Today is the Feast of the Epiphany and this day I am reminded of my article about the manila elemi, ‘pilit’ in our dialect– Philippine Daily Inquirer – Luxury fragrance in Bicol backyard. or http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/6798/bicol-grown-‘pili’-has-the-fragrance-world-over-a-barrel
My inspiration for writing the article was based on one of the gifts of the Magi presented to Baby Jesus in Bethlehem–frankincense. Pili and Frankincense tree belong to the same oleoresin producing trees of the Burceraceae family.
Pili or the Manila elemi tree is an endemic tree of the Philippines of which the center of origin is said to be in the volcanic rich rainforest of Mount Bulusan. Pili tree produces an exudate or oleoresin that is almost similar in scent to the frankincense–balsamic, musky, citrusy fresh and it has almost the same uses from incense manufacture to perfumes.
The article created a sort of epiphany to the ‘pilit’ known internationally as Manila elemi as a valuable natural resource in the region if given the proper support by the government. As for me, the article redirected the course of my succeeding activities and researches. Photos: Taken at Manapao, Gubat, Sorsogon, Philippines by Alma P. Gamil
Bulusan, Sorsogon, Philippines