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Municipality of San Luis


San Luis town was originally called Cabagsa or Cabagsac, a contraction of “cabag” (fruit bats) and “bagsac”, hence a place where fruit bats come to roost. To honor the memory of one of its cura, Fray Nicolas de Orduno, it was later known as San Nicolas de Cabagsa. The eventual name—San Luis—is attributed to Dna. Luisa, wife of a lawyer who acted as a counsel in claiming a parcel of land disputed by neighboring Santa Ana (then Pinpin) town. The town was named after San Luis Gonzaga (St. Aloysius Gonzaga, 1568-1591), the blue-blooded Jesuit saint who died young at age 23. The town fiesta is celebrated on April 25.

The first recorded missionary to serve the town was Fr. Jose Echevarria, who was assigned as a prior in 1742. No information exists as to when the church was built, but it must have been completed in the late 18th century. In 1883, the church was restored by Fr. Isidro Bernardo, which then had the following dimensions: 56 meters long, 13 meters wide and 11 meters high. The church convent was expanded by Fr. Francisco Diaz in 1877. Today, San Luis Church is one of the few churches in the province that retains its old-world authenticity, even after assiduous restorations, one as recent as 1984 done on the retablo mayor, undertaken by Fr. Jacobo David.

The façade is heavily stone-laden, with spiraling stone buttresses and symmetrical twin belfries with marked Baroque influences. The historian Mariano A. Henson recorded the existence of 4 bells, inscribed with the names of Nstra. Snra, de la Correa (dated 1859), San Juan Evangelista (dated 1789) and San Jose (dated 1843). The fourth bell dates from June 1939.

The main portal is carved and recessed. Sandwiching the papal insignia are two niches with small statues. The heaviness of the carving continues on the stone balusters that decorate the central window, the arched niches on each side of the bell towers. The pediment is encompassed by scroll-like designs on both sides, while the arched window panels served to decorate the façade.

Behind the church, remnants of tombs can still be found, some still with marble lapidas. Then, as now, the ancient, massive presence of San Luis Church continues to hold sway, even if the trappings of modernity are just a few steps away from its door.


San Luis is a Philippine municipality. It is located in the province Pampangain Region III Central Luzon which is a part of the Luzon group of islands.The municipality San Luis is seated about 10 km east of province capita lCity Of San Fernando and about 55 km north-west of Philippine main capital Manila. The geographic coordinates of San Luis are 15° 2' 23'' N, 120° 47' 30'' E.


San Luis is politically subdivided into 17 barangays. Like the town itself, all political subdivisions are named after Roman Catholic saints.

San Agustin, San Carlos, San Isidro, San Jose, San Juan, San Nicolas, San Roque, San Sebastian, Santa Catalina, Santa Cruz, Pambilog, Santa Cruz Poblacion, Santa Lucia, Santa Monica, Santa Rita, Santo Niño, Santo Rosario, Santo Tomas


Edriz Gas Station (seaoil)

Located at Sto. Tomas, San Luis, Pampanga

EMS Gas Station (Petron)

Located at Sto. Tomas, San Luis, Pampanga

Phoenix Gas Station

Located at Sto. Tomas, San Luis, Pampanga


Rural Bank of San Luis

Located at Poblacion, San Luis, Pampanga

Banko San Luis

Located at Poblacion, San Luis, Pampanga


San Luis Foreign Exchange

Located at Poblacion, San Luis, Pampanga

Merline Pawnshop Inc.

Located at Sto. Tomas, San Luis, Pampanga


Sumang Drugstore- Sta. Rita

Located at Sta. Rita, San Luis, Pampanga

Jigsmart Company

Located at Sto. Tomas, San Luis, Pampanga

Botica Quiambao

Located at Poblacion, San Luis, Pampanga


San Luis District Hospital

Located at Poblacion, San Luis, Pampanga


Community Police Assistance Center

Located at Sto. Tomas, San Luis, Pampanga

Municipal Office of San Luis

Located at Sto. Tomas, San Luis, Pampanga



Gonzalo Puyat School of Arts and Trades 

Located at San Sebastian Poblacion


Gonzales Socioco Highschool


Jeepney (21 per pax) San Luis – SM Pampanga
Tricycle Special (50 php) San Luis – Sto. Domingo


Leoncio Tan was designated CG, PA when HPA was organized. (July 1, 1957).It was during the period when Army participated in SEATO exercises. In late sixties, the Army Corps of Engineers(51EBde)were organized and fielded for engineering construction and development projects

Under the leadership of Brigadier General Leoncio S. Tan the Philippine Army established its separate headquarters on 10 July 1957. The onset of the sixties ushered an expansion of the army's roles, which include participation in the socio-economic programs of the country, among others.

Apeng Daldal -Born in 1940, Apeng Daldal was a Filipino actor, novelty singer, and comedian, known for his trademark stone-faced look and blabbermouth. A contract star of Sampaguita Pictures, Apeng first gained fame from his movie "Magic Bilao" a fantasy tale about a provinciano and his magical Bilao that acts like the magic carpet. He died in 1980s

Gloria Romero and Luis Gonzales were one of the famous love teams that Sampaguita Pictures created. They did several comedy and drama movies together like Despatsadora (1955), Hootsy kootsy (1955), Pagdating ng takipslim (1956), Vacacionista (1956), Colegiala (1957),Ikaw ang aking buhay (1959), Pitong pagsisisi (1959), Lupa sa lupa (1960), Apat na yugto ng buhay (1961), etc. Ms. Romero has been reigned Queen of Philippine Movies (her closest rival was Nida Blanca) because of these blockbuster movies. Her contract was renewed by Sampaguita Pictures for another 8 years which made her the studio's longest exclusive star. Gloria made 30 movies with her favorite love team partner, the dashing actor Luis Gonzales. Nida Blana and Nestor de Villa (LVN Pictures) tandem is the rival love team of Gloria Romero and Luis Gonzales (Sampaguita Pictures).

Luis Mangalus Taruc
Luis Mangalus Taruc was born of peasant folk in the farming town of San Luis, Pampanga. He went to the University of Manila for two years 1932-1934 but returned to his hometown without getting a degree to set up a haberdashery. At this time, he came under the influence of Pedro Abad Santos, a wealthy intellectual, and Juan Feleo, a peasant leader. They were the two leading lights of the emerging communist movement in the 1930s. Aged 22 in 1935, he became officially a member of the Communist Party of the Philippines, to which he would devote his life for the next two decades.
In 1938, the socialist and communist parties united and would later pledge loyalty to the government's anti-Japanese crusade in 1941. Following the Japanese invasion, Taruc formed the Hukbalahap Hukbo ng Bayan Laban sa Hapon or the "People’s Army Against the Japanese” in English, along with Casto Alejandrino and other revolutionaries, in central Luzon on 29 March 1942 and became its commander-in-chief. The guerrilla force would be later demonized by the United States at the start of the Cold War in 1946.
Taruc was elected to the Philippine House of Representatives in 1946 as a member of the Democratic Alliance. He, along with five other winning Democratic Alliance candidates, were barred from taking office by the Commission on Elections due to them allegedly committing election fraud and terrorism.
Taruc then went underground in late 1946 following failed negotiations with President Manuel Roxas. Succeeding negotiations with President Elpidio Quirino between June and August 1948 were without success, paving way for the recreation of the Huk movement, becoming the HMB "Hukbo Magpalaya ng Bayan" or "Army to Liberate the People". By the presidential elections of 1949, the Huks had abandoned mainstream politics altogether in fav or of underground guerilla resistance. The Huks would control most of central Luzon, the “rice basket” of the Philippines, including two provincial capitals by 1950. Being a major threat to the central government, Quirino assigned Ramon Magsaysay, minister of national defense, to combat the Huk rebellion. The Huks would then be undermined by Magsaysay's strategy of gaining peasant support and reforming the army and constabulary. In early 1954, Benigno Aquino, Jr., then a news reporter, was appointed by president Ramon Magsaysay to act as personal emissary to Luis Taruc, effectively ending the Huk rebellion. In 1985, Taruc would tell F. Sionil Jose that one of the reasons of the revolt's failure was that dissent warranted being killed. He would also add that dogmatic purity scared away many potential allies. The Huk movement commanded an estimated 170,000 armed troops with a base of two million civilian supporters at the apex of their power in 1952.
Taruc was brought to court for revolt and terrorism. He was sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment. He was rebuffed when he petitioned President Diosdado Macapagal for executive clemency and amnesty to political prisoners in exchange for support for the President's social welfare program. Taruc would be pardoned in September 1968 by President Ferdinand Marcos, who thereby gained the former Huk leader’s support. After his release, he continued to work for Agrarian reforms. His struggle for justice on behalf of the poor and oppressed farmers encouraged local and national leaders to push for changes in relations between landlord and farm workers and the equitable distribution of farm lands. Many of the issues that drove him and fellow Huk members to rebellion still prevail in many parts of the Philippines.
Taruc wrote Born of the People 1953 and He Who Rides the Tiger 1967. Luis Taruc used Alipato, meaning “spark that spreads a fire,” as his pseudonym. Leon Pomeroy is believed to have ghostwritten Taruc’s autobiographical “Born of the People,” which was Nelson Mandela's reference on guerrilla warfare when he was the commander in chief of the Umkhonto We Sizwe Spear of the Nation.
It is to be noted that several Huk veterans organizations dispute the credit heaped on Taruc for organizing the Hukbalahap during WWII. Some critics contend that Taruc only joined the movement when several prominent Huk leaders were captured and executed by the Japanese. According to some, Taruc was not among several Huk movements operating in concert, under Castro Alejandrino, Eusebio Aquino and Mariano Franco among others.


Pampanga River Cruise that is ongoing last 2010 up to the present.


Rice Cake (Miranda Rice Cake) (Apung Doreng)
Tilapia (Capilana Control)
Duck Eggs (Balot, Pulang Itlog) - San Juan
Chicken Eggs- San Carlos
Mango (Manuel Salas, Flora Reyes) - San Carlos


Summer and rainy Days


  • Philippine International Balloon Festival
    March 26-29 - Philippine International Balloon Festival, Lubao Philippine International Balloon Festival
  • Philippine International Hot-Air Balloon Fiesta
    February — Philippine International Hot-Air Balloon Fiesta, Clark Field Philippine International Hot-Air Balloon Fiesta
  • San Pedro Cutud Lenten Rites
    March/April (Good Friday) — San Pedro Cutud Lenten Rites (Mal a Aldo), City of San Fernando San Pedro Cutud Lenten Rites
  • San Guillermo Parish Church
    San Guillermo Parish Church, Bacolor San Guillermo Parish Church
  • Ligligan Parul
    December - Saturday before Christmas Eve — Ligligan Parul (Giant Lantern Festival), City of San Fernando Ligligan Parul
  • Mt. Arayat National Park
    Mt. Arayat National Park (Arayat) Mt. Arayat National Park
  • Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake
    Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake (Pampanga/Tarlac/Zambales) Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake
  • Mount Arayat
    Mount Arayat Mount Arayat
  • Philippine International Balloon Festival
  • Philippine International Hot-Air Balloon Fiesta
  • San Pedro Cutud Lenten Rites
  • San Guillermo Parish Church
  • Ligligan Parul
  • Mt. Arayat National Park
  • Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake
  • Mount Arayat