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Pili is the provincial capital of Camarines Sur, and is located to the south of Naga City.


Used to be a hiding spot of rebels in Spanish times, Pili has become the capital of Camarines Sur. Due to historical laws that prevented provincial capitals from being placed on independent cities, 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.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • 1 Naga Airport (WNP  IATA), Maharlika Highway, San Jose. Naga Airport (Q1528942) on Wikidata Naga Airport on Wikipedia

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 the downtown area (for ₱3).

By bus[edit]

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.

By train[edit]

  • 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).

Get around[edit]

Map of Pili

Public transportation is provided by jeeps, tricycles, multicab, and motorcycles.


Heritage Sites[edit]

  • 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. Filipino-Japanese Friendship Landmark (Q67153196) on Wikidata Filipino-Japanese Friendship Landmark on Wikipedia
  • Our Lady of Remedies Parish Church (Curry Church), Curry. A Catholic church located at the foot of Mt. Isarog.

Natural Attractions[edit]

Balang Falls

1 Mount Isarog. A dormant volcano and a national park open for trekking and mountain biking. Mount Isarog (Q1673747) on Wikidata Mount Isarog on Wikipedia

  • 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.


  • 1 Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (CamSur Watersports Complex, or CWC). Camsur Watersports Complex (Q5028799) on Wikidata Camsur Watersports Complex on Wikipedia





  • 1 Elizabeth Hotel, +63 956 807 6391. From ₱1100.
  • 2 Moraville Drive-inn Hotel, Maharlika Highway, +63 54 477 3947.


  • Internet cafes. 24 hours. All over the town. from ₱10.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Pili
Daet/ManilaNaga  N  S  → Junction Legazpi
TigaonOcampo  E  W  END

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