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Filipino Boatbuilding Diaspora

Postby boatmik » Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:05 pm

Finally I put an article up about my wanderings last year.

Ran into Filipino communities in Malaysia building plywood and planked boats.

Kota Kinabalu and Labuan Island.

I was amazed at the diversity and sophistication of the various boats and the strong aesthetic.

Also I photographed some of the other boats that had some of the same aesthetic but a bit different.

You can see The article here ...
but I have a question.

IS this a Filipino boat type? Or a Malaysian one. Has anyone seen them in the West or South or in other parts of the Phil?

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Re: Filipino Boatbuilding Diaspora

Postby Lorenzo » Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:44 am

Hi Mik. It is called Tempèr here in the south, particularly sailing between Tumindao and Sibutu. The photo you have there is probably a plywood version.

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The bigger version of that is called Kumpit. It sails Zamboanga-TawiTawi-Sabah route. Both type of boats evolved from the traditional sailing Garay that serves the same purpose for trading. The stern was chopped off to accommodate motors.

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That type of boat belongs to the Samal/Bajao tribe, regardless of chosen nationality, since they inhabit the borders of Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia.


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Re: Filipino Boatbuilding Diaspora

Postby boatmik » Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:22 pm

Super pics Lorenzo!

Also nice ethnography and geopolitics :)

Amazing how it every aspect of culture, history and politics fit together to shape boats!

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Re: Filipino Boatbuilding Diaspora

Postby sagip1 » Fri Nov 29, 2013 3:16 pm

50,000 boats needed for fishermen affected by 'Yolanda'

The DA will also provided materials, including motors, so fishermen can build boats.

Alcala estimates around 50,000 boats are needed by fishermen in typhoon-hit areas.

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/regio ... -hit-areas
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