Los Baños Guide

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Happenings in and around town - September 2019

Facts about the Philippines - September 2019

September 17th - Los Banos Day

Los Banos Day, known as “Banamos”, is celebrated every 17th of September.

“On 7 August 2000, Los Baños was declared a Special Science and Nature City of the Philippines. The Proclamation is in recognition of the town’s important contribution to the Philippines. The municipality has remained as the country’s hub of science and nature with the presence of national and international research institutions collaborating towards the advancement of science research”. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna)

It celebrates with events like the city parade, the Los Banos Science Community open house, Mt. Makiling eco-challenge, buko pie fest, and other such events.

As a tradition, IRRI supports the Banamos day by participating in the city parade wearing IRRI printed shirts and declaring a holiday for the whole municipality of Los Baños.

What is a Balikbayan Box?

A balikbayan box (literally "repatriate box") is a corrugated box containing items sent by overseas Filipinos (known as "balikbayans"). Though often shipped by freight forwarders specializing in balikbayan boxes by sea, such boxes can be brought by Filipinos returning to the Philippines by air.” This symbolizes love for their loved ones and serves as “Pasalubong” (gifts) in forms of gadgets, shampoos, appliances, shirts, shoes etc. “According to the Door to Door Consolidated Association of the Philippines, there are 400,000 balikbayan boxes that arrive in the Philippines every month.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balikbayan_box

Recipe for the Month of September 2019

"Turon" - Banana Spring Roll

Turon, also known as “lumpiyang saging”, is a Philippine snack made of thinly sliced ripe bananas and a slice of jackfruit, dusted with brown sugar, rolled in a spring roll wrapper and fried. Other fillings can also be used, including sweet potato, mango, cheddar cheese and coconut.


  • 6 pieces bananas saba or plantains, cut in half (lengthwise)
  • 1 cup jackfruit ripe, sliced (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 12 pieces lumpia wrapper
  • 2 cups cooking oil

Cooking Procedure:

  1. Roll the banana on the sugar plate and ensure that the banana is coated with enough sugar
  2. Place the banana with sugar coating in the spring roll wrapper and add some ripe jackfruit (optional)
  3. Fold and lock the spring roll wrapper, use water to seal the edge
  4. In a pan, heat the oil and put-in some sugar. Wait until the brown sugar floats
  5. Put-in the wrapped banana and fry until the wrapper turns golden brown and the extra sugar sticks on wrapper
  6. Serve hot as a dessert or snack. 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