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Chinese biotech firm opens coronavirus testing lab in Pampanga

May 10, 2020 - 1:42 PM

The new facility at the Jose B Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital is designed to test 3,000 coronavirus specimens daily

NEW TESTING FACILITY. Chinese Embassy's Tan QingSheng, Philippine Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, and Asia Development Bank vice president Ahmed Saeed attend the opening of the new coronavirus testing laboratory in San Fernando, Pampanga on May 9, 2020. Photo courtesy of the Chinese Embassy's Facebook page

First coronavirus cases confirmed in San Fernando, La Union

Apr 03, 2020 - 2:08 PM

The patients are confined at the Lorma Medical Center and the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center, both in San Fernando City

Pampanga calls off ritual crucifixions over coronavirus

Mar 12, 2020 - 11:29 AM

'I'm disappointed,' says resident Ruben Enaje, who aims to be crucified for the 34th straight year as part of a religious vow to atone for his sins

NAILED. Ruben Enaje is nailed to the cross during a reenactment of the crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday, April 19, 2019 in San Fernando City, Pampanga. Photo by Darren Langit/AFP

Computer store owner, 2 employees shot dead in La Union

Jan 25, 2020 - 3:17 PM

This is the second time the Shaina Kenny Merchandise in San Fernando City is attacked by gunmen in 4 years

La Union mayor Gualberto steps down

Jan 08, 2020 - 7:58 PM

'Bilang respeto sa desisyon ng Ombudsman, bababa ako sa puwesto pero hindi ito mangangahulugan na sumasang-ayon ako sa paspasang paglilitis o sumusuko sa laban,' San Fernando, La Union Mayor Dong Gualberto says

STEPPING DOWN. Suspended San Fernando, La Union mayor Hermenegildo Gualberto steps down from office. File photo from the official website of San Fernando, La Union

Philippine city shows zero waste is achievable

Oct 13, 2019 - 6:45 PM

'We cannot avoid using plastic, but we have to manage,' says San Fernando City Mayor Edwin Santiago

CLOSE TO ZERO WASTE. San Fernando City Mayor Edwin Santiago shares how his city drastically reduced residual waste. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Megaworld to build Pampanga mall highlighting 'rich cultural heritage'

Sep 30, 2019 - 8:01 PM

The P1.8-billion Capital Mall will feature original parts of the sugar mill which used to stand on the same spot

Pampanga priest accused of abusing 17-year-old girl

Jul 01, 2019 - 6:40 PM

'Ecclesiastical investigation is ongoing,' says San Fernando Archbishop Florentino Lavarias

Cargo ship capsizes off Cebu, 12 crew members rescued

Jun 25, 2019 - 11:06 PM

Philippine Coast Guard Spokesperson Central Visayas Lt. Michael John Encina says one person sustained minor injuries during the accident

CAPSIZED. A ship carrying 12,000 liters of oil capsizes at the SEDC Port in San Fernando, Cebu. Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard, Central Visayas

Bride-to-be, 12 others killed in 'pamamanhikan' truck mishap

Jun 09, 2019 - 9:11 AM

(UPDATED) After 'pamamanhikan,' a bride-to-be and 12 of the groom's friends and relatives die in a Camarines Sur truck accident

CRASHED. Bodies of dead and injured passengers scatter around the battered truck in San Fernando, Camarines Sur. Photo from Bicol Region police

In San Fernando, Cebu, the drug war is also fought on Facebook

May 23, 2019 - 12:20 AM

San Fernando's dead politicians are just some of the elected government officials killed since Duterte declared his war on illegal drugs, a battle also waged on Facebook

The windshield of the multicab village chief Johnny Arriegado was driving when he was killed. Photo by Carlo Gabuco

Cebu town mayor who survived ambush secures reelection

May 14, 2019 - 8:29 PM

Lakambini Reluya and her son beat opponents in San Fernando, Cebu

'I will kill you all'

May 04, 2019 - 6:07 PM

At a time when alleged narco politicians named by the President are being killed with impunity, officials on a kill list in Cebu are gunned down one after another

OFW hospital to open in Pampanga

May 01, 2019 - 9:48 PM

The facility, in the city of San Fernando, is targeted for completion by 2020

FIRST OFW HOSPITAL. House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda lead the groundbreaking ceremony of the first overseas Filipino workers hospital in San Fernando City. Photo from Pampanga PIO

Lumad boy shot by guard in Bukidnon

Nov 05, 2018 - 12:21 PM

The details of the incident, which happened in Barangay Kawayan at around 7 am, remain scant

Airports' status in aftermath of Typhoon Ompong

Sep 16, 2018 - 4:45 PM

(UPDATED) Here is a look at the condition of airports in typhoon-hit areas

Photo from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

Where to start and grow your business in Pampanga

Apr 25, 2018 - 2:49 PM

Titled lots for shophouses offered in the historic city of San Fernando

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, December 18-24, 2017

Dec 24, 2017 - 2:47 PM

Must-watch videos this week

IN GIFs: Giant Lantern Festival winners in San Fernando, Pampanga

Dec 17, 2017 - 1:15 AM

San Fernando City – home of the giant lanterns – dances in Christmas colors as different barangays compete to be best lantern makers in the city

Youth involvement is San Fernando's secret in achieving zero waste

Dec 10, 2017 - 10:30 AM

In San Fernando, Pampanga, schools and the youth play a huge part in implementing zero waste

LOOK: Pampanga hospital designates specific wing for OFWs

Sep 06, 2017 - 2:22 PM

The Jose B Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in San Fernando Pampanga is the first of several government hospitals to set up an ‘OFW wing’

OFW WING. Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital is setting up an OFW wing to accommodate the medical needs of Filipino migrant workers. Photo from the Office of Representative Aniceto Bertiz

3 foreigners arrested for ATM skimming in Pampanga

Jul 25, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The suspects – identified as a Nicaraguan Italian and Romanian – allegedly stole P339 300 from various ATMs in the province

The 3 foreigners suspected to be conducting ATM skimming activities cover their faces with their shirts as they were escorted to the conference room in Camp Olivas. (Photo by Jun A. Malig)

IN PHOTOS: Tira Bakal, a different kind of devotion, penance

Apr 14, 2017 - 5:03 PM

Locals of San Fernando Pampanga add a twist to the traditional senakulo during Holy Week

TIRA BAKAL. Flagellants re-enact the suffering of Jesus Christ in San Fernando, Pampanga on Good Friday, April 14. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

COA calls out San Fernando on overaged traffic enforcers

Aug 11, 2016 - 4:32 PM

These traffic enforcers are beyond the compulsory retirement age but the capital city of Pampanga makes them work along the streets 12 hours a day and 7 days in a week with no day off

City gov't spends P5.5M for teachers to watch 'Bituing Walang Ningning' – COA

Jul 31, 2016 - 2:48 PM

The Commission on Audit finds out that San Fernando City in Pampanga spent money from the Special Education Fund SEF to let 2 479 public school teachers watch the theater adaptation of Bituing Walang Ningning

2 drug suspects killed, city police chief hurt in Pampanga

Jul 06, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Two suspected drug suspects are killed while the police chief of the City of San Fernando is injured when police tried to implement a search warrant in Calulut village

Angeles City local bets 'upstage' Duterte at last rally

May 08, 2016 - 3:11 AM

Some attendees expressed concerns that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte s name was used to get more people to attend ABE Kapampangan last campaign rally

Image courtesy Wenri De Guzman

Poe, Escudero: We can't force Marcos Jr to apologize

Feb 25, 2016 - 8:41 PM

Presidential candidate Grace Poe says an apology from Bongbong Marcos for martial law atrocities should not be given out of political expediency: Dapat kusang loob

ORTEGAS' BET. Presidential candidate Grace Poe is endorsed by Geraldine Ortega, wife of La Union's governor, during a sortie in San Fernando on February 25, 2016. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Kids with iPhones got jobs meant for poor students in Pampanga LGU

Oct 13, 2015 - 7:09 PM

Most of the beneficiaries of the special employment program implemented by the San Fernando city government used iPhones and tablets and lived in exclusive subdivisions say state auditors

1 killed, 9 injured in Baguio bus accident

Jun 04, 2015 - 8:27 PM

UPDATED The Ian Trans minibus was going down Naguilian Road on its way to San Fernando City in La Union Thursday The victims have been identified Friday

Kobe Paras' Phantoms win San Fernando Valley Invitational Championship

Dec 24, 2014 - 3:29 PM

Paras got into early foul trouble and finishes with 11 points

Kobe Paras scores 11 points as the Cathedral High Phantos win the San Fernando Valley Invitational Championship. Image from

San Pedro Cutud: Via Crucis

Apr 19, 2014 - 6:59 PM

The Good Friday rites at San Pedro Cutud culminate with the most brutal re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ

San Pedro Cutud: Bernardo, the aspiring Kristo

Apr 19, 2014 - 11:03 AM

Meet Bernardo, a 40 year-old construction worker who has been participating in the bloody Lenten rites for almost half of his life

Bernardo, 40, construction worker, flagellant of 18 years, and aspiring Kristo.

San Pedro Cutud: The bloody pilgrimages

Apr 19, 2014 - 11:01 AM

In Pampanga, Lenten atonement takes a bloody turn – year after year

Every year, devotees flock to San Pedro Cutud to witness a group of flagellants whip themselves to a bloody pulp. Photo by Marga Deona

Garbage law impossible to implement? Look at San Fernando

Mar 15, 2014 - 10:00 AM

The city in Pampanga is the only LGU strictly adhering to the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act

BARANGAY REQUIREMENT. A materials recovery facility is where all the community's garbage is separated so that only residual trash ends up in the landfill. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Workers find ways: The factory technician

Sep 15, 2013 - 7:30 AM

Factory technician slams Coke s performance rating system as a union busting scheme

June of Federation of Coca Cola Unions

Sillag Festival: Spectacle of lights, colors

Mar 11, 2013 - 10:42 AM

Find out what happened in the two day festival of lights in La Union

READY FOR FLIGHT. A woman holds a lantern upright before releasing it to the sky. All photos by Katerina Francisco

6 firms join bid for Poro Point Freeport Zone

Mar 05, 2013 - 1:21 PM

Companies beat the deadline for submitting eligibility documents for the 146 hectare development

Aquino, Team PNoy slam GMA in her province

Mar 01, 2013 - 5:53 PM

Confident of his popularity in Pampanga President Aquino continues to criticize former President Arroyo in her home province

Bet for councilor shot dead

Feb 25, 2013 - 8:29 AM

The killing comes a day after a mayoral bet in Ilocos Norte was shot dead

Traffic clears up along NLEX

Feb 23, 2013 - 5:46 PM

Traffic clears after 9 vehicles involved in collision are taken off the highway

From the official NLEX Twitter account (@NLEXtraffic)

Sy-led SM Prime to open 44th mall

Jul 19, 2012 - 12:18 PM

The Sy led SM group announced that it will open its 44th mall in the Philippines and 3rd in Pampanga province on Friday July 20