Baker Memorial Hall

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University of the Philippines Los Baños
Charles Fuller Baker Memorial Hall
Facade of Baker Hall
Baker Hall
Republic of the Philippines
Republic of the Philippines
Alternative names
  • Baker Memorial Hall
  • Baker Hall
General information
Status Existing
Type Educational Building
Address Mangga cor. Chico Road, UPLB Campus
Town or city Los Baños, Laguna
Country Philippines
Coordinates 14°09′42″N 121°14′34″E / 14.161801°N 121.242708°E / 14.161801; 121.242708
Owner University of the Philippines Los Baños
Technical details
Material Cement, Wood
Floor count Two

The Charles Fuller Baker Memorial Hall, also known as Baker Memorial Hall or simply Baker Hall, is one of the oldest buildings on the campus of University of the Philippines Los Baños[1] and the oldest building of the College of Arts and Sciences. Built from 1927 to 1938, it is named after Charles Fuller Baker, the second and longest-serving dean, University of the Philippines Los Baños College of Agriculture.[2] [3]

It was part of the Los Baños Internment Camp for American and allied POWs and civilians during the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines during World War II.

It formerly served as the university gymnasium[4] and home of the Department of Human Kinetics before the department was transferred to the Edwin Bingham Copeland Gymnasium.


The building was originally built under the term of Dean Bienvenido M. Gonzalez from 1927 to 1938.[5]

During World War II, Japanese soldiers occupied Los Baños including the UPLB Campus. Baker Hall was used as an internment camp of around 2,500 American and allied POWs and civilians from 1943 to 1945.[2] To rescue the prisoners, a raid on the Los Banos camp was conducted by joint forces of American and Filipino forces including ROTC Hunters, Hukbalahap 48th Chinese Squadron, President Quezon's own guerrilla unit, Marking's group and other irregular troops on February 23, 1945.[6] Most buildings inside the campus were destroyed during the liberation but Baker Hall survived and remained intact.[7]

After the war, Baker Hall then became the home of UPLB athletes and the university gymnasium. The Department of Human Kinetics of the College of Arts and Sciences which administers the physical education courses of the university was based there. The hall has a volleyball, badminton, basketball court and dance studios inside including an archery range, swimming pool and tennis court.[4] It is also used for concerts, theaters, exhibits and other university events such as the graduation ball and the university convocation for freshmen. Starting point of fun runs held inside the campus usually starts and ends in Baker Hall. In 2010, the university gym was moved to a more spacious Edwin Bingham Copeland Gymnasium. Although PE classes are held in the new gymnasium, Baker Hall is still used for other PE classes such as swimming and tennis.

Current plans include converting Baker Hall into a museum. During the term of Chancellor Rey Luis Velasco, the plan was to integrate the hall into the Mariang Makiling Eco-Tourism Village under the Tourism Master Plan.[8]

Declaration as a Historic Site[edit]

The National Historical Institute (now National Historical Commission of the Philippines) declared it as a historic site and installed a historical marker entitled Pook ng Bilangguang Kampo sa Los Baños on February 23, 2005, the 60th commemoration of the Raid at Los Baños.[6]


  1. ^ Kirk 2000, p. 9
  2. ^ a b Fajutagana, Leonora. "Revisiting UPLB's Natural Heritage". Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ Bernardo 2007, p. 17
  4. ^ a b "University of the Philippines Los Baños - Sports and Recreation". University of the Philippines Los Baños. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ Bernardo 2007, p. 17
  6. ^ a b "Pook ng Bilangguang Kampo sa Los Baños". The Historical Marker Database. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ Los Baños: A Practical Guide For Newcomers. International Rice Research Institute. 1989. 
  8. ^ Castillo Llaneta, Celeste Ann (March 2011). "Science meets Culture meets Nature: UPLB envisions Mariang Makiling Eco-Tourism Village". The UP Newsletter. Archived from the original on March 20, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2014.