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Hot Stuff: Ancient Balangays Sail To Mactan Anew To Commemorate History

Hot Stuff: Ancient Balangays Sail To Mactan Anew To Commemorate History

After almost five centuries, our ancestors' boats have found themselves back in Mactan.

Just in time for the 500-day coundown to 500 years of Victory at Mactan, the Butuan City Government and Kaya ng Pinoy to Lapu-Lapu City sent the quincentennial balangays Raya Siyagu and Raya Kolambu back to Cebu to symbolically join the country in commemorating history. The Office of the President of the Philippines, National Historical Commission of the Philippines, Presidential Communications Operations Office, Department of Tourism, Department of Foreign Affairs, and Lapu-Lapu City Government staged the momentous event at the Hoops Dome, Lapu-Lapu City last December 14.

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After almost five centuries, the boats of our ancestors are reconnecting with Mactan. This is a view of the sunrise from the Cebu waters off Carcar. The quincentennial balangays Raya Siyagu and Raya Kolambu were sent by the Butuan City Government and Kaya ng Pinoy to Lapu-Lapu City to join the country in reconnecting to its ancient past through a spectacle being mounted at the Hoops Dome, Lapu-Lapu City this Saturday, December 14, 5pm courtesy of the Office of the President of the Philippines, National Historical Commission of the Philippines, Presidential Communications Operations Office, Department of Tourism, Department of Foreign Affairs, and Lapu-Lapu City Government. This is in time for the 500-day countdown to 500 years of the Victory at Mactan and other related events in 2021. Parallel events are also happening at the National Museum of Natural History in Manila and Davao City Hall Grounds. Titled "Mangayaw: The World of Our Ancestors," it's an hour-long retelling of the pre-colonial history of the Philippines directed by Lutgardo Labad and written by Floy Quintos. It is a theatrical spectacle aided with augmented-reality technology transforming the sprawling space of the Hoops Dome into a huge canvass. Preceeding the show is the wreath laying rites at the Liberty Shrine by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's official representative to the countdown, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, at 5pm. She will the proceed to the Hoops Dome to lead the country in singing the National Anthem. (Cebu Philharmonic Orchestra to perform the National Anthem in Lapu-Lapu City, Banda ng Maynila in Manila, and the 500-voice composite choir in Davao City accompanied by Kalimon Ensemble.) It will be immediately followed by the countdown to 6pm simultaneous illumination of historic sites, landmarks, plazas, and edifices in blue across the country and our embassies and consulates along our time zone, marked by the fireworks display at the Liberty Shrine.

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Titled "Mangayaw: The World of Our Ancestors," the program retold the Philippines' pre-colonial history. Directed by Lutgardo Labad and written by Floy Quintosis, the theatrical spectacle was aided with augmented-reality technology transforming the sprawling space of the Hoops Dome into a huge canvas.

Preceding the show for the countdown, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's official representative) partook at the wreath laying rites at the Liberty Shrine. She then proceeded to the Hoops Dome and led the country in singing the National Anthem. The Cebu Philharmonic Orchestra in performed the "Pambansang Awit" in Lapu-Lapu City, while Banda ng Maynila and the 500-voice composite choir accompanied by Kalimon Ensemble sang in Manila and Davao City, respectively.

Following the event, a countdown took place through simultaneous illumination of historic sites, landmarks, plazas, and edifices in blue across the country and our embassies and consulates in same time zone with ours, marked by the fireworks display at the Liberty Shrine.

The event's official theme song "Bagani" was also sung by Cebu's World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) medalists Vingenr Tan John, Ronna Jenn Lofranco-Cañete, Willace Tubalde, and Erneville Vinculado, accompanied by the Cebu Philharmonic Orchestra and the composite choir of Mandaue Children's Choir, University of Cebu Chorus, Loboc Children's Choir, Silliman University Campus Choristers, University of San Agustin Choir & Troubadours, and Rahrah Rousers of Palo. The theme song was selected among the entries in the PhilPop Bootcamps 2019. National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab himself took charge as the Bootcamp master, together with various OPM songwriters and artists as coaches. The National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines co-sponsored the year-long Bootcamp.

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Source: National Quincentennial Committee

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