The Giant Balete or Rubber Tree

Giant Balete Tree

Giant Balete Tree

I did not know that there is a huge tree in Aurora Province Philippine which is believed to be the oldest and biggest in Asia. A Balete or Rubber Tree is famous plant which is normally connected to something that is horrifying or scary. As the famous street in Manila where a lady ghost is believed to be riding on vehicles passing by.

You can climb the tree. Old but strong

You can climb the tree. Old but strong

Anyway, it’s just an old urban legend in the Philippines. Going back in Aurora Province, as part of our itinerary, this magnificent tree is an attraction to tourist. The tree is located in Maria Aurora, Aurora. The tree is about 65 meters high from the surface. The dimension, they said that 60 adults are needed to embrace the tree, outstretched hand in hand.

College Friends in Maria Aurora

College Friends in Maria Aurora

It was an amazing sight that this old tree is strong enough to battle typhoon in which this area is massively attack during the typhoon season. To get here, it is about 25 to 30 minutes ride from Baler. You need to pay for the entrance which is Php 20.00 / $0.45. You will enjoy taking picture, climb to its branches and you can actually go inside.

Oldest Rubber Tree in Asia

Since the tree became famous for tourist, food stalls are available if you got hungry from the travel. Usually, this place is visited after trekking from the Mother’s Falls in San Luis Aurora. Travel time from San Luis to Maria Aurora is 15 to 20 minutes.

Old gang on Old Tree

Old gang on Old Tree

This trip is a combine photos from my first and second trip in Aurora. I’ve been here in April 2014 with my sister and high school buddies. I returned in June 2015 with my college friends. Great place to bond with my group of friends.

Taking that groupie.

Taking that groupie.

Image Sources: Nilo Canlas and Xyrik Manongsong (Approved Photos)

Manlalayag is Seafarer in Filipino. I want to be a pirate who travels to Collect Memories and Steal Happiness from the places I want to go.

 

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