>> Inquirer’s article on our “Balete”
In his address during the pageant night of Brgy. Quirino’s 59th founding anniversary celebraton, Mayor Ariel Bitong announced that a team of the Inquirer was scheduled to come to our barangay the following day, Saturday, the second day of the Founding Anniversary celebration, to visit the Balete tree and conduct dialogue with the officials and the owner of the lot where the tree stands. Thanks to Brgy. Captain Onasis Ronquillo for giving me the tip that the paper is out today with the awaited article on the neglected Belete Park.
Here is the article from Inquirer.net by Tonette Orejas:
Ancient ‘balite’ tree battles for life in Aurora
MARIA AURORA, Aurora – A “balite” tree, carbon-dated to be between 400 and 600 years old and said to be among the oldest and biggest in Asia, has suffered from human abuse, as the Aurora provincial government and a family in Maria Aurora town try to settle a row over management of a park where the tree stands.
“Umaakyat ang mga tao. Inuukit pa nila pangalan nila. Nasasaktan ang puno (People climb it. They also carve their names on it. The tree is hurt),” Onassis Ronquillo, barangay chair of Quirino, said of the tourist-drawing natural wonder in his village at the foothills of the Sierra Madre.
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I will be posting some facts about the Balete in few weeks. Watch out.