The Spaniards tried to colonize the highlands because of its rich deposit of gold. Several attempts have been between 1572 to 1620 but was unsuccessful. Led by Col. Guillermo Galvey in 1800s, they succeeded and established their prersence in La Trinidad Valley, named after his wife.
The area became a district of the new province La Union in 1846 and in 1854, Benguet became a separate commandancia politico-militar.
Mountain Province was established on August 18, 1908 under Act. No. 1876. Benguet, along with Amburayan, Apayao, Bontoc, Ifugao, Kalinga and Lepanto, became its sub-province. But in 1920, Amburayan and Lepanto became parts of Benguet. Baguio became a chartered city in 1909.
The presence of mining operations in the early 1900s opened job opportunities in Benguet that attracted many lowlanders to migrate to the province.
Benguet was known as the Salad Bowl of the Philippines for its huge vegetable production. Baguio City, everybody's favorite summer place, strawberry and vegetables, Good Shepherds ube jam, Panagbenga Festival
Top Landmark & Tourist Spots
The Strawberry Fields Of La Trinidad
One of the popular destinations is La Trinidad, the provincial capital. If much of the Philippines is littered with coconut trees, this place is different. As you’ll discover, it’s littered instead with strawberry fields.
Tuba in Benguet is often regarded as the "Gateway to Baguio" since the major highways leading to the City of Pines can be found in the municipality. Its topography is characterized by rugged terrain and steep slopes which is why traversing its roads is almost like riding a roller coaster. Because of its higher altitude, the former barrio is often draped heavily with fog.