Officially known as City of San Fernando to differentiate it from San Fernando City of
La union Province, San Fernando is located at the central part of Pampanga Province
in Central Luzon Region. Around 67 kilomters north of Manila,
the city lies west of Mount Arayat, along the North Luzon Expressway. The city is only 16 kilometers away from Angeles
City and 50 kilometers east of Subic Bay Freeport. Its topography is a broad flatland which is part of the vast Central
Plain of Luzon. The city is bounded on the northwest by Angeles City, on the northeast by the town of Mexico, on the
south by Sto. Tomas, and on the west by Bacolor town.
San Fernando is composed of 35 barangays spread in an area of 67.7 square kilometers. Majority of the people of San Fernando are Kapampangans while some Ilocanos and Tagalogs have migrated to this city. Christmas is brightest in this city when lanterns of all kinds and sizes are lighted forming a magnificent kaleidoscopic view.
The city celebrates the Giant Lantern Festival every December
Aside from being the capital of Pampanga, City of San Fernando is also the regional center of Central
Luzon Region, one of the fastest growing economic corridors in the country. Although agriculture is still an important
source of employment, the city is fast becoming a commercial and industrial center. Rice, sugar, rootcrops, vegetables,
livestock and poultry are the chief farm products of the city. Large manufacturing plants include the San Miguel food
and beverage manufacturing complex, Pampanga sugar mill, Coca-cola bottling, and Universal Robina. The city is home to
meat processing plants like the famous Mekeni, Pampanga's Best and Tita's meat products. Lantern-making is a well-known
cottage industry in the city. Other industries include garment-making and ceramics.
Shopping and Leisure
Manila-based SM and Robinson's have built their own branch in the city east of the North Luzon Expressway.
The former Paskuhan Village has been renamed "Hilaga". It has been redeveloped to become the tourism, cultural, historical,
trade, and entertainment center for the whole northern Luzon. Its facilities include exhibit halls,
sports facilities, meeting rooms, food court, bicycle area and kalesa ride.
Being the crossroads of road networks and its strategic location, not only in Pampanga Province but also in
Central Luzon, makes the city of San Fernando an ideal site for a regional headquarter. The real estate industry such as the
establishment of commercial complexes, mass housing, office buildings, and tourism facilities has bright prospects in the city.
The manufacture of any item not only domestic consumption but also for export is very much welcome here. Investors can also
put up technology related industries such as business process outsourcing, animation, and software development. Agri-based ventures such as
the production of high value commercial crops and commercial hog and poultry raising are also encouraged.
Places of Interest / Tourist Attractions in San Fernando City, Pampanga
- San Pedro Cutud - the site of Good Friday lenten rites
- Provincial Capitol
- Metropolitan Cathedral
San Fernando Metropolitan Cathedral
Back view of the Cathedral
Downtown San Fernando City
Another section of Downtown San Fernando City
San Fernando City Public Market
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Visit also : Angeles City