And that conversation reminded of the Balete (banyan) Tree, the GIANT BALETE TREE, which we saw in Aurora last time.They officially call it “Millennium Tree” as I heard it's around 600 years old.
According to the website Wondermondo ,60 - 65 m tall and some 60 adult people are needed to get their arms around.The tree is located in a private property but no entrance fees are collected.Around it is a corn farm and a few trees which are dwarfed by the massive Balete.
According to Yahoo, "the owner initially wanted to cut the tree due to superstitious beliefs.
When the family was about to cut it, a member of the family got sick as well as the driver of the bulldozer which was supposed to take down the tree. Since then, they just let the tree grow. The tree was later christened Millennium Tree." --SOURCE
My apologies if I have been quoting websites for the information coz when you visit the park, there was nothing really except for the Giant Tree, the Police rangers stationed in front of it and the Buko vendor who's presence meant happiness to us.
Nothing.Except for the giant tree.Well, it was a relief because after the tiring hike to the waterfalls ad the 30minute tricycle ride from San Luis to Maria Aurora, the massive shade of the tree served as our refuge from the scorching summer heat.
I mean, how did we get to the place (in contrast to getting on top of the tree.hehe) Well, we rented a tricycle for 500 pesos and this was our next stop after the waterfalls ----Ditumabo Falls aka MOTHER FALLS in San Luis Aurora.
The “Millennium Tree” at Balete Park is located in Brgy. Quirino in the town of Maria Aurora in Aurora.
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