Annual City Fiesta

Bacsil Ridge Celebration

Pindangan Festival

Ma-tzu Festival

Trade Fairs

 
     
     
 

Annual City Fiesta

 
 
 
 

Date: February
The city celebrates the feast of its patron saint, Saint William the Hermit, on February 10 with much merrymaking that lasts for about a month.

 
     
 

Bacsil Ridge Celebration

 
 
 
 

Date: March 19
To commemorate the bravery of the Filipinos during the Battle in Bacsil Ridge in the year 1945 that led to the complete liberation of the town.

 
     
 

Pindangan Festival

 
 
 
 

Date: March 20
The celebration of the Founding Anniversary of San Fernando as a City ratified during a plebiscite on March 20, 1998 subsequent to Republic Act 8509, authored by then Gov. Victor F. Ortega, converting the municipality into a component city of La Union on February 13 that same year.

 
 
 
 

Ma-tzu Festival

 
 
 
 

Date: September 16
September is the feast of the Lady of Caysasay, patroness of the Filipino-Chinese, whose image journeys annually from Batangas and is enshrined at the Ma-cho Temple.

 
 
 
 

Trade Fairs:

 
 
   
 
 
  • Rimat ti Amianan
    Date: December
    Venue: In front of the City Hall
  • City Agri-Trade Fair
    Date: February
    Venue: In front of the City Hall
  • Baratillo sa San Fernando
    Date: February
    Venue: Around the City Market
  • Provincial Agri-Trade Fair
    Date: March
    Venue: In front of the City Hall
  • Night Market
    Date: Every weekend
    Venue: In front of the City Hall
 
     
 
 
 

Arts, Crafts and Flavors

 
 

San Fernando is the gateway to the rich cultural heritage of the Ilocanos. At the la Union Trade Center beside the City Hall, one could sample the exquisite arts and crafts that the local people created by hand using age-old traditions. These include “inabel” (hand-woven cloth), baskets, shell crafts and novelty items made from indigenous materials.

San Fernando’s numerous downtown restaurants and seaside resorts serve fresh seafood cuisine. Mainstays ain local menu are “kilawen” (uncooked goat meat in spicy vinegar marinade) and “papaitan” (sautéed beef or goat meat with innards and bile).

A sweet local wine made from sugar cane called “basi” and its full-bodied vinegar by-product called “sukang iloko” can be bought at downtown market stalls. Other favorite “paslubong” are guapples, “longganiza”, honey and native rice cakes like “puto”, “suman” and “bibingka”.
 
 
 
 
 
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