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La Trinidad, officially the '', is a of the Philippines in the province of in the of the Philippines, serving as the provincial capital. The population was at the.The municipality is known for its strawberry and vegetable plantations earning the town the title "Strawberry Fields of the Philippines". The town currently holds the Guinness World Record for baking the world's largest strawberry shortcake in March 20, 2004.HistoryPre-colonial and Spanish periodsThe valley encompassing La Trinidad was originally called "Benguet", a thriving community of Ibaloi migrants from Tinek. Colonial influence reached the area upon Spanish explorers Don M. Quirante's discovery of the valley in 1642, and Guillermo Galvey's expedition to Benguet in 1829.The valley was later renamed to "La Trinidad" in honor of Galvey's wife. Together with 40 other smaller surrounding rancherías, La Trinidad was placed under the jurisdiction of the newly established Benguet commandancia politico-militar in 1846 and was established as its administrative headquarters during the Spanish Conquest of the Philippines.American periodWith the establishment of Benguet as a province under the Republic of the Philippines in 1899, La Trinidad was made as its capital.In 1900, the American colonizers arrived, and La Trinidad was established as one of the 19 townships under Benguet province, upon the issuance of Act No. 48. For a brief period, Baguio became the capital of Benguet when appointed Benguet province civil governor H.P. Whitmarsh moved the capital from La Trinidad to Baguio in 1901. La Trinidad was made the provincial capital again in 1909, after the Baguio township was abolished and converted into a chartered city.Take a peek at our international travel planner: La Trinidad and its charms laid bare and easily scheduled.
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