27 events lined up for La Trinidad strawberry festival

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Some twenty seven activities were lined up by the municipal government for the upcoming 37th Strawberry festival from March 9-27, 2018.


Mayor Romeo Salda said that the agreed theme for this year’s celebration is “La Trinidad Strawberries Forever” which is to underscore that the famous strawberries will be in the municipality to stay.

The festival will fire off on March 9, 2018 with an ecumenical mass followed by an opening program, ribbon cutting and opening of the strawberry lane and agro-industrial fair and Battle of the Bands.

The famous Duting tan Dukto and fun run, jobs fair and public concern will be held on March 10, 2018 which will be followed by the Run for Amity and indigenous games on March 11, 2018.

Flower enthusiasts will be joining the flower arrangement competition and the Search for the Biggest and Sweetest Strawberries on March 13, 2018.

Art enthusiasts will have the chance to display their talents during the two-day art and mural competition on March 14-15, 2018 while the strawberry mass wedding will be held on March 14, 2018.

On the other hand, the pre-pageant night for the Search for Mr. and Ms. La Trinidad will be done on March 15, 2018.

On March 16, 2018, there will be a civic-military parade which will be followed by the Strawberry festival main program where Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Ana Marie Banaag will serve as the guest of honor and speaker while the traditional kikkan, owik tan tayaw and multi-cultural celebrations will be done right after the program.

On March 17, 2018, the much awaited streetdancing, drum and lyre and float competition will be done which will be followed by a Dog show and the La Trinidad Got Talent while another public concert will be done on March 18, 2018.

Local wine processors in the municipality will have the chance to showcase their produce during the Strawberry Wine Fair on March 20, 2018 while the main pageant for the Search for Mr. and Ms. La Trinidad will be done on March 21, 2018.

Balikbayans from the town’s 16 barangays will have a chance to interact with each other during the scheduled Balikbayan Day and Barangay Night scheduled on March 23, 2018 while the Dongba ni Kabajo will be held on March 24-25, 2018.

Fitness enthusiasts will have the chance to show to the public their respective forms through the Mr. La Trinidad bodybuilding competition while the closing program will follow on March 27, 2018 that will be capped with a musical concert and community bonefire.

Mayor Salda urged both residents and visitors alike to patronize the various events that were prepared for this year’s festivities so that they will be able to enjoy the simple but meaningful activities that were prepared primarily because of the desire of the government to aggressively promote strawberries as its main product.



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.
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