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Today's the 63rd Chartered Anniversary of Naga City, my birth place. I just check-out the schedule of events  at the City's Official website naga.gov.ph and hope to attend or at least take a peek for some of the happenings for today and tomorrow.

Anyways, as we were strolling downtown last Monday I happened to see these along the Panganiban Bridge and took a quick snap. Sorry the other photo isn't that readable.

I think it says:

Environmental Protection

I thought of writing about this but had forgotten all about it until I saw this again on TV Patrol Bicol the day it was formerly launched that's June 17, 2011.

Pili Mania is a citywide planting of pili trees, mainly located in  agricultural and residential zones of the city's 27 barangays, including open spaces in urban poor sites, housing subdivisions and vacant lots. It was started on April 2011 headed by the City's First Lady as the chairperson of the Pilimania 2011 Executive Committee.

According to an article in bicolmail.com
        The activities form part of a multi-pronged program to advance the local government’s environmental and economic targets by planting at least 30,000 pili trees throughout the city by December 2012 and getting people aware of the potentials of the indigenous Bicol-grown nut. 
Pilimania is also one of the highlight activities of the city’s 63rd cityhood charter anniversary.

What is Pili Nut? 

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Pili nut (Canarium ovatumis a Bicolano's delicacy. It is popular as a pasalubong and gifts for native or foreigners alike. Only in the Philippines that it is produced and processed comercially. (see Pili nut wiki)

Pili nut is also called the Philippine nut. The fat in the pili nut is similar, some scientists even say superior, to that of olive oil, while the protein is the same as that found in soybeans and peanuts. (see How to Lose Weight with Health Nuts)

It can be considered as the "almond of Asia." It has many uses from the fruit, the tree itself, the oil and  a lot more. There are also health benefits that you can get from a pili nut.

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The Pili nut tree is remarkably resistant to strong winds and makes it a good living shelter belt for other crops such as bananas and papayas. It has great potentiality to uprise into a major industry. The most direct concern in pili production is the difficulty of propagation. The pili tree is not known to have been attacked by any dangerous pests and diseases and for this reason no control steps are essential.

According to philstar.com :
"Pili nuts are high in calcium, phosphorus, and potassium, and rich in fats and protein. People love its tender-crisp texture, its smooth exterior, and subtle sweet flavor. It also has the highest oil content among all edible nuts, which probably gives it its soft yet crunchy feel.
As an ingredient, the pili nut is highly versatile. It goes well in cakes, ice cream, pies, candies, and puddings. It can also be a viable substitute for expensive pine nuts in a regular pesto recipe, making the dish more nutritious, tasty, and economical."
(see Going Nuts Over Healthy Pili)

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This project is another two-thumbs up for the city government of Naga because it will not only help in addressing the environmental issues, it will also beautify the city and help put in good use the vacant lots. When the tress are all grown it will provide shade and who knows it can be a little playground for the future generation. Don't forget the booming Pili Nut industry, oh those pili nuts that can rival almonds. 

This project is truly like hitting multiple birds in one stone, simply ingenious. 

1 Thoughts:

Im proud bicolano! Pili nut is one of bicol's pride! :)

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