But certainly the balete is not the only dreaded tree we have in the Philippines.
Other Haunted Trees
- Acacia (a.k.a. Raintree) -- Scientific name: Albizzia saman
- Achuete (Appatot in Ilocano) -- Bixa orellana
- Kalumpang (Bangar in Ilocano) – Sterculia foetida
- Binuang – Octomeles sumatrana
- Bitaog (a.k.a. Palo Maria) – Calophyllum innophylum
- Bulala – Nephelium phippinensis
- Mabolo (a.k.a. Kamagong) – Diospyros philippinensis
- Mango –Mangifera indica
- Narra – Pterocarpus indicus
- Tamarind – Tamarindus indicus
- Tuai – Biscofia javanica
- Po (Ficus religiosa) – Regarded as the most sacred tree in the eyes of Buddhists, it is considered sacrilegious to cut it.
- Kabok (Irvingia malayana) – This tree’s local name means “not fulfilled” and, thus, its use is believed to cause poverty in the family.
- Poey (Irvingia species) – A bitter-tasting tree, this is believed to bring bitterness in life to the family that uses it. The local Thai name means “naked” and so it may bring nothingness or emptiness to its users.
- Ai (Ficus species) – Considered parasitic, this tree is said to lead its users to become dependent upon others for their living.
- Loem (Canarium subulatum) – This tree is said to bring bad luck and illness to its users.
- Ma Moung Paa (Mangifera indica) – This is the mango tree whose fruits are okay for eating; however, the use of its wood for housing is believed to bring bad luck and illness to the house-owner.