La Trinidad

La Trinidad, Benguet - (CAR)
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Location: La Trinidad, Benguet - (CAR)

La Trinidad is a 1st class municipality in the province of Benguet. It is the capital municipality of Benguet and is famously known as the "Strawberry Fields of the Philippines!".

The municipality is located 3 km north of Baguio City and is 256 km 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. It has a total land area of about 8273.80 hectares, representing 3.16% of the provincial land area. The terrain is generally mountainous with springs, rivers and creeks. Its floor elevation is at 1300 meters above sea level.

La Trinidad shares a great contribution to the colorful history of the Cordilleras. The very name “Benguet” was once limited to the area of what is now the La Trinidad Valley. Benguet is a native term which refers to a lake where water does not drain, referring to the former swamp area where no natural drain existed. In search for gold, Spanish explorers lead by Don M. Quirante discovered the valley in 1624. Its name La Trinidad is the namesake of her discoverer, Don Q.M. Quirante’s beloved and beautiful wife.

As the Cordilleras was mainly left untouched by the Spanish colonizers, small settlements in the area was found and well-cultivated with sweet potatoes, gabi and sugar cane by its original settlers.

According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 67,963 people in 13,658 households.

Tourist Spot

la Trinidad Strawberry Gardens...

How to get here:

The municipality is accessible by land transport via the following entry points:

a. from the Mt. Province through the Baguio-Bontoc Road

b. from La Union, through the Marcos Highway via the Pico-Lamtan

c. from Nueva Viscaya through the Benguet-Nueva Vizcaya Road

d. from Pangasinan, through Kennon road.

All these roads converge at the City of Baguio. The nearest airport is located in nearby Baguio City, Loakan airport. Baguio- Manila travels take about 45 minutes flights or 6 hours via land.

The municipality has several radial-circumferential roads that branch out to provide access to interior barangays and sitios most of which are tire-path roads, generally not feasible for commercial traffic. Several public utility vehicles ply around the urban core, majority of which, are public utility jeeps (PUJs). A few taxicabs ply the areas less served by the jeeps while neither buses nor mini-buses ply in the area, except for those buses that pass through the Baguio-Bontoc national road leading to the northern towns of Benguet

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 during the month of December at its coldest and 23.2 C at its warmest during the months of March, April and May. The average daily temperature is 18.55 C. Wind velocity is 1.43. During the rainest month of August, the rainfall average is 850.70 mm.