Enchanting Balete Festival emphasizing on the rich culture and traditions of Baleten-ons
Enchanting Balete Festival an annual civic and religious fiesta emphasizing on the rich culture and traditions of Baleten-ons. Highlighting the Culture and Arts month and the Enchanting Balete festival, this mixed cultural event is celebrated every February and October. Some of the activities are cultural presentations, art exhibits, agro-fishery and trade fair, symposia, art contest, etc.
The balete tree belongs to the family of fig trees (from the genus Ficus). There are several species, about 10 of 800 are found in the Philippines. The balete tree is also known as the banyan in other parts of the world. It’s a type of ficus, or what’s also called a strangler fig tree, since the tree grows around a host tree and strangles it. AGTAWAGON HILL – It is the area that once served as a camp and the last line of defense of Filipino soldiers and guerillas during World War ll. BASURA GARDEN – The name of this place is derived from the owner’s collection of artifacts, antiques, including recyclable garbage materials from the native Baleten-on folks. Among those that were transformed into works of arts the observer would gape at are a broken shoe that was subsequently turned into a beautiful flower vase, an ordinary stone framed to portray realities which many oftentimes ignore. The artworks are setup inside the private garden purposely to create a haven of inspiration for the owner’s family, to evoke their innate creative nature or talent. Hence, friends and guests who enter the place likewise get inspiration, announcing to the outside world there is a small haven of art that exists in this town of Balete, for all to see.
Products and Produce. Agricultural and fishery of which the most notable are piña cloth, nito craft, pinipig, rambutan, oysters, crabs, prawns (both brackish and freshwater).
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