Los Baños Guide

Welcome to our new Living Los Banos Website. As you explore this site, I hope you can find many options for things to try and do around the Philippines. As you explore and find new areas, please send referrals for those amazing places. I would love to update this site with more treasures found around the Philippines!

Happenings in and around town - September 2019

Facts about the Philippines - October 2019

Teacher’s Day

October 5 is the national Teachers' Day in the Philippines. It is a special day for the appreciation of teachers, and may include celebrations to honor them for their special contributions in a particular field area, or the community in general. Usually, schools will make a short, yet memorable, program for the teachers. Students will give gifts and flowers to their teachers to show appreciation.


October is one of the Philippine wide celebrations in the Philippines. It is celebrated with beers especially with Philippine local beer San Miguel Beer. The first ever Oktoberfest took place on October 12, 1810 when the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig (later crowned King Ludwig I of Bavaria) married Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen from Sachsen, also a German Princess. Since then, this famous tradition has been held annually and spread throughout other countries. Over the next several decades, the Oktoberfest continued to grow. By 1960, it became the largest festival in the world. Today, Oktoberfest is celebrated as a folk festival running from late September until the first weekend in October. (Philippine Primer)

MassKara Festival

MassKara Festival is an annual festival in Bacolod City with highlights every fourth Sunday of October with street dancers in colorful costumes, masks and headdresses. Bacolod City invites you to the “happiest and most colorful festival in the Philippines”. The month-long celebration features concerts, food fests, street parties, and a lot of activities that draw thousands of visitors to the City of Smiles each year. The name “MassKara” comes from the English word “Mass” meaning “many or multitude of people” and the Spanish word “Cara” meaning “face”. This is how MassKara came to be named and known as “a multitude of smiling faces” celebration. Sources: Masskara Festival - Experience Negros

Lanzones Festival

Lanzones Festival, an annual event marked in the month of October, it’s a four-day festival held to celebrate the bountiful harvests of the Lanzones fruit. Lanzones, also known as langsats, is a type of tree in the Mahogany group of plants, and whose edible fruits are a favorite for many people in the Philippines.

The most important livelihood in Camiguin is Lanzones. Lanzones is one of the major fruit producers in the Philippines. It is a tropical fruit that grows extravagantly on the north-central coast of Mindanao. It is identified by it’s pale brown skin and sweet translucent flesh. It is said that the sweetest lanzones in the Philippines comes from Camiguin. The town of Mambajao in Camiguin celebrates its annual festival, called Lanzones Festival, together with its harvest in the month of October.

Parol - Lantern

In celebration of the coming Christmas, every major city in the Philippines is starting to light up their streets with the lantern called “Parol” here in the Philippines. As soon as the "-Ber" months hit, the streets of Pampanga light up with countless lanterns on display. The parol we know today boasts intricate geometric patterns, equipped with dancing lights that make the intricacy all the more impressive. The Philippines has seen the rise of different designs over the years, with improvements in our existing technology paving the way for bigger, better, and more complicated lanterns, but the people of San Fernando know that it all began with a few strips of bamboo and some colorful “papel de japon”.

Derived from the Spanish word farol, which means "lantern" or "light," it seems only apt for the parol to have evolved into what it is now. When electricity came to Pampanga, light bulbs replaced candles that illuminated the parol. Today’s Christmas lanterns feature bold patterns and tantalizing light displays, made with all sorts of materials from shells to plastic, and even fiberglass. Sources: Lantern - Philippine Parol Culture

Recipe for the Month of October 2019

Lumpia Shanghai

Lumpia or Lumpiang Shanghai is a type of Filipino egg roll. The basic filling is composed of ground pork along with minced onions, carrots, and seasonings such as salt and ground black pepper.

To know more about the recipe and the cooking procedure, you may visit this website for reference;

Lumpia Shanghai - Lutong Pinoy


  • 50 pieces lumpia wrapper
  • 3 cups cooking oil

Filling ingredient

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground pork
  • 2 pieces onion minced
  • 2 pieces carrots minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup parsley chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 eggs


  • Combine all filling ingredients in a bowl. Mix well.
  • Scoop around 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons of filling and place over a piece of lumpia wrapper. Spread the filling and then fold both sides of the wrapper. Fold the bottom. Brush beaten egg mixture on the top end of the wrapper. Roll-up until completely wrapped. Perform the same step until all mixture are consumed.
  • Heat oil in a cooking pot. Deep fry lumpia in medium heat until it floats.
  • Remove from the pot. Let excess oil drip. Serve. Share and enjoy

Filipiknow - Filipino Vocabulary

Banana - Saging

Mouth - Bibig

Apple - Mansanas

Love - Mahal

Rice - Bigas

Good morning - Magandang Umaga

Oil - Mantika

Good evening - Magandang Gabi

Sugar - Asukal

Good noon - Magandang Tanghali

Cooking - Nagluluto

Good - Afternoon - Magandang Hapon

Fry - Prito

Boil - Pakuluan

Dessert - Panghimagas

Husband - Asawa

Ingredients - Sangkap

Wife - Asawa

Fare - Pamasahe

Partner - Asawa

High - Mataas

Low - Mababa

Joke - Biro

Eyes - Mata