Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Pili-pili Dilemma

The iconographic staple in most tourist attractions is to have the place name blown up as a selfie stop and CWC has one in its main attraction  
The Naga airport is actually in Pili town
I was invited to talk about native trees in Camarines Sur.  It was my first time in the province.  When I arrived with the other speakers from Manila, I learned that we were to be billeted in the municipality of Pili.  Knowing pili is also the name of a local endemic tree (Canarium ovatum and some relatives) and that Cam Sur is in Bicol, which is pili country, I was curious to ask our welcoming party why the town was actually named Pili. I was not able to get a straight answer.  I further asked if there are still pili trees around in the town and before I could get a reply, I a grown pili tree came into view around the corner.  

I then rephrased my question to whether the Pili town is known for pili trees or is there a pili industry locally.  The answer given to me was that pili is more known to be grown in Sorsogon which was two provinces away.  So I wondered, if Pili town was named as such but is not anymore known for the pili tree, what actually defines Pili as a town.  This time I got an answer in form of a question: CWC? - which stands for CamSur Watersports Complex. I just left my curiosity hanging for the meantime.

The main watersports pool has the more experienced, especially foreigners, doing acrobatic turns and moves in the water.
An hour or so later we met our hosts from The Trees That Bind Inc., an NGO with an advocacy on native trees (I have not yet explored the actual goals of the said NGO so I would reserve in another entry explaining about it).  I met with Goyi Solis, who extended the invitation for the talk, and Zip, from the local government unit.  I asked them about my Pili-pili  dilemma, which Zip vowed to make her assignment from me.
The newer lodging facilities in the CamSur Watersports Complex 
We arrived in CamSur late in the afternoon (our flight was delayed) so we only got the chance to walk around CWC grounds - which appears to be exciting.  Our companion, Dr. Ephraim Cercado (from the Native Tree Enthusiasts Group) could not help himself to try wakeboarding.  It seemed to be a fun thing to experience but I did not have the courage to try myself.  So far with what I have heard, it is CWC that is the main attraction of Pili as a town. Let us wait for what Zip has to say about it.      

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