Manila, Philippines – The Balangay Voyage continues as the replicas of the ancient Balangay boats of Butuan City have been included in the official program of the Philippines’ National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) for the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Victory in Mactan and the First Circumnavigation of the World.
The Balangay Voyage team announced early November that two Balangay boats will set sail on a symbolic voyage to the 500-day countdown to the 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan in 2021 that begins on December 14, 2019.
“Balangay Lahi ng Maharlika” will be temporarily renamed “Balangay Raya Kolambu” (King of Mazzaua) and “Balangay Sultan sin Sulu” to “Balangay Raya Siayo/Siagu” (King of Butuan) for the journey that starts from San Vicente, Palawan where the boats are currently berthed.
The two balangay boats will then cross the Sulu Sea to reach Butuan, the ancient kingdom of pre-colonial ancestors.
Representatives from Butuan City will then join the voyage that heads towards Cebu-Mactan, site of the major Quincentennial celebrations.
The return journey home to Palawan will mark an almost month-long and 2,000-kilometer voyage.