The Voyage Of The Balangay Starts On June 24

Thousands of years ago, the ancestors of the Filipinos, the Austronesian speaking people traveled from the Asian mainland by land bridges across the continental shelf to the South East Asian archipelago. They then sailed onward to as far East as Polynesia, and as far West as Madagascar, aboard the ancient vessel: the Balangay

In celebration of the Asian Century, the Balangay, will be sailing again starting on June 24 and the voyage will visit ports in the Philippines as a start-up before They sail across the Pacific to the Atlantic.

This next epic voyage is yet another chance to inspire our countrymen and fellow Indo-Malays to believe in ourselves and in our oneness again and another way to honor the Filipino pioneering spirit, which we established during our ascent of Mt. Everest.

The inspiration for this project comes from the maritime achievements of our ancestors. Sailing along the South China Sea, the Gulf of Thailand and the Java Sea despite the presence of obstacles and dangers, our people considered the seas to be unifying rather than divisive. It is a means of transport and communication.

The project will showcase and challenge Filipino ingenuity and native survival skills in this modern age by using natural seafaring technology. It also aims to reorient the psyche of our people, that we are a maritime nation, and not land-based, as our colonizers had lead us to believe. Sailing around the country and visiting every major port will rekindle that maritime spirit in us.

Original Balangay Design By National Museum

The Balangay hopes to become the catalyst that will stir up historical consciousness among Filipinos today.

Balangay Voyage Simulation For Bloggers

This Balangay whose design was copied from the original Balangay at the National Museum was built by Mr. Art Valdez with the help of Badjao’s for 40 days with . Some bloggers were priviledge to have a simulation of what a voyage inside a Balangay feels like yesterday while aboard it. We were hit by a squall except for the waves while inside the Balangay and we have to take cover inside the “cabin” which kept us dry that time. This boat is about 18 meters long and 1 meter wide.  We were also the first to dine in this boat and had beers too.

The core of the crew that will sail with the Balangay will be the Philippine Everest Team: Leo Oracion, Erwin “Pastour” Emata, Noelle Wenceslao,Carina Dayondon,Janet Belarmino-Sardena,Dr. Ted Esguerra, Fred Jamili and Dr. Voltaire Velasco.  This is a project of the Kaya ng Pinoy

Catch the Balangays voyage as it visits more than 60 ports around the country starting June 24.

1.Manila to Sangley, Cavite5.3 nautical miles (nm)
2.Ternate, Cavite17.4 nm
3.Nasugbu, Batangas19.5 nm
4.Calatagan, Batangas16.5 nm
5.Batangas City29.0 nm
6.Puerta Galera, Or. Mindoro14.2 nm
7.Calapan City, Or. Mindoro16.0 nm
8.Pola Island27.0 nm
9.Maestre de Ocampo Island26 nm
10.Calatrava, Tablas26.2 nm
11.Odiongan Island,Tablas16.7 nm
12.Looc Tablas30.0 nm
13.Boracay, Riomblon20.7 nm
14.Kalibo, Aklan (Port Batan)38.5 nm
15.Roxas City, Roxas (Port Capiz)12.5 nm
16.Estancia, Iloilo51.0 nm
17.Barotac Viejo, Iloilo42.0 nm
18.Iloilo City, Iloilo30.8 nm
19.Bacolod City,Negros Occ.23.3 nm
20.Silay City, Neg Occ7.5 nm
21.Sagay City, Neg Occ23.3 nm
22.Bantayan Island, Cebu40.o nm
23.Daan Bantayan, Cebu23.4 nm
24.Bogo, Cebu16.4 nm
25.Danao City, Cebu35.2 nm
26.Cebu City, Cebu10.7 nm
27.(Mactan Cebu Departure)
28.Argao, Cebu27.0 nm
29.Dumaguete City, Negros Or.38.5 nm
30.Siquijor (Port Canoan)16.5 nm
31.Panglao, Duias Island, Bohol28.7 nm
32.Jagna, Bohol31.5 nm
33.Maasin,Leyte43.0 nm
34.Limasawa,Leyte16.6 nm
35.Cabadbaran, Agusan56.3 nm
36.Butuan City, Agusan6.3 nm
37.Gingo-og25.7 nm
38.Camiguin Island (Mambajao )34.0 nm
39.Cagayan de Oro City49.7 nm
40.Iligan City, Lanao48.2 nm
41.Ozamis City10.5 nm
42.Oroquita, Mis. Occ29.5 nm
43.Dapitan, Dipolog37.6 nm
44.Liloy, Mis Occ.54.0 nm
45.Ciocon (Port Sta. Maria), 49.0 nm
46.Sibuco, Zamboanga31.0 nm
47.Zamboanga City34.8 nm
48.Panubigan Island15.7 nm
49.Bangaan Island,Port Banga24.2 nm
50.Bagalamatan16.0 nm
51.Subanipa29.5 nm
52.Limbug Cove43.6 nm
53.Pagadian City22.2 nm
54.Port Baras, Cotabato 35.0 nm
55.Cotabato City25.0 nm
56.Linao Bay, Mati40.0 nm
57.Port Lebak, Kalamansig17.0 nm
58.Milbuk Harbor, Milbuk35.3 nm
59.Kling , South of Cotabato41.5 nm
60.Gen. Santos City41.5 nm
61.Glan, Saranggane16.0 nm
62.Butulan Cove, Butulan36.0 nm
63.Jose Abad Santos (Caburan)22.3 nm
64.Malita, Davao33.2 nm
65.Digos, Davao Del Sur25.0 nm
66. Davao City, Port of Sta. Ana25.3 nm

There will be 10 more ports in the Sulu/Tawi-Tawi Area until Siluag the last port/stop in Southern Philippines before crossing the boundary to Sabah.

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  1. Hi! i felt so excited studying Philippine history now because of what you shared and did for the sake of the new generations so they may not just imagine what balangay looks like but they could see it in reality… and they could also see people behind the latest balangay.. You were great! Von voyage!!

  2. Bravo to our intrepid mariners! They follow the tradition of other replica vessels that retraced ancient searoutes, including the Kon Tiki, the Ra II, the Amanagapa, the Borobudur, the Lapita Voyage and the Sarimanok!

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    @Fjords Your welcome glad you enjoyed the event and your birthday!

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