Feature: Butuan Boat comes to life
by Malou C. Furia
Butuan City (14 October) -- Coined the Voyage of the Balangay, this historical pursuit once again positions the Balangay or the Butuan Boat in the global limelight! The Balangay will sail across the globe in four (4) years time using the ancient technology, all dependent on the strength of the earth’s environment elements.
Starting from Manila, the balangay dubbed “Diwata Ng Lahi” will sail across the country for 144 days under normal weather conditions with the Philippine Waters comprising its First Phase from September to February 2010.
Its stop-over in Butuan City coined “Voyage of the Balangay Landfall” comprises its 5th Leg of 10. It is tentatively scheduled on the first week of December according to local historian, Greg Hontiveros.
Included in this 4-day stop over are reflected in the calendar of activities below.
The Second Phase comprising the countries of Southeast Asia-Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China and Taiwan that will be traversed from March to July of 2010 and eventually embark on an epic global trip through the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans until 2013.
The oldest evidenced water craft of its kind in Asia excavated in Brgy. Libertad, Butuan City, carbon-dated 320 A.D., the Balangay Boat has been identified to be the trading vessel used by Ancient Kingdom Butuan in trading with other Ancient Kingdoms in Asia like China, India, Malaysia etc. (PIO-Btuan City/PIA-Caraga) [top]