Friday, November 27, 2009
Balangay Crew Conferred with Honorary Butuanon Titles
After 83 days of sailing Philippine waters, Voyage of the Balangay reached Mindanao on November 23 and moved to a more protected shelter in Lipata, Surigao del Norte port as tropical storm Urduja hit eastern Mindanao.
On November 25 the Balangay left Surigao Port at 6:05 AM seizing the narrow improved weather to navigate the critical Surigao Strait towards Cabadbaran, Agusan Del Norte. However, due to rough seas along the way, the crew decided to sail back to Surigao and continue the journey 5:50am on November 27.
Surigao to Butuan had a total distance of 105 kilometers, the farthest target distance of sailing in the entire voyage.
The Balangay anchored at Cabadbaran at past 4 o'clock in the afternoon, 20 kms from Butuan, to avoide sailing at night. Some of the crew members made their way to Butuan where they were conferred with honorary Butuanon titles by City Tourism Council Chairperson Daisy B. Plaza.
The Balangay continue sailing in the morning of November 28 and expected time of arrival is at 10 o'clock in the morning at PPA port and Voyage of the Balangay will be accorded with a festive arrival honors. (photo by digital teens)