea’ (mer) and ‘thank you’ (merci) – the 2023 edition of the Fete aims to both express its gratitude for 29 years of Franco-Filipino cultural relations and to contribute to furthering ocean conservation efforts.

“More than just merry-making, we also seek to use our collective voice as Fête de la Musique PH as a platform for causes close to our heart,” says Giselle Tomimbang, President of B-Side Productions, co-producer of Fête de la Musique. 

NFT Art Drop Fundraiser for Ocean Conservation

This year, Fête de la Musique PH has partnered with, the first blue-chip NFT launch pad for a fundraising campaign for our Philippine seas. 

This collaboration features 1,000 NFT art pieces by 10 renowned photographers based across the archipelago from La Union to Palawan to Siargao.  Namely these visual storytellers are Chino Neri, Mike Eijansantos, Lancer Salva, Camille Robiou du Pont, Terence Ver Angsioco, Kat Jack, A Decade, Ganden Medved Po, ADAM , and Archie Geotina. 

While buyers can choose the photographer, the NFT pieces by each will be sold at random; this means that the buyers will only know which piece they receive once their purchase is complete, which makes for an exciting surprise.  Ten percent of the collection per photographer will be tagged as “rares.”  These rares will have an augmented reality treatment which can be enjoyed when viewed with the app Artivive. Sale started on June 19.

Part of the proceeds from this NFT collaboration will support the ocean conservation efforts of LAMAVE (Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines),  a Filipino non-government organization dedicated to the conservation of marine megafauna. 

In addition to owning exclusive digital collectibles, NFT holders shall receive a raffle entry for each purchase, for a chance to win prizes such as round-trip AirSwift tickets to their destination of choice and a two-night stay at Bahay Artisano, a two-bedroom residence villa located in the heart of the Kalye Artisano neighborhood in Lio Eco-Estate, El Nido, Palawan.  For those who prefer physical pieces, NFT holders shall also have the option to buy an archival print of their purchased artwork. 

Fête de la Musique PH and UNDP

#MerSeaFetePH will also serve as the launch pad for various activities under its partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Philippines and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the 2023 Environment Month celebrations. 

UNDP and #FetePH will co-organize a series of activities inspired by both the World Oceans Day theme as well as the theme for this year’s World Environment Day which invites everyone to join the global effort to #BeatPlasticPollution. 

As such, there will be coastal clean-up and tree-planting activities around the country, including Metro Manila, Siargao, and Cebu. Moreover, there will be various youth-focused interactive and experiential learning opportunities in close collaboration with the UNDP Youth Programme, DENR advocates, and youth-led civil service organizations. 

#FetePH2023 Fete-stivities

As always, #MerSeaFetePH will showcase some of the country’s best, freshest, and most diverse acts in the local music scene with a series of live celebrations nationwide. 

The Main Stage for Fête de la Musique 2023 will be in Greenbelt, Makati on June 23 with performances by Blaster & the Celestial Klownz, Lola Amour, She’s Only Sixteen, Cheats, Ena Mori, and Uncle Bob’s Funky Seven Club.  More surprises and performances shall be announced soon. 

Flying in all the way from France, the jazz act Rémi Panossian Trio shall be gracing Fête de la Musique PH 2023. Composed of pianist Rémi Panossian, bassist Maxime Delporte, and drummer Frederic Petitprez, this ensemble has performed on prestigious stages and festivals in more than 500 cities and will perform on June 21 at the Long Bar at Raffles Makati, preceded by Happy Hour from 5-7PM, and on June 22 at the Alliance Française de Manille. 

Fête de la Musique PH and DOT

As part of Fête de la Musique’s long-standing partnership with the Department of Tourism, this year’s festivities will continue its #FeteFromMyIsland theme from its virtual edition in 2021. Joining forces once again with various organizations across the islands, #MerSeaFetePH’s Destination Stages will be in Albay, Baguio, Baler, Cebu, El Nido, Laguna, Pampanga, Palawan, Siargao, Tagaytay, and Zambales. With the exception of Siargao hosting its stage on June 21, all these destinations shall be celebrating on June 24. 

As in years past, this 2023 edition of the most popular free music event in the Philippines will also feature 31 independently produced pocket stages in Metro Manila to simultaneously present a wide range of musical genres and vibes on June 17.  The participating venues include H&J Sports Bar & Restaurant, A’toda Madre, Mang Rudy’s Tuna Grill And Papaitan, Social House, saGuijo Cafe, Alamat Filipino Cuisine, Boogie MNL, Enzo’s View Bar at Jade Hotel and Suites Makati, Nokal, Kampai, The Spirits Library, Bourbon New Orleans PH, The Apartment, Sarisari Cocktails, Apotheka, Ugly Duck, Justin Alonte Studio, White Banana, Bagnet 8065, Kuya Boby’s Restobar, Seltsam, Mansion Sports Bar & Lounge, La Colina, Coyote Ribs & BBQ, Dear Adam Sweet Lucy, Kosumosu PH, Commune, Balcony Music House, Futur:st and Keepers Poblacion.

#MerSeaFetePH: the 29th edition of Fête de la Musique Philippines is presented to you by the Alliance Française de Manille in partnership with B-Side Productions and the Embassy of France to the Philippines and co-organized by the Department of Tourism. 

The event is also in partnership with Greenbelt, Raffles and Fairmont Makati, San Miguel Beer, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, United Nations Development Programme, Institut Français, Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Scarlet Box, TV5 Monde Asia Pacific, Funky Beat Entertainment, Homonym, Sonik Philippines, Gibbous, Jagged Perspective, LAMAVE Research Institute, and AirSwift.

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