Gapan City History, Tourist Spots, Festivals

Gapan is a component city of Nueva Ecija Province. It is the gateway to the province from Metro Manila and Bulacan Province. The city prides itself as the “Footwear Capital of the North”.

Gapan Downtown
Gapan Downtown

Profile of Gapan City (Geography)
Location –> Nueva Ecija in Central Luzon, Philippines (See map below)
*Distance from Manila –> 93 Kilometers
Neighboring Towns –> San Leonardo, PeƱaranda, General Tinio, San Miguel (Bulacan), and San Isidro
Area –> 118.00 km2 (45.56 sq mi)
Population –> 110,303 (2015 Census)
No. of Barangays –> 23
Terrain –> Flat with hills and mountains in the east
Industries –> Agriculture, Trading, Tourism
Major Products –> Rice, Vegetables, Poultry, footwear, Handicraft, Home-made Food Items
People/Language –> Tagalog, Kapampangan, English
Mayor –> Emerson Pascual
Vice Mayor –> Inocencio Bautista Jr.
Representative (4th District) –> Dr. Maricel Natividad Nagnano

History

Gapan was formerly called Ibon which was founded in 1732. However, records show that Spanish missionaries Fathers Contres Tendilla, Caballo and Salazar arrived in 1595 and established a Pueblo which later became part of Pampanga.

Gapan was the scene of heavy fighting during World War II.

on August 25, 2001, Gapan was converted into a city after the ratification of Republic Act No. 9022. Ernesto L. Natividad became the first city mayor.

Famous People from Gapan City
1. Mariano Llanera – Revolutionary General
2. General Pantaleon Valmonte – Revolutionary leader
3. Juan Liwag – former Senator of the Philippines
4. Nida Blanca – award-winning actress
5. Ryza Cenon – actress
6. Eula Valdez – actress
7. Joe Taruc – DZRH news anchor
8. Frankie Evangelista – Former TV Patrol News Anchor
9. Coleen Perez – actress
10. Daniel Figueroa – actor

Economy, Business and Investment

Gapan is primarily an agricultural area where rice, vegetables, root crops, poultry and hogs are the chief products. Manufacturing is limited to small scale production of footwear, processed food and handicraft items.

Gapan’s population maybe small but when the nearby towns are considered, it is large enough to make a Metro Gapan attractive for real estate as well as retail and wholesale companies to invest. In fact, Gapan is now the home of large shopping centers owned and operated by Manila-based companies.

Tourist Spots

Three Kings Parish Church – home of the National Shrine of the La Virgen Divina Pastora
City Park

Festival

Tsinelas (sleeper) Festival – celebrated
Three Kings Festival
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See also: List of Philippine Cities by Region and Province

Gapan City Hall *Photo Credit: Facebook Page

Map of Gapan City


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