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City of San Fer­nando:

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As the City of San Fer­nando gears up to­wards its en­deavor to be­come the ‘New San Fer­nando,’Fer­nandi­nos led by Mayor Ed­win San­ti­ago con­tinue to keep their rich cul­ture and history alive, as they cel­e­brate the city’s 263rd Found­ing An­niver­sary and 113th Trans­fer of the Pro­vin­cial Cap­i­tal.

Trac­ing its roots, the City of San Fer­nando was founded on August 16, 1754 from the towns of Ba­color and Mex­ico fol­low­ing the pe­ti­tion of Don Josef Ber­sosa to cre­ate a new pue­blo.

On August 15, 1904, then Pam­panga Gover­nor Macario Arnedo or­dered for trans­fer of the Pro­vin­cial Cap­i­tal from the town of Ba­color to San Fer­nando by virtue of Act No. 1204.

Hence, an­nu­ally, the city holds the ‘twin cel­e­bra­tion’every August, to com­mem­o­rate and re­visit the two his­tor­i­cal events.

This year, the twin cel­e­bra­tion was high­lighted by the launch­ing of the Her­itage Pass­port mo­bile app, which aims to pro­vide con­ve­nience to for­eign and lo­cal tourists who want to ex­plore the city.

Ac­cord­ing to City Tourism Of­fi­cer Ching Pangili­nan, the in­ter­ac­tive mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion was de­signed to guide users as they nav­i­gate around the city’s her­itage sites and at­trac­tions. This app will also help them reach their des­ti­na­tion through ei­ther jeep­ney, pedi­cab, kalesa ride, or walking.

A first of its kind, the mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion de­vel­oped by Fer­nandino stu­dent John Michael Marcelo, can be down­loaded in Google Play­store for free.

Pangili­nan stressed that through the said app, the City Tourism Of­fice in­tends to heighten cul­tural aware­ness not only to the Fer­nandi­nos but to in­tro­duce the city’s her­itage sites to other tourists.

More­over, as part of the city’s mission to pre­serve San Fer­nando’s cul­ture and tra­di­tion while it evolves into a smarter and more sus­tain­able com­mu­nity, the City Tourism Of­fice, in part­ner­ship with the De­part­ment of Tourism Re­gion III, con­ducted a three-day Ba­sic Tour Guid­ing Sem­i­nar to de­velop the lo­cal kut­seros into tourism front liner s.

This, as part of the city’s quest to fur­ther boost the tourism in­dus­try while pre­serv­ing and pro­mot­ing calesa as a daily mode of trans­porta­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Pangili­nan, the ac­tiv­ity also serves as one of the tech­ni­cal re­quire­ments for the De­part­ment of Tourism’s ac­cred­i­ta­tion of cale­sas. She said that this move will help avert the ex­tinc­tion of cale­sas amid tough com­pe­ti­tion from hun­dreds of pedi­cabs and mo­tor­cy­cles in the city.

Dur­ing the Span­ish colo­nial times, the calesa was the pri­mary public mode of trans­porta­tion in the City of San Fer­nando. Through the years, the city govern­ment con­tin­ues to go be­yond lengths to pre­serve this iconic trade through em­pow­er­ing kut­seros and giv­ing them sense of pride.

As Mayor Ed­win San­ti­ago said: “Only when we look back and value our rich history and her­itage can we fi­nally make real our vi­sion of a pro­gres­sive city— a city that will be a cat­a­lyst for de­vel­op­ment in Pam­panga and in Cen­tral Lu­zon.”

Erika Mariel Gines

Mayor Ed­win San­ti­ago leads the award­ing of cer­tifi­cate of ap­pre­ci­a­tion to John Michael Marcelo, a se­nior IT stu­dent from the City Col­lege of San Fer­nando, Ave­g­ail Fer­rer, IT De­part­ment Head of the City Col­lege of San Fer­nando and Jessie Mark Baluyut,...

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