San Fernando (La Union) History, Tourist Spots, Festival

San Fernando City is the capital of La Union Province and the regional center of Region 1 or the Ilocos Region.

San Fernando, La Union City Hall
San Fernando, La Union City Hall

Profile of San Fernando City in La Union (Geography)
Location –> Central part of La Union Province (See map below)
* Distance from Manila –> 276 Kilometers North
Neighboring Towns –> San Juan, Bagulin, Naguilian, and Bauang
Area –> 102.72 km2 (39.66 sq mi)
Population –> 121,812 (2015 Census)
Terrain –> Flat with mountains and hills in the eastern part of the city
Industries –> Agriculture, Trading, Tourism
Major Products –> Rice, Vegetables, Poultry, Handicraft, Home-made Food Items, Softdrinks
People/Language –> Tagalog, English
No. of Barangays –> 59
Revenue (2016) –> 808,972,356.84

City Officials
Representative (1st District) –> Pablo Ortega
Mayor –> Hermenegildo A. Gualberto
Predecessor –> Pablo C. Ortega
Vice Mayor –> Alfredo Pablo R. Ortega
City Councilors (Sangguniang Panlungsod Members):
Chary Nisce
Ernesto Rafon
Janwell Pacio
Jessie Miranda
Arnel Almazan
Quintin Balcita
Antonio Jucar
Lucia Esperanza Valero
John Orros
Ramon Ortega
Rizalde Laudencia
Rodolfo Abat


Founded in 1786, San Fernando was named after Saint Ferdinand III of Castile, Spain. In 1870, it was made the capital of La Union.

Paulino Alviar was the appointed mayor of the city from 1895 to 1898. He was succeeded by Blas Tadiar who ruled the city from 1899 to 1901.

On March 20, 1998, it was converted into a component city with Mary Jane C. Ortega as the mayor of the newly created city.

Famous People from San Fernando City, La Union
Baltazar, Clare R. – National Scientist
Hermenegildo A. Gualberto – Former Mayor
Kasilag, Lucrecia R. – National Artist
Francisco Emmanuel Ortega III – Governor
Manuel “Manoling” Ortega – Congressman, former Governor
Jessica Soho – Famous broadcast journalist

Economy, Business and Investment

The City of San Fernando is the provincial center of commerce. It is home to the former United States Wallace Air base which has been turned into the Poro Point Economic Freeport Zone. This economic zone is envisioned to be an investment and tourism hub offering generous incentives for locators. With its full development, the city hopes to become an economic powerhouse and an engine of national development.

Primary agricultural products include vegetables, rice, root crops, poultry, and hogs. Fishing is also important.

Tourist Spots

Poro Point Board Walk
Botanical Garden
La Union Science Centrum & Museum
Fil-Chinese Temple
Macho Temple
Moro Watch Tower
Heroes Hill
Hobbitat Forest Park
Pindangan Ruins
Canaoay Beach with several resorts
Cathedral of Saint William The Hermit
Christ the Redeemer Statue
Kasay Marine Sanctuary
Tomb of Unknown Soldier
Bacsil Ridge Monument


Sillag Festival
Bacsil Ridge Annual Celebration

RELATED: Alaminos City of Pangasinan
See also: List of Philippine Cities by Region and Province

Map of City

San Fernando, La Union Skyline
San Fernando, La Union Skyline
Eastern Part Of San Fernando City
The eastern part of San Fernando City is still awaiting development.

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