San Simon, Pampanga
San Simon is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines
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. According to the latest census, it has a population of 48,050 people in 7,680 households.


San Simon is politically subdivided into 14 barangay
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  • Concepcion
  • De La Paz
  • San Juan
  • San Agustin
  • San Isidro
  • San Jose
  • San Miguel
  • San Nicolas
  • San Pablo Libutad (anak)
  • San Pablo Proper (matwa)
  • San Pedro
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Monica
  • Santo Niño


The town had its humble beginnings in 1770 as a farming village when it was founded by Don Mariano del Pilar de los Reyes and named it Barrio Del Pilar. It was in a productive agricultural area between the towns of San Luis
San Luis, Pampanga
San Luis is a 4th class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 47,517 people in 7,321 households.-Barangays:San Luis is politically subdivided into 17 barangays...

 in the North and Apalit
Apalit, Pampanga
Apalit is a Philippine municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. It is situated in the Luzon Island. According to the latest census, it has a population of 97,296 inhabitants in 15,072 households....

 in the South. As the population kept on growing in the local community, 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
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 at the time during his second term as chief administrator of the Philippines, Don Simón de Anda y Salazar
Simón de Anda y Salazar
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 approved the official creation of the town on November 15, 1771.

The town was named in honor of the Spanish Governor General who approved its creation and of the Apostle Simon Peter
Saint Peter
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, the Patron Saint
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 of the illustrious 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 called today as 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.

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

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.

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.

Chief Executives

Available records at the Municipal Hall list the following town executives from 1898 until present:
Year Name Title
1898 Juan Agulo Kapitan del Pueblo
1899 Solomon Ibanez Kapitan del Pueblo
1900 Diego de los Santos Kapitan del Pueblo
1901 Macario Santos Kapitan del Pueblo
1902 Basilio de los Santos Kapitan del Pueblo
1903 Manuel Ibanez Kapitan del Pueblo
1904 Mariano Pangan Kapitan del Pueblo
1905 Mariano Vergara Kapitan del Pueblo
1906–1908 Sisenando Pineda Presidente Municipal (merged with San Luis)
1908–1910 Pablo Cruz Presidente Municipal (merged with San Luis)
1910–1912 Teodoro Punsalan Presidente Municipal
1913–1915 Macario Perez Presidente Municipal
1916–1918 Urbano Guevara Presidente Municipal
1919–1924 Servillano Ibanez Presidente Municipal
1925–1927 Ramon Tuano Presidente Municipal
1935–1936 Catalino Ibanez Appointed Mayor
1937–1938 Domingo Pineda Appointed Mayor
1938–1939 Patrocinio Yabut Acting Mayor
1939–1941 Patrocinio Yabut Elected Mayor
1941–1942 Agustin Sese Acting Mayor
1942–1944 Ramon Ibanez Appointed Mayor by Japanese
1945–1946 Felipe Almario Appointed Mayor
1946 Eusebio Francisco Appointed Mayor
1947–1949 Fernando Galang Appointed Mayor
1949–1952 Jose S. Yabut Sr. Elected Mayor
1953–1956 Gregorio Santillan Elected Mayor
1957–1960 Jose S. Yabut Sr. Elected Mayor
1960 Felicisimo Pamandanan Officer-In-Charge
1961–1968 Cornelio S. Sanga Elected Mayor
1969–1975 Lamberto Punsalan Elected Mayor
1976–1979 Ruben Dagdag Assumed the post being Vice Mayor at the time. (Mayor Punsalan was killed)
1980–1986 Jose Yabut Jr. Elected Mayor
1986–1988 Gaudencio Pineda Appointed Mayor
1988–1998 Manuel S .Bondoc Elected Mayor
1998–2001 Azor L. Sitchon Elected Mayor
2001–2010 Rodrigo M. Canlas Elected Mayor
2010–present Leonora C. Wong Elected Mayor


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 then by Vice Mayor Azor L. Sitchon. Through their effort and efficient leadership, the town with an annual gross income of about 500,000.00 Philippine pesos in 1988 as a 6th class municipality became a 4th class municipality with an annual gross income of more than 3,500,000 Philippine pesos by the end of the 20th century. When Mayor Azor L. Sitchon, an Economics graduate with honors from the famed 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, Mayor Manuel S. Bondoc but 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 7,000,000.00 Philippine pesos. 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
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 reclassified the entire stretch of Quezon Road as 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
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and availability of skilled workers, many manufacturing and commercial firms have been established or relocated in 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.


For elementary and high school education,residents of San Simon are served by thirteen elementary schools, two barangay public high schools and three private schools.
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 Digitel, PLDT, PILTEL, DATELCOM, SMART , and GLOBE . Another wireless internet service provider is COMCLARK SureStream

Culture and Religion

Like most Kapampangan people, residents of San Simon retain their Kapampangan language and traditional culture and arts brought about by their Malay ancestors and enriched by Chinese, Spanish, American, Japanese and other ethnic and foreign cultures.
  • Catholic 80%,
  • Members Church of God International 5%
  • Iglesia ni Cristo 11%,
  • Others 4%.

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