Not Your Ordinary Los Baños…
I consider Laguna my home province and this is the first time I will be writing about Los Baños. (Minsan kasi you tend to overlook the place where you grew up and ‘tourist spots’ just becomes an ordinary thing that you don’t care to write about it na) So I’m hoping that I would do justice in promoting what I consider my home town- Los Baños.
Los Baños is from a Spanish word “baño” used with “los” means many bathtubs (mga banyo in Tagalog). Los Baños is known even of old for its rejuvenating hot springs. But Los Baños is not only about hot springs. Read on to know more about ELBI.
When I think of Los Baños, I think of 5 things:
1. UPLB. Although I’m not a graduate of this University, people always talk about this when they learn that I’m from ELBI. They would talk of the nice and cold weather and the many trees in the campus. Among the many things you can find in UPLB, what makes this school special is the active lifestyle of the people. This has become my training ground for running.
2. Mt. Makiling. Only a few know that this mountain when seen from Calamba looks like a reclining sexy maiden. Her head, breasts and legs are so obvious but you need perfect timing and good weather to see those as most of the time its covered with clouds. Next time you are in Calamba or driving towards SLEX, take a peek of the mountain and you might be lucky enough to the majestic beauty of Mt.Makiling. Better yet, experience the thrill of the forest by having a short trek to Flat Rocks or Mudspring. For serious hikers, you can also try the 4-hour major climb to Peak 2.
3. Laguna de Bay. “Laguna” is a Spanish word for lake and “Bay” (a town of Laguna province pronounced as Ba’i) is actually the original capital of the province, so calling it Laguna Lake is redundant. Laguna de Bay is the largest lake in the Philippines, the 3rd in Southeast Asia. An important mode of transportation during the Spanish and American Period. As of this writing I’m the only one who offers a “tour” that gives one an experience of riding a local fisherman’s banca.
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This serves as my entry for the May edition of PTB Blog Carnival with the theme: “MY HOMETOWN.” Mhe-Ann of My Comings and Goings hosts this months blog carnival. For previous Blog Carnival topics, do click the Blog Carnival Logo on the right side of the post.
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4. Buko Pie. Every weekend, The Original’s and Lety’s Buko Pie are always jam-packed with customers who like to buy some “pasalubongs” back home. Have a taste of ELBI, buy from Lety’s as its more creamy but I suggest you buy the Pineapple pie (so you taste Calauan too). Price: Buko Pie- Php150; Pineapple Pie- Php145
5. Hot Springs. As if the town of Los Baños is synonymous with the swimming pools abounding in every corner, originally called “Mainit” (Tagalog word for “hot”) because of the natural hot springs. These hot springs were actually used by the Franciscan priests when healing their parishioners. Want to visit the original spot were the Spanish friars build the hot bath tubs? Go to Bambang’s “Agua Santa Resort” and see the ruins.
Don’t be contented with just reading this post. You can book a day tour for only Php300 (all-in- transpo within ELBI, food and entrance fees) where you can visit all of these and more. For more info visit the ELBI Tour Page.
Some of the places that you will see when you book the tour:
What are you waiting for, tell your friends and visit Los Baños now!
I’m offering a free tour!