La Trinidad, Benguet
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La Trinidad Valley
|Nickname(s): Strawberry Capital of the Philippines|
Map of Benguet showing the location of La Trinidad
|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 located 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) north of Baguio City and is 256 kilometres (159 mi) north of Manila. It is bounded on the north by the municipality of Tublay, on the south by Baguio, and on the west by Sablan and Tuba.
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. La Trinidad's 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.
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).
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.
Conversion to Cityhood
The launching of the Strawberry Festival last Sunday spurred a desire for cityhood.
Municipal Mayor Gregorio Abalos said the town really has to move forward now. He said the municipality has to find ways to increase its budget to address the needs of the residents.
Abalos said they are now looking for alternatives on how to increase the town’s income without affecting the small entrepreneurs.
He also said if given the chance, the mayor will ask President Benigno Aquino III for an increase in the municipality’s budget allotment to help in its development.
Meanwhile, the launching of the festival started with a grand parade, which was participated by various government agencies, schools, non–government organizations and business establishments.
The Kabayan Mystical dance troop who recently won during the Panagbenga Festival in Baguio City also joined in the parade. They were headed by Kabayan Mayor Faustino Aquisan. An ecumenical service was conducted after the parade.
Chief Superintendent Elmer Soria, deputy regional director for administration of Procor, was the guest speaker of the opening program.
Soria assured that La Trinidad is a safe place to live in. He added that he is looking forward to the cityhood of the town.
Municipal Vice Mayor Romeo Salda said Benguet Representative Ronald Cosalan already passed a bill in the House of Representatives for the cityhood of the town.
|Population census of La Trinidad|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
The municipality is home to the following schools:
- science high school for the CAR region: Cordillera Regional Science High School
- 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
- Benguet National High School- MAIN
- 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)
La Trinidad is the burial place of:
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- "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.
- La Trinidad Prepares For Strawberry Festival
- La Trinidad, Benguet - Geotayo Philippines
- "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.
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