Sunday, June 28, 2009

voyage of balanghai

the Philippine archipelago was conquered by the Spaniards many years back but trading already begun even before their arrival. among the proof are the balanghai or the old wooden boat used by our ancestors.it was in 2006 in Butuan, North of Mindanao island, when i first saw the balanghai at the National Museum and Balanghai Shrine. it was excavated on what used to be a lake dried through the years. a total of nine of these boats were found and some of which were still unearthed due to the cost needed for the excavation. this day, the site is already declared a national cultural treasure of the country. today, through the initiative of Philippine Department of Tourism Undersecretary Art Valdez, they rebuilt a balanghai. this time to journey around the archipelago. the team is composed of the Philippine Mt. Everest team, tourism officials, and experienced sailors. it was yesterday when it was already set to test-sail the balanghai that i had the chance to see it. through the invitation of ironwulf, lagalog and roadworthyman, though we still didn't meet there.according to the officials, they will start testing it and hopefully to set out by mid-July. stopover points includes Cavite, Mindoro, Boracay, Iloilo, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Butuan, Zamboanga, Davao, Sulu islands and other cities and islands around the Philippines. in the coming years, they will circumnavigate around the world. i was privileged enough to have seen it before it started its journey. eskapo blog supports the Philippine team on this new challenge. you can still visit the balanghai at the Harbour area of CCP in Manila Bay before it sets out. here's a video posted by balanghayvoyage in youtube as presented by the Probe Team.

38 comments:

NenNen said...

Wahahappiness! Save ko muna. ako nauna. Haha.

NenNen said...

Kaya pala ang tagal kasi ang daming pics! and they are all brilliantly captured. Ganda. Swerte ng balanghai na yan daming attention binigay sa kanya. Pasalamat siya sayo. hahaha. Another astig post. hehehe.

Bengbeng said...

hey brader, u r on mylongkang's wall of fame :)

http://www.mylongkang.com/2009/06/28/pantene-you-can-shine/

I am Xprosaic said...

Aaahh... yan pala itsura nun! jijijiji pero yoko subukang sumama o sumakay diyan! jijijijijiji... audience impact na lang ako saka moral support sa mga sasakay! jijijijiji

nuts said...

how sad and bad is it for me not to see that Balanghai when I'm just near to that place. sana ma-visit ko din before sila maglayag by mid July.

nuts said...

btw, nen made it! totally agree with her, happiness and astig post!

backpacking philippines said...

something i missed yesterday...i also wanted to go there but priorities preventing me ;(

Antoine Greg said...

akala ko this was balangay...
the etymologic source of the modern word Baranggay..
oh, good thing i can still remember that, hahhaha.

^ ^

alicesg said...

Very interesting information about the boat and its history.

Reena said...

i've seen an interview of the emtire team in Hardball. Anyway, i have no doubt they'll make it through the voyage. Our present bancas are just as small as theirs.

btw, who is the first to reach the peak of everest? oracion or garduce? if not for the video, i wouldn't remember oracion.

luna miranda said...

wow, sail around the world??? that's an ambitious project! but i'd like to ride in a balanghai---how big is this boat?

Theonoski said...

galing ng gumawa ng balanghai!to the exact detail talaga1.bon voyage sa balanghai!

KRIS JASPER said...

That's exciting! At least DOT is thinking of new ways to initiate boost of tourism

gillboard said...

nice.. good luck sa kanila..astig nun kung maikot nila mundo yan lang sakay nila...

Ely said...

I saw this on a front page a newspaper the other day. So, you were there too? :)

SandyCarlson said...

I guess cross-cultural exchanges area an ancient idea. These boats are interesting.

Heart of Rachel said...

That's amazing. Good luck to the Philippine team.

Nanaybelen said...

hanga naman ako sa determination ni Mr Valdez. Good Luck for them

Borneo Falcon said...

Nice effort from the Department of Tourism

Hi! I'm Grace said...

Great photos, Dong. I miss the sight of Manila. :)

Rico said...

Galing! Good luck to the Philippine Team. I can't wait for it to go around the world!

Blue Rose said...

wow! galing naman nyan. good luck sa Philippine Team.

acey said...

nice bangka! :D

witsandnuts said...

I wouldn't miss that one if I were there. I think I saw a balanghai memorabilia in National Museum last December.

livingstain said...

wow ang gandang banka... pero walang katig? katakot.

Luke Wiley said...

A cool boat!

Mon said...

wow ang coo ng baangay boat na yan ah! marunong akong magpaakbo ng baruto or banca as what tagalogs call it. hehe

Mon said...

hahah.. mali-mali ang o kulang kulang ang etters ng comment ko kanina. lol

pasensya ngayon ko ang napansin. ngayon lang kita na add under Blogspot Bloggers! hehe

Thanks

coolwaterworks said...

Dong, I have also been following the progress of this project when I saw it featured in Che-che Lazaro's Probe.

So they finally decided to set sail... I wonder how they were able to solve the problem of navigational requirements for a ship to set sail.

If given the opportunity, I'll interview the crew when they'll have their stopover here in Cebu...

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

suporta ako sa ganitong pagbabalik ng mga tradisyon gamit natin...mabuhay ang balanghai.

Hilda said...

Oh good! Silly newspaper article yesterday said it had set sail for its long voyage already. Very careless reporting! I'm so happy I still have time to see it.

Ailecgee said...

Ganda ng Balanghai! But I wouldn't dare board that boat, let alone sail along with it. Scary!

But I want to see it personally. We'll try to see it before it's official sailing.

darkhorse said...

wow thanks Dre!...very informative tong post mo....tc

Allen Yuarata said...

I read this on Fjordz's blog too.
It's great that some people are really into history. I saw the balanghai that was excavated from Butuan and it's marvelous.

way to go guys!

Pacey said...

This is a great cause, re-livening the past. And I will have to watch out for its arrival here in our area, hope I get news about it around here. :) Thanks for the info dong.

eye in the sky said...

nice "canoe". i think i saw that in the evening news...

asf said...

Was searching about the balanghai's voyage to Bohol and I came across your blog, this is a neat place to start searching for places. Am glad I stumbled on your blog. Thanks for sharing about the balanghai. I'm looking for the IT, do you happen to know where I can get it?

Sandy B said...

That will be quite an adventure. Thanks for the history lesson.

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