Nov 24, 2020

Balangay Expedition team sets sail

Two balangay boats, Raya Kolambu and Raya Siyagu (King of Mazzaua and King of Butuan respectively) left San Vicente port on Saturday morning to Butuan to start the kickoff of the 500-day countdown to the 500th anniversary of the Victory in Mactan and the first circumnavigation of the world. Photo courtesy of Balangay Voyage Facebook page.

Two boats of the Balangay Expedition Team docked in the town of San Vicente will sail to Mactan, Cebu to mark the start of its 500-day countdown of the 500th year anniversary of the “Victory of Mactan” in 2021.

Arturo “Art” Valdez on Friday said that Raya Siyagu and Raya Kolambu will sail to Mactan on Saturday morning, November 23, once sea condition in El Nido gets better.

“Ang purpose nito ay para sa national quincentennial. We are going there because of the celebration. It will trigger the countdown for the 500th anniversary of Victory of Mactan,” he said.

 

Photo courtesy of Grace Estefano.

“I am just waiting kasi may bagyo pa, malakas pa ang alon diyan sa El Nido area, magcro-cross kami. Either tomorrow or bukas, early morning ay aalis kami,” Valdez aded.

In a Facebook post of Balangay Voyage on November 2, the group stated that the two boats with 18 crew on board will cross the Sulu Sea to reach Butuan that is described as the ancient kingdom of pre-colonial ancestors.

The team will head towards Mactan in Cebu with few brief stops along with representatives from Butuan city.

 

Photo courtesy of Grace Estefano.

“We will be back before Christmas. Pupunta pa kami ng Butuan at marami pa kaming madadaanan pa. This will culminate on December 12 to 14 sa Mactan,” he said.

The balangay boats are now part of the official program of the National Quincentennial Committee for the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Victory in Mactan and the First Circumnavigation of the world.

The event will start with the 500-day countdown on December 14, 2019, in Cebu as well as in other selected locations throughout the country to highlight the world of our ancestors as its central theme.

There are now three balangay boats docked in San Vicente shore.

 

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