La Trinidad, Benguet
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La Trinidad Valley
|Nickname(s): Strawberry Capital of the Philippines|
Location in Benguet province
|Region||Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)|
|District||Lone district of Benguet|
|• Mayor||Edna Cuyopan Tabanda|
|• Total||70.04 km2 (27.04 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,500/km2 (4,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Income class||1st class|
La Trinidad is a first class and capital municipality of the province of Benguet, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 107,188 people. The municipality is known for its strawberry and vegetable plantations earning the town the title "Strawberry Capital of the Philippines".  The town currently holds the Guinness World Record for baking the world's largest strawberry shortcake in March 20, 2004.
The municipality has a land area of 7,004 hectares (17,310 acres), 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 1,300 metres (4,300 ft) above sea level. Elevation ranges from 500 to 1,700 metres (1,600 to 5,600 ft) above sea level.
Balili River is the municipality's main water drainage which carries upstream water from Sagudin River in Baguio City. The river merges with another upstream river in Tuel upon reaching the border between Tublay and Sablan.
|La Trinidad Total||107,188|
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 11.7 °C (53.1 °F) during the month of December at its coldest and 23.2 °C (73.8 °F) at its warmest during the months of March, April and May. The average daily temperature is 18.55 °C (65.39 °F). Wind velocity is 1.43. During the rainiest month of August, the rainfall average is 850.70 millimetres (33.492 in).
The valley encompassing La Trinidad was originally called "Benguet", a thriving community of Ibaloi migrants from Tinek, Ifugao. The area was discovered by Spanish explorer Don M. Quirante in 1642. In 1829, an expedition to Benguet was led by another Spanish, Lt. Col. Guillermo Galvey, who, in 1846, renamed the community to "La Trinidad" in honor of his wife. Galvey established La Trinidad as the administrative headquarters of the Benguet territory during the Spanish Conquest of the Philippines. 
In 1942, Japanese soldiers occupied La Trinidad, Benguet.
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.
|Population census of La Trinidad|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
|Alapang-Camp Dangwa Elementary School||Alapang|
|Alno-Kadoorie Elementary School||Alno|
|Ambiong Elementary School||Ambiong|
|Bahong Elementary School||Bahong|
|Balili Elementary School||Balili|
|Balukas Elementary School||Shilan|
|Beckel Elementary School||Beckel|
|Benguet SPED Center||Wangal|
|Bineng Elementary School||Bineng|
|Bodiweng Elementary School||Bineng|
|Buyagan Elementary School||Poblacion|
|La Trinidad Central School||Poblacion|
|Lamtang Elementary School||Puguis|
|Lamut Elementary School||Beckel|
|Longlong Elementary School||Puguis|
|Lubas Elementary School||Lubas|
|Pagal Elementary School||Shilan|
|Pico Elementary School||Pico|
|Puguis Elementary School||Puguis|
|Tacdian Elementary School||Shilan|
|Talinguroy Elementary School||Wangal|
|Tawang Elementary School||Tawang|
|Wangal Elementary School||Wangal|
|Benguet National High School||Wangal|
|Benguet National High School - Alno Annex||Alno|
|Benguet National High School - Bineng Annex||Bineng|
|Benguet National High School - Puguis Annex||Puguis|
|Cordillera Regional Science High School||Wangal|
|Eastern La Trinidad National High School||Beckel|
|La Trinidad National High School||Lubas|
The municipality is also home to the following schools:
- the first university in the province of Benguet: Benguet State University
- established in 1960s, its first Catholic School: San Jose School of La Trinidad Inc..
- the first private tertiary educational institute in the BIMAK (Benguet, Ifugao, Mt. Province, Apayao, Kalinga) region, excluding Baguio City: Cordillera Career Development College
- H.O.P.E. Christian Academy
- Philippine Nazarene College (PNC), formerly known as Luzon Nazarene Bible College(LNBC)established in 1952. http://philnazcollege.edu.ph/pncwp/
- The Montessori Academy (TMA)
- science high school for the CAR region: Cordillera Regional Science High School
La Trinidad is the burial place of:
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- "Province: Benguet". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
- "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
- "Cordillera Autonomous Region". It's More Fun in the Philippines. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
- "Largest fruit shortcake". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
- Susan Aro (11 October 2011). "Balili River wanting for clean, safe waters". Sun.Star Baguio (in English). Sun.Star Baguio. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
- "2010 Census of Population and Housing: Population Counts - Cordillera Administrative Region" (PDF). National Statistics Office (Philippines), April 4, 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
- "Profile of La Trinidad: LA TRINIDAD THROUGH THE YEARS". Retrieved 16 September 2014.
- "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". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-09.
- "Province of Benguet". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
- "Masterlist of Public Elementary Schools for the School year 2012- 2013" (XLSX). Department of Education (Philippines), July 4, 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
- "Masterlist of Secondary Schools (School Year 2013- 2014)" (XLSX). Department of Education (Philippines), July 4, 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
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