The legendary, Mt. Makiling, one of the most, if not the most famous mountain in Luzon, has inspired a number of poets, writers and lyricist for a long time. It is a perfect hiking destination near Manila especially for beginners because trails are from easy to moderate levels. The place has picnic grounds facilities and campsite, the Makiling...more
The Tanghalang Maria Makiling is an open-air theater /auditorium with a seating capacity of 1,800, including the concrete bleacher seats outside the theater. It is very ideal for concerts and conventions, but since it was a brainchild of former First Lady Imelda Marcos, it was reportedly "mothballed" or rarely used. It is sad to see the structure...more
Since we were in the area anyway, we thought of checking out Pook ni Maria Makiling. Going up the mountain sides of Mt. Makiling, we were so refreshed by the lush greenery and exotic flowers. No doubt, Makiling's cool and refreshing rainforest is a welcome respite from the humid, polluted air. Seeing the familiar cottages, picnic huts and the...more
Much has been talked about UPLB's Fertility Tree. Out of curiousity, we went to see it. It is actually a majestic acacia tree at the end of UPLB's oval field. One can't help but notice it because it stands just on the right front of the Carillon; with an attractive gazebo behind it, it makes a picture-perfect postcard-like view.Why is it called...more
Crocodile Lake is a lake within a lake, located on the edge of Laguna de Bay. Crocodile Lake is actually a crater lake, and is one of the major vents of Mount Makiling. Its mouth leads to the Laguna de Bay.How Crocodile Lake got to be called such can be attributed to two reasons: 1) Old folks say that the lake was heavily infested with crocodiles...more
The Makiling Botanic Gardens is a protected sanctuary for flora and fauna, located at the northeastern slope of Mt. Makiling. It is open to the public for a measly entrance fee of P10/person. It is pet-friendly, too so you can bring your dogs for a walk, just be sure to bring his "clean-up' paraphernalia and bag.Photo enthusiasts will enjoy...more
Since my grandson saw pictures of experiments on the Magnetic Hill, he was so agog about seeing things for himself if it was true that water flowed upwards and the bottle rolled upwards. We brought him there, and we conducted an experiment.The result? I won't give you a spoiler :-)Go there and prove to yourself if the Magnetic Hil is real or not.more
I was intrigued by the statue of Pegaraw which was erected infront of the UPLB Main Library so I asked the students what it symbolized. They said the Philippine Pegasus or Pegaraw is considered the new symbol of the hardworking Filipino. The name Pegaraw is derived from TamaRAW (wild Philippine carabao) and PEGAsus. The statue was supposed to...more
St. Marc Chapel or Pook Bathala as it is called now, is a non-denominational place of worship. However, I noticed that the image of God The Father is enshrined, and 2 old tablets of the Ten Commandments are placed in the elevated steps. A modern art rendition of the crucifix stands high above the roof.The chapel is admired for its unique structure...more
The Makiling Botanical Garden was started in 1965 by the College of Forestry to support forestry and plant sciences research, as well as educational, recreational and tourist needs of the area. It occupies about 300 hectares. An exhibit of Philippine wildlife is shown in the pavilion. Mini waterfalls, gurgling creeks, natural and artificial...more
I welcome you to visit this beautiful town. As you drive along the place, you will see a long line of resorts that is open to the public. These are not ordinary resorts. Los Banos has a considerable number of hot spring resorts that you will enjoy. Local and tourists from other parts of the Philippines and other countries come here on weekend or...more
When in Los Baños, or simply "elbi," try to have slice or two of this town's specialty: BUKO PIE.Two prominent stores sell very great tasting pies, The Original Buko Pie and Lety's Buko Pie. One whole pie sells for Php110 (8-9in crust).They also have other pastries such as pineapple pie, espasol, ube, etc.more
While you are staying in one of the Resort in Los Banos, one thing that you can do is to visit the Rizal Shrine in Calamba. Dr. Jose Rizal is the national hero of the Philippines. He was born in the town of Calamba on the 19th of June 1861 and the family residence has been turned into a museum and shrine.more
This is one of my favorite restaurant in Laguna. Aside from good dishes that they are serving, they have great view and I'm very satisfied with the service. So, If you are a Seafood lover you must try this Restaurant . Seafood soup, baked tahong, fried Tilapia and mix seafood.more
Los Baños is basically a "university town." The commercial spots cater to mostly students and locals.
In between school breaks the place to go is LB Square. Here you can find a different array of food (Thai, Japanese, Filipino, Visayan, etc.) and lotsa beer!
Sometime during weekdays live bands perform from 9pm to 11pm.
Dress Code: Come as you are!
If going to Los Baños from Manila you have two choices: from terminals of JAM at Buendia Avenue or Cubao.
Take the bus going to Sta. Cruz, Laguna. Tickets cost Php96 one way. Depending on how heavy the trafficis, average travel time is 2hours.
After leaving the terminal, the bus will ply the southern luzon expressway, then exit at Canlubang, Calamba City. Some passengers will alight here. After another 30minutes, you will be in Los Baños. Have the conductor/driver drop you off at Olivarez Plaza.
If you are a plant lover, don't miss the Los Banos Flower & Garden Show sponsored by the Los Banos Horticulture Society in cooperation with the Dept. of Trade and Industry-Laguna. Venue is always at the UPLB Seniors' Social Garden. The Flower & Garden show is held twice a year, in April and October, so watch out for announcements in the newspapers...more
Los Banos is known for delicious buko (young coconut) pies. For a long time now, The Original Buko Pie Bakeshop has earned the reputation of being the best among the best. It always has the longest line of buyers, compared to the other buko pie stores along the highway. It is unquestionably popular not only to tourists, but to locals as well. What...more
Laguna has a lot of delicacies but the most well-known is the buko (coconut) pie. There are a lot of bakeshops selling buko pie along the Los Banos National Highway, but the best-tasting is from Orient The Original Buko Pie. It has large chunks of coconut meat. Sarap!Be ready to wait a few minutes to be served as there is almost always a queue.One...more
When queueing up to buy buko pie either at Lety's or the Original, vendors will try to sell you mini buko pies. Well, technically, those are buko pies. But you might think that all Los Baños buko pies taste like that...
Unique Suggestions: Line up early. These are "selling like pancakes," so to speak. :)
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...more
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...more
Hike to the peak of the Legendary Mt. Makiling!
Equipment: Relatively easy, just have comfortable shoes and clothing. During rainy season, limatics (leeches) are a problem so have a bottle of rubbing alcohol handy.
Depending also on the season, hikers are allowed to set up camp (just ask permission from the office at the entrance).
Entrance fee: less than Php20. They also hold a seminar for hikers to keep in mind keeping the mountain and forest clean.