So after attending the Pahiyas activities last May we set off to the said Luisiana route to look for the pandans, and they were not that hard to find. Adding to the beauty of the view, the highway was lined with tall trees but not completely hiding the thick line of the tall pandans. The clumps of the plant are almost endless. I could not resist to get out of our vehicle to stand near a good group of the pandans. Similar pandan groves stretch from halfway from Lucban to Luisiana upto the next town of Cavinti. In Cavinti proper some of the houses hang dry the leaves to prepare for weaving into the different products.
In my trip to Coron I have learned of pandan dagat, which is either or Pandanus tectorius or Pandanus odoratissimus. Coron natives do the same with leaves, woven into mats or banigs. The Luisiana pandan is much bigger than the beach varieties I previously saw. I consulted my images of the pandan with PNPC's Leonard Co and he suspects this to be karagumoy or Pandanus simplex. Karagumoy is supposed to be widespread in Luzon up to Bicol. The fruits are eaten by the lone monitor lizard - bayawak species that eat plants in Polilio Island, off coast of Quezon Province.