In commemoration of the Galleon Trade from 1565 to 1815, the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) spearheaded the first International Dia del Galeon Festival together with the Baler 400 Steering Committee headed by Senator Edgardo J. Angara and festival director Cecile Guidote-Alvarez.
The festival kicked-off with the arrival of Galleon Andalucia, a replica of the 17th century galleon which traded between Spain, America and Asia for almost three centuries.
Galleon Andalucia is a 51-meter long vessel built by the Fundacion Nao Victoria in Spain. It has six decks and can accommodate 100 persons at a time.
My J and I were so lucky to be on the first batch of viewers. We arrived two hours before the scheduled viewing time, took the registration (we were on the sixth and seventh spot on the queue), looked around the trade hall and listened to a short introduction about galleon by Professor Malonzo.
Professor Malonzo told us that a galleon is a war ship, cargo ship and passenger ship rolled into one.
Here are photos of the majestic Galleon Andalucia. By the way, the ship is guarded by friendly Spanish personnel. They greet passengers and are even game to have photos taken with them.
For more information about the Dia de Galeon Festival, click here.
Friendly reminders if you’re planning to see the ship:
(1) Arrive at least an hour before the opening time so you can register right away. When we left the premises, we saw large groups of students coming for a visit. If you arrive late, you will have to wait in the queue.
(2) Be sure to register and get a sticker. This will serve as your entrance ticket to the ship. No sticker, no entry. That’s a strict policy.
(3) Wear comfortable shoes/sandals since you will have to walk from the registration hall to the ship. If possible, bring an umbrella for sun protection. A bottle of drinking water will be valuable as well.
Be part of this historic event! Enjoy!