ElBi

“Honor and Excellence”

University of the Philippines Los Banos or “Elbi” is one of the eight constituent units of the UP System.  In terms of land size, UPLB is the biggest campus of the system since it also manages the Mount Makiling Forest Reserve.

For many people, UPLB is synonymous to Agriculture. While it is true that Elbi started as the UP College of Agriculture, it has grown to be a full pledged university which offers a wide range of degree programs from the traditional agriculture courses to engineering and other physical and social sciences courses. Today, UPLB offers 29 undergraduate programs and more than a hundred graduate programs.

UP Los Banos has been my “home away from home” for the past seven years. After my graduation last year, I can’t help but come back to this beautiful campus from time to time. I must say that I am in love with this university.

Everytime I go back to the campus, I always see to it that I take a stroll around the campus, reminiscing those days when I would walk the green campus to my classrooms.  While walking around, I make sure that I take a lot of pictures of every beautiful places around the campus. So now, let me take you to a virtual tour to my first love – my UPLB.

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UP Oblation. The oblation or “Oble” as commonly called by UP students is the symbol of the University of the Philippines.

In all campuses of the UP System, there is a myth that if you take a photo with “Oble”, you will not be able to graduate within the normal time required to finish your degree. So if you want to study in UP, make sure you do not take a picture with this infamous landmark in the campus.

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UP Los Banos facade. This is the entrance of the University of the Philippines Los Banos.

The gate to the campus where Kaliwa and Kanan Jeepneys are segregated. You can actually take a picture with there, just make sure you ask for the permission of the security guards on duty.

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Royal Palm Drive.

Not long after walking the main gate, you will be welcomed by the towering Palm trees inside the campus. This is the center of the campus where most academic buildings are located.

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Physical Sciences Building. This is where the Institutes of Computer Science, Statistics, Chemistry and Mathematical Sciences and Physics are housed.

On the background is the Physical Sciences Building. Almost all UPLB students pass through the corridor of this building since this is where basic science classes are held. This is the home of UPLB’s future Statisticians, Chemists, Physicists and Computer Scientists.

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CAS Annex 1. Department of Humanities and Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy are found in this building.

The home of most of the General Education Courses – CAS Annex 1. Classes in the Social Sciences and Humanities are held in this building.

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SEARCA.

This is actually not an academic building. It is owned by the South

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UPLB Main Library. The old SEARCA Building, the main library is the repository of the university books, journals and other research materials.

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“Mariang Banga”

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DL Umali Hall. Designed by the National Artist for Architecture, Leandro Locsin, DL Umali hall is the University Theater.

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Student Union Building. Another building inside the university which was designed by Leandro Locsin, SU houses the Office of Student Affairs.

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Freedom Park. Composed of the upper and the lower field, this park is where students play soccer, ultimate frisbee and other sports activities.

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Ivory Beach, Calatagan, Batangas

AIEM-UP bonding (June 6-7) – It was a long overdue summer bonding with my orgmates because of the academic calendar shift of UP. After a semester of studying, it was the first time my orgmates will be experiencing “summer”.  After all the stress acads has brought to them, they can finally relax and enjoy vacation. Congratulations to all of them.

We left UP Los Banos at 7 in the morning and waited for some other orgmates in Calamba. I managed to have my breakfast while waiting and we left as soon all the people we are waiting arrived. From Calamba in Laguna, we took the Sto. Tomas – Lipa – Alitagtag -Taal – Lemery – Balayan – Calatagan route. It was a very long ride! I expected that we will be taking the Tagaytay – Lian route but our driver was crazy taking the other route. We arrived at the Calatagan market at 11:30 in the morning.

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Getting ready for the beach. Creative Ryan, PJ and Trista poses before getting our lunch in the market.
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Long winding journey. Along the road to Ivory beach resort, you can see long lines of trees. This particular tree on the left side of the picture is called “fire tree”. They bloom June each year.
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Calm and still. A peaceful beach welcomed everyone of us.

Hola! Hello Ivory beach! A peaceful and calm sea welcomed us. There’s not much people in the beach. We were only given a table to put our things. There are no rooms to stay here but there are couple of toilet and shower room. The resort is for camping so be sure to bring you tent.

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Playing with the water.
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Phillip gets excited to get wet for first time.
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Mabuhay! Phillip, Andrew and Trista while appreciating the calm water and the beauty of the beach.

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Travel back in time at the Walled City of Intramuros

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Overlooking the City Hall of Manila
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The walls of Intramuros.
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Old apartment building just inside the city walls.
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Old school building
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Manila Cathedral at night
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Palacio del Gobernador – the old house of the Spanish Governor General of the Philippines
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A row of old structures inside Intramuros
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San Agustin Church

Laiya Beach, San Juan, Batangas

Laiya, a remote barangay in the Municipality of San Juan is one of the most famous beach destinations in the Province of Batangas. It is especially popular to travelers around the Metro who want to have a quick escape from the hustle of the city.

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Beat the heat of the sun this summer. So I decided to take a pose with this wonderful rock formation in the background.
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Pause and take a deep breath. Rock formations found in Laiya Beach in Batangas. You have to take a boat ride to go to these wonderful rock formations.

Masasa Beach, Tingloy, Batangas

Tingloy, a municipality in the Province of Batangas is the only island municipality located in the southwest of the mainland Batangas. An untouched beauty, Tingloy island is popular with raw beaches with crystal clear water.

Hungry for another adventure, I decided to go with my friends and explore the so called hidden gem in Tingloy, Batangas. It was a long weekend – Labor day (May 1) so I decided to leave early to avoid the exodus of passengers out of Manila. Arriving at the bus station, I thought it would be easy to catch a bus ride to Batangas, but then I was wrong. There was a crazy number of passengers at JAM bus station in Buendia.  So I decided to take the bus bound for Lipa City and then took another bus to Batangas City. Haha. Good thing that I am originally from Batangas –  I know alternative ways of going to Batangas City.

I arrived at Batangas City Grand Terminal at 8 in the morning. I thought I was late but as usual, there were people more late than me. From there, we took a jeepney bound for Anilao in Mabini. The jeepney ride took us roughly 45 minutes.

Port of Anilao, Mabini, Batangas
Port of Anilao, Mabini, Batangas

This is where the last last stop of jeepney is – the Port of Anilao. Tingloy is a 45 minute boat ride from the port but you have to wait for the boat to be full. We waited for almost an hour before the boat left for Tingloy.

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The Anilao Lighthouse stands just in front of the Anilao Tourism office at the port of Anilao.
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A passenger boat docked at the port of Anilao, Batangas.
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Welcome aboard.

Upon arrival, you will see the arch welcoming you to the island. Here, tricycles await for passengers. They will take you to wherever place in the island you want to go. We took 2 tricycles with us to Masasa.

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The arch leading to the Municipality of Tingloy.

Masasa beach is still 1 kilometer away from the tricycle stop. We walked through rice fields under the scorching heat of the sun.

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Masasa Beach, here we come!

Here we are taking a pose with the beach at the backdrop.

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The unspoiled beauty of Masasa Beach.

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