Nestled in the heart of Central Luzon, Nueva Ecija stands as a model of a traditional Tagalog Province. Hardworking farmers till the land and plant crops of different kinds, among which is probably the most important crop for Filipinos, the rice, hence why Nueva Ecija is known as the Rice Basket of the Philippines. But if you think rice fields are the only things noteworthy here, then you’ve come to the right blog post. We will show you tourist spots you can visit with your family and friends for your next road trip or holiday retreat.
Here are seven worthwhile tourist spots in Nueva Ecija.
1. Minalungao National Park
Situated in the town of General Tinio, this natural rock formation has become a staple of the burgeoning tourism industry in Nueva Ecija. One of the notable tourist spots in Nueva Ecija, the park is fed by the Sumacbao river. Interestingly, its waters run clean and tranquil in the summer months, and the shade of the trees mixed with raft riding in its streams make this natural wonder a prime choice for a summer getaway. Aside from the rushing river, one can also take a little tour of an extensive cave system dotting the faces of the rock formations that make up the park.
2. Pantabangan Lake
This Lake is actually formed by the damming of the Pampanga River, used in irrigation. Thus, this 80,000 thousand hectare reservoir stands unequaled in the Philippines, and is one of the largest in Asia itself. The waters are abundant with many fish, including tilapia, carp, and bass. The latter is what attracts sports fishers to cast their lines and hook a few big ones.
And if that doesn’t draw you in, Pantabangan is also home to the luxury Highland Bali Resort and Spa. You can indulge in its spa treatments, cool down in its swimming pools, chill in its Jacuzzi, and stay in comfort in one of its 50 suites. Get a great mix of natural and man-made comforts here in Pantabangan.
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3. Camp Pangatian War Memorial Shrine
Making it to the list of popular tourist spots in Nueva Ecija is located in Cabanatuan City, the Camp Pangatian War Memorial Shrine. This Shrine was at one point a concentration camp during the Japanese Occupation in World War 2. Here, thousands of men who fought were subjected to harrowing conditions by their foes. This was featured in the film The Great Raid, in which a force of American soldiers and Filipino guerilla fighters liberated the camp. This Memorial stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit of our country and is worth a visit from history enthusiasts and sight seekers alike.
4. Colonial Houses and The Three Kings Parish in Gapan
Gapan City boasts a history dating back centuries and it shows the astounding and well-preserved colonial houses built during the Spanish era. In here, you will see how our ancestors built and styled their dwellings, clearly inspired by the Spanish colonists that stayed in the country for 300 years. Next to these cultural and historical houses stands Three Kings Parish, a site of pilgrimage and prayers for the devout, and home of the image of the La Virgen Divina Pastora. These attractions are recommended for visitors who are not only looking for aesthetically pleasing spots but also seeks spiritual comfort. Visit Gapan City and do not miss the Colonial Houses and the Three Kings Parish.
Source: Manila Bulletin
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5. PMP Paradise Farm
Living up to its reputation as an agricultural giant, Nueva Ecija offers the adventurous and an up close and personal look at the rustic and simple farming life that locals live with the PMP paradise farms. This 250-hectare property was started up by Major Pablo Pagtalunan 23 years ago as an Agro reforestation project. You can enjoy a few activities in the farm including fishing in the ponds, riding horses (reliving your cowboy daydreams as a child), herding the many sheeps that settle on the farm, and learning how to make the Palitaw, another one of the many rice cakes that Novo Ecijanos enjoy.
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6. Gabaldon Waterfalls (and its resorts)
This well-kept secret is a three-kilometer trek away from the town of Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija. The main draw of this is the 10 feet waterfall and its ice-cold water, which makes this the ideal hideaway from the weekly 9 to 6 grind. The mountain where the falls is located is part of the massive Sierra Madre mountain range. Before you can get to the falls, you will need to stop by the eco-park to pay for the entrance fee and the guide. To get there, you will need to cross a bamboo bridge and a river. If trekking is not your go-to activity, Gabaldon also boasts of some resorts and hotels for your family to chill at with the cool breeze and great views of the mountains, which would certainly take away all the stress you’ve had during a long week.
7. Paasa Peak
Did a lover scorn you? Leave you? Had your heart broken? Then shout your sadness atop the Paasa Peak!
Located in Laur, Nueva Ecija, this is the highest point of the Province and gives travelers the majestic view of the clouds covering the peaks of the other mountains in the Sierra Madre mountain range. If your heart is happy at its current state, worry not as this tourist spot is not only for scorned lovers. It is also a marquee destination for hiking and mountain climbing enthusiasts. If you have a thirst for adventure, this peak in Laur, Nueva Ecija will give you a challenge.
Source: When in Manila
Nueva Ecija is an interesting place to visit if you want a slice of rustic and simple life. Consider fueling up your car, saving up your budget, and planning a trip or two to this locality to explore the sites and sights of the tourist spots in Nueva Ecija. Take it as an opportunity to unwind, recharge, and create memories with your family and friends, especially on the upcoming holiday season.
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