Sunday, November 29, 2009

Balanghai Voyage

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Yesterday the balanghai boat arrived in Butuan at Philippine ports authority.

The original balanghai boats, although seemingly small, have managed to travel to great distances while doing trades with other countries. Like the original, the replica was created using the old, traditional techniques in boat building. No nails were used; wooden pegs for nails, mangroove resin to make it water-tight.

I read on different blogs and its official site that Diwata ng Lahi (muse of the race) a replica of the original pre-spanish boat is going to seventy five locations in the Philippines; To share/ teach history and to follow the path made by our ancestors.

While taking photos yesterday I was able to talk, actually eavesdropped at first, to a conversation with a member of the crew, Dr. Ted Esguerra, as he related to all within hearing range, the 8 storms they weathered since their departure from Manila last June. He was open in sharing bits of his day to day experiences while aboard the vessel.

You can also read my previous post for more info and more links to relevant site. Thank you!

For more photos you can visit my other site at sunsetmindao.blogspot.com

13 comments:

grooVemonzter said...

That boat is beautiful. Seriously. I can hardly imagine going all the way from Manila to Mindanao in it though. And to weather six storms (!). That must have been fun (in a roller coaster scary way kind of way). Nice picture!

Layrayski said...

HI Groovemonzter, its incredible isnt it? i guess traveling from country to country, phil-china may not be impossible using the craft. they had already braved through not six but 8 typhoons. scary. those guys really enjoy maybe even thrive on this kind of adventure. the first major thing they did was climb mt everest.

Vogon Poet said...

I'd like to take a (very short) trip on this boat, just to get the feeling of it. Wonderful boat and very interesting post.

arabesque said...

hi lay! at last, your long awaited post! ^0^
seeing your pictures reminded me of my sibika at kultura days...
fantastic shot of this boat!

Layrayski said...

vogon poet--- me too! I even imagined myself volunteering for this voyage but I remembered I don't have the skills necessary for such a trip. The crew is also using the old ways of navigating.

arabesque-- nakakataba na man yung comment mo. i have been neglectful of this blog. i'm sorry. i have a bad addiction with a facebook app. oh oh. hehehe

witsandnuts said...

I saw some pictures of this during its stay in Manila. Very colorful.

supergirlhero said...

Ly, very nice photo! Sayang wa nako maabti adtong naa ko dinha :(

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Kayni said...

i love the colors. it must be nice to ride one of these Balanghais.

Vlado&Toni said...

hey layrayski, no new photos? you must be busy with the Christmas rush .. well keep us posted next time you got some Christmas pictures.. would love to see Butuan in Christmas

Chuck Pefley said...

Seeing the history of our ancestors relived is always a fascinating experience. Thanks for sharing this.

Happy New Year!!

metromanila said...

it's impressively beautiful. and it does its job more efficiently than all the ships that sank in our seas for the last 20 years.

Nishant said...

That boat is beautiful.
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