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 variety of Metro Naga, and the Rinconada of the traditional region it is named after. While some residents of the Rinconada region go to Pili to shop, work, or study, Central Bikol is the most understood.
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 the thing
The plane to and from Manila to Naga City takes about one hour. Airlines that provide this service are PAL Express and Cebgo, and all flights use a turboprop plane.
From the airport, walk 400 m (1,300 ft) into Maharlika Highway, and take a jeepney to downtown (for ₱3).
- 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).
- Saint Raphael Archangel Parish Church (Pili Church). A Catholic church dating to 1870.
- Filipino - Japanese Friendship Marker, Sitio Bongcao, Curry. A marker erected in 1985 to commemorate the end of Japanese occupation of Bicol and the celebration of strong Filipino-Japanese relations.
- Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (CamSur Watersports Complex, or CWC).