My husband was one of the principal sponsors in our nephew's wedding. We were surprised that the venue was at Lina's Orchard, a big garden resort (actually a 1.6 hectare fruit farm with flower gardens as well) very near University of the Philippines in Los Banos.
Our nephew's garden wedding looked like an episode in a love story, with all the colorful flowers, lush greens, happy look in the couple and guests, and a beautifully decorated pavilion for the reception.
Lina's Orchard is a nice place for weddings, birthday parties, family reunions, class reunion, office parties, and team building. There is a conference room on the pavilion's second floor, and huts along the beautifully landscaped farm which can serve as venues for business meetings, workshops and seminars. Other facilities for recreational activities are badminton court, table tennis, billiards, and darts.
Lina's Orchard is inside the Lopez Village; you'll have to turn left when you see the subdivision's signage on the way to UPLB (from Junction), then make a right turn to Bangkal Road. It is quite confusing traversing the small interior roads, so if you intend to survey the place for your family/school/company affairs, be sure to call them first for directions.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Cheap public massage
Get a cheap massage while soaked in a mini pool with natural hot spring with sulfur. I just tried this for the masseurs to have customer. For P100 i got a 20minute hand (arm) massage. This is a local government project of Los Banos to provide employment help the unemployed. Located at the back of Los Banos Public market (clean) just beside the City of Springs Resort.
- Budget Travel
The mudspring is found in Mt. Makiling, said mountain is actually a dormant volcano this is why there is steam spurring out of ground. Most people miss this place because you will need to walk for 2 hours uphill to get to this place.
- Jungle and Rain Forest
- National/State Park
The Raid on Los Banos
I saw a documentary on the History Channel a while back on this sleepy little town. Los Banos housed one of the largest POW Camps in the Philippines during the Second World War. In February 1945, American paratroupers and marines conducted a dawn raid on this Camp which of course was occupied by the Japanese Imperial Army. The raid was incredibly successful rescuing every prisoner without a single fatality to the American POW's. Unfortunately a few Filipino guerillas were killed and an American Paratrouper. Of course scores of Japanese fighters were killed and the next morning took their revenge on the local villagers murdering up to 1,500 of them. I wanted to see if I could locate any remains of this POW Camp. There is a bit of information on the internet but not alot.
The Camp was actually located (and still is) on the campus of the University of Philippines Los Banos. There are a few structures left but most were destroyed by the Allies in the lat days of the War. There is plaque honoring the brave men who rescued these prisoners and is located in front of Baker Hall which is still there and was used as the first part of the original interment camp. Its actually a very nice little town located right at Laguna Lake. I stayed at Oasis Resort in Los Banos for about $40 a night. A nice little hotel with a huge swimming pool.
- Hiking and Walking
- Spa and Resort
- Historical Travel