La Trinidad, Benguet
La Trinidad Valley
|Nickname(s): Strawberry Capital of the Philippines|
Location in the province of Benguet
|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|
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.
|8||Lubas||5,591||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. 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. In 1846, Benguet was established into a commandancia politico-militar consisting of 41 smaller rancherías , one of which was the valley Benguet, renamed to "La Trinidad" in honor of Galvey's wife. La Trinidad was established as the administrative headquarters of the Benguet commandancia during the Spanish Conquest of the Philippines. 
With the establishment of Benguet as a province under the Republic of the Philippines in 1899, La Trinidad was made as its capital. In 1900, American colonizers arrived, with appointed Benguet province civil governor H.P. Whitmarsh moving the capital from La Trinidad to Baguio in 1901. La Trinidad was made capital of the province again in 1909, after Baguio was converted into a chartered city.
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|
Agriculture constitutes the economy of La Trinidad. The town supplies most of the Philippines' strawberries and cut flowers which include roses . The La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post is visited by wholesalers and traders of vegetables from other provinces. The presence of the Benguet State University in the municipality serves as a boost to agricultural research and development in the region.
|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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- "Largest fruit shortcake". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
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- Dumlao, Artemio (11 July 2013). "Benguet State U starts developing organic agri program". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
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