Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Voyage of Balangay Nearing Caraga Region
The handcrafted Diwata ng Lahi is now on its 5th leg taking the Mactan-Butuan route which will travel a total distance of 265 nautical miles, sailing for 20 days and done visiting Mactan, Argao, Dumaguete and is currently in Bohol.
The crew headed by Art Valdez still had their chance to watch the Pacquiao-Cotto fight on November 15 before sailing off to nearby Bohol municipality from Dauis to Loay.
After Bohol, Diwata ng Lahi will dock Maasin in Leyte, San Bernardo in Limasawa then Jabonga and Cabadbaran in Agusan del Norte and is expected to arrive in Butuan on November 27.
The city government of Butuan has prepared a fiesta atmosphere in welcoming the Diwata ng Lahi as soon as it enters Butuan Bay until it docks at PPA Port.
The renovation of Balangay Shrine in Ambangan, Libertad nearly completes in time for the scheduled visit of the Diwata ng Lahi crew.
Balangay Shrine is very significant being the site where the remains of the ancient boats, locally known as Balangay was dug up, a proof of evidence of pre-Hispanic Filipino civilization.
Former President Corazon Aquino even issued in 1987, Proclamation 86 which declared the Balangay boat as national cultural treasures and the site where they were discovered as archaeological site.
A cultural show will be held during the stop-over of the Diwata ng Lahi and part of promoting environmental awareness is the conduct of coastal clean-ups and tree planting activity.
Diwata ng Lahi will stay in Butuan at Luna Compound in Bading-building site of the Butuan Balangay- to undergo some repairs as it prepares for a much longer journey continuing the 6th leg in January 2010, almost finishing its Philippine leg before proceeding to other parts of Southeast Asia in 2010 and on to Madagascar off Africa in 2011.
A longer duration of its stay in Butuan will give the public an opportunity to navigate Agusan River on board Diwata ng Lahi and witness test sailing of Butuan Balangay.(photos by Sato Raypon)