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.

Bangka Typography

Bulalakaw is the Tagalog word for comet.

Footwear as Rope Floater


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.


Small bancas

Plying Subic Bay for Seashell Shoppers


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.


T-shirt Head Wrap


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.


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

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