LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The municipal government and other private partners are now gearing up for the 2016 conduct of the prestigious Strawberry Festival that has placed the capital town in the map of tourism destinations during the prolonged summer vacation.
The theme of this year’s festivities is “35th Pan-aspulan Strawberry Festival” which will surely entice local residents and visitors to witness the events that will be lined up for the activity.
According to Mr. Valred Olsim, the Municipal Tourism Officer of La Trinidad Benguet, the 2016 strawberry Festival’s theme is a part of the continuous promotion of our brand essence which is the “valley of colors” which shows our diverse products and multicultural identity.
“As for the festival, this is considered as gift for the community. We are not aggressive as the other big festivals but our visitors are welcome to join our celebration. The purpose of this festival is not to earn profit; instead, it will be purely for the community.”
He also added that in the activities lined up for the month of February it will be the same as last years’ event but there will be some surprises coming.
The Strawberry Festival will start during the month of March. Its opening will be on March 4, 2016 where in there will be a civic parade from kilometer 6 at the BSU last gate to the municipal gymnasium in kilometer 5.
Also, for the safe celebration of the festival, committees are also assigned to take charge of the peace and order during the parade.
Allotted budget also for the said festival is more or less 2.4 million pesos and according to Mr. Valred Olsim, there is a regular municipal budget available for the tourism fund amounting 500,000 pesos and the rest will be coming from the trade fare
By TANACIO, KHYRL LEIZEL A.