La Trinidad is a 1st class municipality in the province of Benguet, Philippines. It is the capital municipality of Benguet. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 97,810 people in 13,658 households.
The town currently holds the Guinness Book of record for baking the world's largest strawberry cake in 2004.
Geography and climate
La Trinidad is located 3 km north of Baguio City and is 256 km north of Manila. It is bounded on the north by the municipality of Tublay, on the south by Baguio, and on the west by Sablan and Tuba.
The municipality has a land area of 8273.80 hectares, representing 3.16% of the provincial land area. The terrain is generally mountainous with springs, rivers and creeks. La Trinidad's valley floor elevation is at 1300 meters above sea level. Elevation ranges from 500 to 1700 meters above sea level.
La Trinidad belongs under the Type I climate by the Coronas System of classification with distinct wet and dry seasons. The dry season is from November to April while the wet season occurs during the rest of the year. The climate is cool with temperatures ranging from 11.7 C during the month of December at its coldest and 23.2 C at its warmest during the months of March, April and May. The average daily temperature is 18.55 C. Wind velocity is 1.43. During the rainest month of August, the rainfall average is 850.70 mm.
The municipality is also the home of the following schools:
It is also a burial place of:
- Deodato Arellano (1844 1899), a Filipino patriot and one of the founders of the Katipunan.
In 1942, Japanese soldiers occupied La Trinidad, Benguet.
On May 3, 1945, The Filipino soldiers of the 2nd, 11th, 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th Infantry Division of the Philippine Commonwealth Army, 1st Infantry Regiment of the Philippine Constabulary, and the 66th Infantry Regiment of the United States Armed Forces in the Philippines - Northern Luzon or USAFIP-NL liberated La Trinidad.
It was transformed into a full-fledged town from its former status as municipal district by virtue of Republic Act No. 531, approved June 16, 1950.
La Trinidad is subdivided into 16 barangays.
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