‘Balangay’ to be declared national boat
Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) - February 2, 2016 - 9:00am

MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a bill declaring the balangay as the country’s national boat.

House Bill 6366 states that it is the policy of the state to promote and inculcate nationalism, appreciation and pride in the cultural and historical heritage of the nation, including national symbols of the country, which embody its ideals and tradition.

“The balangay is hereby declared as the National Boat of the Philippines. It refers to the prehistoric edged, plank-type of boat discovered and excavated in the city of Butuan,” the bill read.

Authors of the measure include Reps. Frederick Abueg, Nicasio Aliping, Erlpe Amante, Leopoldo Bataoil, Lawrence Fortun, Ibarra Gutierrez, Marie Ann Pernes, Marlyn Primicias-Agabas and Arthur Yap.

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines, in coordination with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, National Museum, Department of Education and other concerned agencies, was tasked to promulgate rules to implement the bill once enacted into law.

The balangay is said to be the first wooden watercraft excavated in Southeast Asia. Researchers said it showed the early Filipino craftsmanship and their seamanship skills during pre-colonial times.

 

CULTURE AND THE ARTS DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ERLPE AMANTE FREDERICK ABUEG HOUSE BILL HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IBARRA GUTIERREZ LAWRENCE FORTUN LEOPOLDO BATAOIL MARIE ANN PERNES MARLYN PRIMICIAS-AGABAS AND ARTHUR YAP
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