Brief History

    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. 

General Information

    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.

BenCab Museum

    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.

General Information

La Trinidad
Language & Dialects
English, Kankana-ey, Ibaloi, Kalanguya, Iowak
446,000 (2015, PSA)

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Facts & Trivias

Panagbenga is one of the famous festivals in the Philippines. It is celebrated in Baguio City every 4th week of February since it's the flower season in the city of Pines. Multi-hued costumes are worn, which imitates the various blooms in the highland region. Its name comes from local Kankana-ey term in Cordillera which means "a season of time for blossoming"; coined by Ike Picpican, curator of the Saint Louis University Museum in 1997.
Strawberry Festival Baking
In La Trinidad, Benguet (2001), the locals baked its own giant carrot cake. In 2002, they baked the country's largest sponge cake. It weighed 1.2 metric ton, it was 7-foot tall that fed 10,000 people during the annual Strawberry Festival. The four bakers who made the cake spent 16 hours completing it. In March 2003, the locals of La Trinidad broke their previous record and made two giant strawberry cakes- which cost PHP 110,000 to make and measured 8.5 in diameter, six feet in height and width. The bakers used 800 kg of fresh strawberries, 6,600 eggs and 920 kg of flour.
Biggest Amateur Golf Tournament
The biggest amateur golf tournament takes place in Baguio City, Benguet every year. Known as the Fil-Am Golf Championship since 1949, at least 1,000 amateur golfers from all over the country participate in the 72-hole tournament. The top contending teams come from Canlubang, Southwoods, Calatagan and Wack wack (Guiness Book of World Records).
Barrel Man
People in Baguio make the "barrel man", a wooden doll, typically sold as a souvenir. When you lift the round barrel worn by the man you will see him in all his naked glory.

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