BALANGAY SITE MUSEUM


The Balangay Shrine Museum or Balangay Site Museum keeps the remnants of the earliest watercraft called “Balangay” or “Butuan Boat” which are large boats, built with wooden planks and pegs -- a National Cultural Treasure as declared through Presidential Proclamation No. 86.  

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According to the tourism officer, balangay boats are usually made of dongon or sangilo wood, famous as hardwood but are floater wood at the same time.



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There are nine balangays discovered as of today.  Three has been excavated but one was totally damaged.  One balangay was on exhibit at the National Museum in Manila and the other one at Balangay Site Museum itself.  



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Aside from balangays, the museum also showcases wooden coffin, human artifacts, pots and ceramics.  The coffins were dated 14th to 15th century and discovered together with the bones/skulls sometime in September of 1976.  The skulls were said to belong to a royal family as indicated by the flat forehead - deformed at infancy when the skull is most pliable.



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The Museum is located in Libertad which is about 5 kilometers from the City proper and a kilometer away from Libertad public market. Open from Monday to Friday between 8am to 5pm. Admission is free but donations are appreciated to help in the conservation of the place.

From Voyage of Balangay: In 2009, a replica of balangay boat was created to voyage around the Philippines and the Southest Asia.  It was named “Diwata ng Lahi” and the event as called "Salinlahi: The Heirloom of Our Generation", where the ship builders from Sibutu and Sitangkai in Tawi-Tawi crafted the boat according to their tribes traditional shipbuilding methods.  


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Travel Date: November 2012

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