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La Trinidad, Benguet

La Trinidad
La Trinidad Valley
La Trinidad Valley
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Nickname(s): Strawberry Capital of the Philippines[1]
Location in the province of Benguet
Location within the Philippines

Coordinates: 16°27′N 120°34′E / 16.450°N 120.567°E / 16.450; 120.567Coordinates: 16°27′N 120°34′E / 16.450°N 120.567°E / 16.450; 120.567{{#coordinates:16|27|N|120|34|E|type:city_region:|| |primary |name=

Country [[{{#property:P17}}]]
Region Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)
Province [[{{#property:P131}}]]
District Lone district of Benguet
Founded 1950
Barangays 16
 • Mayor Edna Cuyopan Tabanda
 • Total 70.04 km2 (27.04 sq mi)
Population (Lua error in Module:Wikidata at line 242: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).)[3]
 • Total {{#property:P1,082}}
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code {{#property:P281}}
Dialing code {{#property:P473}}
Income class 1st class
Website {{#property:P856}}

La Trinidad is a first class[2] and capital municipality of the province of Benguet, Philippines. According to the Lua error in Module:Wikidata at line 242: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value). census, it has a population of {{#property:P1082}} people.[3]

The municipality is known for its strawberry and vegetable plantations earning the town the title "Strawberry Capital of the Philippines".[1][4] The town currently holds the Guinness World Record for baking the world's largest strawberry shortcake in March 20, 2004.[5]


Pre-colonial and Spanish periods

The valley encompassing La Trinidad was originally called "Benguet", a thriving community of Ibaloi migrants from Tinek. Colonial influence reached the area upon Spanish explorers Don M. Quirante's discovery of the valley in 1642, and Lt. Col. Guillermo Galvey's expedition to Benguet in 1829.[1]

The valley was later renamed to "La Trinidad" in honor of Galvey's wife.[6] Together with 40 other smaller surrounding rancherías, La Trinidad was placed under the jurisdiction of the newly established Benguet commandancia politico-militar in 1846.[7][8] La Trinidad was established as the administrative headquarters of the Benguet commandancia during the Spanish Conquest of the Philippines.[1][6][9]

American period

With the establishment of Benguet as a province under the Republic of the Philippines in 1899, La Trinidad was made as its capital.[1]

In 1900, the American colonizers arrived, and La Trinidad was established as one of the 19 townships under Benguet province, upon the issuance of Act No. 48.[6][10] For a brief period, Baguio became the capital of Benguet when appointed Benguet province civil governor H.P. Whitmarsh moved the capital from La Trinidad to Baguio in 1901. La Trinidad was made the provincial capital again in 1909, after the Baguio township was abolished and converted into a chartered city.[1]

Second World War

In 1942, Japanese soldiers occupied La Trinidad, Benguet.[citation needed]

On May 3, 1945, The Filipino soldiers of the 2nd, 11th, 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th Infantry Division of the Philippine Commonwealth Army, 1st Infantry Regiment of the Philippine Constabulary, and the 66th Infantry Regiment of the United States Armed Forces in the Philippines - Northern Luzon or USAFIP-NL liberated La Trinidad.[1]

Modern history

La Trinidad was transformed into a full-fledged town from its former status as municipal district by virtue of Republic Act No. 531, approved June 16, 1950.[11]

The town landed on the Guinness Book of World Records for baking the world's largest strawberry shortcake, at 21,213.40 lb (9,622.23 kg), at the La Trinidad Strawberry Festival on March 20, 2004.[5]

On March 13, 2004, Proclamation No. 585, s. 2004 was signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declaring every March 18, the date of the annual Strawberry Festival, as a special non-working holiday for the municipality.[12]


La Trinidad is bounded by Tublay on the northeast, Sablan on the west, Baguio City on the south, Itogon on the southeast, and Tuba on the southwest.

The municipality has a land area of Script error: No such module "convert".,[2] representing 3.16% of the provincial land area. The terrain is generally mountainous with springs, rivers and creeks. The town has a valley which encompasses several barangays. The valley floor elevation is at Script error: No such module "convert". above sea level. Elevation ranges from Script error: No such module "convert". above sea level.

Balili River is the municipality's main water drainage which carries upstream water from Sagudin River in Baguio City.[13] The river merges with another upstream river in Tuel upon reaching the La Trinidad-Tublay-Sablan tri-point.


The 16 barangays of the Municipality of La Trinidad[14]
Rank Barangay Population Rank Barangay Population
1 Pico 18,271 10 Bahong 4,828
2 Balili 16,086 11 Shilan 4,330
3 Poblacion 10,594 12 Alapang 4,171
4 Tawang 7,456 13 Cruz 3,519
5 Puguis 7,163 14 Beckel 3,453
6 Betag 6,863 15 Alno 2,046
7 Ambiong 6,423 16 Bineng 1,487
8 Lubas 5,591 La Trinidad Total 107,188
9 Wangal 4,907


La Trinidad belongs under the Type I climate by the Coronas System of classification with distinct wet and dry seasons. The dry season is from November to April while the wet season occurs during the rest of the year. The climate is cool with temperatures ranging from Script error: No such module "convert". during the month of December at its coldest and Script error: No such module "convert". at its warmest during the months of March, April and May. The average daily temperature is Script error: No such module "convert".. Wind velocity is 1.43. During the rainiest month of August, the rainfall average is Script error: No such module "convert"..


Population census of La Trinidad
YearPop.±% p.a.
1990 48,252—    
1995 63,089+5.15%
2000 67,963+1.61%
2007 97,810+5.15%
2010 107,188+3.39%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][15]


Agriculture constitutes the economy of La Trinidad. The town supplies most of the Philippines' strawberries[16] and cut flowers which include roses[17][18] .[19] The La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post is visited by wholesalers and traders of vegetables from other provinces.[20] The presence of the Benguet State University in the municipality serves as a boost to agricultural research and development in the region.[21]

Its proximity to the city of Baguio attracts tourists, primarily to the strawberry fields in the valley, and lesser to the Benguet Provincial Capitol and the Rose Gardens of barangay Bahong.[22]


Public schools

As of 2014, La Trinidad has 23 public elementary schools and 7 public secondary schools.[23][24][25]

The main campus of the Benguet State University, the first university in the province, is located in the municipality.

Private schools

  • San Jose School of La Trinidad, Inc.
  • Cordillera Career Development College - the first private tertiary school in the BIMAK (Benguet, Ifugao, Mt. Province, Apayao, Kalinga) region, excluding Baguio City
  • King's College of the Philippines
  • Philippine Nazarene College - formerly known as Luzon Nazarene Bible College (LNBC), established in 1952
  • H.O.P.E. Christian Academy
  • The Montessori Academy
  • BVS Colleges - Formerly Benguet Vocational school Colleges

Notable people

La Trinidad is the burial place of:


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  11. ^ "Republic Act No. 531: An Act to Convert the Municipal District of La Trinidad, Subprovince of Benguet, Mountain Province, into a Regular Municipality to be Known as the Municipality of La Trinidad". Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  12. ^ "Proclamation No. 585, s. 2004: Declaring March 18 as a Special Non-working Holiday for the Municipality of La Trinidad, Benguet". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. 13 March 2004. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
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  20. ^ Obnial, Angela (December 2005). "La Trinidad veggie trading post revisited". Bureau of Agricultural Research Chronicle. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  21. ^ Dumlao, Artemio (11 July 2013). "Benguet State U starts developing organic agri program". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  22. ^ Lago, Amanda (9 April 2012). "Benguet roses now a summer attraction". GMA News. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
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  24. ^ a b "Masterlist of Secondary Schools (School Year 2013- 2014)" (XLSX). Department of Education (Philippines), July 4, 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  25. ^ a b "Masterlist of Public Schools SY 2013-2014" (XLSX). Department of Education (Philippines), 22 October 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 

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