La Trinidad is a municipality and the capital of the province of Benguet.
Places of Interest
The following are places of interest, tourist attractions and/or notable landmarks in La Trinidad.
- Mount Kalugong – located in Barangay Tawang. Its name is an Ilocano term which means “hat”. At one end of the lofty mountain ridge are rock formations that resemble a hat – very visible at the valley floor. The giant hat is a vantage point for getting a bird’s eye view of the La Trinidad town valley.
- Mount Tayawan – located in Barangay Tawang. It has a view deck built by the barangay for catching sight of the capital town and its neighboring municipalities.
- Mount Yangbew – located in Barangay Tawang. Its former name is Mount Jumbo, and it rises to 1,648 meters or 5,407 feet above sea level. It provides a panorama of La Trinidad, its neighboring city of Baguio, as well as the mountain ranges of Tuba, Tublay, and Kapangan. This mountain top also gives the most spectacular visual experience during sunrise and sunset.
- Mount Peripen Bato – located in Barangay Pico. From its summit, one gets to appreciate the Baguio urban landscape onone side and on the opposite side, the La Trinidad valley vista.
- Wangal River – located in Barangay Wangal. This river in the heart of the village is used by the locals for swimming, doing laundry, and watering their flower and vegetable farms.
- Bitu River Adventure – a river located in Sitio Sabtang, Barangay Shilan with a total of 3 waterfalls found along its course. These are: the Payogpog Falls which is the highest, the Binanga Falls, and the Dinangking Falls.
- Ampetang Hot Spring – located in Barangay Bahong.
- Talinguroy View Point – located in Barangay Wangal
- Balucas View Point – located in Barangay Shilan
- Pedak Burial Cave – located in Barangay Alapang
- Begbeg Burial Cave – located in Barangay Wangal
- Peril Burial Cave – located in Barangay Alno
- Dinog Cave – located in Barangay Bahong
- Tinedkaw Cave – located in Barangay Tawang
- Kulong Cave – located in Barangay Wangal
- Rose Gardens and Cut Flower Farms in barangays Bahong, Alno, Beckel, Bineng, Lubas, Shilan, and Ambiong – hectares of land are devoted to growing of roses in open gardens while rows and rows of greenhouses are reserved for mums, anthuriums, aster, baby’s breath, and others. Some farmers also propagate cacti and other succulents in pots and these, together with the cut flowers, are supplied to different markets as far as Manila. The demand for flowers is highest during All Saints’ and Souls Days, Valentine’s Day, graduation days, Mothers’ Day and in particular, during the Panagbenga (or Flower) Festival of Baguio City. The rose and cut flower industry’s being the major revenue-earning activity in barangay Bahong has earned for this community the title “Rose Capital of the Philippines” in 1998 by then-Agriculture Secretary William Dar.
- Strawberry Farms – This capital town is called the “Strawberry Fields of the Philippines” on account of its most popular tourist attraction. The strawberry plantations in the swamp area is a principal destination particularly during the months of October to May when the strawberries are ready for packing. Besides strawberry products like jam, candies, wine and cakes, strawberry picking is one thing that visitors especially look forward to. Near the strawberry farms are numerous stalls that sell fresh strawberries, vegetables and other fruits, souvenir items, bottled delicacies, and local handicrafts.
- STOBOSA (Valley of Colors) – refers to the houses on a hill in the sitios of Stonehill, Botiwtiw, and Sadjap in Barangay Balili which are painted in brilliant happy colors. Situated at Km. 3 along the National Highway, the colorful sight makes people marvel and want to stop just to take some selfies. A hanging bridge from the road leading to the gaily painted houses certainly adds to the quaint experience and lasting image.
- Vegetable Trading Post – located at Barangay Pico near the La Trinidad Public Market. It is a trading facility for highland vegetables coming from the other Benguet towns. Everyday, it is the scene of brisk activities among farmers, traders, wholesalers, and helpers who are busily doing their own job, whether cleaning, sorting, packing, selling, buying, or preparing vegetables to be transported to the lowlands using huge trucks. Tourists are drawn to this trading facility to buy vegetables at cheap prices, to witness wholesale trading of vegetables, and likewise to be baffled by monstrous piles and truckloads of freshly harvested potatoes, cabbages, carrots, and others.
- Benguet Provincial Capitol – is the seat of the Provincial Government located on a hill in Barangay Poblacion. The view from the top of the hill is made spectacular by the straight highway making up some spatial perspective that is pleasing to the eyes, especially when captured on a photograph. The beautiful panorama is enhanced by how the main road serves to cut through the central valley with the buildings and trees arranged on either side of the long straight line that appears to decrease in width as the distance grows.
- La Trinidad Municipal Hall and Mini-Park – located at Km. 5. It is the seat of the Municipal Government. Adjacent to the Municipal Hall is the Police Station on one side, and the Municipal Gym on the other.
- Benguet Museum – located in barangay Poblacion. It showcases the history, culture, and traditions of the indigenous peoples of Benguet. Its collection includes photographs, documents, native clothing, old household and farm implements, arts, crafts, and other artifacts from the 13 municipalities of the province.
- Camp Bado Dangwa – it is the headquarters of the Police Regional Office – Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) at Sitio Camp Dangwa, Barangay Alapang. Inside the police camp is Saint Paul Chapel.
- Benguet State University – the provincial state university whose well-maintained and extensive campus will not fail to impress any visitor passing through the town. Besides the imposing buildings which house the different colleges and offices, the expansive school grounds include the Library, Food Processing Center, demonstration farms, residential halls/dormitories, and the spacious sports arena.
- Benguet General Hospital – government-owned and managed medical facility located at Km. 5, beside the La Trinidad Municipal Hall. It provides medical and health services to the residents of Benguet.
- Benguet Orchidarium and Ornamental Plant Center – is a favorite destination of plant lovers because of the wide variety of tropical plants on display. Plant hobbyists are assured in this place of healthy, well-maintained plants, whether rare, flowering or the foliage kind, ornamental trees, creepers, ferns, succulents or orchids. They also sell clay or plastic pots, seedling bags, compost, and other plant-related supplies.
- La Trinidad Public Market – located at Km. 5, Barangay Pico, close to the La Trinidad Municipal Hall. It is principally a three-storey building that houses stalls for rice, vegetables, fruits, fish, meat and dry goods – practically all the basic household necessities, both food and non-food items. A Second two-storey building houses more stalls that sell mostly dry goods and handicrafts. The upper storeys of both government-owned buildings are occupied by more dry goods stalls, beauty parlors, tailor shops, computer rentals or internet centers, etc. There is another building where one can find cut flowers, potted ornamental plants and garden supplies. The public market is at the very heart of this bustling capital town and the area around it is replete with businesses of all kinds such as pharmacies, money remittance centers, cellphone and accessory shops, grocery stores, bakeries, eateries, as well as used clothing stores (or ukay-ukay shops, as these are locally known).
- Benguet-Agri-Pinoy Trading Center (BAPTC) – located near the Strawberry Fields in the capital town. It is a government facility that was established to assist the vegetable farmers in processing and marketing their produce. The farmer beneficiaries come not only from Benguet towns but also from the highland and lowland neighbor-provinces. The trading center houses trading spaces where majority of transactions take place and where fresh vegetables such as broccoli, lettuce, bellpeppers, etc. are displayed.
- Halsema Highway – sometimes called the Baguio-Bontoc Road or the Mountain Trail. This mountain highway stretches from the La Trinidad boundary with Baguio City, passing through the northern municipalities of Benguet and ends up in Bontoc, Mountain Province, covering a total length of 150 kilometers. On the Mountain Province section of the highway, it traverses the towns of Bauko, Sabangan, Sagada, and Bontoc. It has been extended from Bontoc to Banaue in Ifugao province.
- San Jose Parish Church – located at Buyagan, Barangay Poblacion
- Saint Padre Pio Parish Church – located at Barangay Beckel
- Sacred Heart Chapel – located at Km. 5, Barangay Pico
- Saint Therese Chapel – located at Tomay, Barangay Bahong
- Saint Paul Chapel – located at Camp Dangwa, Barangay Alapang
- Strawberry Festival – this is a month-long celebration that takes place every March which centers around the most popular attraction of La Trinidad – its red luscious strawberries. This annual festivity highlights the rich history and cultural heritage of Benguet as demonstrated by its tribal dances, music, art works, rituals, and products, among others. Activities include cultural presentations, street dancing, float parade, agro-industrial fair and more.
- Adivay Festival – is a province-wide and month-long celebration held every November. The activities include a Grand Cañao, search for the Mr. and Ms. Benguet, sports events, cultural presentations, rodeo, horseback riding competition, and agri-tourism fair, among others. As the name implies, the festival is a special event for the coming together of the 13 municipalities of Benguet to celebrate as one. Also meant as a thanksgiving for the official foundation of the province. Adivay Festival activities take place in the capital town of Benguet in La Trinidad.
Map of La Trinidad
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