Ricefields of the Lumban Farm and Resort, just after rice harvesting. Scenic backgrounds include Mt. Banahaw,Mt. Makiling and the Caliraya Reservoir and Dam.
One of the fond memories I have going to school at UP Los Banos was the subtle scent of fresh rice permeating the early morning from the ripening grains in the farm fields along the express highway leading to Los Banos.
Fast forward to the present, the exploding population of the Philippines, especially in Metro Manila and the adjacent regions, transformed almost all of the farm fields and to an extent forest lands into urban sprawl of industrial parks, housing developments, commercial shopping and entertainment centers, more roads, etc. with no apparent well-planned regional and long term development plans. This transformation is true especially in the regions of CALABARZON and Central Luzon, closest to Metro Manila. However, similar trends (in a slower pace) are evident in almost all regions in the Philippines.Read more: Lumban Farm and Resort Preservation (Land Trust Initiative)