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The town of Los Baños in Laguna province is a first class urban municipality with a population of 98, 631 residents (2007 census). Los Baños has 14 towns and is located 63 kilometers south of Metro Manila.
With a total land area of 5,650 hectares, Los Baños is situated on the northern foothills of Mt. Makiling, a dormant volcano, and along the narrow shoreline of Laguna Lake. Mount Makiling looms over the town where there are five streams of water - Dampalit, Saran, Pili, Mulawin and Maiitim.
The town's name literally means bathing places and it was once called as "the town with many hot baths" during the Spanish period. Mount Makiling is the source of Los Baños' hot springs and thermal waters which are said to have curative effects. Due to its close proximity to the nation's capital, Los Baños is a popular destination among city dwellers because of its hot spring resorts and pools and ecological treks in Mount Makiling. Other interesting places in Los Baños are the National Arts Center and Makiling Botanic Gardens.
Los Baños is also famous for its delicacy, the buko pie or coconut pie. Dairy products such as fresh milk, chocolate milk, kesong puti or native white cheese, pastillas, and yogurt are available at the Dairy Training and Research Institute (DTRI) and at the Philippine Carabao Center which are both located at UPLB.
One of the country's leading academic institutions, the Univerity of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), was founded as the College of Agriculture in 1909. Being a center of knowledge in various fields especially in the sciences, Los Baños is widely known as a "Special Science and Nature City of the Philippines." The town was proclaimed as such on September 17, 2000 by then President Joseph Estrada. Various national and international institutions involved in teaching and research in the field of Science and Technology were established in Los Baños owing to its favorable research environment. Some of these institutions are the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the Philippine Rice Research Institute (Philrice), the Philippine Carabao Center at the Univerity of the Philippines Los Baños (PCC at UPLB), The ASEAN Center for Biodiversity, National Institute for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (NIMBB/BIOTECH), and the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization-Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEAMEO-SEARCA). At present, Los Baños has the largest scientist community in Southeast Asia (source: Wikipedia).
Here are some photos of Los Baños town:
The Los Baños municipal hall. A new town hall is currently being constructed along the national highway.
The Los Baños municipal stage
The Los Baños town park or Gen. Paciano Rizal Park
Los Baños residents playing basketball by the lake. This basketball court is located beside the town park and near the municipal hall.
A fisherman at Laguna Lake