Author’s Note: This article uses virtual reality technology to provide an immersive experience. Click the images to view the 360-degree VRs. Adobe Flash 10 or higher is required. Average VR size is 2.4Mb each. After nearly 3 months from the date of first construction, the replica of an ancient wooden boat ‘balangay’ was finally launched into the waters of Manila Bay at mid-day on June 27. As the rope was cut, the “Diwata ng Lahi” (Muse of the Race), the balangay’s christened name, made a thundering splash as it rolled down the make-shift pier and floats proudly amidst cheers and applaud from everyone present.