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20 October 2013

Postcard: Native Banca in Philippines

I started collecting postcards three years ago. The idea is to keep something as memento from places I've been. Sometimes, there are scenes or views that can't be captured with my camera like some aerial shots. So it's better to grab a beautiful postcard sold in a souvenir shop. 

Early this year, I attended a money exhibition. To my surprise, there's a table selling old postcards. Look what I got. 


Native Banca
There were three big boxes of postcards on that table and I feel ecstatic to see one piece of card that has great connection to our history. Look how simple life before. I can say that the water was pretty clean back then. 

During our last visit in the Philippines, I noticed that there are still native bancas in provinces and other rural areas. Local people still use it for fishing or for transporting goods and people from one place to another. Some boats are installed with motor for faster means of transportation. That could be good but I still prefer that native one. I love seeing the boat owners paddling. That made it unique, don't you think?
As I said, I collect postcards of places I've been. I didn't expect to enjoy collecting the old ones and places I wish I've been. If I could travel back in time, I would love to see myself on that boat and on that same moment. 

21 comments:

  1. I used to rid on those bancas when I was growing up as we live in a coastal area.

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  2. What a great picture of Native banca I love post cards too.

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  3. what a fun hobby and a great way to remember places you have been

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  4. I wonder where is the Native Banca belong, is it somewhere in Luzon? Yah, life was really simple back then.

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  5. The photo reminds me of my vacation in Leyte where I and my cousins do the sagwan this banca.

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  6. Banca reminds me of the precious moment that Papa and I had when went fishing.

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  7. that is one ancient photography/postcard. I should start collecting postcard for souvenir.

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  8. To be honest, I want to experience their life before. They were so laid back, the rivers were so clean, the people in there were just enjoying their life with no hassle, the houses were simple back then. Haay.. :D

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  9. I experienced this. Though i only done it once or twice coz i can't swim but watching those people is fun too!

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  10. the place before and now is way too different you are lucky you've collected a great postcard.

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  11. My husband and I are into collecting anything connected to the past especially postcards, stamps, coins, and photos. Life indeed was much simpler then.

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  12. Pretty postcard and maybe someday the water will be as pure as it was back then

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  13. In our province, banca is pretty much still around.

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  14. What a unique postcard to collect :-) I remember visiting my best friend in the province, she always treat me for a boat ride just like in your beautiful postcard. We have boats in our pond but not as special as this boat in the postcard.

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  15. The postcard is very old that might be consider as antique.

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  16. I love old postcards and everytime I see one during our travel, I get excited and I like to buy it. I still haven't got to send some postcards to someone, but I will once I get around to it. :)

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  17. I also like to collect postcards of places that I have been to. I guess it is the cheapest souvenirs that I can afford. Lol. That sure is a great snap of the yesteryears. An ancient banca... wow!

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  18. Oh wow, I miss collecting postcards. I used to be a member of a postcrossing enthusiast group locally but life got busy and I seldom have time to go to post office. It's out of the way kasi. I love postcards, there is so much history in it.

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  19. This is a nice postcard and collecting post card is a nice hobby as well.

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  20. I've always been scared of bancas :D I love photographing them though....this post reminded me to revive my postcard blog. :D

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  21. I love collecting postcards of places I've been (or wish I could go!) lol That's a nice postcard you have here and some great memories. Thanks for sharing! =)

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