via Business Mirror, 30 October 2022: Using the Balangay to promote awareness of Philippines’ pre-colonial past.
Thousand years have passed since pre-Hispanic times when Filipinos braved the vast open oceans and ventured across Southeast Asia to maintain trade ties and commercial activities but a historic relic from that time still lives on.
Balangay boat, the first-ever wooden watercraft excavated in Southeast Asia, is proof of early Filipinos’ boat-building and seamanship expertise during the pre-colonial period.
To keep its legacy alive, Balangay Sailing Association (BSA), an organization based in Butuan, was established in 2019. The group is primarily anchored on the goal of promoting sailing for recreation and education, preserving a region’s thousand-year maritime heritage.
Annually, the group organizes several regattas of dinghy sailing vessels.
Source: Balangay sailing legacy lives on to a new breed of sailors – BusinessMirror
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