March 20 is holiday in La Trinidad, Benguet

  • March 16, 2017

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Mar.16 (PIA) -- Malacanang has declared March 20, Monday, as a holiday in this capital in celebration of its Strawberry Festival.

“It is but fitting and proper that the people of La Trinidad, Benguet be given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies,” Proclamation Number 178 s. 23017 states.

To enable the people of La Trinidad to fully celebrate the occasion of the 36th Strawberry Festival, Mayor Romeo Salda has requested the Malacanang to declare March 20 as a special non-working day instead of March 18 which falls on a Saturday.

This year’s celebration highlights are  scheduled on March 18 and 19.

On Saturday will be a civic parade to be followed by the main program and the Owik Tan Tayao and the multicultural celebrations at the municipal gymnasium.

On Sunday will be the street dancing, drum and lyre and mini-float parade and competitions. At 1:00PM,  La Trinidad which is known as the Guinness Book of Records’ holder for the giant strawberry short cake will  give the public a  taste  of  its famous  strawberry shortcake  at the municipal building.

The La Trinidad local government and police office  announced that Halsema Highway from Km. 6 to Km. 5. (Km. 6 Hardware – McDonalds) will be partially closed  on March 18 from 6:45AM to 11:00AM  and on March 19 from 6:45 AM to 12:00 nn give way to the civic parade, and  the mini-float parade, drum and lyre and street dancing competitions, respectively.

Motorists  are advised to take the alternate routes going in and out of the municipality. Those bound for Baguio City coming from Northern Benguet could use the Shilan-Beckel-Lamut-Baguio Road, Shilan-Tawang-Ambiong-Baguio Road, and the LonglongTam-awan-Baguio Road.  Motorists bound for Northern Benguet from Baguio  may use the Baguio-Bontoc Road, the Baguio-Ambiong-Tawang-Shilan Road, the Baguio-Beckel-Shilan Road and the Baguio Tam-awan-Puguis Road

Other activities  of the festival include the Strawberry Cake competition at the municipal gymnasium at 9:00AM on March 21.

A mass wedding is also scheduled on March 24 at the gymnasium. The Dongba ni Kavajo is set on March 25 while the   Strawberry Local Film Fest on March 24-26, both at the Wangal Sports Complex.

The Strawberry Festival culminates on March 31 with the awarding of winners in the various competitions. JDP/RMC & Aleah Velasquez-PIA CAR/SLU Intern)  

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