Posted by: balangayvoyage | September 9, 2009

Voyage Vision

To Reconnect the Present with its Glorious Historical Past.

The voyage aims to bring us back to the greatness of our ancestors and how colonialism robbed these away from us and produced the FILIPINO today.

To Rekindle the Maritime Consciousness Among our People.

The Butuan Boats (Balangay) represent an important part of the understanding of Southeast Asian shipbuilding technology. The lashed lugs have parallels in other parts of Southeast Asia, particularly in archaeological finds in Malaysia and Sumatra (Evans, 1927; Gibson-Hill, 1952 and Manguin, 1985). The technique is still found in the Moluccan and Solar Archipelago and the Solomon Islands (Burningham, personal communication and Horridge, 1982) and also has parallels in Europe (Hornell, 1946). Vedstigial lugs are also found in South Sualwesi (Burningham, personal communication), the Maldives (Millar, 1993) and other areas.

To install Enrique De Malacca, the Indo-Malay, his rightful place in history as the first circum-navigator of the world.

Enrique de Malacca, also known as Enrique Negro, Black Henry, or Panglima Awang, was possibly the first person to circumnavigate the earth.

When he was a 13 year old boy he met Ferdinand Magellan in Sumatra. Enrique travelled with Magellan for years as his close personal servant.

In 1519 Magellan’s expedition set out to discover a route sailing west from Spain to the Moluccas, or Spice Islands.

When the expedition reached the Visayan islands of the Philippines, Enrique was able to communicate with the islanders. Magellan was killed in the Battle of Mactan, Enrique jumped ship and fled to the neighboring island of Cebu.

The question is, did Enrique know the language of the islanders, or did they know Malay, a popular trade language? The impression from Pigafetta’s journal is that Enrique was communicating fluently with the islanders of Cebu.

Several explanations have been put forth that Enrique may had been born in Cebu, or in Sumatra, but had been sold into slavery, ending up in Malacca. It was a borderless world and people freely moved in the region during ancient times. Malacca was an important trading center. In any case, Enrique was an Indo-Malay, and it’s him, not Juan Sebastian Del Cano, Antonio Pigafetta, and the other 16 survivors of the expedition, was the first to go all the way around the world.


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