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Date Posted: 12/21/10

December 13, 2010 - Balangays are finally back in Metro Manila

By: Arturo Valdez

8:33PM Dec 13: Almost 12 hours had passed since we finished the final leg of our voyage from Sangley to Harbor Square within the marina of the Manila Yacht Club.I heaved a deep sigh of relief that we finally made it after 14 months and 12 days of sailing around the Philippines and countries of Southeast Asia.It was an unbelievable experience and odyssey for the 39 crew of the Balangay flotilla and slowly it dawned on everyone that this is coming to a close.

We may have succeeded in realizing the goals of the Voyage but for me personally,it is having the greatest satisfaction and feeling of pride that I brought the 39-man crew safely reunited with their families this Season of Hope and Joy. I thanked the Lord Almighty for guiding and keeping us safe in all our travels.

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to those who faithfully keep track of our Voyage of the Balangay.

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