Photo Duel: Wonder Tree vs Centennial Tree

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Name: Banyan Tree (Balete)
Location: OISCA Farm, Brgy. Lumapao, Canlaon City, Negros Oriental

Banyan Tree Banyan TreeAccording to a team of botanists from Silliman University, the tree is believed to be the country’s oldest tree with over 1300 years of existence. Around 45 adults are need to totally encircle the Wonder Tree.

Note: This is part of LegendHarry‘s Oct 12-25, 2011 Northern Mindanao-Zamboanga Peninsula-Central Visayas-Western Visayas Trip.

Name: Philippine Centennial Tree
Location: Brgy. Caloc-an, Magallanes, Agusan del Norte

Centennial Bitaug TreeCentennial Bitaug TreeHistorical Significance: It is believed that the tree existed long before 1523 based on existing set of maps which shows the island of Mindanao with its northeastern side named Bitau and Betauo, undoubtedly referring to bitaog tree, as it was then the custom of the Filipinos to name places after the trees. This surviving bitaog tree also has been a mute witness to many historical events, among others are:

  • The initial evangelization of Mindanao
  • The birth of Caraga as a region during the Spanish colonial period
  • The struggles of the Agusanons against the Americans
  • The quadricentennial of the evangelization of Mindanao on September 7, 1997

This tree was declared by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources as a centennial tree pursuant to Administrative Order No. 98-25 issued on June 3, 1998. The bitaog tree (local name: bitaog; common name: bitaog; scientific name: Calophyllum inophyllum; family name: Guttiferae) is estimated to be 500 years old and with a diameter of 290 centimeters.

Note: This is part of LegendHarry‘s Nov 21-29 Northern Mindanao-Caraga-Davao Trip.

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