La Trinidad, Benguet

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La Trinidad
Municipality
La Trinidad Valley
La Trinidad Valley
Official seal of La Trinidad
Seal
Nickname(s): Strawberry Capital of the Philippines
Map of Benguet showing the location of La Trinidad
Map of Benguet showing the location of La Trinidad
La Trinidad is located in Philippines
La Trinidad
La Trinidad
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
Country  Philippines
Region Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)
Province Benguet
District Lone district of Benguet
Founded 1950
Barangays 16
Government
 • Mayor Edna Cuyopan Tabanda
Area[1]
 • Total 70.04 km2 (27.04 sq mi)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 107,188
 • Density 1,500/km2 (4,000/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2601
Dialing code 74
Income class 1st class
Website www.latrinidad.gov.ph

La Trinidad is a first class municipality in the province of Benguet, Philippines. It is the capital municipality of Benguet. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 107,188 people.[2]

The town currently holds the Guinness World Record for baking the world's largest strawberry cake in 2004.[3][4]

Geography[edit]

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),[1] 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.

Climate[edit]

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).

Barangays[edit]

La Trinidad is subdivided into 16 barangays.[1]

  • Alapang
  • Alno
  • Ambiong
  • Bahong
  • Balili
  • Beckel
  • Bineng
  • Betag
  • Cruz
  • Lubas
  • Pico
  • Poblacion
  • Puguis
  • Shilan
  • Tawang
  • Wangal

History[edit]

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.

It 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.[5]

Conversion to Cityhood[edit]

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.

Demographics[edit]

Population census of La Trinidad
Year Pop.   ±% 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[2][6]

Education[edit]

The municipality is home to the following schools:

Notable people[edit]

La Trinidad is the burial place of:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Province: Benguet". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "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. 
  3. ^ La Trinidad Prepares For Strawberry Festival
  4. ^ La Trinidad, Benguet - Geotayo Philippines
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "Province of Benguet". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 

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