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.