San Simon, Pampanga

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Map of Pampanga showing the location of San Simon

San Simon is a 4th class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 41,253 people in 7,680 households. It is considered an emerging business haven in Central Luzon, particularly in Pampanga.



San Simon had its beginnings in 1770 as a farming village. It was founded by Don Mariano del Pilar de los Reyes who named it Barrio Del Pilar. It was in a productive agricultural area between the towns of San Luis in the North and Apalit in the South. As the population kept growing, the leading citizens of the progressive village initiated a petition to consolidate a portion of the southern part of the town of San Luis and a land area from the northern part of the municipality of Apalit to form an independent municipality.

Appraised of the economic potential of a new town and confidence in the management capability of the leaders, the Spanish Governor General (at the time on his second term as chief administrator of the Philippines) Don Simon de Anda y Salazar approved the official creation of the town on November 15, 1771.

The town was named in honor of the governor general who approved its creation, and in honor of the apostle Simon Peter, the patron saint of the town of Apalit. Like any other typical Spanish town (pueblo), it was administered by a “capitan del pueblo” and had a municipal policy-making body known today as the Municipal Council. The Catholic parish church, the public market, the town plaza and homes of prominent families were located within the proximity of the Municipal Hall.

The people of San Simon celebrate two town fiestas, one in honor of Lady of the Pillar, the patron saint of the first barrio, and the other in honor of the apostle Simon Peter. In 1898, the retreating military forces of General Antonio Luna on their way to Nueva Ecija burned the parish church. In 1979, through the effort and financial contributions of the Ibanez, Guevarra, Santos, Punsalan, Pangan and other families, the church was rebuilt and named as Nuestra Senora Del Pilar.

Among the early settlers of the town were the de los Reyes, de los Santos, Macapagal, Pangan, Punzalan, Puyat, Santos and Simbulan families.

By the year 1835, the town had eight barrios. In 1904, the town of San Simon was merged with the municipality of San Luis and about three years after, it became again an independent municipality. In 1920, the geographical boundaries of San Luis, Apalit and San Simon were officially established. Since the late 1940s, the number of barrios has increased to fourteen in a land area of 57.36 square kilometres and by the early years of the 21st century, the population grew to more than 39,000 people.


  • Concepcion
  • San Juan
  • San Pedro (Cutcut)
  • De la Paz
  • San Miguel (Calonge)
  • Santa Cruz
  • San Agustin(Tulauc)
  • San Nicolas (Sompong)
  • Santa Monica (Pangkiari)
  • San Isidro (Litlit)
  • San Pablo Libutad (Barrio Anak)
  • Santo Nino
  • San Jose
  • San Pablo (Pulo or Barrio Matwa)

Town executives

Available records at the Municipal Hall list the following town executives from 1898 to June 2004:

Name Year Title
Juan Agulo 1898 Kapitan del Pueblo
Solomon Ibanez 1899 Kapitan del Pueblo
Diego de los Santos 1900 Capitan del Pueblo
Macario Santos 1901 Capitan del Pueblo
Basilio de los Santos 1902 Capitan del Pueblo
Manuel Ibanez 1903 Capitan del Pueblo
Mariano Pangan 1904 Capitan del Pueblo
Mariano Vergara 1905 Capitan del Pueblo
Sisenando Pineda 1906-1908 Presidente Municipal (San Luis)
Pablo Cruz 1908-1910 Presidente Municipal (San Luis)
Teodoro Punsalan 1910-1912 Presidente Municipal
Macario Perez 1913-1915 Presidente Municipal
Urbano Guevara 1916-1918 Presidente Municipal
Servillano Ibanez 1919-1924 Presidente Municipal
Ramon Tuano 1925-1927 Presidente Municipal
Catalino Ibanez 1935-1936 Mayor
Domingo Pineda 1937-1938 Mayor
Patrocinio Yabut 1938-1939 Acting Mayor
Patrocinio Yabut 1939-1941 Elected Mayor
Agustin Sese 1941-1942 Acting Mayor
Ramon Ibanez 1942-1944 Appointed Mayor by Japanese
Felipe Almario 1945-1946 Mayor
Eusebio Francisco June–Dec 1946 Appointed Mayor
Fernando Galang 1947-1949 Appointed Mayor
Jose S. Yabut Sr. 1949-1952 Elected Mayor
Gregorio Santillan 1953-1956 Elected Mayor
Jose S. Yabut Sr. 1957-1960 Elected Mayor
Felicisimo Pamandanan 1960 (6 months) Officer-In-Charge (OIC)
Cornelio S. Sanga 1961-1968 Elected Mayor
Lamberto Punsalan 1969-1975 Elected Mayor
Ruben Dagdag 1976-1979 Acting Mayor
Jose Yabut Jr. 1980-1986 Elected Mayor
Gaudencio Pineda 1986-Jan 1988 Appointed Mayor
Manuel S. Bondoc 1988-1998 Elected Mayor
Azor L. Sitchon 1998-2001 Elected Mayor
Rodrigo M. Canlas 2001-present Elected Mayor


Like most Kapampangan people, residents of San Simon retain their Kapampangan language and traditional culture and arts. The following prominent Filipinos had their roots in San Simon:

  • Rufino Almario – poet and author
  • Marta Santos de Asis – business entrepreneur, owner of Famous Dry Cleaning
  • Gen. Paulino Briones – recognized guerrilla
  • Col. Paulino Briones, Jr. – Assistant Chief, TRAFCON, Philippine Constabulary
  • Calanoc – poet and novelist
  • Candido P. Caluag – poet, writer and orator
  • Felix Capulong – Vice President, Chinese Insurance Corporation
  • Cesario P. Cunanan – supervising teacher
  • Esteban P. Cunanan – poet and author
  • Datu Patricio S. Cunanan – governor in Davao, municipal judge in Mati, Davao
  • Atty. Pacifico Garcia – corporate lawyer
  • Bonifacio Gomez – governor in Mindoro, president of Mindoro Sugar Central
  • Dr. Ricardo Gutierrez – socio-civic leader and dental surgeon in California
  • Cirila Punsalan Macapagal – poet
  • Capt. Cielo de Leon – Nursing Corps, Philippine Army
  • Atty. Leonardo de Leon – Assistant Director, National Bureau of Investigation
  • Demetrio Macapagal – catholic music composer and grandfather of President Diosdado P. Macapagal
  • Atty. Eligio Mallari - Commissioner, Commission on Human Rights 2001-2008 and President, Philippine Trial Lawyers Association, Inc. 2003-2005
  • Judge Florentino Mercado – municipal judge of Apalit, Pampanga
  • Atty. Felicisimo Pamandanan – Philippine National Bank legal counselor
  • Catalino G. Punsalan – governor of Occidental Mindoro
  • Atty. Cicero J. Punsalan – lawyer, provincial board member and vice governor of Pampanga
  • Felix B. Punsalan – poet laureate, dramatist, historian, Writer and Stage Director
  • Col. Leon F. Punsalan – regular, US Army
  • Leonardo Punsalan – governor in Oriental Mindoro
  • Dr. Narciso Punsalan – mayor of San Jose, Mindoro
  • Atty. Primitivo B. Punsalan – Philippine National Bank legal counselor
  • Atty. Silvestre M. Punsalan – lawyer, poet laureate, novelist and Philippine National Bank chairman
  • Simeon B. Punsalan – supervising teacher
  • Teodoro Punsalan – mayor of San Luis, Pampanga
  • Roman P. Reyes – poet laureate, dramatist, stage actor and director
  • Judge Macario P. Santos – Court of First Instance, Dumaguete City
  • Major Dante Simbulan – Philippine Army
  • Dr. Donato Simbulan Jr. – Director, St. Michael Hospital in Cotabato
  • Major Isauro Simbulan – Armed Forces of the Philippines
  • Lt. Ruperto Simbulan – US Navy
  • Sergio Taruc – Division Superintendent of Antique
  • Conrado S. Yabut – Division Superintendent of Abra
  • Engr. Moises Yabut – 1st Provincial Engineer of Pampanga

Following the character traits of their ancestors, many residents of San Simon seek better educational and economic opportunities in other towns and cities in the Philippines and in foreign lands. Wherever they are, they are always grateful and extend their assistance in any way they can to their beloved hometown.


The principal industries in San Simon are farming, fishing, and poultry and swine industries. Following the advancement of technology and industrialization, the climate for investment in San Simon is very promising because of its geographic location and the incentives initiated by Mayor Manuel S. Bondoc and the Municipal Council presided by then Vice Mayor Azor L. Sitchon. Through their effort and efficient leadership, the town with an annual gross income of about Php500,000 in 1988 as a 6th class municipality became a 4th class municipality with an annual gross income of more than Php3,500,000 by the end of the 20th century.

When Mayor Azor L. Sitchon, an Economics graduate with honors from Ateneo de Manila University, took over the administration as elected mayor, he not only continued the completion of the projects and programs of his predecessor Manuel S. Bondoc, he also initiated his own new economic programs and infrastructure projects including a modern public market and a new Municipal Hall along the national highway in Barrio San Agustin (Tulauc) and made it centrally accessible from all directions. Barrio San Agustin (Tulauc) became a commercial center and the seat of municipal government, thus contributing to the increase of municipal tax revenues. Total target tax revenues from business taxes, real property taxes and other fees were projected to be more than Php7,000,000. It is acknowledged that the significant economic growth in San Simon was brought about by the Comprehensive Municipal Development and Land Use Plan enacted by the Municipal Council. The zoning ordinance reclassified the entire stretch of Quezon Road as an Industrial and Commercial Zone, but limited only to light and medium size industries and those that are environmental friendly.

Another factor that contributes to the potential economic growth of San Simon in the 21st century is its geographic location. It is strategically located in the central part of the “W” Growth Corridor of Central Luzon and it is accessible from major road networks and arteries coming from the different provinces of Central Luzon and Metro Manila. From the North Luzon Expressway, one can take an exit through the San Simon Toll Plaza, which is about 45 kilometers from Metro Manila and seven kilometers from San Fernando City, Pampanga and approximately 20 kilometers from the Clark Special Economic Zone in Angeles City.

Taking advantage of the conducive local business environment, tax incentives and availability of skilled workers, many manufacturing and commercial firms have been established in or relocated to San Simon. The infusion of private capital investment was about ten billion pesos and expected to increase to more than twenty billion pesos by the early years of the 21st century. Among these enterprises are the following:

Name of business firm Product
SKK Steel Corporation steel billet
Sta. Monica Feed Mills animal feeds
Mass V Group Inc. battery importation
Buildcom constructive materials
SG Farms repackers of Magnolia products
Terra Cotta Artworks Inc. ornamental potteries
Powerpoint Battery Manufacturing Corp. automotive batteries
Grand Caesar Ceramic Tiles ceramic tiles
Selecta Feeds Inc. animal feeds
Ingot Casting Phils. Inc. industrial valves
Comtex International Corp. hosiery products
Radiance Commercial Phils. Inc. gas steel cylinders
Philippine Sanimaster Mfg. Corp. kitchen wares
Alman Anodizing Corp.
Jonathan Commercial Concrete Products construction materials
INGASCO Inc. industrial gases
4B Construction & Asphalt Plant asphalt products
Asia Pacific Recyclers Corp. lead smelting
Kyoto Health Foods Inc. food products
Princess Leah Resort & Restaurant resort & restaurant
First Clarkway Industrial Park industrial park/eco-zone
San Simon Industrial Park industrial park/eco-zone


For elementary and high school education, the people of San Simon are served by thirteen elementary schools, two barangay public high schools and three private schools. For marketing, there are two public markets in San Simon, one in the old Poblacion area and another one located in the industrial zone area. For telecommunications, the town is served by DIGETEL, PLDT, PILTEL, and DATELCOM. SmartBro (wireless internet broadband) has been located in Sto. Nino or more commonly known as Barrio Saluso.

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