If Baguio City has Flower Festival, La Trinidad Benguet has Strawberry Festival that is also fast becoming one of the major festivals in Northern Luzon. After the successful staging of Baguio City’s Panagbenga 2013, this capital town welcomes visitors and residents to its Strawberry Festival which will run the whole month of March until April 5.
Strawberry Festival 2013
La Trinidad officials headed by Mayor Greg Abalos hosted a kapihan media forum, Tuesday, to launch the festival which adopts the theme, “Sowing the Seeds of Meaningful Friendship.”
Abalos disclosed that this year’s Strawberry Festival will not only feature the municipality’s well known luscious strawberries and byproducts but also their culture and the town’s semi-temperate vegetables and cut flowers.
The highlight of the activity will be on March 18, the town’s foundation day, where there will be a civic parade, program, street dancing, strawberry eating contest, “Owik Tan Tayao” – native rite and Indigenous People’s Night.
Other activities to look forward to is the “Strawberry Night Classique” – an evening of wine, food and music, on March 22 at the municipal gym, where people are invited to come in coat and tie and enjoy the music, cuisine, and new strawberry wine variety of
La Trinidad, which they aims to bring in the international market.
In the morning of March 23, there will also be the “Strawberry Fun Run” to be followed by “Dutin tan Dukto,” a public breakfast feeding at the municipal park, where local berries (dutin) and rootcrops (dukto) will be served. In the evening of the same day will be the pre-pageant night for the search for Mr. and Ms. La Trinidad at the municipal gym, on March 30.
On March 23 and 24, there will be the festival of Horses – Gymkhana in La Trinidad, while in the night of March 25 will be the “La Trinidad Shi Bunguit (Benguet) Tan Kafagway (Baguio)” – a theatrical type multi-cultural presentation that will give emphasis on the contribution of La Trinidad to the province of Benguet and the city of Baguio.
Around 60 pairs are also set to wed on March 22 in the “Rose Wedding” at the municipal gym which will be transformed into a romantic hall full of flowers, especially with La Trinidad grown roses.
There will also be a Strawberry Clean-Up Drive along Balili River tributaries in line with the Adopt an Estero program of the local government.
From March 15 to April 5, La Trinidad visitors can also enjoy the various produce of La Trinidad with the agro-industrial fair at the municipal park and the Strawberry Lane at the municipal park.
Called the “Strawberry Capital of the Philippines,” La Trinidad landed in the Guinness World Record on March 20, 2004 for the “Largest Strawberry Shortcake” baked by several bakers during the town’s Strawberry Festival. The winning piece weighed 9,662.23 kilogram (21,213.40 pounds) and partaken by thousands of visitors.
(Source : PIA – JDP/CCD-Chelsea Irving and Jaro Nicandro, PIA interns)