We are delighted to announce that the oldest pine tree at Brent School, Baguio, has been honored with the prestigious title of the best Heritage Native Tree in the Philippines. The tree’s recognition came as a result of its remarkable historical significance, unique aesthetics, and its vital role in preserving the country’s rich natural heritage.

The nationwide search contest, organized by the Philippine Native Tree Enthusiasts (PNTE), attracted submissions from across the country, highlighting the importance of preserving indigenous trees. All entries were required to be Philippine native trees, with exotic and naturalized species excluded to maintain the focus on native biodiversity.

The virtual awarding ceremony took place on Sunday, July 1, with esteemed guests and environmental enthusiasts attending to celebrate the winners. The event commenced with an inspiring opening message from DENR Secretary Ma. Antonia “Toni” Yulo-Loyzaga ℅ Usec Jonas Leones, underscoring the significance of conserving our natural heritage.

The award ceremony recording can be found here and a clip of the awarding ceremony can be found here

Baguio’s oldest pine tree not only received well-deserved recognition but will also be featured in a prestigious book dedicated to showcasing the country’s most treasured heritage trees. In addition to this honor, Brent School received a cash prize of Php 20,000 (twenty thousand pesos)

PNTE, in collaboration with environmental organizations, encourages the active involvement of Filipinos in documenting and protecting heritage trees. The nationwide contest garnered significant attention and promoted awareness about the importance of preserving our native tree species.

PNTE’s search criteria included several key elements such as Rarity of Species, Aesthetics, DBH (diameter breast height), Height, and Historical significance. Submissions were also evaluated based on Accessibility to promote eco-tourism and educational activities centered around these heritage trees.