Los Banos Guide

Welcome to our new Living Los Banos Site. 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 for the Month of February!

The Phantom of the Opera is opening at the Solaire Theatre this month. Would anyone like to go March 8th at 8:00pm? Great Date night idea!

IRRI Family Night

February 15th starting at 6pm!

Watch for Details!

AWCP Bazaar!

February 12 - RSVP to: jennie.cobb@irri.org

Facts about the Philippines - February 2019 Issue


UPLB February Fair

One week before Valentines Day, the UPLB grounds will set-up a Bazaar called February Fair. There are carnival rides, clothing, wall climbing activities, bands and different programs that goes along with Valentines Day for your family. Street foods like barbecue, burgers, rice meals, and other similar foods are available for purchase. The fair is a tradition of the students since 1972 and hosted by the University Student Council or USC. This is why UPLB is known for it's grandest celebration of Valentines Day in the Philippines. To know more about the UPLB Feb Fair, you may visit this site UPLB February Fair. This year it starts on February 11th.

Valentine's Day, also called Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14 . People all over the world consider February the love month. Filipinos are not immune from the Valentine’s Day fever! Apart from Christmas, Valentine’s Day is considered one of the most commercialized holidays in the Philippines.

In Los Banos, Lopez street going to UPLB will be filled with flower vendors, you will have to choose what flowers you want and they will arrange it in a bouquet for you.

With Filipino culture being deeply rooted in Christianity, they value marriage a lot. This is why some of them decide to wed on a special occasion or season – to associate the start of their marriage with a special date. Valentine’s Day is a perfect time for two people to seal their love for eternity.

Some cities and municipalities kick off the love month with hundreds of couples exchanging their “I Do’s” at the same time. These couples who decide to partake in mass nuptials will enjoy free-of-charge wedding paraphernalia, including the flowers, wedding cake, venue, a sumptuous banquet and in most cities, even the rings. The only thing that they should do is register ahead of time with their personal documents and show up in their formal attire on the day itself. This makes February one of the most common wedding months (December is the most popular).

Chinese New Year Philippines

"Kung Hei Fat Choi!"

Small Chinese communities like China Town in Binondo existed in the Philippines since the Spanish regime, which lasted for more than 300 years dating back from the 16th century. As time progressed, the Chinese communities grew due to intermarriage among Filipino natives and other races, including the Chinese. As the population grew, so did the grandeur of the Chinese New Year celebration.

Filipinos celebrates the Chinese New year yesterday by visiting Binondo to enjoy special performances, such as the Dragon dances and fireworks, and shopped Chinese foods and goods, such as the much-loved tikoy. They give each other tikoy because they believe that tikoy symbolizes the attraction of good luck when you ate it.

In addition, most of the Chinese community close their shop and start to make arrangements in their houses for the positive flow of energy. They call this "Feng Shui" or what they call the attraction of good luck and driving away the bad luck. They correlate this according to their lunar calendar along with the right gem stones and jewelries.

"Edsa Revolution" People Power!

The EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary occurs every February 25th in the Philippines.

The story behind People Power Anniversary traces back to events that occurred from February 22 to 25, 1986. Masses of disillusioned people, mainly from urban Manila, staged a revolution on the streets of Manila. This revolution eventually led to the downfall of a government that many people saw as corrupt and oppressive.

A major road called EDSA, in Manila, was the stage for crucial events that occurred during the revolution. Nearly two million people were protesting on this street at one point during this historical event. Many Filipinos consider the holiday as historic and important because the revolution changed and reformed the political system in the Philippines.

People Power Anniversary was a working holiday on February 25 in previous years. It was not a day off for work or schools but activities and ceremonies to celebrate the anniversary would continue to occur. In 2009 the Monday nearest February 25 was declared a special holiday for all schools (both public and private).

EDSA spirit of the movement was not confined to Manila; it manifested through non-violent demonstrations staged in different cities nationwide, it was a revolution marked by its peaceful means, led by a nation united to reclaim liberty.

The events of February 25, 1986, altered the course of our nation’s history; it showcased to the world the remarkable resolve of the Filipino people. It heralded an era of peace. Over the years, we have continued to remember this momentous occasion by honoring the sacrifices of all those who fought the dictatorship. (Source: timeanddate.com)

Recipe for the Month of January


Glutinous Rice Snack

One can find many different kinds of street foods around South East Asia, but very few, if any, compare to the work of art of the Suman, found here in the Philippines. Sometimes eaten as a dessert, this glutinous rice snack really brings the creative side out of the people who sell it!

Suman is made from glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk, and often wrapped artistically in palm leaves and steamed. It is usually eaten sprinkled with sugar.

Suman wrapping is a unique form of art in itself, and can be traced back to pre-colonial roots and even beyond to India! Wrappers utilize a wide variety of indigenous materials such as Palm leaves, Banana leaves, Anahaw leaves, Bamboo leaves, and Coconut shells. Wrappings have many shapes and consist of anything from a simple rectangular form to vertical coils, pyramid shapes and the extreme shapes of a Banana Blossom or a complex octahedral star! There are even some varieties of Suman that can be eaten like ice cream – with cones made from banana leaves.

To know more about the recipe and cooking tips you can visit: Home Made Suman!

To have a taste - visit Neneng's Kakanin at Sta. Rosa Laguna

Filipiknow - Filipino Vocabulary

Mahal - Expensive/love Pabili - Buy Mabilis - Fast

Kotse - Car Fish - Isda Madami - Many

Maganda - Beautiful Karne - Meat Pasasalamat - Gratitude

Panalangin - Prayer Kanta - Singing Mabait - Kind

Regalo - Gift Nagluluto - Cooking Malakas - Strong