Benguet is a landlocked province of the Philippines in the northern part of Luzon Is;and. Its capital is the town of La Trinidad. Baguio City, a popular tourist destination in the country, is located in the interior of Benguet province.
Benguet is home to several native tribes that are collectively known as the Igorot. The three major tribes are the Ibaloi in the Southwest, the kankana-ey in the northwest and Kalanguya in the east. Many of this tribes are believed by Filipino anthropologist to be of Malay decent. Before the arrival of Spanish colonizers, these tribes have a flourishing trade with the lowlanders.
Benguet Provincial Capitol
Agriculture, mining, and tourism are the major industries in Benguet. Because of its temperate climate and high altitude, Benguet is an ideal place for producing vegetables. Benguet is often called the Salad Bowl of the Philippines. Mining is another major industry of Benguet, which is one of the country’s leading gold producers. The presence of Baguio City in Benguet draws a large number of tourists from the lowlands. Often, people who go to Baguio also explore the province, especially the strawberry and vegetable plantations in La Trinidad.