Balangay, an ancient wooden hulled boat used by Filipinos seafarers for travel and trade 1700 years ago, has been built again to sail around the world by a Filipinos team from Kaya ng pinoy Foundation, who scaled Mount Everest in 2006 and 2007. The Voyage of Balangay is planned from 2009 to 2013 in different phases.
Some interesting features of Balangay and the Voyage of the Balangay 2009-2013 are:
- A 16 yard (15 metre) wooden hulled, fair-weather, round-bottomed sailboat with a prominent bow.
- Built by 10 Badjao tribal craftsmen from the Islands of Sibutu and Sitangkai of southernmost province of Tawi-Tawi, in 44 days.
- Built in the traditional way using primitive tools without using a single nail by using the 4th, 13th, and 14th century techniques.
- Constructed at Manila and was launched in Manila Bay on June 27.
- Design taken from a Balangay, excavated in Butuan by the National Museum in 1978.
- Three Balangays are on display in museums and one has been estimated to be at least 1,689 years old based on carbon dating tests.
- Ancient Balangays, had wooden hulls reinforced with rib-like wooden frames and palm cords.
- Used as dwellings, cargo boats and war ships.
- Capable of accommodating an entire family of around 50 people.
Voyage of the Balangay: 2009-2013
- The expedition is being led by Arturo T.Valdez along with his Everest expedition team members: Leo Oracion, Erwin Pastour Emata, Janet Belarmino-Sardena, Carina Dayondon, Noelle Wenceslao, Dr Ted Esquerra, Fred Jamili
- Voltaire Velasco: as voyage weather analyst
- Six Badjao sailors
- Four SOG’s from Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)/Navy
- Four master mariners and navigators as joint manning group
- 2009: to sail around the Philippines in mid July, by visiting some 62 ports from Manila to Davao City, covering more than 2,000 nautical miles in 176 days
- 2010: visit the South East Asia
- 2011: visit Micronesia and Madagaskar
- 2012: sail across the Pacific onward to the Atlantic, all the way around the world
- 2013: back to the Philippines
- Navigation: Seafaring Badjao tribesmen will navigate by taking reference from the Sun, the stars, the wind, cloud formations, wave patterns and bird migrations.
- Philippine Coast Guard and Navy vessels will monitor the vessel movement to ensure safe passage.
- Holcim Philippines Inc. is a partner of Kaya ng pinoy Foundation’s Balangay project.
- During the voyage, the expedition will provide medical assistance to poor coastal communities, teach disaster preparedness, help protect endangered coral reefs, and plant mangrove trees to protect fragile marine life.
- from Balangay Voyage: Sa Muling Paglayag ng Balanghai
- from NTDTV: Filipinos Set Sail in a ‘Balangay’
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