Balangay Shrine houses the Oldest Watercraft

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The Filipino word Baranggay came from the word: Balangay or Balanghai which is watercraft used by the ancient people in the Philippines for transportation and for barter and trade. If I am not mistaken, it was discussed when I was in the fifth grade, in HEKASI. I am happy that today, it’s time to see the actual relics of Balangay, discovered in Butuan. Since the guard did not allow me to use my DSLR or digital camera, photos below were captured using my mobile camera:

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The coffin burials that led to the discovery of the boat lie 16 meters east of the boat. Similar to the inhumation in Suatan, Butuan, the coffins contain 14-15th century materials associate with remains having deformed skulls. Nine of these coffins were uncovered in a single trench but all the materials have been disturbed by the pothunters. Reports have been made of multiple burials in the coffins which unlike coffin burials in rock shelters in the Central Philippine areas, were apparently primary burials with the remains fully extended. The coffins proportionately are large, measuring approximately 3 meters. 

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 Although proximate to the boat, the coffin burials have no chronological reference to the 12-13th century midden later.  The burials are situated on the high ground beyond the eastern limits of the midden – source: National Museum, Butuan.

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 There are old photos taken during the excavation of the Balangay decades ago.

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 Here's our group shot outside the National Museum in Butuan. This branch of National Museum of the Philippines is a small structure but the artifacts inside is the ancient and historical remnants of Balangay. Most part of this structure is surrounded by glass protecting each of the relics. Our Butuan itinerary, Click Here >>>

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