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)