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5 Food places around UPLB that will never fail students on a tight budget

After two academic years on a fully virtual setup, the University of the Philippines will finally shift to blended learning in the coming academic year. As a result, many UP Los Baños students are already returning or going to Los Baños as some classes require their physical presence. 

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Whether by choice or by necessity, returning to a face-to-face setup also means having limited food funds for some students. No doubt, though, the best way to achieve this would be by making your own food. However, some dormitories or apartments do not allow cooking inside the units. And, let’s face it, doing so requires time that Iskos and Iskas just do not have the luxury of. So here’s a helpful list of budget-friendly eateries around UPLB that our “Iskolar ng Bayan” can visit when their wallets demand tight control. 


Janges Buns and Wiches

In need of spending little without sacrificing the need to be full? This eatery is probably the best option for you as it offers big-serving meals at very low prices. 

Go straight to the All Day Breakfast, All Day Meal, and Rice Bowl category on their menu; they offer rice meals priced at 50 to 75 pesos only.

This eatery is located at F.O. Santos Street, just a few walks away from Grove. 


RM Cadapan’s Canteen

Do you have to stay near the campus because you still have classes to attend? Cadaps is just around the corner for you and can tide your hunger for the entire day.

They offer dishes with a price range of 15 to 55 pesos only. It’s your lucky day when they serve the Munggo dish as one order of it costs 15 pesos only. Pro tip: Bring your own rice if you can.

You can find this canteen at Ruby Street, which is near Raymundo Gate. 


Papu’s Siomai

Petsa de peligro but craving for some delicious siomai? You definitely should go to Papu’s Siomai.

They serve steamed or fried siomai on rice. Their Meal 1 set that comes with rice and three pieces of siomai sells for only 37 pesos.

This siomai restaurant is in Lopez Avenue, just near LB Square (UPLB students know where this is!)


Parduch – LB

Missing homecooked meals but could not go home yet? Parduch can definitely satisfy that longing without going beyond your budget.

They serve Tortang Talong, Chicken Curry, Beef Bulalo, and many other lutong-bahay Pinoy dishes that are only 35 to 75 pesos per serving. If you want to make sure that what you want is available, you may check their Facebook Page for daily menu postings with an updated price list.

You may find this food hub along F.O. Santos Street, just a few steps away from the tricycle terminal. Ask the kuyas there to be sure!


Bachi’s Bachilog

Are you such in a hurry that you might just eat your meal during class? Bachi’s Bachilog is the cheap and convenient way to do so!

This food stall sells meals in a cup containing appetizing food combinations like their Bachilog, which has rice, bacon, egg, and cheese. Their regular servings have an affordable price range of just 64 to 84 pesos.

This food stall is located inside the Vega Arcade–the same building as Starbucks’, near the UPLB Gate.


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