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Mutya At Lakan Ning San Fernando 2017 Crowned [ Thursday | 1st day of June, 2017 | 5 months ago ]

Barangay Maimpis' lass Vanessa Yvonne Sicat and Barangay San Agustin's pride Paolo Santiago were crowned as Mutya at Lakan ning San Fernando 2017, respectively.

The coronation, held Saturday at SM City Pampanga, was led by Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago; Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin; Councilors BJ Lagman and Harvey Quiwa; and Pyestang Fernandino 2017 Executive Committee.

Sicat outshined 11 other candidates after bagging numerous awards such as Best in Casual Wear, Best in Long Gown, Miss Ever Bilena, Mutya Heyday's choice, Ms. GNN 44 Telegenic and The Orchid Gardens Ambassadress.

The 21-year old Santiago who bested 10 aspiring gentlemen was also awarded as Best in Swimwear, Best in Formal Wear, Best in Barong Tagalog, Mr. Photogenic, Mr. Black Beauty, Lakan Heyday's choice, Mr. Dermcare, SunStar Lakan Darling of the Press and The Orchid Gardens Ambassador.

Landing 1st runners up in the prestigious competition were Jhackie Brendan Garcia of Brgy. Dolores for Mutya and Renver Ryan Sicat of Brgy. Sindalan for Lakan.

While, Brgy. Dela Paz's bet Erica Kate Manliclic (Mutya) and Brgy. Panipuan's representative Jasfer Sabile (Lakan) were both awarded as 2nd runners up.

For his part, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago challenged the candidates to foster goodwill and serve as role models to their fellow Fernandinos, at all times.

"Win or lose, may you continue to do your share to help us, in the City Government, attain a more progressive and livable home for everyone," Mayor Edsa said.

Del Pilar Beauty Is Little Miss Fernandina 2017 [ Thursday | 1st day of June, 2017 | 5 months ago ]

Angelica Shayne Legaspi of Barangay Del Pilar was named as Little Miss Fernandina 2017 during the coronation night held May 26 at SM City Pampanga.

The ten year old girl outshined 11 candidates after bagging numerous awards including Little Ms. McDonalds, Best in Talent (1st Runner up), Best in Summer Wear, Best in Evening Gown, Ms. Winsome Smile, and Prinsesita ning Flores De Mayo.

Other candidates who landed in the top 5 were Yvonne Sarah Garcia of Brgy. San Juan (1st Runner up), Rhian Bongalon of Brgy. Del Rosario (2nd Runner up), Ashley Salunga of Brgy. Telabastagan (3rd Runner Up ) and Kezia Yutiese Cudia of Brgy. Quebiawan (4th Runner Up).

During the program, the City Government also recognized the parents of all the candidates through a special tribute.

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago said that the event is not merely a showcase of talents but also a way of acknowledging parents who nurture their children to become better Fernandinos.

"We see to it that our programs and initiatives benefit the children because we believe that they are the hope of tomorrow. Together, let us build a more harmonious and livable home for them," Santiago added.

This year's Little Miss Fernandina is chaired by City Budget Officer Eda Panganiban.

Also present during the event were Councilor BJ Lagman, Pyestang Fernandino 2017 Chairperson Boy Santiago and City Local Government Operations Officer Engr. Algy Canlas.

CSF Promotes Healthy Lifestyle Through Body Building Contest [ Wednesday | 24th day of May, 2017 | 5 months ago ]

Forty-three athletic men from in and out of the City of San Fernando joined this year's Mr. Body Builder competition held over the weekend in line with the Pyestang Fernandino 2017.

Now on its 7th year, the competition was divided into two divisions namely Open (for non-residents) and Fernandino. Each division has three categories including Men's Physique, Open Weight, and Bantamweight.

Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, who also chairs the said activity, stressed that this year has the most number of participants.

"I am happy that the number of participants for 2017 has increased compared to the previous years.
It means that more people have already engaged in healthy lifestyle," Lazatin added.

Meanwhile, the awarding of winners was led by Pyestang Fernandino 2017 Chairperson Boy Santiago.

The winners for the Open Division were Homer Valmonte (Overall Winner and 1st Placer for Open Weight category), Reynald Rambuyon (1st Placer, Men's Physique), and Rafael Crisologo (1st Placer, Bantamweight).

Junrel Donio, on the other hand, was awarded as the Overall Winner and 1st Placer for Bantamweight category in the Fernandino Division. While, Vanjoe Sapao and Nelvin Nucup both landed first place for the Men's Physique and Open Weight category, respectively.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin "EdSa" Santiago extends his warmest congratulations to all the winners who also serve as fitness inspirations to the Fernandinos.

"One of our administration's priorities is to ensure everyone with good health because we believe that prosperity comes to a community with a healthy citizenry," Santiago added.

CSF Gives Certified Seeds To The Farmers [ Wednesday | 24th day of May, 2017 | 5 months ago ]

In line with the celebration of Farmer's Week, the City of San Fernando through its City Agriculture and Veterinary Office, led an awarding of certified seeds to all the Fernandino farmers held May 17 at the Organic Training Post.

Eachfarmer will receive one (1) sack of palay seeds that is subsidized by the Local Government Unit. This is to promote sustainable farming and to lessen the cost of production of the farmers.

Before receiving the seeds, the farmers will go through a "Rice Crop Manager" interview wherein, they will be asked about their personal data, years in farming and their process in harvesting. The farmers will then sign certain documents and will receive the certified seeds.

City Agriculturist Cristina Sangumay, said, the aim of this awarding is to help the farmers in achieving food security and to provide innovations in farming in order to attain further development in the agriculture.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin Santiago said the farmers' role in our society should be acknowledged.

"In return of their efforts and hardwork to sustain food security and to increase agricultural productivity, our farmers deserve to be recognized."
Meanwhile, the city will also conduct an awarding of farm tools on May 19 to complete the week-long celebration.

CSF Observes National Heritage Month [ Wednesday | 24th day of May, 2017 | 5 months ago ]

In observance of the National Heritage Month, the City Government of San Fernando hosted over the weekend various activities aimed at promoting the rich culture and tradition of the city.

The celebration kicked off with an art exhibit dubbed "American Pikinisan at Kalalangan Kapampangan" featuring the artworks of mixed-media artist Paul Del Mundo, who uses found objects or American ‘leftovers' in creating cohesive art pieces.

The exhibit also showcased different paintings and drawings of the renowned group of Kapampangan artists Guhit Pinas Pampanga which was represented by Erwin Dayrit.
Meanwhile, tourists also enjoyed the heritage open-house and free kalesa tours around the city's heritage district with the assistance of the Fernandino Student Tour Guides.

This year, four of the heritage houses accredited by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines were opened for public visit. These include Hizon-Singian Heritage House, Lazatin Heritage House, Consunji Heritage House and Casa Nicolasa.

Kapampangan products like native foods and clothing were made available for sale on the Trade Fair that was put up in front of the old Train Station in Brgy. Sto. Niño.

In his speech, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago said that the annual celebration serves as a thanksgiving for the remnants of the past that the city still possesses and enjoys today.

"I encourage every Fernandino to help us preserve our heritage so that it may be passed on to the next generation," he added.

Fernandino Farmers Receive Agricultural Inputs [ Friday | 19th day of May, 2017 | 5 months ago ]

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago led the awarding of agricultural inputs to more than 150 farmers from the City of San Fernando this morning in culmination of the Farmer's week celebration.

Through the City Agriculture and Veterinary Office, headed by City Agriculturist Cristina Sangumay, different farming tools such as Knapsack sprayer, shovel, and hoe (sarul gamat) were distributed to the farmers.

A mini farm tractor and rice combine harvester was also turned over to the Sanduguan Farmers Association represented by Chairman Manuel Fajardo, Board of Directors Oscar Buluran and Amando Fernando Jr., and Treasurer Jingy Bacani.

Also present during the awarding were Third District Representative Aurelio ‘Dong' Gonzales Jr., Pyestang Fernandino 2017 Chairperson Alberto ‘Boy' Santiago, Provincial Corn Coordinator Reynaldo Sarmiento, DA-RFO 3 Representative Lourdes Baluyut, CAFC Chairman Antonnette Zapanta and members of the Sanduguan Farmers Association.

CSF Cited For Successful Streamlining Programs [ Thursday | 18th day of May, 2017 | 5 months ago ]

The City of San Fernando received numerous awards during the ‘11th Recognition of Outstanding Central Luzon LGUs Implementing the Streamlining Program in the Issuance of Mayor's Permit' held today at Royce Hotel, Clark Freeport Zone.

Conferred by the Central Luzon Growth Corridor Foundation Incorporated (CLGCFI), the city was awarded as 2016 Most Successful LGU in the Institutionalization of BPLS Reforms; 1st place 2016 Best LGU in Customer Relations for Provincial category; and 3rd place 2016 Best LGU in Customer Relations for Regional category.

CLGCFI, in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government and Department of Trade and Industry, conducted the recognition to acknowledge LGUs that implements client-friendly policies resulting to timely issuance of Mayor's permit.

In an interview, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago lauded the efforts of the city's Business License and Permit Division for successfully institutionalizing BPLS reforms through ISO certification and exhibiting professionalism when transacting with the public.

"All these measures are aimed to delight and better serve our clients. Thus, encourage the growth of business and investments to attain progress in the city," Santiago added.

Meanwhile, the city also received plaques of recognition from the National Competitiveness Council of the Philippines for being the 2nd Overall Most Competitive City in the country. Through the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index, the city was ranked 4th place in the Economic Dynamism category, 6th place in Infrastructure and 8th place in Government Efficiency.

CSF Named ‘Top Model City' By The Manila Times [ Wednesday | 17th day of May, 2017 | 5 months ago ]

The City of San Fernando was recognized as one of the Top Model Cities in the Philippines during The Manila Times Philippine Model Cities awards held May 11 at the New World Manila Bay Hotel.

Themed "Beyond the Most Livable Urban Centers", the awarding seeks to recognize cities that excels in different areas such as social service, livelihood and employment, among others.
Out of 37 model cities, the city also received the ‘Business Friendly City' award for its initiatives on improving ease of doing business.

"San Fernando deserves this award for of its accountability, transparency, efficient quality management systems and free from red tape processes," Eleanor Roque, Head of Tax Advisory & Compliance Division (P&A Grant Thornton) said.

For his part, Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago said he is grateful that once again, the city was recognized with this prestigious award.
"We have been a recipient of the Most Business Friendly Award by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries for six times, and now we are again recognized by a different award giving body. Rest assured that we will continue our best practices to better serve our constituents," he said.

Santiago also lauded the efforts and support of the people behind this success especially the Fernandinos. Thus, encouraging everyone to participate in his missions and advocacies towards development.

Meanwhile, other LGUs that received special awards were Bacolod City, Batangas City, Davao City, General Santos City, Laog City, Mandaluyong City, Naga City, Paranaque City, Quezon City, Sta Rosa City, Tagaytay City and Zamboaga City.

Pyestang Fernandino Showcases Kapampangan Culture [ Wednesday | 17th day of May, 2017 | 5 months ago ]

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago led today the unveiling of calendar of activities for this year's ‘Pyestang Fernandino' celebration.

The awarding was led by Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago, City Agriculturist Cristina Sangumay, Councilor BJ Lagman, City Administrator Engr.Fernando Limbitco and Pyestang Fernandino 2017 Chairperson Boy Santiago.

Sangumay said the activity marks the beginning of Fernandino Farmer's Week celebration in line with this year's Pyestang Fernandino.

The winners are Joselito Gopez (Outstanding Rice Farmer), Orlando Salvador (Outstanding Fisherfolk), Reynaldo Tiglao (Outstanding Corn Farmer), Jesus Tulabut (Outstanding Livestock Farmer) and Marcelino Musni (Outstanding HDCVP Farmer).

Farmers with extraordinary products were also recognized. These are Joewer Serrano (Longest Upo), Eduardo Manalo (Biggest and Heaviest Papaya), Francisco Tancio (Biggest and Heaviest Kalabasa), Jayson Garcia (Biggest Mango and Longest Eggplant) and Orlando Salvador (Heaviest Tilapia).

In his speech, Mayor EdSa said farmers are the key players in attaining food security through their efforts and innovations in increasing agricultural productivity.
"Mahalaga po na bigyang pagkilala ang mga natatanging magsasaka dahil sila ang mga katuwang ng syudad upang masiguro na ang bawat Fernandino ay may masaganang pamumuhay," Santiago added.

Anchored on the theme "King pamagmasusi ning Kapiyestan, Kulturang Fernandino ing tangalan," the city mayor said the annual feast seeks to unite every Fernandino and showcase the city's rich culture, tradition and beliefs.

"Ito din ay panahon ng pasasamalat para sa ating muling pagbangon matapos ang mga kalamidad at trahedya. Tayo ngayon ay magdiwang bilang isang komunidad," Santiago said.
This 2017, the city will hold El Circulo Fernandino on May 13 and Fernandino Farmers' Week on May 15-20.

On the 20th, Fernandinos may enjoy triple activities including the National Heritage Month celebration, Flores De Mayo and Mr. Body Builder.

A trade fair and Pyestang Fernandino sale will also be held beginning May 21 until the 30th.
"Kinausap po namin yung mga business establishments na makiisa sa malawakang sale at meron po tayong ordinansa dito," Pyestang Fernandino Chairperson Boy Santiago said during a press conference.

Pageant enthusiasts may cheer for their favorite candidate during the coronation of Miss Gay Fernandina on May 25, Little Miss Fernandina on May 26, and Lakan at Mutya ning San Fernando on May 27.

Meanwhile, sports and recreational activities for this year include Farm Link expo on May 26-28, CSFP Frisbee Open on May 28, Inter Barangay Basketball and Volleyball Championship on May 29 and Variety Show and Music Festival on May 30.

The city will also commemorate National Flag Day on May 28 and Independence Day on June 12 which serves as the culminating activity of Pyestang Fernandino.

CSF Holds Disease Awareness Seminar [ Tuesday | 9th day of May, 2017 | 5 months ago ]

Barangay Health Workers in the city of San Fernando gathered Tuesday for a seminar on Disease Awareness conducted by the City Health Office.

Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago said the activity was made to remind health representatives on their duties and responsibilities to help stop the spread of common diseases.

"One of the administration's priority is to ensure that the city caters the medical needs of everyone, thus achieve prosperity that comes from a community with a healthy citizenry," he added.

Among the topics discussed were the different types of diseases that commonly occur in a community such as dengue, measles and chickenpox.

City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit Nurse Richard Dennis Yap also gave some tips on how to decrease the risk of having these kinds of diseases.

"By simply washing your hands and maintaining cleanliness of households, you may already reduce the risk of common diseases. It must start within yourselves and apply it in your everyday lives" Yap added.

BHWs are also encouraged to actively participate in the activities of the city in disseminating health tips and promoting healthy living.

CSF Commemorates Jose Abad Santos Martyrdom [ Tuesday | 2nd day of May, 2017 | 6 months ago ]

In commemoration of the 75th Death Anniversary of Jose Abad Santos, the City Government of San Fernando laid a wreath in front the late Chief Justice's monument at the Heroes Hall on Tuesday.

The ceremony was led by Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa' Santiago, Councilor BJ Lagman, Pampanga Masonic Lodge and Abad Santos' family members.

During his speech, Santiago said that the activity seeks to remind the public of the martyrdom of the late World War II hero who is a native of San Fernando.

Jose Abad Santos was born on February 19, 1886 to Vicente Abad Santos and Toribia Basco. He served as the 5th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines and was executed on May 7, 1942 for refusing to swear allegiance to the Japanese Government.

"There is no one braver than a person who offered his life to save our country. People like Jose Abad Santos who fought for the freedom we enjoy today deserve to be recognized," Mayor Edsa furthered.

For her part, Nieves Abad Santos Benipayo, niece of Abad Santos, expressed her gratitude to the local government for annually giving tribute to her uncle.

"It is both an honor and pride to be one of his descendants. May his remarkable contributions challenge us to become heroes of today in our own ways," Nieves added.

CSF Holds Labor Day Job Fair 2017 [ Tuesday | 2nd day of May, 2017 | 6 months ago ]

In line with the celebration of Labor Day, the City Government of San Fernando in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment conducted a Job Fair on May 1 at the SM City San Fernando Dowtown.

Themed "Matatag na Kabuhayan at Trabaho, Tungo sa Progresibong Pagbabago," more than 400 job vacancies were opened by sixteen (16) companies who participated in the job fair.

Arlene Tolentino, Chief of Dole Field Office, said the aim of this job fair is to help every Fernandino who are still jobless and further increase the employment rate of the city.

"This activity is open to everyone, we want to provide them decent jobs to improve their quality of life," Tolentino added.

DOLE Pampanga Field Office also reported that 61 applicants were hired on the spot.
In his speech, Mayor Edwin Santiago shared his experiences when he started as an employee. He also encouraged the Fernandinos to work hard for them to have a brighter future.

"Finding a job is not an easy thing to do, you have to be determined in finding your right track. I am encouraging you to become better employees to be the assets of your companies," Santiago added.

The city mayor furthered "You can apply your skills and learnings and become productive Fernandinos that will cater to the needs of the city thus making it exemplary to the others."
Employment is among the top priority of the Santiago administration for he believes that creating livelihood opportunities for everyone can help face life with dignity and responsibility.

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