Isla Del Fuego: Old Enchanted Balete Tree
In the Philippines, a handful of legends and myths have been attached to the balete tree. Some people believe that Balete trees are home to supernatural, mystical beings…
And since we are in Siquijor, the land famous for myths of sorcery and the supernatural, an enchanted balete tree exists.
The Old Enchanted Balete Tree
Location: Brgy. Camplanas, Lazi, Siquijor
Because of it’s eerie outline created by hundreds of roots and vines hanging down, a 400 year old tree is believed to be enchanted. An enchanting tree is not only a site to behold but also provides water to it’s residents.”
Obligatory Commemorative Photo
You can find this landmark at 10 meters from Siquijor’s National Highway or also known as the island’s circumferential road. This is also found within just a few minutes away from Capilay’s Spring Park.
Balete tree belongs to the family of fig trees from the genus Ficus.
This local balete tree is a relative of strangler figs.
Balete tress are parasitic in nature. They would creep up on unsuspecting healthy trees, later entrapping them, and finally killing the host tree. This is the reason why the middle of a balete tree is usually hollow and one can enter if it is big enough.
This 400-plus year-old balete tree is believed to be the oldest and the biggest in the said island-province. It is one of the more popular balete trees in the Philippines (others are found in Canlaon City, Negros Oriental and Maria Aurora, Aurora Province).
It’s humungous size and eerie outline makes anyone believe that the tree is enchanted. This is the ultimate setting for a horror movie.
The branches of this century old balete tree set it’s foliage to a wide canopy that covers the man-made pool in it’s bottom, giving the visitors below it a cool, and calm atmosphere. It is interesting to note that the locals couldn’t tell where the water comes from.
Few years back, it was used as a laundry area, but now you can see fishes swimming in the place. These fishes are Doctor Fishes or Garra Rufa.
Touring around Siquijor ala Amazing Race, can be tiring. A stop here is an instant refreshing break. Go ahead and dip your feet, and the garra rufa will be more than happy to exfoliate your feet for you.
Notice that I have a lot of doctor fishes compare to Rida’s? Doctor fishes nibble on your dead skin cells. Yes, that is one evidence that I need to catch up on my foot spa schedule. Yes, they are having a feast on my feet during that time.
Read more about my first-timer experience HERE
Admission is free to this tourist spot. There’s a donation box, though, which you can keep happy. The funds are used for place’s maintenance.
Few meters from the Balete tree is a shop selling amulets, charms, love potions, and other concoctions.
This small bottle of Efficacent Oil contains strange looking twigs, some dried grass/herbs, and some unknown powdery substance. The lady said you need to mix your cologne with whatever that is inside the bottle, then spray or dab on your skin. Yep, this is refillable. She also mentioned that this is good for your business as you can also apply this on your goods.
Of course, my curious amiga, the one with love life, suitor/stalker, fiance (so hell yea, soon to be married) best friend, bought one. (Good luck Edsel!)
See my Siquijor itinerary HERE.
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