Thursday, August 27, 2009

Centennial Tree

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In Butuan's neighboring municipality Magallanes, there is a Bitaog (Calophyllum inophyllum) tree that is officially been given the title of The Philippine Centennial tree. It is approximately 500 years old with a diameter of 290cm. It is claimed to be the oldest tree in the Philippines.



According to historians this tree has been a "mute witness to historical events (such as) (1) the initial evangelization of Mindanao (2) the birth of Caraga as a region during the Spanish colonial period etc." (can barely read the inscription.)

Trivia: This tree used to be the haven for millions of fireflies that served as a beacon light for fishermen during the night.

More info about The Philippine Centennial Tree here.

8 comments:

arabesque said...

the tree really looks old... and quite scary for me.^-^ i'm not really a nature lover...
but a captivating photo!

Kayni said...

that tree has stood the best of times...amazing.

nino said...

it really looks its age -- gnarly and all. but amazing how it has withstood time, the elements, and people. especially people.

the donG said...

great tree! i also saw huge trees near the museum compound area there.

Layrayski said...

wow, guess what you four have in common. =)

Layrayski said...

wow, guess what you four have in common. =)

Vlado&Toni said...

that's a good shot, and you have the dog to show how big the tree is! whoa!

Layrayski said...

the dog was what clinched it for me to post this photo. thanks vladoand toni =)

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