• Date of publish: Apr 20, 2015

  • The presence of American military personnel in Los Baños perked up commerce in the area and on the whole infused more life and activity into the once backwood town. Hotels and resorts sprouted around the poblacion attracting more tourists which in turn spawned more businesses such as restaurants, dancing halls and even a bottling plants. Reminisced an alumnus of the UPCA Jose Zamora:

    “Los Baños was more lively then that it is today. Business was more brisk as a lot of out-of-towners came attracted by the town’s thermal waters. Camp Eldridge over the hill and the military hospitals by the seashore, McVean’s hot springs in the town and a good military wharf. Although there were no modern houses, bathing resorts and good restaurants as there were now, yet there was more business activity and attractions. There were even cabarets on the outskirts of the town.”

    “There was no railroad yet at the time to connect Los Baños with main South Railroad going to Batangas via Calamba. The only comfortable way to reach Los Baños was through the Yangco boats plying daily from Manila to the different towns along the coast of Laguna de Bay (the Manila- Los Baños trip took about 6 to 7 hours).”