Councilor lauds Spanish who ‘baptized’ LT

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Monday, December 16, 2013

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Councilor John Botiwey wanted to give thanks to the person who gave the Valley its name.

Botiwey, in a resolution, has requested the Spanish embassy to locate the hometown of Lt. Col. Guillermo Galvey, the Spanish military official who gave the municipality its name of La Trinidad.

Botiwey is batting to establish sisterhood ties between his hometown and the Municipality giving credence to the Spanish military official’s act of naming the town.

“Lt. Col. Guillermo Galvey, a Spanish Military Officer upon setting foot in the municipality, was awed by its beauty, serenity and climate, named the municipality with the name of his wife Trinidad, hence, the name La Trinidad,” Botiwey said.

The municipality is now dubbed as the Strawberry Capital of the Philippines. The town has "One Town, One Product (OTOP)" policy as strawberries are grown only in La Trinidad.

“The people at La Trinidad are proud of name given by the late Lt. Col. Galvey and have been officially using the name La Trinidad since the inception of the municipal government on June 16, 1950 under Republic Act 531,which when reckoned from the dote until today is already 63 years,” the alderman stated.

“In recognition of his act of giving the name to the municipality, it is not just fitting but also proper and justified to trace the roots and hometown of Lt. Col. Guillermo Galvey for the municipality of La Trinidad and establish sisterhood ties with his hometown,” he added.

The resolution was approved in last week’s council session.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 16, 2013.

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