We people in Diliman are usually the haughtiest in all of the UP System. We think that since we’re the ‘flagship campus’ everything has just got to be better in Diliman! But just how true this is, my good friend Beata and I wanted to know, so we went down south to UP Los Baños last weekend to try out the LB experience. (And no, we weren’t able to take pictures because we actually had too much on our hands.)
LB’s dense nature reserves should make our acacias in Diliman blush in shame! Wherever you are in LB Mount Makiling is always just peeking over your shoulders. In comparison, Diliman’s greens almost have an artificial, urban garden feel to them—and the air remains fresh only as long as you stay inside the campus. LB’s air is a lot cooler and fresher. It has that distinct rural charm, and yes, carabaos are randomly left around to graze the grass.
Buildings in Diliman are a lot taller and bigger, but the overall campus lay-out in LB is tighter and more efficient. The most important buildings are near each other, and their Math building isn’t tucked away at some obscure corner of the campus. And don’t even ask about their gym, because they have this big new one that will literally turn you green with envy. LB also has that complete university town feel. Diliman is a commuter campus, and so activity dies down as soon as the classes end in the afternoon. LB is still teeming with life even at nine in the evening.
Just about everything is cheaper in LB! Transportation was already the biggest expense we made in our whole trip. A 60-peso meal in Diliman with just as much serving of rice and ulam—possibly even less—just costs around 35 to 40 pesos in any of the random eateries around LB! The 70-peso pasta meals they sell in Long Island seem almost atrociously high. And even a siomai meal in Tita Long’s in Music at 35 pesos is still expensive; there a siomai meal is only 25 pesos!
Rent for an air-conditioned karaoke room in LB is just 500 pesos for three hours and a sheesha session is an unbelievable 150 pesos. It’s almost worth the burn I got when the coal accidentally fell out of the top and landed on my thigh!
The people: Team LB
Our hosts were two geeky, brace-wearing computer science majors who, in all the three days that we stayed there, bathed only once. Yes, Beata and I took even more baths than they did! But they were hosting us, and being the cool, sophisticated Maskom students that we are, we didn’t complain.
And just how infinitely more cosmopolitan are we than our hosts? Well, when Beata and I were passionately attempting to analyze the nuances of the different lighting techniques in Xavier Dolan’s Hearbeats Saturday afternoon, they were rowdily fighting over an iPod trying to beat each other to Temple Run high score!
But you’ve also got to love them for being the nice, laid back, and easy-going people that they are! The thing about life in Diliman is that people are also always harried, and it just doubles all the stress school brings. UP can’t get more chill than in LB.
So are we coming back? Definitely! And already we’re missing LB for being the awesome getaway that it is! It’s one more thing to love about being in UP, every campus is unique and offers a different experience.
We were vlogging while we were packing the day we were leaving, and after we’ve said all the silly things, we all sang UP Naming Mahal.