At first glance at the Bicol countryside, I could not readily distinguish the abaca from the different banana varieties. Since both are sourced with produce, both are also grown in plantations. It took the trained eye of a local to tell the two apart. Abaca I was told has a narrow built than banana trees. The leaves have a slight narrow and pointed tip. The flowers and eventually the fruits are non-remarkable. I still could not readily tell apart abaca from banana. But suddenly specimens became more evident, ironically dispersed with banana trees in plantations, and in outcrops anbd brushes in mountain slopes.
I almost forgot. There was another reason why there are less abaca trees visible in Sorsogon. The tree has a disease spreading called 'bunchy top'. This makes abaca leaf crown deform and easily wilt. Trees are literally cut down to the base and burned to prevent the spread of 'bunchy top'.