samouchka4259: Balete tree (also known as balite or baliti) are several species of the trees in the Philippines from the genus Ficus, commonly referred to locally as balete. A number of these are known as strangler figs wherein they... https://t.co/3XTp1dx8Iu
@AnnaDye46304310 @3d_india So true, Anna. It's a balete tree or fig tree (genus Ficus).
@Taiwan_trails Among the ncient Tagalogs (the people of the river--myself being one), if you passed a balete (ficus) tree, crossed a river, passed a termite mound, or peed in the forest you had to excuse yourself to the Nuno.
I love ficus trees , yesterday I learned that many of my filipino ancestors specially the babaylan were burried with the balete trees. Some of their bones painted with red ochre. I cried. Tho I am disconnected, the parts of me I didn’t know still know.