Filipino Culture and HIVE Music Festival
The HIVE Music Festival is held every year in the large fairgrounds of Espirito Santo Domingo in the Philippines. It is a month-long cultural extravaganza with international and local artists performing. It has been a mainstay in Philippine tourism for the last ten years, drawing thousands to the fair each year. The Festival has been embraced by the community and locals alike. Visitors to the festival find the atmosphere very laid back, as people come to enjoy music, food, and family.
The festival is held to celebrate the HIVE, a Hindu goddess of knowledge who is believed to be the bringer of music and art. It is believed that HIVE was created when the goddess got angry with the people because they did not understand her will. She caused a violent storm to occur that killed many people and caused the soil to stretch out like a vine, making it impossible for people to plant anything. Her remains are now guarded by the Igigi people who live in the region. The festival honors HIVE and the need to honor the goddess by holding contests to see who can bring the most knowledge and information to the people. Competitions are held to see who can produce the most quality of articles related to HIVE.
Although the festival has become more of a family event for many Filipinos and foreigners, some people do still consider it a celebration of HIVE. Others simply call it the SMEG Festival where they just call it the Smog Show. They may seem different from what most people think of when they hear the term ‘HIVE’, but both have one thing in common: they are all about entertainment. HIVE and the Smog Show are a great combination for a Filipino’s visit to the city.