Used to be a hiding spot of rebels in Spanish times, Pili has become the capital of Camarines Sur. Due to historical factors influencing the choice of provincial capitals, this once-sleepy town was chosen to become the new provincial capital, as Naga became an independent city.
Pili straddles the boundary of two major varieties of the Bikol languages, the Central variant of Bikol which is used in Naga, and the Rinconada at the southern part of the town. As some residents of the Rinconada district go to Pili to shop, work, or study, Central Bikol is considered as the most understood local dialect.
It's unknown to some extent whether Pili comes from the nut of the same name, which is also the town's specialty, of from the Bikol word for "choose", but you can buy jars or packs of those from pasalubong shops.
The plane to and from Manila to Naga City takes about one hour. As of September 2020, only Cebgo serves the airport, using an ATR 72 turboprop twice weekly.
From the airport, walk 400 m (1,300 ft) into Maharlika Highway, and take a jeepney to downtown (for ₱3).
Buses stop around the Super EuroXprez gas station along the Diversion road at Barangay La Purisima. Also, buses going to Partido, Rinconada district, and Albay also make stops at Anayan crossing, the junction of Maharlika and Partido highways.
- Pili station. A slowly crumbling structure being rebuilt as of 2019, it is served by the Bicol Commuter route between Naga and Legazpi during weekdays. Naga-Legazpi (#500) arrives at 5:20AM and Legazpi-Naga (#1720) at 7:29PM.
A ticket from Naga costs ₱10 as of 2017 (₱35 from Iriga, and ₱100 from Legazpi).
Public transportation is provided by jeeps, tricycles, multicab, and motorcycles.
- Saint Raphael Archangel Parish Church (Pili Church). A Catholic church dating to 1819.
- Filipino - Japanese Friendship Landmark, Sitio Bongcao, Curry. A marker erected in 1985 to commemorate the end of Japanese occupation of Bicol and the start of stronger Filipino-Japanese relations.
- Our Lady of Remedies Parish Church (Curry Church), Curry. A Catholic church located at the foot of Mt. Isarog.
1 Mount Isarog. A dormant volcano and a national park open for trekking and mountain biking.
- Balang Falls (Shower Falls), Sitio Bongcao, Curry. A waterfall at the foot of Mt. Isarog and is the last falls of the "eight falls in one river". It can be accessible through hiking from the Bongcao trail at Barangay Curry.
- Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (CamSur Watersports Complex, or CWC).
- Internet cafes. 24 hours. All over the town. from ₱10.
|Routes through Pili|
|Daet/Manila ← Naga ←||N S||→ Junction → → Legazpi|
|Tigaon ← Ocampo ←||E W||→ END|