|The very large Ficus variegata|
|The Marcos Museum|
|Detail of fig fruits|
I heard of two versions regarding how this tree got its vernacular name. First one is that the leaf rustle sounds like two fighting bayawak lizards (native monitor lizards from the genus Varanus). Second is that the bark of its trunk is so smooth that no bayawak could ever climb it. The lizards probably attempted to climb the tree because of the visible fruits. Some species of Varanus are fruit-eaters like the butaan. I am not sure which story is more credible. But that is how most of things here in the Philippines are named, by hear-say.