The Balangay or Balanghai Festival is a month-long celebration in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte to commemorate the coming of the early migrants that settled the Philippines, on board the Balangay boats. Balangay is a wooden boat used for cargo and looting purposes during early times. When the first Spaniards arrived in the 16th century, they found the Filipinos living in well-organized independent villages called barangays. The name barangay originated from balangay the Austronesian word for "sailboat”.
BALANGAY FESTIVAL 2013 CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES
source: Balanghai Festival Facebook Page
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