The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) took part in the week-long celebration of the 14th Bañamos Festival and commemoration of the 400th founding anniversary of the municipality of Los Baños last September 17, 2015.
Around 45 staff and personnel represented by all the divisions of ERDB joined the thousands of individuals in lining up for the parade at 5:30 in the morning, stretching from Olivares Mall to the former municipal hall of Los Baños in Barangay Anos. More than a hundred of organizations and institutions in Los Baños including the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), and Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) participated in the parade.
Mayor Caesar Perez, Congressman Joaquin Chipeco, and Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority COO Mark Lapid were also in attendance for the program following the parade to give their welcome messages. They also spearheaded the presentation of awards for the 2015 Outstanding Citizens of Los Baños.
Bañamos, which literally means "to bathe", is the annual week-long festival celebrated by the municipality. This year's celebration was made exceptional since it also marks the quadricentennial celebration of the town. With this year's theme "Pagkilala sa Kasaysayan, Pagpupugay sa Kasalukuyan, Pagtanaw sa Kinabukasan", Bañamos is one of the LGUs' avenue to promote and develop Los Baños as a Special Science and Nature City. Melanie N. Ojeda, TTD