Giant Balete Tree

Samal City, Davao del Norte

Giant Balete Tree is located in Talikud Island, Samal City, Davao del Norte. The tree stands just along the road in the interior of the island. A local folklore tells of a mischievous boy named Jolito who was able to enter the giant balete tree and discovered the castle that is inside. He was gone for days but was saved by the medicine man, Ete. Locals also say that the giant tree eats the sun du ...

ring eclipses.

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  • Talicud Island Adventure, Igacos Part 2 The Giant Balete Tree

    Talicud Island Adventure, Igacos Part 2 The Giant Balete Tree

    Balete tree refers to various species of trees in the Philippines that Filipinos generally call Balete. It usually is found hanging on other trees in their earlier stage and then would gradually grow, eventually suffocating its host. A Balete tree could grow as much as 200 feet in height and 33 feet in diameter (located in Aurora Province, The Philippines). But more than it's physical characteristics that has always awed so many people, it's the trees reputation in different Filipino folklore that made this tree so famous among any other trees in the region.

    In Talicud Island, Island Garden ...

  • 5 Off The Beaten Tracks In Samal Islands Talikud

    5 Off The Beaten Tracks In Samal Islands Talikud

    Be one of the firsts who set foot on this lesser known island!

    Talicud Island in Barangay Kaputian, Island Garden City of Samal, has 2,917 hectares of land area comprised of long stretches of white sand beaches, coconut and mango plantations, and rich water resources.

    Much of its popularity is credited to its pristine beaches which are ideal diving spots.

    In 2015, a tour showcasing the inland wonders of Talicud was opened to the public and here are the top 5 destinations you should visit:

    1) Snorkelling at Dadatan Mangrove Garden and Marine Sanctuary
    Dadatan has a mangrove garden ...

  • The Untold Tales Of The Giant Balete Tree In Talikud Island

    The Untold Tales Of The Giant Balete Tree In Talikud Island

    Is this giant balete tree home to enkantos and the bakunawa?

    There is more to Talikud Island than its long stretches of white sand beaches. It is the source of many horrific stories that locals have believed in from generation to generation. Take the giant Balete tree that stands just along the road in the interior of the island.

    According to urban legend, the people from the community would make a noise barrage surrounding the tree to drive away the bakunawa. Folk tales say that the bakunawa or dragon monster has stolen the sun or moon. It is believed that the giant balete tree is the ...