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>> GMA’s Pinoy Records wants to feature Quirino’s Balete Tree

15 Aug 2008 11:30 a.m


Just an hour ago, I read a comment on our post entitled Quirino’s Katkat Padua bags Mutya ng Maria Aurora crown. I was a bit wondering because the comment was not in a way relating to the post while there is this new one I posted about the Inquirer’s article to which it should be more fitted. Just a wrong box perhaps.



Anyway, it was another good news! And a step to prove the real facts about our Balete Tree, whether or not it is indeed the biggest and oldest tree in Asia. For this purpose, a team will be visiting the tree, probably on Monday, August 18, and will be gathering informations regarding the balete. Yes, the “Team Pacquiao” will be there! I mean, the team or staff of the GMA program “Pinoy Records” hosted by the Pambansang Kamao, Manny Pacquiao.

Here is the message through the post comment:

15 August 2008

Good Day!

Im Wiz Vargas, Researcher of Pinoy Records.
Pinoy Records is hosted by no other than people’s champion and Pambangsang Kamao Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and UAAP Basketball heartthrob, Chris Tiu– is a showcase of extraordinary abilities of Filipinos, a visual treat ranging from spectacular to out of this world, entertaining, awe-inspiring as well as informative and factual records—is already towards its fourth season and with our audience and commercial load growing, we have come up with new segments and more interesting stories.

In this regard,we would like to ask for your help, if anyone form you can help me get in touch w/ Maria Aurora Province Mayors Office.we want express our interest to feature the 600-year-old and LARGEST and oldest BALETE TREE in ASIA and designated as the official “Millennium Tree” of The Philippines, located in Maria Aurora Province. We have scheduled the shoot on Monday, August 18, 2008, and hopefully we could interview Maria Aurora Mayor and some of your old natives to testify how old and big the Balete Tree.

Very truly yours,


I have just talked to Ms. Vargas about their visit to our barangay on Monday, and Brgy. Capt. Onasis Ronquillo has already been informed regarding this matter. Let us wait to see our Balete Tree featured on Pinoy Records. Who knows, the Guinness maybe next.


August 15, 2008 - Posted by | BALETE NEWS


  1. abangan!!!!

    Comment by eden dulatre opelac | August 15, 2008

  2. Just wondering about the often stated “fact” that the tree was carbon dated to determine it’s age. I’m not a scientist but i think carbon-dating applies only to dead organic things. You cannot determine the age of a living thing through carbon dating. search for carbon dating on google and this thing will pop out first: “Carbon dating is a variety of radioactive dating which is applicable only to matter which was ONCE LIVING”. Since the tree is not dead yet, carbon dating is out of the question

    I wonder who really determined the age of that tree.

    As for it’s being the largest in Asia, i have doubts.

    Comment by curio | August 16, 2008

  3. Thank you for that sort of scientific information, Curio (comment #2). I have for some times heard and read of that notion that the Balete tree in our barangay is already about 400 to 600 years old. But being not an easy-believing person, I would ask every author of that proposition on its scientific basis, or any historical record, but never did I find one credible to speak of the fact. I too want to boast of that record that the Balete tree is the oldest and biggest in the country if not in the whole Asia, but only on a safe ground.

    I can also remember that carbon-dating subject during my high school days and I join you, CURIO, on the exclusive application of this method. I guess this is the one scientists used to figure out how old are fossils and remains of dead animals such as those of T-REX and other species in the Jurassic age. But, wouldn’t it be possible that a dead part of the tree had been their specimen to support that centuries age fact as long as they are 100% certain that the specimen had been a part of the tree’s body?

    Comment by Stallion | August 16, 2008

  4. ano na pong update dito? just want to know kung kelan ipapalabas ang feature na to nang mapanood naman.

    Comment by japson | August 22, 2008

  5. The day before their scheduled visit to Aurora, Ms. Vargas texted that their team’s supposed travel had been cancelled. She did not mention any reason for its deferment and it is not yet clear if they just moved their plan to another day this month or they have totally scrapped their plan to feature the tree. Let us just wait for the best, Quinoys. Kapit lang tayo sa ugat ng balete.

    Comment by Stallion | August 24, 2008

  6. nya !!!!
    ndi nmen nipanuod!!
    ung pinoy records!!

    Comment by diana jane opelac | October 2, 2008

  7. conrats ky kua onnon marzan!!!u make us proud!!!

    Comment by centerstage | October 17, 2008

  8. my husband used to live at reserva baler, aurora..last january 14, 2008 we went there and i was very excited because it was my first time..i asked my husband n pumunta kami agad sa “asias largest and oldest balete tree” and when i saw it, npa wow ako kc malaki nga sya and you can go inside the tree because of the roots..pero mas mganda dw dati un kc malago yung dahon, malalapad yung mga sanga..nung datnan kasi nmin kagagaling lng sa bagyo..sabi nga ng husband ko prang pinabayaan na daw..kasi kubng titingnan m prang malapit n syang mamatay..pero mganda p din kc maaninag m pa din ung ganda nung puno kasi ng taas taas nya…and im proud kc nkarating ako dun..

    Comment by rea | February 25, 2009

  9. i’ve been there too.. ^_^v

    Comment by isnabera | March 5, 2009

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