The Big Tree of Canlaon City

December 01, 2010 Travel

This tree holds significance for its historical, national, locational, natural, or mythological value. Nestled within OISCA Farm, it is estimated to be more than 1,300 years old, according to botanists from Silliman University.

They say it takes 42 men to encircle the tree, and at night, fireflies illuminate its majestic presence. While slightly smaller than the pride of Maria Aurora, which requires 60 men to encircle, this Banyan tree in Canlaon City is equally awe-inspiring.

After our Mt. Kanlaon climb, we paid homage to this remarkable tree. 

We discovered its existence through a picture in F&C Lodge, where we stayed. We each took a habal-habal to the site, enjoying a cool ride that afforded us glimpses of Mt. Kanlaon and surrounding barangays.

The trail leading to the tree is adorned with trees, creating a picturesque scene reminiscent of a Korean telenovela. Unfortunately, we didn't have bikes to explore further. Near this site, there is an ostrich farm and a dam, offering additional side trip options. A habal-habal ride costs Php 50.00 per person from the town proper.

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