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Address: 5 kilometers from the City proper, Butuan, Mindanao, Philippines
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Balangay Shrine Museum

Balangay Shrine Museum is a one-story building that serves as a unit of the National Museum. It is located in Barangay Libertad and it houses the remnants of Seagoing... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 October 2016
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Pasig, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Balangay Shrine Museum is a one-story building that serves as a unit of the National Museum. It is located in Barangay Libertad and it houses the remnants of Seagoing Outrigger Boat or Balangay. The former is used by a community of settlers to go from one place to another, thus the name barangay or community, is driven .It is said... More 

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Las Pinas, Philippines
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

It's a 15-minute or so ride to this area. It's the way to the airport actually. Only go if you are indeed interested in seeing the oldest watercraft which was dug on the very spot it is being displayed. It has really few things to see in here that's why I highly recommend going to the spot where according to... More 

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Metro Manila, Philippines
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

It's a small open-door museum with amazing archeological artifacts and items! More historical information and overview boards could be presented, and more presentable layout of the excavation process. But the onsite guide the place is awesome!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

Butuan is not much of a travel destination per se, but make your visit worthwhile by visiting its classic tourist spots. The Balangay Shrine is evidence of where it all began for us Filipinos, when our ancestors rode these amazing wooden boats across the seas to reach our land. The original wooden boat called Balangay is now in the National... More 

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Gingoog City, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016

I finally got to see this museum, it is small but very interesting. I have a friend that worked on the dig that found the artifacts that are shown here. Very interesting and the guard that was stations was helpful and knowledgeable about everything we were looking at.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

It was a very limited museum, if you're expecting to see a lot. I give them credit for the effort of putting it up and preserving the finds/artifacts but there is surely much more that could be done to improve this museum. I hope they can come up with creative ideas to underline this its impact to the country's history... More 

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Quezon City
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016

Anyone who is trying to trace the history and evolution of the Philippines must visit the place. While it is quite modest compared to the other city museum, it is more significant because this is the site where one of the "balangay" boats was found. These amazing wooden boats travelled through miles of sea and carried our ancestors to these... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015 via mobile

Here in this quiet garden environment maintained by the National Museum, one can see the remains and location of excavation of the oldest known Philippine water craft. One can also view photos and read explanations on the excavation project of one of the largest "fleets" of pre-colonial long-distance traveling boats ever excavated in the world, the ancient Balangay boats of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2015

It's a good thing they were able to unearth these boats. It provides undisputable proof that there are civilizations that existed in the Philippines even before the Spanish came. Considering that the location where the museum stands is part of the Agusan River Delta system, early inhabitant would have surely flocked the area for settlement. It's a reminder that we... More 

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Quezon City, Quezon City, Philippines
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2015

This is worth visiting if you're a historian. The balangay boats are really a treasure to see but there's nothing more pleasing to the eyes. Museums are for relics lovers. If you're an ordinary traveler you won't appreciate it.

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