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The Rizal play was particularly significant for us because it was one of our earliest lead roles in theater: In the stage musical, after the teenage Pepe, our character, longingly sings his tribute to his hometown ('Calamba'), he goes around a balete (ficus or strangler fig) tree and 'magically' re-emerges as the adult Jose, now played by Ogie.
There is a visit to Ta Prohm (made famous by the film Tomb Raider where the ruins are overgrown by strangler fig and silk-cotton tresses), Angkor Thom, Bayon temple and the Terrace of the Elephants.
The strangler fig is a parasite, parasitic worms kill.
In shifting to the dynamics of the independence movement in the post-Suharto period, Kirksey uses a different metaphor from the plant world: the banyan tree that was and remains the symbol of Suharto's Golkar party, but which is also, as Kirksey explains, a variety of strangler fig: 'They grow up and around host trees, encircling them with a fused lattice of aerial roots' (p.
Florida Strangler Fig (485 points): Strangler fig seeds are deposited on some other tree, like a fanpalm, by birds.