“Strawberry Field Forever” in La Trinidad Valley?

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Mar. 10 (PIA) - - A Beatles song goes  “Strawberry Fields Forever” . But can this be possible in the  Strawberry  farms  of this capital town  in the  Swamp Area in barangay Betag here with the  current pace of development?

 

Benguet Congressman Ronald Cosalan is batting for the preservation of the 40-hectare strawberry farmlands  in the valley  located  in a Benguet State University property. However, maintaining the farmland will only be made possible through the amendment of the BSU Charter, he said.

About two months ago, Cosalan  met with BSU President Feliciano Calora Jr  to discuss the possibility of the amendment of the institution’s charter which includes the preservation of said area.

Cosalan recounted the town was once called the “Salad Bowl of the Country” as the valley used to have massive farms of highland vegetables but lost its identity when structures were erected in  the gardens and have mushroomed through the years.

He said the strawberry fields should be maintained such that no structure would be  erected   in the area for the future generations to behold. Otherwise it may lose its identity as the “Strawberry Capital of the Philippines.”

The Strawberry farm  is one of the municipality’s agro-tourism vistas attracting  lots of tourists who go for strawberry picking and buy other by-products and other goods any time of the year. The strawberry  is the One-Town-One-Product of the municipality.

Meanwhile,  Governor Crescencio Pacalso said  La Trinidad’s Strawberry Festival  held every March  paves  the way for tourists to make it known that strawberries including cutflowers and other vegetable commodities are produced here and not in Baguio. By: Susan C. Aro (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

Benguet Destinations

Strawberry Farm

La Trinidad is know to be the “Strawberry Capital of the Philippines” because of the strawberry fields. Visitors can experience strawberry picking and also taste different products made from strawberry like the strawberry ice cream and strawberry “taho”.

Asin Hot Springs

Located at the outskirts of the city of Baguio, this attraction gives it’s visitors the chance to indulge in serious relaxation. Asin Hot Springs has been knwon to do wonders for the mind, body and soul because of the spring’s natural minerals like sulfates, calcium and chloride.

BenCab Museum

The BenCab museum, located at KM 6. Asin Road, houses the permanent collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) in several galleries, as well as venues for art shows and exhibitions. The Philippine Contemporary Art Galleries highlight the artist’s collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. The smaller exhibition rooms contain other collections accumulated by BenCab through the years.

Bell Church

The home to beautiful landscaped gardens and intricately designed arches and buildings adorned with flags, bells and dragons. Bell church holds some artifacts about Buddhism and literatures about the history of China.

Mt. Pulag

Mt. Pulag is the highest peak in Luzon and the third highest in the Philippines which is 2,922 meters above sea level. The view from the top of Mt. Pulag never fails to amaze its climbers.

Kabayan Mummies

Also know as the Fire Mummies of the Philippines, the Kabayan Mummies are from the Ibaloi tribe of Benguet. This have been included in the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World by a non-profit organization that focuses on the preservation of important historical monuments and sites.

Ambuclao Dam

The Ambuclao dam is popularly known as the biggest rock filled dam in the Far East and is considered as one of the major projects in Luzon that feeds electricity to the grid lines of Luzon.

Rose Gardens

Rose lovers will surely be pleased with Rose Gardens. A famous tourist attraction located in La Trinidad. Here, you will find a large variety of roses, chrysanthemums and other ornamental plants.

Mt. Ugo

This is considered to be one of the major destinations in the Cordilleras. It is the highest mountain located in Tinongdan, Itogon via the Benguet-Vizcayay boundary that boasts of stunning views of neighboring mountains and the great Luzon valley.

Kalugong View Point

A trek to Mount Kalugong is something that adventure seekers and nature lovers woudn't miss. The Kalugong View Point will give you a breathtaking experience and a panoramic view of the La Trinidad Valley and ther villages.