Fernando was the son of a watchmaker and her mother was a landowner in Laguna. Studied at Ateneo Municipal de Manila where he was the classmate of Jose Rizal, graduated in 1876. He settled in Spain in 1877, was greatly involved in technology that he presented a gun to his father that can fire seven bullets, Steel cane that can fit a pocket and an electric walking cane taht could stun biting dogs. He gained his dploma in engineering from Real Escuela de Ingenieros Electricistas of Barcelona.
He brought Rizal's novel, Noli Me Tangere to the Philippines during his comeback in 1888. Was an active propagandist when he was in Barcelona, Spain. He directed the installations of fortified lines from Caloocan, Rizal province, Malolos, Bulacan. Budget commisioner in Malolos. On the day that Tirad Pass fell, that was headed by Gregorio del Pilar, Fernando who was in was in Bayombong, Nueva Viscaya. also surrendered into the enemy. Then went to Europe for an exile, when Admiral George Dewey came to the Philippines in 1898 he followed the general back to the country. General Emilio Aguinaldo assigned him as the Director of Public Works and named asa the commanding general of the engineering corps. He taught engineering and architecture at Liceo de Manila. He was also good in playing the guitar and wrote Kundimans and poems. In which he was the secretary of the University of the Philippines Conservatory of Music in 1916.
- Quirino, Carlos. Who's who in Philippine History. Manila: Tahanan Books, 1995.