Strawberry Festival in Benguet town starts March 18
March 18, 2013 11:13 am
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, March 16 — While flowers headed the cast in Baguio City’s recent Panagbenga festival, the city’s capital town will next have strawberries take the lead in this year’s Strawberry Festival which starts on Monday, March 18.
With the theme, "Sowing the Seeds of Meaningful Friendship," the festival will not only feature the municipality’s well known strawberries and by-products but also their culture and the town's semi-temperate vegetables and cut flowers.
On the first day of celebration, which is also the town’s foundation day, there will be a civic parade, program, street dancing, strawberry eating contest and a native rite and Indigenous People’s Night.
Tourists can also look forward to the Strawberry Night Classique – an evening of wine, food and music; a fun run, a public breakfast feeding at the municipal park and a pre-pageant night for the search for Mr. and Ms. La Trinidad.
There will also be a festival of Horses and 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.
During the Rose Wedding, the municipal gym which will be transformed into a romantic hall full of flowers, especially with La Trinidad grown roses will wed about 60 couples.
In addition, a Strawberry Clean-Up Drive along Balili River tributaries in line with the "Adopt an Estero" program of the local government.
The various produce of La Trinidad with the agro-industrial fair at the municipal park and the Strawberry Lane at the municipal park can be enjoyed throughout the festival.
Called the "Strawberry Capital of the Philippines," La Trinidad landed in the Guinness World Record on March 20, 2004 for the “Largest Strawberry Shortcake” (21,213.40 pounds) baked by several bakers during the town’s Strawberry Festival. (PNA)