Held every last sunday of July at PPA grounds, honoring patroness of Agusan River, St. Anne. This year, aside from the traditional baroto race in different category, Transpolympics was introduced to encouraged the transport sector in participating sport events. Kids also had their share of fun in the Laro ng lahi like bagol race, hullahoop race, lemonsito relay and many more.
Abayan festival marks the beginning of a weeklong merriment to last until August 2, in celebration of the 59th Adlaw Hong Butuan (charter day)
One of the highlights of Abayan Festival is the Baroto Race, people cheered. "Kadyawa, gau, kadyawa pa katsaong pag-gau ni-yo" motivating baroto contestants to make good with their rowing. Others were shouting: "kampay, kampay" to those who uses hands in rowing in other contest category.
Expectators notwithstanding the heat of the sun, others had their way to stay cool while watching baroto race till noon
Others aren't lucky enough, still tried their best to keep up.
Kids do have their own fun during the Abayan Festival in the Laro ng Lahi games like the Hulahoop Race
Adding fun of the event is the Transpolympics, a basketball tournament for the transportation sector
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Father Joesilo Amalla blessed the Balanghai
The ancient boat, Balanghai was finally launched into the waters of the Manila Bay.
Balanghai now named Diwata ng Lahi will be manned by members of the Everest Team: Art Valdez, Leo Oracion, Erwin Emata, Noelle Wenceslao, Carina Dayondon, Janet Sardena, Dr. Ted Esguerra, Fred Jamili & Dr. voltaire Velasco and will sail coastwise with the help of nature based navigational techniques such as the sun, stars, cloud formations, wind, birds and wave patterns.
The Balanghai Team will set sail every major port in the Philippines and organize coastal clean-up, tree planting, lectures on Philippine maritime history and mini-fiestas. Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte and Butuan City are among the places to be visited by the Balanghai.
The once seen only in drawings and at Balanghai Museum can now be seen what it looked like as master crafters from Sibutu Tawi-Tawi re-created balanghai.
In Butuan relic of the oldest Philippine watercraft – Balangay 1, carbon dated age 1630 years before present (110 years), measured 15 meters in length and 3 meters wide across the beam, discovered on September 3, 1976. Circa – 320 A.D. as determined by the Gakushuin University, Tokyo, Japan. Only in Butuan, in no other locality in the Philippines or in Southeast Asia for the matter, has there been such rare and extensive recovery of these maritime vessels and the cultural relics associated with an affluent seafaring people in this part of the globe. Visit the Balngahai Museum in Ambangan, Libertad, Butuan City