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|Region||CALABARZON (Region IV-A)|
|Mayor||Cesar Perez (Lakas-CMD)|
|Area|| 56.50 km²|
|Total (2000)|| 82,027|
Los Baños is a 1st class urban municipality in the province of Laguna, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 82,027 people in 17,030 households. It has a total land area of 56.5 square kilometers and is bordered on the south and southwest by Mount Makiling, on the north by Laguna de Bay, on the northwest by Calamba City and on the east by the town of Bay. The town is located 63 kilometers southeast of Manila and is accessible via the South Luzon Expressway.
The town lies on the northern slopes of the long dormant volcano Mount Makiling and is known among tourists for its hot spring resorts that dot the area. Los Baños also hosts the University of the Philippines (see University of the Philippines, Los Baños), along with other foreign and local and international research centers, such as the International Rice Research Institute, the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity, the Philippine Rice Research Institute and SEAMEO-SEARCA, making the town a temporary home for tens of thousands of undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and expatriates.
Aside from its importance in academics, science and research, Los Baños is a well-known tourist destination. Because of the town's proximity to Metro Manila, Los Baños' hot spring resorts are frequent weekend or summer getaways for residents of the vast metropolis and tourists from other places in the Philippines and abroad. Tourists who visit Los Baños also come to the several native delicacies stores in the town to buy the town's famous Buko pie (coconut pie).
 Recent History and Significant Events
In 1979, the evolution and development of academic excellence in Los Baños moved the people of Los Baños to request then president Ferdinand Marcos to declare the municipality as "A Special University Zone", granted on 15 June 1982 by virtue of letter of instruction No. 883.
Los Baños was further declared as an "Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences Community" on 17 March 1982 by virtue of Executive Order No. 784 (Section 23).
On August 7, 2000, Los Baños was declared as a "Special Science and Nature City of the Philippines" through Presidential Proclamation No. 349 in recognition as a center for science and technology in the development of agriculture and preservation of the environment.
The 6th Flora Malesiana, a triennial gathering of people with botanical expertise regarding "Malesia," was held from September 20 to 24 in 2004. It provided a forum for Flora Malesiana members and encouraged publications on Malesian plants.
During the 2005 Southeast Asian Games, Los Baños played host to the aquatics events, with the newly-built Trace Aquatic Center serving as the venue.
The headquarters of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Center for Biodiversity was opened on August 8, 2006 at the DOST-Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau, located at the College of Forestry, University of the Philippines, Los Baños. It coincided with the foundation day celebrations of the organization. The Philippines assumed the Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2006 and will play host to the 12th ASEAN and East Asia Summits (to be held in Metro Cebu, January 2007).
Los Baños is politically subdivided into 14 barangays.
- Bagong Silang
- Batong Malake
- San Antonio
 Media Production Locations
Template:Off-topic Due to its picturesque views and attractions, Los Baños has been a leading choice as a production venue among movie and TV producers and directors for shooting movies and television shows, specifically within the university campus of UP Los Baños.
- Y Speak Live (episode featuring the topic about fraternities, sororities, and organizations shot during the February Fair 2007 (starring Mo Twister and Bianca Gonzales, Studio 23) (sponsored by UPLB Development Communicators' Society and UPLB University Student Council)
- Maalala Mo Kaya (episode starring Heart Evangelista and John Prats, ABS-CBN)
- T.G.I.S. (defunct series, Viva TV)
- Love Spell (episode starring Gerald Anderson, Kim Chiu, and Rayver Cruz, ABS-CBN)
- White Lady (major movie production shot entirely in UP Los Baños, Regal Entertainment)
- Oka Tokat (defunct series, ABS-CBN)
- Pangako, Ikaw Lang (movie starring Regine Velasquez and Aga Muhlach, Viva Entertainment)
- Robin Hood (movie starring "Eat Bulaga" Cast)
- Linlang (movie starring Joyce Jimenez)
- Tunay na Tunay:Gets Mo, Gets Ko! (movie starring Jolina Magdangal, Star Cinema)
- Home Along Da River (movie starring Dolphy, Star Cinema)
Some music videos that have sceneries of Los Baños have also been produced.
International films shot in Los Baños, Laguna (based from IMDb):
 Places of interest
- University of the Philippines, Los Baños and other places of interest within its administered area
- Mount Makiling
- Makiling Botanical Gardens
- ASEAN Center for Biodiversity
- UPLB Museum of Natural History
- Flatrocks - creek usually frequented by hikers
- Mudspring - Presumed volcanic crater of Mt. Makiling
- Peak 2 - Highest peak of Mt. Makiling
- Pook ni Maria Makiling, an eco-tourism site adjacent to the Jamboree Site, National Arts Center and U.P. Los Baños
- Boy Scouts of the Philippines and Jamboree Site - a campsite at the foot of Mount Makiling adjacent to U.P. Los Baños, which is being managed by the Boy Scouts of the Philippines and the site of the 10th World Scout Jamboree in 1959
- National Arts Center - a patch of land at the foot of Mount Makiling adjacent to U.P. Los Baños, which is being managed by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the site of the Philippine High School for the Arts, a special school for young artist scholars
- University of the Philippines Open University Headquarters
- International Rice Research Institute headquarters - located within the campus of U.P. Los Baños
- Agricultural and Life Sciences Complex
- National Institute for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (NIMBB/BIOTECH) - UPLB
- Institure for Plant Breeding
- APEC Center for Technology Exchange and Training for Small and Medium Enterprises (ACTETSME)
- National Crop Protection Center (NCPC)
- College of Agriculture AgriPark
- Baker Hall (also known as Los Baños Internment Camp)
- Mount Makiling
- Dampalit Falls, Brgy. Lalakay
- La Roca de Trinidad Resort - a nature hot spring resort, Brgy. Lalakay (http://www.larocaresort.com)
- Immaculate Conception Parish - a centuries old church at the town proper (Poblacion/Bayan)
- Paciano Rizal Shrine - house of Paciano Rizal, brother of National Hero Jose Rizal
- Paciano Rizal Park - park dedicated to Paciano Rizal, brother of National Hero Jose Rizal
- Trace College, Trace Suites and Trace Aqua Sports Complex and Museum - hosts aquatics sporting events (2005 SEAGames, Philippine Olympic Festival)
- Junction/Crossing Area - location of many major commercial establishments
- Grove, Lopez Avenue - location of many bars, cafes and other restaurants and establishments
- Olivarez Plaza, shopping mall
- Boston Cafe Robinsons Los Baños - The trendiest cafe at Los Baños bringing urban Manila pop culture to Los Baños.
- Robinsons' Town Mall Los Baños, shopping mall
- Vega Centre
- Los Baños Square
- Los Baños Eco-Waste Processing Area - noted and commended for its solid waste management
 See also
- Raid at Los Baños, Military history of the Philippines during World War II
 External links
- Municipality of Los Baños official
- Philippine Standard Geographic Code
- 2000 Philippine Census Information
- Institute of Development Management and Governance
- Los Baños History
- http://www.makilingchallenge.tk - Makiling Challenge, in the Science and Nature City of Los Baños, the longest running competitive foot race in the province of Laguna, organized by students!
|Component local government units of Laguna|
|Municipalities: Alaminos • Bay • Calauan • Cavinti • Famy • Kalayaan • Liliw • Los Baños • Luisiana • Lumban • Mabitac • Magdalena • Majayjay • Nagcarlan • Paete • Pagsanjan • Pakil • Pangil • Pila • Rizal • San Pedro • Santa Cruz • Santa Maria • Siniloan • Victoria|
|Component cities: Biñan City • Cabuyao City • Calamba City • Santa Rosa City • San Pablo City|