Tag Archives: banca

Mermaid Folk Art

A faded mermaid image on the banca–with a face that looks like a portrait of a real human.

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Bangka Typography

Bulalakaw is the Tagalog word for comet.

Footwear as Rope Floater

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This rope is used to secure small bancas (like those in the photograph below) by the beach. When the tide comes in, the rope remained visible owing to the attached floaters such as the ala Crocs footwear.

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Small bancas

Plying Subic Bay for Seashell Shoppers

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As much as I want to buy from them for their livelihood sake and for those pretty conches, I can’t bring myself to do that. It may encourage this kind of damaging trade.

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T-shirt Head Wrap

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What they’ll do? Three bangkeros will hold the rope then pull it abruptly at the count of three to manually start the motor of this banca. Malapascua Island, Cebu

An old t-shirt is the stereotypical head wrap or mask of bangkeros where the neck hole becomes the opening for the eyes. Frequent windy conditions on the job make this t-shirt headwear as the more secure (readily available and cheaper) option than a baseball cap.

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Lookout and passenger assistance task for these two banca men in this motorized outrigger boat from Batangas bound for Puerto Galera

From Island To Mainland

The uncomplicated manner of commuting from the island of Malapascua to mainland Cebu province.

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At Logon beach, procure a green paper ticket from the one-man ticketing office comprising of a small table that also serves as police detachment (says the sign) and a blackboard where the name of the boats and their corresponding schedules are written.

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Ticketing office

 

The green ticket says Malapascua Port. Where’s the port? The Guanna boat, a yellow banca anchored far from the beach, will leave at 8:30 according to the blackboard. How to get there? Ride a small paddle flat boat for 20 pesos per passenger. Simple. Uncomplicated.

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Guanna, the commuter boat in “Malapascua Port”

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Short transfer from Logon beach to Guanna boat

Bagong Pag-asa

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Almost all boats in Malapascua were destroyed by typhoon Yolanda says Mike, a German who runs a resort in the island. In the present, one can notice plenty of yellow bancas around the island. These yellow boats called Bagong Pag-asa (translated as New Hope) were donated by entities all over the world to help in the livelihood rebuilding of affected residents.

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New hope...

Banca Boatyard

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This banca will take 5 days to finish and sells for 15,000 pesos

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Banca making is a livelihood here in Malapascua island

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He maintains the banca of others

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Working daily by the white sand beach. Such a beautiful workplace

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Men build bancas, women mend fishing nets

Secondary Function

A beached banca’s great exposure to tropical sun makes it a practical option for clothes drying.

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Banca as clothes drying rack in Malapascua Island

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Fishing pants I suppose, also at Malapascua Island, Cebu

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Fishing pants in San Juan, La Union

Holiday

Teamwork in pushing the outrigger canoe using logs to reduce the work (force * distance). Now it’s time for these folks to rest for the holiday.
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Drag Reduction Improvisation

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Coca-Cola plastic bottle attached to the outrigger to lessen drag

Typography: Banca Names

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Tongue twister in green in an appropriate font

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Cursive first name in red, capitalized second name in blue

Banca

Some of the many photographs I have of the Philippine outrigger canoe also known as banca.

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Sometimes it is easier to go to another part of town via sea than land

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Banca in Abra de Ilog

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Banca in Calauit

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Chest containers being dried on this fishing banca in Masbate City

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