Benguet, Salad Bowl of the Philippines

Mount Pulag, Kabayan, Benguet by Joanne Caselyn Suarez joannecaselynsuarez – copy at the Wayback Machine, CC0,

Benguet is a landlocked province situated in the southern tip of the Cordillera Administrative Region in the island of Luzon, Philippines is the gateway to the region.

The provincial capital of Benguet is the municipality of La Trinidad, which is just a few kilometers away from Baguio City, an independent city and the Summer Capital of the Philippines. La Trinidad is famous for its strawberry fields, where visitors can experience strawberry picking, especially during the strawberry season which peaks from November to May.

Known for its cool climate and rich highland agriculture, it’s considered the “Salad Bowl of the Philippines” for its vast production of vegetables and other crops.

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The topography of Benguet features a rugged terrain with mountains, rolling hills, and valleys. The province is home to Mount Pulag, the highest peak in Luzon and the third highest in the Philippines, which attracts hikers and adventurers from around the world for its sea of clouds and rich biodiversity.

Benguet is also notable for its indigenous peoples, primarily the Ibalois and the Kankana-eys. These indigenous communities have maintained much of their traditional ways of life, including their intricate hand-woven fabrics and their unique system of rice terraces in some areas.

Mining used to be a major industry in Benguet, with gold, silver, and copper being the primary minerals extracted. Although it has declined in importance relative to agriculture, its impact on the culture and economy of the province cannot be understated.

Tourism is steadily growing in Benguet with attractions like the aforementioned Mount Pulag, the picturesque Ambuklao Dam, and the relaxing hot springs in Itogon. The province is also known for its colorful festivals such as the Panagbenga Flower Festival in Baguio City which spills over to the neighboring towns and the Adivay Festival which celebrates the province’s foundation day and culture.

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The combination of its natural beauty, cool climate, and the rich culture makes Benguet a unique and attractive destination for tourists. It simultaneously provides a serene getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life and a glimpse into the rich tapestry of cultural traditions that the Philippines has to offer.

When traveling you may need to purchase a few items before you come like a new camera or laptop. It is always a good Idea to be prepared. Also read my blog on What Should You Buy Before Travelling? – Philippine Tourism and Statistics (


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